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October 10, 2009 • Comments (4)
As the big thaw continues (and finally concludes) …

Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while (since before the holidays) …but there was just too much going on. COOKING, COOKING, COOKING, BAKING, COOKING AND MORE BAKING AND COOKING. And, if you think I’m sick of it, you’re wrong. Nope… still love it all. So, I’m now in the fourth (or is it the fifth?) week of the “thaw and cook” challenge and, my fear that my butcher would think I was sick–or worse–that I defected to another provider–was TRUE!. Two weeks ago, I walked in to the shop, wanting to place my order for the holiday and,… continue reading
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September 5, 2009 • Comments (8)
A very “thaw-full” time…

You know what they say…give a girl a bigger closet and she’ll just fill it up with clothes! Well, I rarely shop for clothes but I’ve become a real hoarder when it comes to shopping for food–and my freezer is just busting with all kinds of things from raw meat and poultry to a variety of types of homemade stock and other cooked concoctions that were so good, I had to save them for another night (although “another night” just never seems to come because…well, because I simply love to shop for fresh food and COOK!!). So, a few days ago, when I saw that I almost… continue reading
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August 29, 2009 • Comments (1)
On composting…

Well, I’m doing it! Yes Siree, I’ve forgotten all about being the “hostess with the mostest” …now, I’ve become fixated on having the compost with the most toast! (Listen, if I ever start cooking specifically for my compost, just shoot me…) Actually, not too much bread goes into my compost bin, just LOTS and LOTS of kitchen scraps. All day long I’m adding stuff to my kitchen compost pail…and, by the way, if you’re considering getting this, before you spend the money on any one in particular (whether an outdoor compost bin or an indoor kitchen scrap collector), you need to really… continue reading
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August 12, 2009 • Comments (1)
In a pickle…

I just opened a jar of delicious homemade bread and butter pickles (a formal recipe and a separate blog is coming) and, there’s something about “putting up” foods that make me really want to be a good gardener, which I’m NOT. Oh, you don’t believe me? Here, look at this years “crop”… (and it’s already the middle of August!)  Oh, forgive me but I spoke too soon! continue reading
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April 9, 2009 • Comments (7)
The scent of fresh-cut grass and the skin on pudding.

I just got back from walking my dog, Mango, and my first seasonal whiff of freshly cut grass went right to my brain! What an amazing scent! It brought back some of the sweeter memories from my childhood in Woodmere, New York (that’s on the south shore of Long Island) where I, and my two older brothers grew up. We lived on a cul-de-sac and on the first really nice day of spring, that was my cue to begin my afternoon “look out” for the Good Humor truck. We had the same driver for years, a nice man named… continue reading
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March 30, 2009 • Comments (8)
My recipe calls for chicken fat. Can I purchase this in a grocery store?

Here’s a question from Ann: I found a recipe that was my Mother’s and it calls for Chicken Fat. Can you purchase it in a grocery store and if so in what section would I begin to look. Thanks so much–Ann Affectionately called “schmaltz,” chicken fat is a traditional ingredient in many savory, ethnic Jewish dishes and is often used as the fat of choice in meat dishes since it’s a no-no in Kosher cooking to mix milk products (like butter) in a meal that contains meat. Having said this, you certainly don’t need to be kosher, or even Jewish, to… continue reading
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December 2, 2008 • Comments (0)
Yes, I Cut the Fat!…

No, no, this isn’t a blog about reducing the saturated fat in my cooking. I was just putting some thinly sliced prosciutto on a plate for our dinner tonight and I saw that there was a wide layer of fat surrounding almost every slice of meat which, to me, is not what I (or those at my table) want to eat so I simply cut it off with kitchen scissors. I’m writing about it because as I was snipping away I couldn’t help but think about all the snooty types who think they know everything about the dos and… continue reading
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