Chocolate Gâteau Alice for Young and Old

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I spent a week or two at my grandpa’s during high school at one point. I was avoiding reality, and he needed someone to keep him company. At some point I went home to my parents and my four younger siblings, but he let me take a few things with me, the most important being […]

Rum-Glazed Roasted Pecans

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One of our favorite things to get at fairs, festivals and our local farmer’s market is a cone of roasted nuts. Just follow your nose, allowing the cinnamon smell to guide you. They’ll usually hand out a one-nut sample to entice you to buy them, too. It’s love at first taste, and you’re walking out […]

Banana Rum Cake from the Caribbean

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I let my bananas go bad again. Then I let them sit there a little bit longer because…well, I was busy. I had things to do. Then when I went in search of a banana rum cake I couldn’t really decide what I wanted. I kind of liked the idea of a sheet cake, but […]

Pesto Cheese Bread to Eat with Everything

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Sometimes the best things in life are simple. This is one of those times. There is nothing frilly or fancy about this recipe. It’s easy. If you make a good patch of pesto and stash it in your freezer, it is effortless. And the payoff is incredible. Who doesn’t love bread smothered in cheese? Every […]

Fresh Garden Pesto on Your Plate and in Your Freezer

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Our initial reason for gardening, before we even owned our own home, was to make pesto. We had always enjoyed pesto, and at the time with Ole in graduate school, buying the often expensive jar of it at the supermarket wasn’t something we were willing to do. And the “pesto pot” was born. The pesto […]

Lemon Cream Seafood Pasta for Hanging on to Summer

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It’s here. The last week of the summer is in full swing, and I am over my head in work and events and activities and last-minute to-do lists that just may very well not get done. Throw in a couple phone calls about the school book fair (remind me again why I am the chairperson […]

Herb Crusted Beef Tenderloin in a Windbreaker

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You’ve probably read my other posts about beef tenderloin or filet mignon cuts, and as I’ve explained before, this is something that we would buy only on special occasions because of its higher price.  But not only are full tenderloins cheaper per pound than it’s trimmed and cut filet mignon brothers, but there are sales […]