Too Hot to Cook – Grilled Steak Salad

July 16, 2010

It is 100 degrees today with a heat index of 106 – it is too hot to think and definitely too hot to cook. Friday night is our ritualistic night at home.  My husband and I eat in and sip on a glass of wine after a hectic work week. It is early in the […]

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From the Recipe Box: Dessert Crepes

July 14, 2010

In honor of Bastille Day, the French national holiday, here is my favorite recipe for crepes. Bon appetit: 1 ½ cups whole milk 3 large eggs 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour 1 tablespoon sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons melted butter Add all the ingredients, as listed in order, into a blender. Blend until […]

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The Dinner Table, Unplugged

July 14, 2010

We have a rule in our household that no technology is allowed at the dinner table. All cell phones and any other technological devices must be left on the kitchen counter before sitting down to eat at the table. The family dinner table is an endangered event; one which I am trying to protect. The […]

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The Dutch Oven – Your Essential Cooking Pot

July 13, 2010

One of the top questions I have been asked repeatedly over the years is “What is a dutch oven?” A dutch oven is a thick-walled cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid. Dutch ovens have been used as cooking vessels for hundreds of years. They are usually made of cast iron. This popular cooking vessel goes […]

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Summer Clearance

July 10, 2010

I love a great sale on kitchen equipment! It is July and kitchen stores are offering great deals on select merchandise. For years customers have asked me if merchandise was reduced because something was wrong with it. Let me try to take the mystery out of clearance merchandise. Twice a year, January and July, stores […]

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Cleaning Out the Pantry

July 8, 2010

I am in the middle of a week long process of “cleaning out the pantry.” I do this several times a year. I know you probably think that cleaning out the pantry involves throwing away expired food and organizing shelves. Yes, but there is more to it than that. When I clean out the pantry, […]

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The Flavors of Summer

July 7, 2010

In a recent conversation, the Kitchenarian said to me: “If I had to choose a flavor or food that defined summer, it would be a caprese salad.” Every family may not agree with this, but I find that I cannot agree more. Caprese salad is truly a dish that, while served year-round, just bursts with […]

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From the Recipe Box: Grilled Pineapple

July 3, 2010

The grilling holiday of the summer is here! Hot weather calls for some really cool grilling ideas.  Here is something different to try this holiday and for any other summer grilling event. Grilled Pineapple: Whole pineapple 1 stick, unsalted butter ¼ cup light brown sugar This recipe is delicious! I always use a grilling grid […]

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Bread and Butter

July 2, 2010

The greatest thing since sliced bread has got to be unsliced, hot out of the oven, homemade bread. I almost wish that we hadn’t transitioned into packaged sliced bread because there is just no comparison between the two. Of course, to make your own bread takes time and we are an ever-moving society. That is […]

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Summer’s Bounty – Roasted Beets

July 1, 2010

Today is the first day of July and it always reminds me that summer does not last forever. A sad, but true statement, I always seem to quicken my pace just a bit to try to take advantage of the sights and tastes that summer has left to offer. Gardens are at their height of […]

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