Hog Wild! And How my Daughter Became a "Pork Personality"

Do you know how the term “hog wild” came into being?  Pigs living in colonial times were so prolific they ran “hog wild” in marauding bands through the streets and fields of settlements from Massachusetts to Virginia, not only vandalizing property but creating diplomatic problems with local Indian tribes.  Dutch doors were invented by New […]

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Relaxing with Curtis Stone

Most of the time my cookbook blogs are about out-of-print or older cookbooks, but I couldn’t resist writing about the newest book from Curtis Stone.  I have loved Curtis’s recipes ever since he was on the TLC network show, “Take Home Chef.”  The show no longer airs, but Curtis is still a busy guy.  He […]

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My friend Kim and the little Finnish Cookbook

I met my friend Kim at a cooking contest in 1987.  The contest required the use of Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese and had four winners in different categories.  I was in appetizers and Kim was in desserts.  We became fast friends and have kept in touch for almost 25 years.  Not long ago, Kim mailed me […]

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Cookbook Give-Away for the week of 5-17-10!

If you don’t have Martha Stewart’s Hors d’ Oeuvres cookbook from 1984 and would like a chance to win it, just email me your name and email address and I’ll put you in the drawing.  Let me know by Friday night, and I’ll randomly draw a name.  I will contact the winner by email, and […]

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A Recipe Collection from the Heart

This is what I look for at garage sales or book sales – someone’s personal notebook filled with their favorite family recipes, or yellowed old clippings from newspapers and magazines.  Then I wonder, how did this person’s family let this treasure go?  Or maybe they lost it, and are looking for it right this moment […]

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Dear Abby….

“Dear Abby” can offer helpful advice to the masses, but she can also help you decide what to make for dinner.  I am not surprised, because Abigail Van Buren (real name: Pauline Phillips) was born in Iowa.   Since I have many ancestors and friends from Iowa, I know Iowans are both smart and kitchen savvy!  This is a delightful […]

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Sunday’s Recipe: Lemon Roast Chicken

This is almost a no-recipe, recipe.  While chicken is roasting, it permeates the kitchen with an incredible aroma!  Serve with some spring asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes for an easy, yet company-worthy meal.  Lemon Roast Chicken with Herbs and Garlic Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Rub the skin of a 5 pound roasting chicken all over […]

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Saturday’s Recipe: Herbed Cream Cheese

Here is an easy and less expensive version of that delectable cream cheese spread in the little tubs.  It is an easy make-ahead treat, great served on crackers, spread on bagels, or with fresh cut-up vegetables as a dip.  Serve it for a party tonight! Cream Cheese Spread with Herbs 8 ounce package block-style cream cheese, softened1/4 […]

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