Category Archive: Dining

Maple Bacon Oatmeal

This one is really more of a serving suggestion. You don’t really need a recipe for oatmeal – just follow the directions on your oatmeal container, then add bacon.

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E.S.T. in the Slow Cooker

While both of my sisters are wonderful cooks, I think I just didn’t get that gene. I mean, I’m OK, I can read a recipe (following it is whole ‘nother thing), but mostly I just can’t be bothered. I do like my rice cooker but I admit, I love my slow cooker. I can just throw stuff in there, and at the end of the day, voilà! perfectly cooked food! Easy peasy. Most of my recipes are simple. VERY simple. That often means that they are also relatively inexpensive to make as well. I think they are tasty too. Easy, Simple, Tasty – how can you beat that?

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A Luxurious Afternoon Tea For 15 Cents!

  Afternoon Tea at the The Langham Hotel, Pasadena is like stepping through a glorious doorway to another time and continent. Relax in the beautiful surroundings overlooking the gardens while you savor a wonderful array of tea sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream, tarts, luscious fruit, and delicate French macarons as you sip from the elegant Wedgwood …

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Food is Memory: The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, is an engaging new film from Dreamworks, which opens on August 8. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom and based on the novel by Richard C. Morais, the story concerns a family from India that moves to France and opens up a restaurant directly across the street from Mirren’s upscale establishment, and the conflicts that result.

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The Bite That Takes You Home

What food memory takes you home? What flavor or smell transports you to a long-ago time or place?
Baked custard is forever linked with my grandmother. Whether she came to our house, or we visited hers, there was always baked custard with nutmeg on top. She baked it in white milk glass custard cups. Custard and any food filled with custard remain my absolute favorite foods. My ultimate comfort food.
In honor of DreamWorks’ new film, The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, we’ll be sharing recipes inspired by the film this week.

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How Good is Two Buck Chuck?

We’re no wine experts; we like wine, but don’t know a lot about it or how to tell good from bad other than by deciding whether or not we like it. The sniffing part doesn’t work for me, because I have almost no sense of smell. We used to buy Trader Joe’s famous “two buck …

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Delicious and budget-friendly meals from Thanksgiving Leftovers

We hope everyone enjoyed a great Thanksgiving with friends and family. We’re so happy to have lots of leftovers. We’ll have turkey sandwiches (hot or cold) today for lunch, then I’ll start on the soup, pot pies, and shepherd’s pie. Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, has some great recipes on her blog.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

We had a request this week to share the recipe for our favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins which came to us several years ago from http://www.joyofbaking.com/muffins/PumpkinChocolateChipMuffins.html. Delicious all year long, but especially in the fall, I made half of this batch with chocolate chips and the other half with white chips. 1- 1/2 cups all purpose …

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Slow Cooker Potato Leek Soup

There are few things in the world that are as personally satisfying, as coming home to a meal you prepared using the crockpot. Now, I’ve cooked some impressive meals I’ve been very proud of including my Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas prime rib and perfect-for-every- occasion-chocolate mousse. But when I successfully set up the slow cooker, I …

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Pizza sandwich

Ashley posted this today: “Gifted children grow up to be gifted adults.” Not to toot my own horn, but I was a pretty bright kid, graduated high school early, and just today I made a sandwich with leftover pizza for bread. So yeah. Put it in the toaster oven so the cheese gets all melty. …

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