Archive for November 2015

One simple trick to simplify lunch—Freeze It!

One simple trick to simplify lunch—Freeze It!
Here’s a helpful tip that might go under the heading, Make your appliances work for you. What lurks in your freezer? Do you know what that brown lump is in the back left corner? I didn’t think so. Instead of using your freezer to only be a repository for uneaten, unloved food, frozen pizzas, and... Read more »

Turkey Leftovers – Let’s talk salad!

Turkey Leftovers – Let’s talk salad!
Let’s talk turkey. Again. If you still have turkey, lucky you! There are so many ways to prepare turkey leftovers, and a savory turkey salad is a great way to finish it all up. It tastes delicious, too! One of the interesting things about having a food blog is all the recipes I try. Again... Read more »

Turkey Leftovers – Let’s talk soup!

Turkey Leftovers – Let’s talk soup!
Wait! Stop! Don’t throw away that turkey carcass! You might have had gobs and gobbles of turkey already, but if you haven’t thrown away the bones you can make a delicious stock. The flavor of turkey soup brings to mind autumn, chilly weather, and the holidays. That’s probably because we don’t eat very much turkey... Read more »
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Turkey Leftovers—Let’s talk pasta!

Turkey Leftovers—Let’s talk pasta!
Thanksgiving is such an interesting celebration—it’s a national holiday to take time and be thankful for our blessings. I’m thankful for my family and friends, my health, the kids still getting these days off of school, chocolate, and, of course, leftovers. Specifically, turkey leftovers. You can imagine my thoughts when I stare down a refrigerator... Read more »

Oh So Sweet Potatoes--A potato by any other name would not be as sweet.

Oh So Sweet Potatoes--A potato by any other name would not be as sweet.
Canned yams. That’s what my mom cooked for Thanksgiving. Or opened, or whatever you do with them. Year after year, they committed culinary crimes on our Thanksgiving table–with their usual 1970s accomplices– Cool Whip, canned pineapple, and Jell-O. As good a cook as she was, she didn’t know what to do with sweet potatoes. I... Read more »

Caprese Pasta—Why should salad have all the fun?

Caprese Pasta—Why should salad have all the fun?
Tomatoes are taking over the world. Or at least my kitchen. As I mentioned last time, I have leftover tomatoes from a family brunch. Boy do I have tomatoes! One of the first things I think of when I think tomatoes is caprese salad. Most people know what caprese salad is, but if you don’t,... Read more »
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Easy Vegetarian Chili—Slow cook chili on a chilly day!

Easy Vegetarian Chili—Slow cook chili on a chilly day!
I made chili yesterday. I hadn’t been planning to do it, but we had tomatoes coming out of our ears. Tomatoes in November? You ask. Why on earth would you buy an excess of tomatoes in November? It was a result of our big birthday brunch on Sunday. We bought many, many tomatoes so people... Read more »

Gluten-Free Hash Brown Casserole—A delicious addition to a holiday brunch.

Gluten-Free Hash Brown Casserole—A delicious addition to a holiday brunch.
Every time I throw a family party I sprout a new gray hair. I grew one yesterday. It was supposed to be a birthday lunch, but circumstances conspired to turn it into a brunch. Ok, brunch is easy, I thought. No problem, I thought. But of course brunch happens in the morning, offering less preparation... Read more »

Holy Guacamole--An easy and delicious crowd pleaser!

Holy Guacamole--An easy and delicious crowd pleaser!
The word ‘fine’ has so many meanings. If you text someone asking how they’re doing, and they answer ‘fine,’ you wonder what’s wrong. Fine can mean almost anything, from amazing; “That’s a fine example of a Chateau Latour,” to not so great; “I’m fine. Just pay the fine and get these worms out of my... Read more »
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Let’s Talk Turkey—Countertop roasting your holiday bird.

Let’s Talk Turkey—Countertop roasting your holiday bird.
By now most of us know that Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey as our national symbol, instead of the eagle. This time of year, as we dig into that (hopefully) juicy bird, let us remember to give thanks that he failed in his quest. If the turkey adorned our currency and our late-night hosts, with... Read more »