Category: cottage kitchen

the best lasagna

The temps are beginning to cool off! At last! 55 degrees early this morning. We've been thinking about making my lasagna to freeze for fall.  It is so good I've decided to share my recipe with you.

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roast chicken

INGREDIENTS 1 med onion, peeled and thickly sliced 3 stalks celery, halved lengthwise 4 carrots, trimmed and split lengthwise in half 1 (3 to 4 lb) whole chicken, cavity cleaned and rinsed Kosher or fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 lemon, quartered 1 small onion, trimmed, peeled, and quartered Fresh herbs such…

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4 real french dip

Around here we’re really fond of the traditional “French Dip” sandwich. Most good diners have one on the menu. The French Dip is easy to find when diners are open, quarantine is not in force and social distancing isn’t a thing. So…we haven’t had a good French Dip sandwich for more than a year. This…

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romantic dinner 4 two

The menu for dinner tonight is an artichoke, shrimp, a glass of wine, and the two of us. Simple but elegant in its own way. Cheers!! Prep is simple too. Artichokes: Buy the freshest (tightest) globes available. Trim away leaf points, tops and stems. Place stem end down in your pressure cooker or instant pot.…

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corn beef n’ cabbage

Would you like to cook something special for St. Patrick’s Day? You don’t need the luck of the Irish! Check out our recipe for corned beef and cabbage. INGREDIENTS 4 pounds corned beefcold water1 sprig thyme, several sprigs parsley bound together1 onion stuck with 6 whole clovespepper2 onions1 whole carrot1 large cabbagebutter INSTRUCTIONS Tie the beef…

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hamburger heaven

Hamburgers tonight folks–on homemade buns! Wonderful, and so easy: 1 cup warm water1 egg2 Tablespoons butter3 1/4 cups all purpose flour1/4 cup sugar2 teaspoons salt3 teaspoons active dry yeast NOTE: lately I've been loading all the ingredients in my bread machine, setting it to "dough" and skipping to the forming step. Works great. Saves time,…

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morning coffee

Good morning Dear Hearts Found this image online a while back. It literally stopped me dead in my tracks. I had to whip out my calculator and check for myself. Here’s how it breaks down: A 12-ounce tall coffee at your favorite quick brew kiosk will cost between $1.95 and $2.15, depending on your location.…

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clear ‘n cold

The sun has been bright and spring-like all day. For the past couple of days, for that matter. It’s wonderful! Expected high – 69 degrees.  Hooray!  These pics says spring and I’m lovin’ it.  Problem though.  ?? The early morning temp was a frosty…33 degrees. As we drove to the market we noticed almonds in blossom. …

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tea for two

Here’s a treat we always enjoy – White Chocolate / Macadamia Nut Cookies.  I don’t make these very often. Usually stick with my Famous Dark Chocolate Chip variety. But every once in a while I switch it up and use the more expensive ingredients in place of regular dark chocolate chips. It’s pretty simple to do……

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