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Blast from the Past: Barley-Hazelnut Salad

As someone who considers herself an unabashed fan (and follower) of popular culture, I love trend-watching (and also soap opera-watching, and celebrity-watching, and style-watching. . . plus reading trashy magazines at the supermarket checkout line. . . I could go on, but really, haven’t I embarassed myself enough for one day?)

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Dog Day: Sibling Rituals/Sibling Revelry

Some people say that having a dog is like taking care of a three year old–forever. Sometimes, when The Girls engage in their morning play rituals, I think those people are right.

Here’s a little glimpse into canine sibling relationships. . . .it all starts when Chaser wants to play (which is pretty much […]

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Holiday Bundt Apple Cake

One of the shared quirks of most Canadians is our propensity to focus on the weather (well, that, and our internationally-recognized, world-renowned politeness. Oh, but please do excuse me for interrupting that train of thought with a parenthesis–how very rude! I do apologize).

We tend to talk about the weather, attempt […]

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Pear and Parsnip Soup

It seems like another lifetime now, but the year after my starter marriage ended, I lived in a townhouse with my dear friend Gemini I. Shortly after the furniture was placed and the boxes unpacked, we began to negotiate the rules of housework, grocery shopping, and TV usage when we got to […]

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Banana-Berry Breakfast Cakes

(Quick–try saying that title out loud ten times!).

After staying up too late watching Tina Fey’s masterwork on Saturday evening, the HH and I woke up late Sunday–perfect excuse for brunch! As I rooted through the refrigerator for inspiration, I came across a half-full container of soy yogurt. Now, […]

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Sweet Freedom: Quick Cookbook Update

I’ve been plugging away at the cookbook and just wanted to post a quick update for those who are interested. A few things:

1. Cookbook Group: I’ve started a Facebook group for anyone who’d like to hear how the publication is progressing, learn when the book is finally out (projected publication date is early 2009), […]

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Don’t Mock (Tuna) Me: When “From Scratch” Disappoints

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I’m a “from scratch” kind of gal. I mean, when you’ve been told you can’t eat anything processed, anything with additives, anything with coloring, anything with refined sweeteners or flours–basically, anything that’s not fresh from the vine or […]

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Flash in the Pan: Ginger-Mint Iced Tea

[I’ve decided to offer a mini-post every once in a while, for a dish that comes together incredibly quickly, or else is so easy to make that no recipe is required. Here’s today’s “Flash in the Pan.”]

[Thanks to everyone who hazarded guesses about what type of peppers I’ve got flourishing in […]

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Pizza with Pizzaz: Jalapeno Pesto Pizza*

* The HH loved this so much, he thought it needed a more jazzy name. So he came up with “Pesto Fiesta Pizza.” Olé!

One of the things I decided to do this summer was grow a garden, for the very first time. Maybe it was the influence of the previous tenants, […]

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So Long, Summer: Chilled Avocado Soup

Who could have ever guessed that our summer would FINALLY arrive on Labor Day Weekend? The weather this past weekend was glorious: brilliant sunshine, sky entirely unsullied by even a speck of cloud, so blue even the dogs seemed able to perceive its piercing azure, colorblind or no. The […]

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