WALNUT TACO MEAT

“Walnuts and pears you plant for your heirs.” Walnuts are a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and an excellent source of those hard to find omega-3 fatty acids.  The internet goes on and on about the benefits of walnuts but … The outer skin of the walnut is bitter, and sometimes people remove it.…

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GREAT VEGGIE STOCK

“Only the pure of heart can make good soup.”  Ludwig Van Beethoven  I was looking for soup stock recipes that were half bubble off of center.  This one, with a few tweaks, seemed to fill the void I was looking for. INGREDIENTS: 2 tsp. whole black peppercorns 1 t salt 12 sprigs flat-leaf parsley 6…

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HAPPINESS IS

“If you want to be happy, be grateful.” The above quote is from a song.  It goes on to speak of kindness and love and other things that don’t always seem appealing, especially when I use a magnifying mirror to look at my face. So if any of you are also, on occasion, having trouble…

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DATE WHIP

“Change in all things is sweet.”  Aristotle I have no idea what Aristotle was talking about but the above quote had the words “change” and “sweet” and I’m trying to change sweet things I eat into healthier sweet things.  Something about cutting down on sugar, which I can really get into if I’m not careful.…

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THANK YOU FOR THE UPGRADE

“Look for the helpers.”  Fred Rogers So I woke up the other morning and my phone had a message for me.  The message on the screen said, “You may already be a winner! While you were sleeping we upgraded your phone.  Your family is proud of you.  You will lose ten pounds by Christmas!” or…

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THE OTHER HOLY TRINITY

“An apron is just a cape on backwards.” No, this is not a blog about religion.  But it is about beliefs.  In some cooking styles there are sacred combinations of veggies and peppers that are believed to bring a dish to peak flavor.  There’s the combination of onions, peppers, and celery for one.  I have…

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RIGHT NOW CARAMEL CORN

“Keep it simple.” After making and re-making the toffee saltine recipe I got the idea that the simple toffee sauce used in this recipe just might be delicious on popcorn.  My goal for today was to test this idea. The toffee sauce is made by combining equal parts butter and brown sugar and boiling it…

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ROBERT AND RAISINS

“Raisin cookies are the only reason I have trust issues.” I have a friend, Robert, who is quite an adventuresome foodie.  However, when it comes to raisins he will only say that raisins are just wrong.  He doesn’t see the reason for their creation or consumption.  Aside from that he’s a pretty normal person. So…

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CONVENIENCE

“Be the person you want to spend time with.” Good Day!  It is cloudy and drizzly and I still feel great!  (Thank you for sharing, Grandma Pat). I’ve begun to appreciate that I live in a world of extreme convenience.  Case and point …  I’m going to an event and need to bring a gift…

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