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Naan

Naan (pronounced: non) is a traditional Indian flatbread that is really really delicious.  It’s a yeast bread, so prepare for the process to take much of the day (not all hands-on). Yield: about 10  5″ diameter naan Time:  about 1 … Continue reading

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Poor Man’s Turtles

These are the simplest, most delicious candies ever!  Just be careful- it’s easy to over-melt them, and that results in a very delicious-but-sticky caramel mess, not great for parties. Ingredients: chocolate-covered caramels (Rolo or similar) pretzels – ideally the same … Continue reading

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Cream Wafers

These have been at family parties as long as I can remember.  They are up there on the top of my “Favorite Christmas Cookie” list and they also top the list for “Most Labor-Intensive Christmas Cookie” so I make lots … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies

These things are Tim’s favorite Christmas cookie, and a real insult to my skill as a baker.  However, because they are his favorite, easy to make, and super delicious, I make a whole bunch each year. Ingredients: Ritz-type butter crackers … Continue reading

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Meal Planning 101

I love meal planning.  Not just because I am a little anal about organization, but because I love the way a simple plan can free up more time and money for other, more enjoyable things.  When I first married Tim … Continue reading

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Fluffy Cranberry Salad

This is a favorite in my family.  Due to the fact that I have been eating it at every family party as long as I can remember, I have absolutely no idea where the recipe came from. Yield:  about 12 … Continue reading

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Quiche (egg pie with a French name)

Quiche (pronounced: kee’ sh) is relatively new to my kitchen because Tim generally doesn’t like baked egg dishes like strata and things like that.  I made it on a whim a few weeks ago, and he liked it a lot, … Continue reading

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Vinegar Pie Crust

When I was a teenager I used to spend quite a bit of time with a wonderful 70+ year-old woman named Irene.  She is an excellent baker and cook, and she told me that her favorite pie crust recipe had … Continue reading

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“This Needs More Flavor!”

So, it has come to my attention lately that one of the biggest challenges for new cooks is knowing what to add to a meal to give it flavor. When I first married Tim my new sister-in-law’s mom gave me … Continue reading

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BBQ Sloppy Joes

This is an easy and quick meal that I love to make when I don’t have anything good in the fridge.  All the ingredients except the meat are staples I keep around all the time.  In a pinch I can … Continue reading

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