Waffle-Iron Ham and Cheese Paninis


We all know how I feel about ham and cheese. It’s no secret that I love it truly, madly, deeply… The world’s simplest ham and cheese is good enough, no doubt, but everyone knows a toasted ham and cheese is even better. And when you compress that sandwich while it’s toasting -á la panini- you…

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Boston Cream Pie


Phew. I made it through birthday season! I cooked, I decorated, I celebrated, I cooked some more and I found the perfect gift for each child. Thankfully, three-fifths of the kids chose their dad’s extra wonderful specialty (extra crispy fried chicken) for dinner, but that didn’t leave me off the hook. Oh, no no no…

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Black Olive Penguins


Okay, everyone. Say it with me in 3…2..1… Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! Come on. Isn’t that the most clever things you’ve ever seen? At a recent Christmas craft event put on by our homeschool group, one rockstar mom (hi, Tonya!) eschewed the usual brownies, cookies, fudge and mints (not that there’s anything wrong with those and may I…

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Creamy Tomato and Bacon Linguine


Oh, I know. Thursday is Thanksgiving, but we DO have to eat between now and then, and I’m thinking we all need something simple and satisfying that does, most emphatically, not involve turkey. Add to that the fact that it’s seriously cold (at least where I am) and we need something comforting, too. Simple, satisfying,…

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No-Knead Rosemary Crescent Rolls


Each Thanksgiving that I have spent as an adult, whether we were eating at home or taking to the road to visit relatives, I have made two kinds of rolls; Honey Potato Wheat Rolls and Crescent Rolls. The truth is, though, that I have eaten one or both of these every single Thanksgiving of my…

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Homemade Chorizo


Sausage is the pork product that fills in the holes in my heart. And no, I do not want to hear about how true that probably is. Sausage is just superior. What could be wrong with it? We’re talking about pork (win #1) that is ground (win #2) and combined with heavy spices and herbs…

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Fried Bologna Sandwich


There are some things you just have to do when presented with the opportunity: Stand up and scream when your team scored the winning goal in overtime. Blow on a cut that stings. Kick your way through piles of leaves on the ground. Foot race your dog in a field. Put your bare toes in…

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Pizza Black Bean Burgers


As promised in the last post, today I’m sharing a fun way to use up pizza sauce other than just pizza, not that there’s anything wrong with that… In the extreme heat we’ve been having lately, my appetite has flagged a little bit. Believe me when I tell you that’s not a normal condition around…

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