Never-ending Vanilla Sugar: Foodie Gift #17

A jar of vanilla sugar is one of the most underrated and sublime items to keep in your pantry.  A sprinkle on top of cookies or muffins, or in coffee or tea takes something that’s already good and transforms it into something amazing.  If you’re wondering how to procure this ambrosia I have a couple pieces…

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Provençal Fish en Cocotte with Garlicky Tomato Sauce

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My Dad called me up the other day and gave me a piece of his mind.  “Where are the healthy recipes for folks with dietary restrictions like me?  Your stuff looks great, but there’s a lot there I can’t eat.  People need healthier recipes, too.”   “Sure, Dad,” said I.  I offered to get to it…

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Why I do what I do…

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I had someone ask me an interesting question today in church.  It’s not something that is foreign to me.  In fact, I get asked this question nearly every time I haul all five boys through the grocery store or to the library, doctor’s office, bank, post office, etc…  “Five boys?  Are you going to try…

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Fiesta Foodie T.V. Hash: Foodie Christmas Gift #8

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  T.V. Hash, Chex Mix, Party Mix, Snack Mix, Nuts and Bolts:  Whatever you call it, it is a holiday classic.  As long as I can remember -starting in childhood and on into my own household- limitless quantities of t.v. hash have been available from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.  We eat so much…

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Golden Crunchy Pickled Onions: Foodie Christmas Gift #7

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These golden rings of crunchy, flavorful pickled onions are just about the perfect thing for topping salads or roast meat sandwiches,  adding a unique touch and pop of color to buffet spreads and antipasto trays, and accompanying cold meat loaf.  Plus, when you’ve fished the very last onion ring out of the jar, the leftover oniony,…

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Grandma’s English Toffee: Foodie Christmas Gift #2.

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Foodie With Family Gift #2:  Grandma’s English Toffee   English Toffee.  In it’s simplest and most refined form it is the perfect marriage of butter, sugar and chocolate.  And my Grandma’s toffee is toffee at it’s best.  I’m not bragging.  I’m stating a fact.  The toffee itself has only two ingredients: butter and sugar.  She tops it…

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Dark Chocolate Ganache

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Christmas time is my favorite part of the year.  It’s full of seasonal beauty, generosity, kindness, and family.  If you’re like me you have an arm-length list of people to whom you want to give gifts: the kids, parents, friends, extended family, mail carrier, neighbors, U.P.S. guy, pastor, and so on down the line. Are you wondering…

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