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Clams With Bacon And Pasta in White Wine Broth

The best thing about coming home from a trip to the beach is coming home with some clams to cook for dinner.  Be sure to have some crusty bread on hand for dunking.  Serves 4-6 1/2 lb. small pasta, such … Continue reading

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Skillet Apple Cake

A quick and easy cake that’s perfect for an afternoon snack with a cup of tea.  Dress it up for dessert with a little vanilla ice cream. 10 T. butter, divided 2 large apples, such as granny smith, cored and … Continue reading

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French Rose 75

A few months back I posted about a classic cocktail from the early 1900′s.  It is one of the first cocktails that was invented in America called the French 75.  It’s a delicious lemony champagne and gin cocktail, and if … Continue reading

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Citrus Marinated Chicken

You know those recipes you have that you can make by heart and have earned a place in your regular dinner rotation?  We have a few favorites too: chili and cornbread, spaghetti and Italian sausages, flank steak tacos…these are the … Continue reading

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Almost Instant Strawberry Sorbet

This went from whole berries to soft-serve in about 20 minutes.  When the local Oregon strawberries come into town I always buy too many and then they sit in the fridge and after a couple of days begin to wrinkle. … Continue reading

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Thin Mints Ice Cream Cake

Every year I buy several boxes of Thin Mints from the Girl Scouts and stash them in the freezer.  After the kids go to bed my husband and I will eat a few, ice-cold, out of the freezer.  By some … Continue reading

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Saffron Orzo

Risotto is one of my favorite things to eat, but with all the time and stirring, it’s not really one of my favorite things to make.  This orzo gives you a very similar texture and taste of risotto without all … Continue reading

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Tiramisu Cupcakes

Sometimes grown-ups need cupcakes too.  Of course, you could serve these to kids, just not right before bedtime.  These are really not tiramisu- they are just tiramisu-themed.  There is espresso but no liqueur.  There is cream cheese instead of mascarpone. … Continue reading

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Cava and Rose Cocktail

This is a lovely, festive champagne cocktail for any holiday party. I came back from San Francisco with some wonderful dried rosebuds that I bought in a tea shop in Chinatown.  They make the most delicately fragranced tea.  I love … Continue reading

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You say Porketta I say Porchetta

Porchetta is basically an Italian pork roast.  But it’s not just any old pork roast.  It’s the Madonna of pork roast.  It falls apart at the touch of a fork, it’s mouth-watering, with just a hint of spice.  A true … Continue reading

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