miscellaneous

favor-”ette”: apple peel “twigs”

favor-”ette”: apple peel “twigs”

November 5th, 2013

Still got apples? Me too. And what’s worse is that Noah will NOT eat an unpeeled apple – in fact, none of my kids would “eat the peels” when they were little. Which results in a lot of discarded peels. So you could imagine my delight upon discovering this genius use of apple peels – from […]

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favor-”ette”: bread and butter

favor-”ette”: bread and butter

October 29th, 2013

Sometimes an old standby needs an upgrade. Banana bread is a staple in most bakers’ repertoires. Even “non-bakers” typically feel comfortable whipping up a batch. And what better way to use up the inevitable overripe bananas? But I think we can all agree that – on its own – banana bread is a bit….meh. It […]

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favor-”ette”: ginger syrup

favor-”ette”: ginger syrup

September 24th, 2013

Do I love a good multi-tasker? You know I do. Whether it’s an ankle boot, a ganache recipe or the perfect pair of shorts, I love all things that have multiple uses. And this one is even better, because it’s the leftovers from another recipe. Allow me to present…..ginger syrup! My obsession with candied ginger […]

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favor-”ette”: an empty mustard jar

favor-”ette”: an empty mustard jar

May 8th, 2013

Well, almost empty. I actually thought I had shared this with you already – oops! This is a good one – and so easy. If you use jarred mustard, here’s a great tip for getting every last drop out of that little jar. When there’s about one to two teaspoons of mustard left in the jar (you’ll […]

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dairy free: “cheezy” broccoli fritters

dairy free: “cheezy” broccoli fritters

January 29th, 2013

Okay guys- we’re almost at the “dairy-free” finish line and I’m churning out the recipes fast and furiously! Today it’s a savory side dish (or a light meal/vegan entree) that highlights one of the best vegan blogs out there. It’s called Healthy. Happy. Life., and is written and photographed by Kathy Patalsky. I really, really admire […]

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just a pinch: vinegar

just a pinch: vinegar

November 26th, 2012

So if you thought I knew next to nothing about olive oil….well, I know even less about vinegar. The collection in my pantry has been amassed solely based on whatever my various recipes called for – and it’s about as uninspired as it gets. Red wine, balsamic, apple cider and all-purpose white. Yawn. While I […]

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just a pinch: olive oil

just a pinch: olive oil

November 16th, 2012

Olive oil is definitely one of those ingredients that I knew very little about. Basically, I knew that you  “cooked” with the regular stuff and “tasted” with the extra virgin, and for years that’s all I kept in my kitchen. And then our farmer’s market manager gave me a brief schooling in the art – […]

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101: how to roast peppers

101: how to roast peppers

October 12th, 2012

I always avoided recipes that called for homemade roasted peppers. It was such a hassle to stand over the stove, turning and turning each pepper over the flame until it was charred.  And the peeling/coring/seeding? Messy/annoying/no. And then – years ago – I came upon this great tip and now rarely even use jarred peppers. […]

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101: vinaigrette

101: vinaigrette

September 24th, 2012

This is for Sammi………. Why anyone would buy bottled dressing is beyond me. Making a delicious homemade vinaigrette couldn’t be easier, and you cannot compare the two. Even the fancy expensive dressings often have added chemicals and stabilizers. Xanthan gum? Autolyzed yeast extract? No thank you. This is all you need to remember when making […]

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to market: an embarrassment of riches

to market: an embarrassment of riches

September 4th, 2012

Did I ever tell you that I am a CSA dropout? It’s true – this avid cook, lover of good food, champion of feeding my children well – joined a CSA, hated pretty much every minute of it, and vowed to never do it again (whew – it felt good getting that off my chest). […]

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