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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QUINOA FLOUR CUPCAKES

“Never eat ingredients you can’t pronounce except quinoa.” Who says you can’t defile a nutritious food?  This recipe has enough sugar in it to qualify as a junk food if you’re not into sugar.  For the rest of us it’s a way to use up quinoa flour that we purchased for some unknown reason.  I…

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CELERY SOUP

“You can only give what you are.” This soup came about because, about a week ago, I made a bacon soup (had heavy cream to get rid of) and my husband praised the soup’s delicate flavors and subtle herbal notes.  Actually, he said, “This soup is really good.” I didn’t have more heavy cream to…

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ITALIAN BISCUITS

“It’s better to be weird than to be ordinary.” Looking for that little something to spark up an ordinary meal?  Have I got a deal for you!  And it starts with refrigerator biscuits that are paired with some of that amazing pasta sauce that you’ve got in your freezer.  You did try that pasta sauce…

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CATS AND CONVERSATION

“If cats could talk they wouldn’t.”  Nan Porter The other morning I got together with a friend for breakfast.  We do this about twice a year.  We catch up on books we’re reading, grandchildren, the vicissitudes of life, and cat litter. Seems we have an outdoor cat that’s adopted us (yes, I’ve been feeding her)…

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DRYER BALLS

“I always arrive late at the office but make up for it by leaving early.”  Charles Lamb Couldn’t find a quote worthy of lambs.  The one above will have to do. On a recent shopping trip with a friend we had to kill some time and decided that the best way to do that was…

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