June – 2013 Cookbook Challenge
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A few years back, I was browsing Facebook when I came across a post from a friend, Sarah, asking for folks to help crowdfund her friend’s cookbook. Curious, I checked it out. The only thing I remember of the Kickstarter … Continue reading

May – 2013 Cookbook Challenge
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  Tarragon. Tarragon is one of those herbs that I have seen frequently on lists of “top herbs and spices to have in your kitchen” or included as part of an 18-bottle spice rack combo pack.  It is one of … Continue reading

Chef Watson – Quinoa Pilaf
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Chef Watson – Quinoa Pilaf  Attention fellow food geeks!  Bon Appétit Magazine and IBM are working together to develop an exciting, new kitchen toy—I mean “tool”.   Chef Watson is a software program that, according to the magazine “essentially discovers and … Continue reading

April – 2013 Cookbook Challenge
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I am what you’d call a mutt.  Growing up, my brothers and I were told that our forebears hailed from a plethora of places, stretching across Europe from Poland to Ireland, and even down into Africa, with a little Jewish … Continue reading

March – 2013 Cookbook Challenge
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I come from what some might call a foodie family, and yet I didn’t always feel the pull of the kitchen as strongly as I do now.  My grandfather was a chef, and so was one of my cousins, for … Continue reading

February – 2013 Cookbook Challenge
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Theme party! I love a good theme party.  Parties in general tend to get a big thumbs-up from me, especially when they involve food.  But there’s something about being given a subject to work with, a set of criteria to … Continue reading

2013 Cookbook Challenge – Intro
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I adore cookbooks, those colorfully-bound culinary instructions manuals, these days disguised as coffee table books, full of lavish photographs of delectable food.  They inspire even as they instruct.  They generate hunger while at the same time promising to satisfy it.  … Continue reading

Baked Beans
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  I’ll fess up right at the start and say that I was never very close to my grandfather on my mother’s side.  He was an imposing, stocky, bulldog of a man with a gruff demeanor and intractable opinions.  That’s not … Continue reading