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Pi Day

Three one four, et al A day to celebrate pie Pizza or apple My grandma Jessie could baked the heck out of some pies. Her coconut cream and lemon meringue pies were legendary. The crusts were light and flaky, melt in your mouth goodness. She died in 1997 at 81 years old. I miss her,…

Cafe con leche

Whenever I visited Hilde, my adopted Cuban abuela, she would drink espresso from china demitasse cups she brought with her when her family fled Havana. The afternoon I helped her scrape black beans off the ceiling when her pressure cooker exploded, she made me cafe con leche, and a love for sweet coffee was awakened…

I dip, you dip

Even with all of the constant carb bashing you hear in the news, I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes a nice chunk of crusty bread becomes a craving that’s difficult to ignore. So… I don’t. Here’s a tempting mixture of herbs, garlic and olive oil that is an amazing dip for breads. I’ve also…

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Mel and Michele have joined forces to host, as they put it, a “… brand-spanking-new, semi-monthly link-up.” For the first prompt of December, they’ve asked for our favorite holiday recipes. Since I made this goodie over Thanksgiving, per my kids’ requests, it seemed the perfect fit. Okay, this really isn’t a salad, and sure with all…

Weapons of war

A hush fell over the arena as the adversaries rushed forward to claim their war weapons. Each gathering armfuls of the small, but versatile white, brown and black blades. Sergeants scrambled to assist their masters in preparing for mortal hand-to-hand combat. Bombshell strategies were mapped out, guerilla warfare implemented in surprise attacks. Commanders roared out…

White chili for a cold day

A chat on Twitter Sunday afternoon with a few friends (Heather, Sara and Molly), about our longing for cooler days, led to confessions of love for fall cuisine – specifically stews, soups and chilies – the perfect cool weather meal. I mentioned that one of my favorites was White Chili, and a request was made to…