Category Archives: Food

The Hostess Twinkie Reading Plan

When I was growing up, I heard the mantra, “You are what you eat!” all the time. It’s not said so much these days, which is ironic since much of what we eat is grown with pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides; … Continue reading

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Recipe: Thai Stir Fry Steak Salad

I love Thai food, at least my Polish American version of it. A real Thai person, cooking real Thai food, would probably be horrified, but my family tells me that what they taste from my kitchen shares flavors with what … Continue reading

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Recipe: Save Money Pork Stew

Theoretically, stew is supposed to be a cheap meal, because it’s a conglomeration of inexpensive ingredients — namely vegetables — with a little bit of meat. The idea is to stretch out that little bit of meat to feed more … Continue reading

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Recipe: Cream Cheese and Raspberry Coffeecake

The “real” name for this recipe, “real” meaning what I call it, is a Christ-Child Coffee Cake, because it looks like a swaddled baby. ¬†But, since some people might find the concept dreadful, or they’ll ¬†wonder what Jesus and cream … Continue reading

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Recipe: Hot Chocolate — the Real Thing, Not the Powder

Those of us who grew up in the 1970s know that it was not an era of of high taste — be it in food, fashion, or home decor. The latter brought us avocado green appliances and brown and orange … Continue reading

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Recipe: Lentil Soup

Years ago, I took my two oldest daughters, who were then little people, to a Shoppe for a proper tea party. Five minutes with the menu convinced me that we would need to be creative if we were going to … Continue reading

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Recipe: Pancakes

Pancakes are pretty much the fastest food on the planet to make — and that’s without a mix. If you’ve got the basics in your kitchen — flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, oil, eggs — you can whip together a … Continue reading

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Recipe: Soft Bread Sticks

Generally, we eat around the dining room table — with place mats, no less! — but sometimes, when I’m feeling wild and crazy and free, we set up the meal at the living room coffee table and sit on the … Continue reading

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The Simple Life: Variety Isn’t Mandatory

The Norwegian Artist is the simplest man on the planet to feed: As long as the food tastes good, he eats it, and it doesn’t matter if it’s the same menu of yesterday, the day before, and the day before … Continue reading

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Recipe: Shockingly Simple Spaghetti Sauce

When I was a child, my dad was in charge of spaghetti. He began the process mid-morning Saturday and stayed in the kitchen, stirring and tasting and finessing, for hours, until the coup de grace at precisely 5 p.m., because … Continue reading

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