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Salade Nicoise

When it’s too hot to cook as this week has been, I try to make a meal out of a salad.  Salade nicoise is a great standby.  There are several different ways to prepare it.  In some quarters in France, … Continue reading

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Early Summer Garden

This year is a transition year for our garden.  A  Rutgers soil analysis showed that our soil was on the alkaline side.  After years of dumping pounds and pounds of manure, compost and new topsoil each spring, we chose to … Continue reading

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Texas Hash, a Blast from the Past

Texas hash was one of the first things I learned to cook, lo, those many years ago.  As a kid, my aunt shared the recipe with me.  It was a staple when it was my turn to cook. Tired after … Continue reading

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My Father’s Rice and Beans

As a single parent raising three sons, my father didn’t have the time to soak dried beans overnight and then cook them for four hours on the stove.  He took some shortcuts, but I always liked rice and beans whenever … Continue reading

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Estratto di Pomodoro

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Christmas Colors: Spinach Salad

O spinach!  How I love its pleasing color, whether cooked or raw.  Sure, cleaning spinach is tedious, but once you’re done, the rest of the preparation is easy.  It cooks up so quickly, or you can take simply make a … Continue reading

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Garden in mid-summer

At the end of July, our garden’s results are mixed.  I was thrilled with our hollyhocks: this was the first year we got them to flower.  The flowers in general have done OK.  The vegetables, however, are much more of … Continue reading

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