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Fellowship and Roux

A bunch of years ago, I started thinking how nice it would be if the women at church got together on a regular basis to talk about all things “nest-y” : how to set an atmosphere in your home, how to can peaches, how to sew a button, how[...] read more

Fair-Worthy Corn Dogs

I was watching Paula Deen a few weeks ago (I adore her to pieces, btw. When, o when is she going to invite me over for coffee?) when she announced that she was going to show us how to make "Co-wern Dahgs." I almost didn't have time to ponder her impressive ability to pull a second syllable out of a one-syllable word, because my thoughts instantly went to the Fair ...

How to Make a Heart-Shaped Egg

Don’t you think all food should be heart-shaped? Yeah, me too. I’m slowly working my way down the list. To my usuals (heart-shaped meatloaf, mashed potatoes, muffins, cupcakes, donuts and cookies), I’m adding[...] read more

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

A repost from last Thanksgiving … because you really need to try it. And it’s not too late. 🙂

If there’s one thing that can really put a damper on your Thanksgiving dinner, it’s when your 20-lb turkey yields only 2 cups of drippings,[...] read more

How to Can Tomatoes

I’ve decided to become a full-blooded Italian. Anyone know how I could go about this?

I’ve been reading everything-Mediterranean these days, and in one of the books I picked up at my last trip to Half-Price Books, I saw a family of Italians[...] read more

Gyoza Sauce


I’ve been grieving the Gyoza sauce we used to get with our Chinese food from the Safeway counter. Do you know the sauce I’m talking about? I think I’m the only one who ever called it by its proper name. Gyoza sauce. That was[...] read more

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