Movie Menus

I bought this cookbook in 2004 for a couple reasons.  First of all, we just love movies in our family.  Added to that, my daughter Kristina has a degree in Theatre from Northwestern University, so movies and the entertainment industry have been a part of our lives for a long time.  If you have a child interested […]

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Chutneys and Relishes

With the abundance of fresh produce this summer, I will probably be talking frequently about many of the canning and preserving books I have in my library.  This one is a favorite; it’s a small book filled with big flavors.  Every cook knows that a spoonful of chutney or a dollop of relish can take any dish to […]

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The Sounds of Food

One of the columnists I read regularly in the Chicago Tribune is Barbara Brotman.  I enjoy her articles, but one from a few weeks ago brought me to tears.  It was about a local Chicago woman named Marsha who is going deaf.  She began slowly losing her hearing as a child, and now over age fifty, she […]

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Potato Salad Frenzy

I sometimes wish I didn’t like potato salad so much because it’s usually just downright fattening.  But alas, I am a potato salad freak.  I seek out potato salad recipes and have for years.  My very first taste of a potato salad was when I was in grade school and my childhood friend Linda invited me […]

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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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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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