grilled chicken dinner

You’re thinking it’s time to invite your friends over to the house for dinner.  You want to create a casual setting.  Nothing fancy.  No last minute cooking.  The entire meal presented on one platter.  This might just be the one for you.

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hearty minestrone

On a recent trip to Montreal, we started our meal with a bowl of minestrone.  Not just any minestrone.  This one was so over the top full of flavor …I had to figure out how to make it.  I checked online for Da Emma Minestrone.  Nothing.  Why didn’t I ask if they would share the

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slow roasted tomatoes

Just picture this.  An inviting caprese salad loaded with ripe sweet tomato slices.  Or a big juicy burger topped off with a thick slice of tomato.  For many of us, those picture-perfect tomatoes just aren’t available year-round.  But plum tomatoes are.  And they’re pretty darn good.  Especially if you roast them.

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grilled veggie pasta salad

I’m always on the lookout for a crowd-pleaser.  One of those dishes that can be prepared in advance.  One that is delicious at room temperature.  One that can be enjoyed by the vegetarians in the group.  This one fits the bill.

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tin can alley

They say that spring has arrived.  I bought some lovely daffodils at the local market.  I was almost convinced …then this happened.

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apple almond cake

We can all agree.  There’s no shortage of recipes featured online these days.  And here I am throwing my ideas into the mix.  Sometimes, there are so many paraded in front of us on social media …it’s a bit overwhelming.  Then, that one photo catches your eye and you’re so grateful.  This is one of those.

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beef barley soup

When the winter winds arrive without invitation, I can’t say that I mind so much.  Nesting has always been one of my chosen hobbies.  The first thought that comes to mind is… it’s time to make some hearty soup.  I have fond childhood memories of arriving home from school on a wintry day greeted by

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the almontina

I’ve had a copy of this tucked in with my many ‘hope-to-make-this-soon’ recipes for quite some time now.  When I checked the fine print at the bottom of the page …it is from an old Hallmark Magazine dated December 2009!  Guess you could say that I like to collect (and hold onto) recipes!  This one

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how to celebrate your 35th

For years, when our children were young, my husband, John, and I didn’t do a lot of traveling to far-off lands.  Since we lived in southern New Jersey, we decided to limit our road trips to destinations up and down the east coast.  That worked out well since my brother and his family lived in Maine.

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cole slaw

How great is it to hand down family recipes and traditions?  It promotes a wonderful feeling of connection and continuity. My mom’s cole slaw recipe has been one of those cherished by a number of extended family members.  Several years ago, I wasn’t able to locate my copy.  Panic mode set in!  My sister-in-law came to

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french toast soufflé

Sometimes you happen to come across one of those recipes that is so special …it becomes a family favorite.  This is one of those.  Imagine showing up at your office with a ‘just from the oven’ version of this.  I’ve done that.  My co-workers asked me to do that again.  And again.  It’s that good.  

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the magic of quebec

Growing up in southern New Jersey certainly had its perks.  Frequent trips to the ‘jersey shore’ were typical …my most vivid memories are of our family vacations in Ocean City, NJ.  Sometimes we would get crazy and venture out to spend some time in nearby Wildwood.  Good times. Every so often, when time and money

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