If you ask me what my favorite salad green is, I’d tell you it’s arugula. If you ask me what my second favorite salad green is, I’d say lettuce. If you ask me what kind of lettuce, I’d tell you any kind except iceberg lettuce. If you ask me what other vegetables I want in [...]

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Pearl potato salad with lemon, orange, garlic and tarragon dressing

When you need to reduce the amount of salt in a dish, what do you do to make sure that the flavors don’t fall flat? You add things that are rich and flavor and aroma so that you don’t miss the salt at all. In an earlier version of this pearl potato salad / side [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-03-02 07:00:10
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Celery Julep with Jack Daniels

You might have seen Matt and Ted Lee on Unique Eats. And you might have seen and heard them talk about celery julep, a drink associated with the American South. Speedy was so roused with the unlikely idea of making a cocktail drink with celery juice. I found it a bit odd but, heck, why [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-03-01 12:20:32
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About Chinese sausages

When pressed for time or too lazy to cook a full meal or when the fridge and pantry are almost empty, one of the easiest — and tastiest — dishes that I can whip up is a combo of thinly sliced Chinese sausages and scrambled eggs. I like to cook them as an omelet or [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-03-01 08:50:30
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Microwave carrot cupcakes

So, as I was saying… I?m experimenting on whether regular cake/cupcake recipes can be done in the microwave, period. Maybe just a matter of getting the setting and baking time right. And here’s the result of the first experiment. I mixed a carrot cake batter using a recipe not meant for a regular oven. I [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-29 13:10:28
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Chicken, tofu, shiitake and spinach stir fry

My mother is arriving tomorrow and staying for a couple of days. She’s 74 years old, a retired trial court judge who still has a pretty active social life and who likes to go shopping as a form of exercise. Yeah, you read that right. She goes shopping to exercise. She says all that walking [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-29 08:40:25
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Microwave chocolate cupcakes

When there’s just Speedy and me at home — and that’s five days out of every week — I try to refrain from baking. And it’s so darn hard to control myself especially when the itch to patter in the kitchen strikes. But a whole cake or pie (even small ones), a whole tray of [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-27 22:50:18
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Sunday lunch

It was one of those weekends when everything just felt right. The girls caught up with much needed sleep and, as a result, they were in an amiable mood. No one whine. No one demanded impossible things. In short, life was so relaxed and smooth-sailing that cooking lunch was not a chore but a dreamy [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-27 03:40:14
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Taco salad with spicy garlic dressing

Does a salad always have to be served on a salad plate and eaten with a salad fork? If bread forms part of the salad, does the bread always have to be in the form of croutons? As far as I am concerned, the answers are no and no. I like variety. So, a couple [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-25 05:30:18
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Pork and beans face off: Hunt?s versus Ram

Because I grew up with Hunt’s and Speedy grew up with Libby’s, we wanted to do a Hunt’s versus Libby’s pork and beans face off. But we were unable to find Libby’s in the groceries that we visited so we decided to pit Hunt’s against the brand that was just as widely available as Hunt’s. [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-23 06:50:41
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Chunky ham and mushroom soup

This is probably the first real dish that I cooked in days. The bug I caught left me with very little appetite and when I don’t feel hungry, trust me when I say that anything I cook will reflect the way I feel. So, I didn’t even bother to make an attempt. We had a [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-22 08:40:34

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