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Family Reunions

Summer is the time for family reunions all over the country.  I came across this wonderful cookbook while browsing at Barnes and Noble, actually looking for cookbooks about family reunion cooking.  This is the only one I found, and it’s a treasure!  It was published in 1991 by the National Council of Negro Women which […]

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Tomato

Cookbook Give-Away for the week of 6-28-10

Just in time for summer enjoyment, here is a great cookbook to enjoy the bounty of tomatoes, whether from your own garden or a local Farmer’s Market.  This cookbook from 1994 not only has over 60 great recipes, but you will also find out about the different varieties of tomatoes, and how to select and store them.  […]

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Sunday’s Recipe: Basil and Mint Mayonnaise

This is delectable on grilled salmon or other fish.  It can also be used for chicken salad, or a sandwich spread.  It’s one of my favorite things to make when I have fresh basil and mint in my garden. Basil and Mint Mayonnaise 2 egg yolks, room temperature1 egg, room temperature2-1/2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided1/2 […]

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Saturday’s Recipe: Whole Wheat Pancakes

How about whole wheat pancakes for a lazy Saturday morning?  They are great with some blueberries added, too. Whole Wheat Pancakes 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour3 Tablespoons packed brown sugar1 Tablespoon baking powder3/4 teaspoon salt1 egg, beaten1-1/4 cups milk3 Tablespoons canola oil, or melted butter 1.  Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in a […]

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What Would Julia Do?

Yesterday  I woke up wanting  to spend the  entire day cooking in the kitchen.  Some days are just like that. My husband was out of town on business and the house was quiet.  It’s been either too hot or too rainy in the Chicago area lately, so staying inside sounded good.  You would think with this hot weather, I […]

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Beverages

Safe Party Planning

With all the summer barbecue parties, graduations, weddings, and other occasions, beverages like champagne, wine, and beer will be available at many of them.  Since I would rather cook with alcohol than drink it, this book, published in 1992, caught my eye at a local library sale a few weeks ago.  I knew it would be […]

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The State Fair of O-k-l-a-h-o-m-a!

I used to live in Oklahoma, so that’s why I had to spell it out like the song!  I loved my time spent in Oklahoma City, but must admit that I don’t ever miss the heat, tornados, and weird bugs.  But I do miss my old friends, and my brother and his wife, who still […]

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The Fork Ran Away with the Spoon

This is a cookbook you can read like a novel.  It has marvelous recipes, but you can also read about the fascinating residents of West Marin County, California.  West Marin has a mystique all its own.  It is said that if you dine well in San Francisco, most likely the ingredients came from West Marin, […]

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