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Super Simple Slow-Cooker Asparagus Risotto and a #Giveaway!

Who knew you could cook up a fabulous risotto in a slow cooker with almost no stirring? Not me, that’s for sure. Because of the kitchen remodel, one of my favorite kitchen tools right now is my slow cooker. So when I ran across this […]

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Celery Root Bisque (with Lobster) : #SundaySupper Fat Sunday

celery root bisque with broiled lobster tails

  Did you know that Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday? This is a little embarrassing, but I never thought about it. I’ve just always thought of Mardi Gras meaning Let’s Party Wildly With Colorful Makeup and Glitter.  It is, of course, the gorging […]

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#SundaySupper: Smoked Trout Deviled Eggs

smoked trout deviled eggs, easy entertaining, Memorial Day picnic

The weather is warming up here in the Bay Area, and we’re officially in the first holiday weekend I associate with summer. To celebrate, this week’s theme for Sunday Supper is picnics, and for me a picnic isn’t a picnic without deviled eggs. I wanted […]

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#SundaySupper: Cornbread Pancakes with Blackberries

cornbread pancakes with blackberries for Mother's Day breakfast

  This week’s theme for #SundaySupper is Mother’s Day, hosted by Heather Lynn at the wonderful Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks blog. My thoughts immediately flew to pancakes. But not for breakfast. Pancakes for me means breakfast for dinner. Breakfast for dinner conjures up quiet suppers, all […]

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Hot Cross Buns

Good Friday traditional treat, sweet, spiced buns, yeasted bread

Easter dinner is heaped in traditions all over the world, both because of the religious meaning of Easter, and the fact that it roughly coincides with the beginning of spring. Easter dinners of my childhood featured glistening hams as the table centerpiece, glazed with a […]

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#SundaySupper: Springtime Egg Bake with Asparagus and Artichokes

egg bake with asparagus, artichokes, spring brunch, Easter, recipe, The Wimpy Vegetarian

Spring has moved into the Bay Area and unpacked all her suitcases full of flowering trees, daffodils, crocuses, and leafing rose bushes. She’s planning to stay for awhile. We have a long tangle of wisteria that frames the front of the house, loaded with large […]

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#SundaySupper: Chocolate Coconut Creamy Truffles with Strawberry Jam

decadent chocolate coconut creamy truffles with strawberry jam

  It’s time for another SundaySupper and it’s all about Valentine’s Day. I went traditional with chocolate, how could I not? And I settled on truffles. It’s been way too long since I’ve made them. Truffles are show-stoppers. Decadent, hard chocolate shells protecting luxuriant, silky […]

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Raw Shaved Fennel, Celery Root and Apple Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

healthy raw shaved salad fennel, celery root, apples, buttermilk yogurt dressing

In late November I signed up for a give-away on EA Stewart’s The Spicy RD blog. I haven’t participated in many of these give-aways, and haven’t hosted any at all, but EA was giving away a pedometer. Now I have wanted a pedometer for a […]

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Spring Asparagus Quiche

Lightened quiche with ricotta cheese, spring asparagus quiche

  As each season rolls around, I wrap it around me like a blanket, thinking: ‘this is my favorite season’. Summer with overflowing abundance and sunshine. Fall with the smell of harvest in the air, a promise fulfilled. Winter, a time to pull back and […]

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Berry-Love Bloghop Farmhouse Strawberry Cake

strawberry cake recipe, yogurt cake

  We’ve been up in the mountains in snow country for a wonderful visit with family. We all went sledding together, bowled during a snowstorm (Robin, Myles’ stepdaughter, cleaned our clocks thanks to the two strikes she scored at the end), and Myles and I […]

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DIY

Garlic Olive Oil

how make garlic oil for your pantry, The Wimpy Vegetarian

Flavored olive oils are fun and so easy to make. But there’s good reason to take precautions. There is risk of botulism in making some types, and this seems to be particularly true of garlic oil as it has a low pH and harbors moisture. […]

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Roasted Tomato Hummus : #SundaySupper Super Eats For Game Day

If you follow this blog, you know I’m a list person. Have you ever had something on your to-do list you keep postponing? Not something like ‘clean the bathroom grout’ – that’s in an entirely different category. I mean something you actually want to do. You’re […]

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Stevia Extract

how to make stevia extract

About a month ago I posted about making stevia powder from a couple of stevia plants I nurtured all summer. Some folks commented that the powder can have an aftertaste, and encouraged me to make extract. It took me a little while, but I finally […]

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Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce

how to make homemade roasted tomato sauce

One of things I think about when all the heirlooms show up at the market is making homemade tomato sauce. I don’t eat beef much more than once or twice a year, but I grew up loving a tomato chunky, meaty sauce for pasta. I’ve […]

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