Category Archives: dinner idea

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: 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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Recipe: Easy Chai Tea

Chai Tea is not an unfathomable concoction that requires some mystery mix out of a can to create. Basically, it’s tea with spices in it, and as I pointed out in my article,┬áThe Simple Life: Use What You Have, you … Continue reading

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The Simple Life: Use What You Have

It’s amazing how many people hate onions, and a good portion of the populace could go the rest of their lives without seeing one on their kitchen counter: “Ooooooh! They’re so HOT. Yucky Yucky Ooooh.” Oh, please, people; ┬álet’s move … Continue reading

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Recipe: 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Soup

“Oh yuck. I hate pumpkin.” Did you really just say that? My friend, my friend — pumpkin is your buddy. The canned stuff is cheap, and the ingredients list is short. Here, I’ll read you the list off of a … Continue reading

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