Sautéed Fresh Cranberry Beans with Sage and Garlic

Sauteed Cranberry Beans

  Do you ever get stuck in a cooking rut where you go through a phase cooking the same dishes week in, week out?  Or are you the perpetually adventurous type, always trying out a new recipe? During busy weeks I mindlessly speed shop through the market and walk out with the same staple items […]

Arugula Salad with Apricot-Mint Vinaigrette

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  Time flies when you’re having fun… …and also when you’re just plain busy.  Where have the days gone?  There’s been greater demand for my time at work recently, leaving not much motivation to work on a blog post in the evening.  I’ve been squeezing in the bike rides and runs, too, so blogging has […]

Roasted Tomato Soup

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  There was a time when I turned my nose up at tomato soup.  To me it was no more than watered down tomato sauce disguised as soup–not the least bit appealing. I felt the same about tomato juice. V8? I’ll pass.  I don’t recall when the turning point was, when I decided that a […]

French-Style Spareribs

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  The oak trees in our yard are quickly shedding their leaves to prepare for the coming winter.  In contrast, Pilot, my normally petite cat is just a bit bigger as he’s now holding on to his fur (and hopefully appears more formidable in the eyes of the field mice).  The resident Great Horned owls […]

Rosemary-Parmesan Crackers

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As I type, there is a quintet of kitchen pots doing double duty as drip catchers in my family room.  I wouldn’t mind so much a drip…drip…drip, a slow harmony but last night’s rain has produced a fast, furious drum beat, a constant downpour in my home.  My husband has just discovered that the roofers […]