Archive for November, 2011

Pear Apple Chutney

November 29th, 2011 1 Comment

Chutneys—pungent enough to raise your eyebrows, but sweet and savory enough that you close your eyes and let out an involuntary groan of pleasure.  Eaten alone it should be almost too much flavor, and eaten as a condiment to chicken or beans or rice…it should make you glad to be alive.   There are SO many versions of a small side dish of ground-up-somethings, eaten in small amounts, to either complement or contrast the main dishes.  Salsas, relishes, chutneys, sambals,

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Roasted Vegetables…and Fruit

November 20th, 2011 2 Comments

      That’s right, fruit. Here is one of my Rules of Thumb: If there is a technique that works for one thing, it might work on other things.  If you can roast wedges of potato you can probably roast beets, yams, celery, carrots, rutabagas, brussel sprouts, or onions.  If you can roast a mushroom you can also roast tomatoes, pears, apples, persimmons, a pineapple, blueberries, eggplant, or fennel bulb.   This rule of thumb doesn’t always work, but

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Apple Cider Syrup and Vinaigrette

November 16th, 2011 4 Comments

…or “How the North Got Its Own Balsamic Flavor” . . This is about those ideas, the little tidbits that you hear in passing, those half-overheard conversations on a bus, that can change your way of thinking.  A small suggestion riding the radio waves when you’re barely listening, lightly washes ashore, letting you see that it can become one of your mainstays, one of your staples.   Gotta love those sneaky little ideas.   I was driving home from work

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And so it begins…

November 12th, 2011 8 Comments

. I ask the question that is the elephant in the clouds…. “Why do it?  AM I CRAZY?” . Why start a website about cooking when there are a bazillion other sites with recipes and advice and videos and reviews?  I ask myself that question all the time.  Why the site? Why should there be a bazillion and one? It began with the menu plans.  I can cook, and I can organize.  Many of my friends are going through life

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