Cool Stuff – Sides & Snacks
“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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“Elana’s Gluten Free Olive Rosemary Bread & A Giveaway”

*Update:* The winner is… Gloria. Congratulations! You’re going to love this book. Send me an email to claim your loot! _______________________ I met a woman named Elana not too long ago. We met in a hallway of a hotel at a conference and as soon as we met I felt like I had known her for a long time. I just stopped going where I was going and sat on […]

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“Jalapeño Grits”

As you may know by now, based on the affair I’ve been having with sriracha, and my infatuation with chicken wings… I like spicy foods. I love spicy foods. I would make sacrifices for spicy foods. I think I’ve run out of hot sauces to try. Well I thought I did, but then my friend Amy just gifted me some that she brought back from vacation somewhere tropical… and I […]

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