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November 6, 2008   What do you do with a monster pepper?  You throw it on the fire and show it who’s boss!  I found these 1 POUND beauties at one of my favorite places and couldn’t pass them up. Roasting peppers is fun and easy (just make sure the fan’s on and a door[…]

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October 24, 2008 …cookie.  And, yes, that’s good enough for me.  I have a long love affair with the chocolate chip cookie.  As a kid I was obsessed with the Cookie Monster.  I even brought my Cookie Monster book for reading day in kindergarten…and for some reason, made sure there were Chips A’hoy crumbs crammed[…]

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September 23, 2008 This is the time of year when everywhere you go there are peaches, apricots, apples and plums…and the perfect time of year to make desserts!  It can’t get much better than a ripe plum on a warm September day, but for those who buy in quantities a bit too exuberantly, here’s an[…]

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September 16, 2008 No need for a grocery trip if you dive into the pantry and see what you can find. This morning’s raid gave me two recipes. My first shot at homemade crackers (Rosemary & Parmesan) and a can of chickpeas that turned into hummus. Both are perfect blank canvases to add most any[…]

September 6, 2008 …zebra tomatoes, that is! Along with these lemon cucumbers, I guess this was weird produce day at the farmers market for me. Zebra tomatoes are the perfect balance between acid and sweet and can be used in a wide variety of dishes because of that. These plum-sized beauties hold their shape when[…]

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September 1, 2008 Bananas. Chocolate chips. Pumpkin seeds (…which allows them to be classified as health food in my book). A major conflict in my life is my husband’s hatred of walnuts. How can this be? They are a major love of mine, as snacks or that incredible (oooh) Walnut Shrimp at Mei’s, but especially[…]

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August 31, 2008 In honor of the Un-Official End of Summer (a celebration for the end of Tourist Season will do for me), here is the Official Summer Burger: the Lemon Pepper Chicken Burger. What do you want for dinner? I dunno. What do yooou want for dinner? And repeat. I don’t even have kids[…]

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August 25, 2008 For the past week I’ve been craving anything with lemon in it (Lemon Pepper Chicken Burgers coming soon). I guess it could be called a “summer thing”. As a kid, I ran kicking and screaming away from anything with the flavor of citrus, especially those lemon, lime and orange Skittles…ick. Nowadays I[…]

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August 19, 2008 You know those appetizers that completely take the spotlight off your dinner, (and make it impossible to have room for it as well)? Super easy theme nite (uh…”late Chinese New Years?). These Pot Stickers were an easy way to make use of won ton wrappers that I brought home a while ago[…]