Category Archives: appetizers

A twist on potstickers

We make potstickers frequently. I usually fill them with a mixture of finely minced veggies sautéed until quite tender, tossed with a little brown rice and maybe a bit of leftover chicken or pork. I season them with soy sauce, … Continue reading

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Herb-stuffed pork tenderloin

Tom and I met years ago in Washington, DC, where politics influence every aspect of daily life. We were on hand for more than one presidential inauguration, and went to an inaugural ball together. Four years ago, in Wisconsin, we … Continue reading

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Fire-roasted tomato and tortellini soup

I’m still recovering from foot surgery. After an hour (at most) on my feet I’m achy and need to sit for a while with my feet up. What does this have to do with cooking, you ask? Tom’s been doing … Continue reading

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Sweet and spicy corn & chicken chowder

Luke and I flew to New Hampshire last week for a brief family visit. My sister Jul and her family were kind enough to let us and our parents all stay at their house. Jul made some seriously tasty dinners, … Continue reading

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Spicy chicken lettuce wraps

Did I mention we have air conditioning now? I guess I didn’t need to; I’m sure everyone heard our sighs of relief from many miles away. Our new air conditioner is not lowering the temperature to arctic levels, thank goodness. … Continue reading

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Turkey meatballs with parmesan

Tom loves meatballs. I’m not a fan of ground beef. But when we work together, beautiful things happen. Beautiful things like these orbs of deliciousness you see above. You might expect meatballs made with turkey to be bland and dry, … Continue reading

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Roasted red pepper soup, for Laurie

Our friend Laurie is at home recuperating from a tonsillectomy, OD’ing on popsicles and Jell-O. Solid food is distant on the horizon. Feel better soon, Laurie! I thought something savory might be a welcome break, but it needed to be … Continue reading

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Asparagus, bacon, and ricotta tart

So often, our dinners are inspired simply by what’s in the house. At the moment, that’s asparagus, bacon, and a batch of homemade ricotta. Normally that would result in 1) pasta, or 2) risotto, or maybe 3) quiche, but I was … Continue reading

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Chive-pistachio pesto

My chives are loving the weather lately. They are both lanky and bushy. When they’re flourishing, I top everything short of dessert with minced chives. I’m thinking pesto would be a bright note with the simple pan-seared chicken breasts I … Continue reading

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Savory-sweet roasted grapes

Yet again, I have Rebecca at Foodie with Family to thank. She made roasted brussels sprouts with grapes and walnuts. The dish was delicious, but my favorite part by far — the revelation — was the roasted grapes. Ten minutes … Continue reading

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