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Orange macaroni and cheese

This is an entry into the America’s Test Kitchen ‘Dish it Your Way‘ challenge for Macaroni and Cheese.  If this round is like the others so far, I’m looking forward to checking out all of the other entries! Great stories

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The county fair, cows and Lynda’s granola

Let me tell you about the county fair and some cows.  When I was in college I came across an adorable picture of some cows ‘kissing’.  I was smitten and bought it right away.  Then I went to the Oswego

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Your Potato Salad

Update: I’m really honored to have won the America’s Test Kitchen ‘Dish it Your Way‘ Challenge!  If you’re a blogger, you should consider entering yourself.  The current theme is salmon.  I’m passing on this round, but hope to make an

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie for 4

I am convinced that I ate strawberry rhubarb pie when I was little.  The house we lived in until I was in kindergarten had a rhubarb patch, which is one of the few things I remember about that house.  My

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Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

When we cook for a large group of people and I have to come up with some sort of vegetarian version of the dish we’re making, we often find ourselves with extra beans or vegetables to use up.  This time

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Black bean burgers

When I first started cooking I cooked Rachael Ray and Food Network recipes almost exclusively.  For the record, 30 minute meals took about an hour and a half.  Though I still like some of those recipes, they’re not my primary

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Curried Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

This is a decidedly un-Spring like dish.  But file it away in your mind for the time when you need a good, hearty stew next winter!  Also, the color might seem a bit weird, but trust me, you won’t be

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best. sugar cookies. ever.

  In case you were concerned that I had dropped my ‘bake at least once a week’ unintentional resolution, you need not fear.  We did bake something sweet this weekend.  In fact, we baked the best sugar cookies ever. For

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Roasted cabbage with egg noodles

The title of this post was chosen very carefully, because it really is mostly cabbage with a few rich and buttery egg noodles thrown in for good measure.  Though it might be more well suited for a side dish than

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Browned Butter Valentine’s Brownies

There are two types of brownies in this world – cakey and fudgy.  Cakey is what I usually think of as boxed brownie mixes.  The texture is great, but, with the exception of Ghiradelli, the chocolate taste is often significantly

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