Category Archives: Cooking

Seared Tuna with Sesame Noodles

Inspired by Sam Sifton’s recipe for Sesame Noodles in the recent New York Times food section, we had a super classy lunch, with the addition of  quickly seared tuna, sliced cucumber and pickled plums. Sear very fresh slices of tuna in a hot pan … Continue reading

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Rainy Day Pie

 After a long dry spell, we at last enjoyed a soaking rain. For days, I’d been dragging a garden hose around, ministering to the parched. Everything was droopy, leaves were falling from trees, and I was the water brigade. Finally, … Continue reading

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Blueberry Muffin Cake

What a glorious time of year. The days are long and luxuriously warm, everywhere you look it’s green, and the birds are singing. We’re fortunate to share our yard with some hummingbird families, who have created a bunch of rambunctious … Continue reading

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Casserole Like Mama Used to Make

  Mom was a challenged cook.With five kids to feed, frequent dinner parties to host,and weekend house guests,  she clipped recipes and dog-eared pages of her cookbooks, looking for the simplest, easiest way to bring food to the dinner table. … Continue reading

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Farmers Market Celery Soup

We hit the jackpot this weekend at the farmers market when JJ spotted a freshly plucked bunch of celery. It bears no resemblance to the stuff bound in plastic 3,000 miles away in California, shipped East, and hosed down periodically at the local … Continue reading

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A Perfect Lunch for the Fourth of July

Though it doesn’t feel like July, my vegetable garden is maintaining it’s familiar schedule. The sugar snap peas were abundant, but alas, now finished. The lettuces look like a Dr Seuss creation, a towering village of green pagodas. We’ve loved … Continue reading

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Soup and Prayer

We had a rugged week. My ninety five year old Mom, who we transplanted from Florida only two weeks ago, managed to catch a dreadfully deep wracking cough, challenging her already fragile body. It quickly became pneumonia. We scheduled a visit … Continue reading

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Cereal Competition

In the last six months my husband has fallen in love with granola. Somehow he missed the craze in the 70’s when I made gallons of the stuff. But for him, its like a first love and he’s committed. His … Continue reading

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Chicken and Vegetable Stew

These cool nights are scintillating! We’ve got the fire blazing, the candles (I love the battery operated ones that pretend to flicker) are ‘lit’, and we’ve transitioned to the hearty fare that fall vegetables enhance so deliciously. My garden has … Continue reading

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Alone with 24 Muffins

After a week of family reunioning, my sister and I had a few days to ourselves before she   headed home too. We had good heart to heart talks, and time to shop and do girl stuff. The last few … Continue reading

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