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Hello, Challah!

If there is anything there is seriously no shortage of in the bottomless pit of the Internet, it’s Challah recipes.  You find Challahs ranging from mildly dry bland quickly slap together loaves to fancy multi-egg and raisins, multi-stage productions with the rain-dance performed mid-baking, and everything in between.  To me, Challah is a very fine […]

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Cheetahs & Tigers

Cheetahs and Tigers and Cupcakes, Oh My!

Ah, the things we are willing to do for our offspring! I don’t consider my kid being spoiled. Yeah, she does get showered in gifts by grandparents a few times a year, but my husband and I aren’t big on that at all. Ok, maybe I am in denial about it, but in my heart […]

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Grits Pecan Pie With Molasses

Not So True Grits: Molasses Pecan Pie

I’ve been entertaining the idea of entering into The Great Grits Cookoff. I am now past the entry deadline, though there is still a slight chance that I may squeeze myself in, just as an exercise in batch cooking and building self-confidence.  In preparation, I’ve been checking out some interesting recipes, trying to come up […]

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Gravlax

Beautiful Food Made Easy: Gravlax

I am a big fan of smoked, cured, sushi-ed, poached, baked or seared salmon.  Anything salmon really.  But if you had to ask me what my favorite way to eat salmon is, I will, without hesitation, report “sliced-thin-atop-of-cream-cheese-slathered-chewy-bagel-with-capers-onions-and-tomato”.  Yes, I am like Ralphie from the Christmas Story,  who knew what his dream toy was and could […]

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Potato Moussaka Bolognese

Potato Moussaka With Bolognese Sauce

Recently, I received a request for a meat-n-potato type dish for someone who doesn’t eat vegetables.  Not judging. I am sure they have their reasons.  Rather than fussing about it, I took it upon myself to go as fancy as I could with the meat-n-potato idea, as it sounded pretty challenging. My first thought was […]

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Sourdough Pumpernickel Baked In Cast Iron Combo

Cast Iron Combo Pumpernickel Photos

I’ve tried many breads now, and this one, despite its being a hybrid of conventional and wild sourdough, remains a staple in our household. I mostly baked it in a loaf pan, but I read about cast-iron-combo bread baking technique and always wanted to try it. We purchased the combo a couple of weeks back, […]

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Chicken Liver Pate coated with melted butter

Speedy Gourmet: Chicken Liver Pâté

I like liver, and there is nothing you can do about it.  When I cut up a whole chicken, I always save the chicken belly fat and liver for later. Then I buy another small box of livers and make this quick pâté. It’s divine on a warm croissant, crusty toast, water cracker, or anything […]

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