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Tweaking Prepared Meals

How to fool your guests! When my husband and I lived in London, the big thing was to have “posh” dinner parties and disguise Marks & Spencer’s prepared food and make it your own. The key was making sure there was no packaging left in the kitchen for any of the guests to see.  Last […]

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  July 23, 2015   1 comment

TalktoChef

I recently joined TalkToChef, which is a website designed for chefs and foodies to share their expertise with others.  Whether your questions concern a recipe, techniques, tips, meal planning, food budgeting, food health issues or any other culinary question that you might have. I am very excited about this amazing opportunity to share my passion for teaching and […]

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  May 9, 2015   No comments

Holiday Ice Candle

Here is an easy, inexpensive decorative candle holder for your Holiday table.  (I can’t use the word tablescape!)  I’ve also done this other times of the year using rosemary and kumquats or sliced lemons, etc. The photos are not actually step by step, but it gives you an idea of what I did. Step 1 [...]   Continue Reading
  December 9, 2014   No comments

Bacon 101

Here is an easy way to cook bacon with less splatter. Place the bacon (in strips or cut into pieces) and just enough water to cover it in a skillet over high heat. When the water reaches a boil, lower the heat to medium. Once all of the water has simmered away, turn down the […]

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  September 4, 2014   2 comments

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

After dinner, I noticed a cookie sheet full of what looked like lovely lemon cookies. As I reached for one, my husband Eric said that Grace had made these homemade garbage disposal cleaners. Thank goodness he was standing there! Grace is becoming quite the domestic goddess!   PrintDIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers Ingredients3/4 cup baking soda […]

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  July 11, 2013   No comments

Pyramid Pan

I don’t usually do product reviews, but I found this product by accident when I went into Bed, Bath & Beyond. I think this thing would be categorized in the Beyond section. Anyway, I saw it out of the corner of my eye and bought it. Call it an impulse purchase. The Pyramid Pan has […]

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  February 21, 2013   No comments

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 25,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.

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  December 31, 2012   No comments

Holiday Ice Candle

Here is an easy, inexpensive decorative candle holder for your Holiday table.  (I can’t use the word tablescape!)  I’ve also done this other times of the year using rosemary and komquats or sliced lemons, etc. The photos are not actually step by step, but it gives you an idea of what I did. Step 1 Buy […]

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  December 17, 2012   2 comments

Organic, Natural, Free-Range – What Does it really mean?

Are you confused about what you are buying? Organic: Foods that are produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. Natural: This product label is not synonymous with organic. “Natural” means that the product doesn’t contain any artificial ingredients or […]

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  October 5, 2012   No comments