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Café Des Amis
may 7, 2014

Yes, it's true. I often leave my children at home with nothing more to eat than a bowl of pasta. This time we just happened to have a few mini-sausages and a gift of ripe strawberries from another CSA member, which inched their meal's nutritional content above moderately sub-par. Plus, our babysitter was thoughtful enough to bring cake pops to celebrate my son's birthday!

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Tortilla Soup
May 4, 2014

Yes, again. Tortilla soup for dinner. From yesterday's leftovers. What a great camping trip! 

 

 

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Tortilla Soup
May 3, 2014

It seems like a million years ago that I made this for a different camping trip, way back in 2010. That dinner went so well that I'm doing it again, for my daughter's 3rd grade camp out potluck, four years later. Basically the same procedure this time, but with canned tomatoes instead of fresh. This summer's delicious locally grown ones haven't hit the markets yet.

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Bittman-EverythingSalad Niçoise
april 23, 2014

A composed salad is the obvious thing to make when the fridge is full of Easter Eggs. Salad Niçoise is one version that I especially love, there is something magical about the combination of vinaigrette, hard boiled egg and canned tuna. They work phenomenally well together.

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Lamb Kofta
april 10, 2014

I discovered Waitrose Kitchen magazine while in London with my family last week. I know, everyone always complains about British food. However, these days the Brits seem able to cook up some pretty delicious meals from what's popped up in the back garden. Or allotment. It must be because of that love of gardening they are also known for.

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Rico's Tacos
march 18, 2014

Another one from The Commonsense Kitchen, p 327. How can anyone resist a meal with a name as fun to say as "Rico's Tacos?" It rhymes. And rings of a party with warm sea air  where fairy lights hover over tables lit by flickering colored votives. The 1970's version of these candles, that I remember from my toddler-hood on the island paradise of Aruba. 

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february 26, 2014

Pounded pork with breading, fried in butter, along with my favorite salad: Canal House's Mock Cesar. Both are from Volume No 3, p. 95. To make croutons, I'll cube up the leftover bread we have, rub it with a clove of garlic cut in half, then warm some olive oil in a big pan on the stove, toast the cubes and add salt. My friend Jill would mock me for making my own croutons, but they sure taste good! 

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Buy the bookPizza and  Salad
january 20, 2014

Pizza is delivery, salad is my second favorite  in the world, Canal House's Mock Cesar, from Volume No 3, p. 35. Luckily I have some old bread going stale in the drawer for garlicky croutons. No mold yet!

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september 21, 2013

At our house "Small Plates" means leftovers. Today they will be leftover pizza and I'll make a salad, Canal House Cooking's Mock Cesar, from volume 3, p. 35. Leftover dressing and garlicky croutons are waiting in the fridge from last week.

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Buy the bookOnion Soup and Cesar Salad
september 11, 2013

Last week we got a whole bag of cute little ciopollini onions from Eatwell Farm, so I'll be taking the long road and slow cooking them (on the stove) into Canal House Cooking's version of French Onion Soup, from volume #3 p. 40. Alongside will be my second favorite salad in the world, their Mock Cesar, from the same book, p. 35. Luckily I have some old bread going stale in the fridge to make into garlicky croutons to crush and sprinkle on top.

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