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Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe

Posted on Dec 21, 2016
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My grandmother, Gandy, was not the best cook but just like my mom, she made a few dishes that became favorites, especially at the holidays.  My Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe is one of those dishes ~ and a favorite side of mine. Not sure what the origins of this side dish are, Oysters Rockefeller, maybe? …

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Best Brussels Sprouts

Best Brussels Sprouts

Posted on Nov 13, 2016
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I had brussels sprouts for the very first time in my 30’s.  My parents never made them when I was growing up.  Then I got married.  Oh boy.  Lots of things my husband liked I had never had before.  Early in our married life he said he had a hankering for brussels sprouts.  Yes, he …

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Cheesy Potatoes

Cheesy Potatoes

Posted on Nov 10, 2016
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Ah, the holidays.  Almost Thanksgiving.  Do you have dishes you have to make?  Absolutely must have at (insert your holiday here)?  All holidays, and I mean all, must have “cheesy potatoes” on the table.  Except Christmas Day, I refuse. If you are from the midwest, or live there now, chances are you’ve had this hash brown casserole (or potato …

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Corn Soufflé

Corn Soufflé

Posted on Nov 10, 2016
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Thanksgiving is fast approaching and that means I’ll be making this corn casserole for PB&G.  She calls it corn soufflé, but technically speaking, it’s not really a soufflé.  But I can’t call this anything else. So who is PB&G anyway?  She is my middle child.  My daughter with a heart of gold, full of empathy for …

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Old-Fashioned Bread Stuffing with Sausage

Old-Fashioned Bread Stuffing with Sausage

Posted on Nov 5, 2016
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Holidays and food always conjure up memories of my dad.  He was such a great cook, I’d say old world through and through, he rarely used a written recipe.  But as my dad got older, he was always watching PBS cooking shows and then the new Food Network, and he subscribed to many cooking magazines.  He …

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Insalata Caprese with Basil Vinaigrette

Insalata Caprese with Basil Vinaigrette

Posted on Aug 17, 2016
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I just came off a weekend marathon of tomatoes, gorgeous heirlooms that I picked at a farm down the road.  I made a Caprese salad Saturday night for dinner.  While a traditional Caprese has a drizzle of olive oil, I opted for a basil vinaigrette.  This Insalata Caprese with Basil Vinaigrette is the perfect summertime dish. …

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Grilled Corn Salad

Grilled Corn Salad

Posted on Aug 4, 2016
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We’ve been grilling a lot of corn this summer for dinner.  Just tossing the ears of corn on the grill, not even shucking them first.  Meathead cooks them until they are charred and almost black all over.  The husks and silks come right off.  Easy and definitely a grilled taste to it, unlike boiled corn. …

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Napa Cabbage Salad

Napa Cabbage Salad

Posted on Jul 21, 2016
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Do you guys remember (or still make) Oriental cole slaw?  I don’t think that’s PC anymore, maybe it’s called Asian slaw now.  Anyway, it had the ramen noodles from the soup packets crushed up in the salad.  For some reason, I think that’s strange.  And then years ago, in Minnesota, a friend made a salad for …

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Honey's Potato Salad

Honey’s Potato Salad

Posted on May 11, 2016
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I had a great Mother’s Day, I hope you did too.  After the exhausting move, I went home to Chicago for my mom’s BFF’s 80th birthday party and then brought mom back to St. Louis for a long visit and Mother’s Day.  Honey is like a second mom to me.  I’ve known her all my life …

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Red Cabbage

Red Cabbage

Posted on Mar 25, 2016
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Happy Good Friday!  That means Easter is Sunday.  No big dinner this year, the kids are all busy with their spring break plans and Meathead and I are busy packing, we move next week.  Yikes!  I think sides are the best part of holiday meals, and this red cabbage is one of my favorites for …

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Baked Sweet Potato Wedges

Baked Sweet Potato Wedges

Posted on Mar 18, 2016
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I have always loved sweet potatoes, my family not so much.  Oh well, what do they know.  Anyway, I have discovered purple and white varieties, right next to the regular old orange-fleshed ones.  The purple color is outrageous and I have to think something in there is very good for you.  I’m going to say …

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Winter Spinach Salad

Winter Spinach Salad with Honey Cumin Dressing

Posted on Dec 10, 2015
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Holiday entertaining is on my mind these days.  Yours too, I bet.  This is a salad I used to make when I entertained around the holidays.  Usually, I made a pear and blue cheese salad, but once in awhile I made this salad.  Fresh sliced oranges, red onion and chèvre, with a smoky honey cumin vinaigrette.  And …

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Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Posted on Oct 18, 2015
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Fall is finally here and so are pears.  They just started popping up in the grocery stores.  Seasonal stuff is always so good.  This is definitely the best time for winter squash and sweet potatoes.  And pears. I was thinking the other day about a salad I used to make all the time when I …

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Mary’s German Potato Salad

Posted on Jul 28, 2015
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I didn’t know my mother-in-law but from what I hear I really missed out.  My sister-in-law, Paula, has called her a saint on more than one occasion.  My husband says she was always happy and had a great sense of humor.  I think these two qualities, sainthood and sense of humor, would be needed to …

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Black Bean and Rice Salad

Posted on Jul 15, 2015
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This is the other recipe I wanted to share in honor of our good friend Carol.  I just shared her balsamic berry sauce and this is the black bean salad she made at the same dinner party.  I’m pretty sure we were there for some sort of summer grill dinner and this was one of …

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