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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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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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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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better bread

Well finally – homemade white  bread that meets all the requirements. Good for sandwiches. Good for toast. Good right out of the oven and good the next day. We’ve been baking our own bread for awhile now. It is SO much better than what you can buy inexpensively, and in most cases is better for us. I…

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traditional cinnamon rolls

Happy New Year Today is about doing absolutely nothing. Well…watching college football and serving up the traditional food of love that is all prepared and waiting in the freezer. For me that equates to “nothing.” It’s surprising how simple the preparations are, too. Our traditional New Year’s Day breakfast has always been: One Hour Cinnamon Rolls…

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too much buttermilk

A few days ago, as we were doing out weekly grocery shopping, I overheard a young homemaker say, “A half gallon of buttermilk! Are you kidding me? I’d never use that much buttermilk. I’ll just make something else.” Since my new motto is “Just be a good listener…your ears will never get you in trouble.” I…

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best ever burgers

First I want to say, “I’ve been a really good girl for the past 90 days!” I’ve been eating fresh fruits, fresh veggies and proteins. No carbs to speak of, almost no fat [mayo, butter and the like] and very little sugar. It’s paid off. Big time!  My jeans bag along behind me like they belong to someone…

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