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Q: What did I make on December 14, 2017 you ask?

A: I baked a spectacular Gingerbread Cake Roll topped with Eggnog Whipped Cream.

Here’s where you can find all the recipes I’ve made since February, 2011. Admittedly, even I’m impressed by that.   

OCTOBER IS MY FAVORITE COLOR

OCTOBER IS MY FAVORITE COLOR

“Every morning I awake torn between a desire to save the world and an inclination to savor it.  This makes it hard to plan the day.”  E. B. White My sentiments exactly… Bean & Tortilla Soup, Everyday Dorie, The Way I Cook SAVE & SAVOR Unlike Oprah,...

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A HOT-FUDGE SUNDAE & SQUID MEET-UP

A HOT-FUDGE SUNDAE & SQUID MEET-UP

Let’s catch up, loyal Readers. You good? Making it work? It’s been awhile. Where do I start? Can we agree the Pandemic has been an unwelcome invitation to slow down and pay close attention? As for me, I prefer easing gently into novel or unique situations, don’t you?...

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Cooking is Love Made Visible.

Cooking is Love Made Visible.

Do you remember that August 2020 is officially National Women's Suffrage Month, a month-long celebration honoring the history of our fight for the vote? While mourning the loss of 180,000 American lives, with the country in a bit of a mess, it’s understandable if what...

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PIE, PEACHES, PEPPERS & RICOTTA

PIE, PEACHES, PEPPERS & RICOTTA

Hello Readers, SPOONABLE RICOTTA Here we are together again. May I ask, on a scale of 1 to 10, how be you? Do you still stand tall at a strong, solid 7-8 or after a bumpy week, did you take a deep dive and are just now resurfacing? To date, August has sent my meter...

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CELEBRATING SUMMER: COBBLER

CELEBRATING SUMMER: COBBLER

Drop Biscuit Peach/Blueberry Cobbler Before today’s delightful baking adventure plus a pasta salad like no other make an appearance, I must ask. As we wrap up Week #19 of you-know-what, How Are We? Personally I’m uncertainty-averse but about 5 weeks ago I re-booted...

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BAKE on the TART SIDE

BAKE on the TART SIDE

What screams 4th of July more than hamburgers, hot dogs, crispy fried chicken, old-fashioned potato salad, peach or cherry pie and if luck’s with you, home-made ice cream. Stir in family, friends, a corny parade down Main Street and an evening concert of John Philip...

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IT’S TIME FOR TIAN

IT’S TIME FOR TIAN

Can you spare a few minutes for a Wow? Prepare to be amazed by this stunning Summer Vegetable Tian which is CooktheBookFriday’s recipe choice this week. I dropped off a piece of this for my friend, Wendy. Here's what she texted later, "What a treat! 1st that I had a...

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PART 2: READERS RESPOND

PART 2: READERS RESPOND

The Three-Pepper Burger is this week's Cook-the-Book Fridays choice. If you don't eat meat, an Impossible or Beyond Burger will be perfect with this flavor-filled sandwich. Several days after posting my last blog, I received this text from a friend: “Just took...

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PART ONE: COOK&COPE&CREATE

PART ONE: COOK&COPE&CREATE

For the 11 weeks of quarantining in residence, the social pinnacle of my week is a Wednesday 6am date with City Market grocery store. I don’t like shopping in general but I do like food shopping. These days I’m almost giddy when I walk over to the market....

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I’M FINE. AND, YOU?

I’M FINE. AND, YOU?

We’re bidding good-bye to quarantine week 7 as many of you begin the re-entry process to new-normal. What will that look like? No one knows. How do you recalibrate a World? Life is like sports, (I’m paraphrasing author Isabel Allende now ) “you train and train and...

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MAID-RITES MADE RIGHT

MAID-RITES MADE RIGHT

WE ARE THE WORLD Let’s take Time Out to praise our food supply chains, paying homage to those who grow, harvest, haul to market, manufacture and sell the stuff that keeps our bellies full. Iowa Maid-Rites are delicious loose meat sandwiches with a cult following....

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GOT a MINUTE? GRAB a SEAT.

GOT a MINUTE? GRAB a SEAT.

During a recent 7am marketing trip, I unloaded groceries at my favorite clerk’s checkout counter. As my items, including Rhodes Anytime Cinnamon Rolls, M&M’s and black licorice, rolled along, Lisa gave me a glance. Those definitely weren’t usual purchases. “I’m...

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