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Jul13

Creamy Orzo and Mushroom Pasta

Ever since I was invited to the Mushroom Council lunch a few months ago I have been looking for new ways to add mushrooms into my everyday meals.   I have also been looking for new ways to use favorite ingredients because I can sometimes get into a cooking rut.  Orzo pasta is one of my pantry staples because it can be added to so many dishes to fill them out, but I almost always seem to use it in my chicken salad (recipe to come...

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Jul10

Fresh Peach Cobbler

When the weather turns from warm to hot, and the scents of grilling fill the air, my thoughts turn to cobbler.    I would like to take moment to clear up a misconception about cobbler.  It is not just fruit with a layer of pastry crust on top.  That is NOT a cobbler.  That is pie.  No my friends, cobbler is topped with a fluffy biscuit topping which gives the dessert the look of a cobbled road.  The topping is buttery, crisp on the...

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Jul08

Slow-cooked Beef Roast

I love a good old-fashioned roast beef dinner, but I really do not have the time to make it during the week.   Well, I didn’t until now. A few weeks ago I had a serious craving for some roast beef, the tender, fall-apart kind my grandmother used to make when we would go to her house for a visit.  She would slowly cook hers on the stove for hours.  I, sadly, work all day and knew the only way I would get what I wanted was to...

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Jul06

Strawberry Jam Tarts

 Last October I had the opportunity to go to England and Ireland and the trip changed my life. Overall, I must admit, the food was pretty bleak.  I was so busy preparing for my friend’s wedding (in which I was not only the Matron of Honor but I was the cake designer) that I ate a lot of quick meals and pub food.  However, one lovely afternoon I had a traditional tea, and with that tea came some buttery, slightly sweet,  jam...

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Jul03

Buttermilk Biscuits

Tomorrow is the 4th of July here in the US, and I can think of no better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than with a hearty breakfast of flaky and tender buttermilk biscuits.   For years I struggled with buttermilk biscuits.  Drop biscuits I had down pat.  I could make batches of those fluffy little wonders in my sleep.  However, the tender, layered biscuits that I grew up with eluded me.  They would either be hard as...

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