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Archive for September, 2009

When trying to recreate a recipe, it’s probably a good idea to have tasted it sometime in the last decade.  I have this glorious memory of the Beef and Barley Soup served at the Madrigal dinners in my high school.  I was a lowly serving wench back in those days, kept out of the kitchen […]

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I’ve always shyed away from hollandaise sauce in restaurants, mainly, because I thought it was a yellow mayonnaise.  The horror, I have a life altering fear of mayonnaise.  I’m working on it, albeit halfheartedly, since for health reasons, why would one ever attempt to learn to love mayonnaise?  That said, I like butter, I really […]

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Another quick dinner idea.  One of my foodbuzz friend’s had a great recipe this week.  StumptownSavory posted a mustard sauce, that in addition to looking delicious, contained ingredients that I usually have on hand.  I’m not a huge lover of chicken, and I pray for the day the scientists hit CNN Wendy’s style crying WHERE’S […]

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I’ve been running behind all week, and I’m blaming the rain.  In the past 7 days, we’ve had 8-9 inches of rain.  Not storms, thank goodness, but steady, streaming rain nearly unceasing all week.  Everything is soaking wet and crazy humid, and the preschoolers are pissed.  It’s enough to make one wonder if the universe […]

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For some reason I have this horror at using any pre-made products when preparing meals.  Maybe cause I feel like I don’t “own” it, you know, it’s not really “mine”.  It’s psychotic and really not very practical.  Luckily I have a loving husband who rolls with my personal insanities, finds them maybe almost endearing, even […]

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Friends, I’ve been lost in a book. Rather a series.  Rather several series, but usually, I can suck myself out, back to the real world as I know it.  These last few days have been like childhood, only instead of me gasping exasperated at one of my sisters lost in Gone With the Wind, or […]

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I’m a sauce fan.  Love the sauces.  On our Florida trip we ate a fabulous meal at Fish Out of Water, where I ordered a delicious white fish – served – to my surprise, in a dark, flavorful broth.  Not submerged, but plated in a base of broth.  Our family generally hates wet fish.  Truth […]

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Wow!  Look at those crisps!  When deciding what to serve with French Dip Sandwiches, my mind kept wandering to Houston’s Best. Sandwich. in. the. Free. World.  I love the teeny, tiny, crispy french fries they serve as the side dish.  In fact, Houston’s is one of only two places I even eat french fries.  Steak […]

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I haven’t had grasshopper pie since I was a kid, and I’m not even sure what prompted me to remember it.  It may have stemmed from my minor obsession with mint.  Mint tea, mint drinks, minted lemonade, dark chocolate and mint, mint ice cream,  mojitos, you name it.  Fresh mint has a very strong, earthy […]

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College Football Season is a mere one day away.  Tomorrow there will be live football back on the air.  Since we have a Duck in the family now, I’ll probably be watching the Oregon game tomorrow.  And Utah is playing tomorrow, too.  Since they’re still pitching a fit about the BCS results, I’ll have to […]

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