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Split Pea Soup

I think split pea soup tends to get a bad wrap.  It tends to be used in the same sentance as ‘wallpaper paste’.   Split pea soup deserves a second chance.  Why?  Because my husband makes an amazing (but simple) split … Continue reading

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Cassoulet

I think of Cassoulet as a gussied up version of pork and beans.  If you are French, you may not agree with this.  Sorry.  Cassoulet is beans slow cooked with at least a couple types of pork and duck confit. … Continue reading

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A winter soup for dreaming of spring

I must confess, I made this soup several weeks ago when it was still February and cold and dreary.  Now we are a couple of days into spring so I thought I’d better hurry up and post this before its … Continue reading

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Cooking Dried Beans

Apparently, there is a lot of confusion over how to cook dried beans.  In honor of the fact that we all need a little more fiber in our diets, here are simple tips for cooking dried beans.  Dried beans are … Continue reading

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Beans for Allergies

This post is a little different from my usual posts.  It’s still about food, but it’s also about new research showing that what you eat affects your immune response.  I regularly browse through the scientific journals (for work, I swear) … Continue reading

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Borscht

Until recently, the borscht recipes I’ve found in American cookbooks have been forgettable, one-dimensional soups.  But the couple of times I have been fortunate enough to have borscht made by someone’s Russian grandmother it has been an entirely different experience–delicious … Continue reading

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Brussels sprouts sprouting…

I am really excited for this year’s garden.  Nevermind that it is only mid-February.  I’ve been getting into gardening mode for a month now.  Every December I get my Seed Saver’s catalog and in January, when all that holiday bustling … Continue reading

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Pesto Winter Lasagna

This picture really doesn’t do this lasagna justice.  It is really tasty, vegetarian and filling.  Of course, enough cheese and any dish will be filling. Like most of the dishes we’ve been posting through the winter months, the vegetable portion … Continue reading

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Turkey Lentil Stew

Baby, holidays, work…it’s been awhile since I’ve done a blog post.  Fortunately, we’ve still been cooking (and taking pictures).  So for my first post in the new year I’d like to share a recipe that utilizes my favorite spice of … Continue reading

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Porter Glazed Ham

To answer your first question, yes, we glazed a ham with beer.  Porter is a remarkable beer that’s perfectly bitter with chocolate and coffee undertones and hints of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg–flavors that go hand in hand with Christmas.  The … Continue reading

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