Cool Stuff – Sides & Snacks

Grilled Corn with Cotija Cheese and Bacon

I’ve been trying all summer to grow corn. I planted the seeds in two long rows and waited patiently. Out of one hundred or so seeds, about six sprouted. Then a woodchuck came along and helped himself to about half of those. So I went to the gardening store and bought some in containers that had already sprouted. They were hearty little stalks and I spent all day planting them […]

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Summer Salad

I spent hours weeding yesterday. I think it was approximately 400 degrees out. There were four of us weeding my great-aunt’s former vegetable garden at Tulipwood that I ambitiously thought we should “plant” this year. All of it. I don’t think anyone has ever successfully completed the task of  taming all of that garden. It is big. There are many deer. Many woodchucks. A 7-foot deer fence and underground fence […]

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Purslane Salad

I have a thing for purslane. I think I inherited it from my grandmother. She is just obsessed with it. Whenever I visit she says, “have you seen any purslane in the garden?”   It is such an intriguing plant, purslane. For one, it is everywhere, in many countries, from the sidewalk cracks in the cities, to your vegetable garden, likely where you don’t want it to be. It is […]

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Apple Cider Potato Salad

It begins with an Amish man. Like most of my stories do. Okay fine it doesn’t begin with him, it begins with a 5 pound sack of potatoes that we purchased at a run down store in a vacant town across from this abandoned house that I really want to buy and fix up but am told I’m wasting my time because it would cost more than it’s worth. Waaaaah. […]

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Tomato Bread Salad

In case you missed it, or if by some small chance you don’t know about The Pioneer Woman, (is there anyone left on the planet that doesn’t know about The Pioneer Woman? I think they even frequent her site from the space station) I posted a lovely recipe for one of my favorite salads — Tomato Bread Salad — a short while ago on her site. She was busy taping […]

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Homemade Spaetzle

I just love spaetzle. It’s so comforting and German. It’s pasta with a twist, with some crunch, with some extra butter, and some herbs when you feel like it. It’s also only 4 ingredient cooking. Or 5 if you want to add a little flair like I did with the mustard powder. Once you mix up the ingredients, you don’t even need a spaetzle maker. You can do it with […]

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Spicy Crunchy Moroccan Chick Peas

Since I have been hijacked by life lately, it’s taken me a while to share these crispy treats, but they are an important topic. I just love chickpeas. Or is it garbanzo beans? Well, I love them either way. Sometimes, when I’m in a rush, I just empty a can of them into a bowl, add some of my favorite dressing and any herbs I can find and it’s a […]

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Mother’s Day Recipe Ideas

Right now I am in a small town in Illinois, along the Mississippi in a very strange hotel on a very wide highway eating very hot chicken wings and drinking a very large strawberry mojito. All of this traveling is well… making me miss my own things and my own familiar faces. And making me think about those familiar lady faces that I love. So here are some recipe ideas […]

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Morels in Marsala

The morel is my favorite mushroom. I think it is its richness and wonderful hearty texture that I like so much. The morel forces you to really chew it. They have a honeycomb type construction. And hollow stems. I spent many an hour trimming the stems and cleaning off the hard bits in my restaurant days. But I’ll never forget those morel and Marsala stew smells wafting through the kitchen […]

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Homemade English Muffins

I did it. I made homemade English Muffins. I can stop cooking now, my life’s task is complete. The best part? The recipe uses a skillet… my best friend, my savior, my no-wash skillet. God’s antidote to dirty dishes I say. They are full of nooks and crannies that would make Thomas proud. You can check out the full step-by-step recipe here at a fun place that I’m writing for, […]

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