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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THE RAFFLE

“You could already be a winner!” Back to the music event with brother Dan.  First, you need to know that I’m older than Dan.  He was a young tyke when I went off and got married.  We never really got to know each other.  Going to this music festival together, two years in a row,…

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THE DINER

Sign on the door of a restaurant – “Sorry, We’re Open.” Back to my weekend with my brother Dan. One of our aims was to find a local restaurant that had good food.  Boy, did we score on that one! The restaurant in question was a diner that was in a smallish space lined with…

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HANDS DOWN BEAUTIFUL

“Hands are the tools of the painter, the artist.”  Agnes Varda I recently attended a music weekend with my brother, Dan.  Of course, there were vendors in attendance.  I resisted the magic potions that would give me so much energy that I’d be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. I also resisted…

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BACON SOUP

“If you can’t convince them, confuse them.”  Harry S Truman Today I saw, or noticed, bunches of leaves on the ground.  It’s that time of year.  Time for some soul warming soup.  Did someone say, bacon? INGREDIENTS: 1/2 pound ground beef 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 1/2 cup onion, diced 1/2 cup shredded carrots…

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UNDER THE INFLUENCE

“Within you is the power to do things you never dreamed possible.  This power becomes available to you just as soon as you change your beliefs.”  Dr Maxwell Maltz I got a comment from a reader who wondered about the quote I used with the chocolate ganache post.  The quote was, “You are under the…

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