Category Archives: appetizers

Healthy crunch: homemade pita chips

Sure, you can buy premade pita chips, but why, when these are so easy to make? Seriously, it’ll take 20 minutes tops, from the time you grab the cutting board to when you’re scooping the golden triangles onto the cooling … Continue reading

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Potato pizza — anything but bland.

I’m not sure what drew me to potato pizza initially. Perhaps it was the challenge of making two fairly bland ingredients — dough and potatoes — flavorful and appealing. In my first attempt, I spread a thin layer of (store-bought) … Continue reading

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Summer bash: peach-prosciutto crostini

Every summer, usually in July, we have an all-day party with friends from Tom’s high school years. I make the appetizers and the main course, and everyone else brings salads, dessert, and drinks. We refer to this as our Summer … Continue reading

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Post-vacation lunch: flatbread with pesto and ricotta

I meant to post last week, really I did. we were at my sister Jul’s in New Hampshire. It would have been lovely to cook with my family and post the results; we all love to cook, and our kids … Continue reading

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New versions of stuffed peppers and biscotti

Cooking is all about flexibility for me. I do take some pretty serious notes when I’m creating new dishes, or fiddling with old ones. (Most of the time, anyway.) Therefore, I can usually recreate a favorite dish fairly accurately, if that’s … Continue reading

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Galette: the no-fuss tart for pastry-phobes

I’ve been reading about those free-form tarts called galettes lately. I went through a galette phase years ago, but hadn’t made one recently. The rustic aspect is appealing, as is the complete freedom to fill them with anything the imagination … Continue reading

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Carla’s cookies, savory style

I received a fabulous gift on Friday. I am eternally grateful to the generous person who sent me a savory cookie sampler from Alchemy by Carla Hall. Okay, I confess: I did it. I bought the sampler and had it … Continue reading

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A lighter (?) version of garlic bread

Parmesan-Garlic Toasts Tonight was fish night in our house. What this means is I have a piece of fish that I usually prepare with an herb crust; Tom has Mrs. Paul’s (fish sticks or fillets), and Luke has chicken sausage. … Continue reading

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Fortifying spinach crostini

This was a day of repairs. The fun began at 7 a.m., when I pulled the car out of the garage and noticed the “check engine” light glowing on the dashboard of my nine-year-old Subaru. Luke got in the car … Continue reading

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Nutty parmesan shortbreads

We tend toward hibernation in the winter — this is Wisconsin, after all. But now that it’s spring we’re feeling mighty sociable. It’s time to have some options on hand for unexpected guests. For example, my pantry has cans of … Continue reading

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