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Kitchen tools and temptations

I admit it. I have, in the past, owned entirely too many kitchen gadgets. Sometimes I would buy them myself, often I would receive them as Christmas gifts. At one time or another I owned a rice cooker, hand blender, electric wok, food processor, blender, electric griddle, ice cream maker, sandwich pouch thingy, pizzelle maker, […]

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It’s all about the bread, baby

As it turns out, I did pretty much none of the things I thought I might this weekend.  No, my time was spent in three ways: setting up my new (used) Palm TX, prepping pre-orders for Polymer Clay Color Inspirations, so that I’ll be ready to turn them right around once the box arrives from […]

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Handful of Randomness

It’s raining. Pretty hard.  What a great morning to sit by an open window with a quilt on your lap, eating the last of the blueberry pound cake, and sipping vanilla coffee.  I’ll have to imagine that coffee part, since we’re all out of milk and I just can’t bring myself to drink it black.  […]

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Herb Croutons

  I brought a tossed salad to a Father’s Day BBQ today.  I gathered most of the ingredients from the Morristown Farmers’ Market this morning, and had intended to make my own salad dressing and croutons, too.  I vaguely remember having done both before, but not being pleased enough with the results to repeat the […]

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Attack of the drooling zombies

It’s been a full few days.  Eamonn and I baked bread yesterday – a delicious loaf from the bread machine cookbook I could not live without, called Maple Buttermilk Bread.  I wish that I had altered the recipe in some way so that I could freely share it with you, but I did not.  It […]

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Poor Neil.  He doesn’t subscribe to the theory that soup can be considered a meal.  It never used to be an issue between us, but somewhere in the last year, I went and became a soupie.  I’ve been seduced by these steaming bowls of goodness.  Where once I was of the mind that the only […]

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The kitchen’s a mess again

You see, there was this strawberry… And I couldn’t very well just leave it sitting there, looking at me, could I? Not when there was pectin in the cupboard and, next to that, a box of shiny new mason jar lids. I just had to give in to fate, tie on my trusty apron, and […]

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Grilled Pepper Jack Cheese on Zucchini Bread

  I never liked grilled cheese growing up. In fact, I was nearly 30 years old before I realized I could actually enjoy eating it. The trick for me was to avoid processed American cheese and instead use a slice of yummy, spicy pepper jack. Additionally, I found I liked using homemade bread. My favorite […]

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The Simpsons, Some Rats & Color Week

Here’s a recent family portrait, courtesy of The Simpsons Movie. I wasted far too much time on that site this morning. Neil designed his own avatar, and I did mine & the kids, although the boys did pick out their own outfits (if you couldn’t guess…) Thanks a lot, Neil, for sending me that and […]

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