a note on pot herbs

Pot herbs come in many flavors and forms.  The term seems to cover any combination of fresh or dried herbs used to enhance our soups and stews.  It is thought that the term is French in origin. The word is that those insightful chefs named their collection of herbs after the pot in which they made their flavorful

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rosemary roasted nuts

Here’s one of my ‘go-to’ recipes. These roasted nuts work so well as a compliment to a cheese tray or stuffed into an attractive glass jar as a hostess gift. The combination of sweet and savory is irresistible. This is adapted from Ina Garten’s recipe for her Chipotle & Rosemary Roasted Nuts. I prefer to omit the

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home sweet home

When visiting a friend for the first time in their new home, it’s always a nice gesture to arrive with a housewarming gift.  Problem is …how do you know what they need?  How about flowers or a decorative potted plant. I used to have my own gift basket business  Actually, I liked to refer to my

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flowers & veggies

Looking for a way to spruce things up around the house?  Have some friends stopping by for drinks?  You can’t beat the look and feel of fresh flowers and you don’t have to spend a lot to get the effect.  The money you save doing it yourself can be used for that seafood appetizer you

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gold & sweet potato gratin

I came across this recipe while thumbing through one of my BHG recipe collection magazines.  The photo caught my eye but what kept me reading was the enticing blend of white and sweet potatoes. Since we typically don’t choose sweet spuds over the white ones, I figured here’s a great way to enjoy both.

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