Monthly Archives: May 2012

RISOTTO: I’M FEELING LUCKY

I do feel lucky.  Marx Foods selected me and my blog to test their Riso Vignola Biologico Integrale.  Give me risotto and I’m all over discovering new ways to incorporate it into meals.  I don’t eat an exclusively vegetarian diet, … Continue reading

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PULLED PORK, BAKED BEANS, AND MEMORIES

Advancing toward dinner tomorrow,  I’ve got a batch of poolish for ciabatta bubbling away.  I’ll turn it into dough in the morning, then bake it in time to be cool and sandwichable by dinnertime.  I’m about to start a batch … Continue reading

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MANGO CHEESECAKE: THE BAKING

I’m getting ready for tomorrow, Memorial Day.  And I couldn’t have a better day to do so.  It’s been raining for days – I don’t even want to count how many.  Just as I got in bed with a book … Continue reading

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MINCED CLAM & PASTA SOUP

My friend, Karen, is my inspiration here.  She is gently finding a path through how best to help her mother move through the aging process.  These days, that involves soup.  Lots of soups.  It struck a chord because of one … Continue reading

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WEEKNIGHT DINNER: BISTECCA PIZZAIOLA

Who said steaks should be relegated to the weekend and the grill?  This one not only bypasses the grill, but it also comes together entirely in one pan.  On a weeknight, that’s a pretty heavenly combination. When I was in … Continue reading

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RECIPE TESTING HICCUP

We had a bit of a hiccup here last weekend.  I only had 2 people signed up for local on-site testing, and one had emailed  (divastests@gmail.com) to say that she wouldn’t be able to be there.  I called the other and … Continue reading

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MEATLESS MONDAY: QUINOA AND MANGO SALAD WITH LEMONY-GINGER DRESSING

Full disclosure:  this is not my recipe.  It is, unfortunately, my photo, and a terrible one at that.  I edited it as passably as I could, but there it is.  By the time I realized that I didn’t have one … Continue reading

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MEATLESS MONDAY: MUSHROOM BURGER

Yes, I realize I am on a burger kick these days.  And very happily so.  A mushroom burger has been on my mind for a while, and no time like the present, right? I don’t live in an area where … Continue reading

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PANTRY DINNER: PASTA WITH CLAM SAUCE

People ask me frequently for suggestions as to what they should keep in the pantry (both dry and refrigerated) on a regular basis.  It’s a question I love because I’ll do almost anything to keep people away from resorting to … Continue reading

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AND THE BEAT CONTINUES

I fully anticipated coming home and pulling some sort of fast, magically good pasta dinner together, along with a great big salad.  Instead, the distributor whose food show we are working tomorrow presented us with a lovely dinner tonight after … Continue reading

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