Monthly Archives: November 2011

Instant Mashed Potatoes (how to make them taste like they aren’t)

More of my musings on how to make convenience foods like instant mashed potatoes into a more elegant, tasty dish. A short entry today, being Thanksgiving and all. Instant Mashed Potatoes (serves 8 ) Start with the things you need … Continue reading

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Potatoes Au Gratin

Extra rich and creamy potato goodness, need I say more? Ingredients 3 to 4 medium russet potatoes, peeled 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup milk 3 tablespoons flour garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 4 tablespoon butter, softened … Continue reading

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Chicken Stock

Sounds simple doesn’t it? Chicken stock. We use it in many dishes. It’s almost as prevalent as salt and pepper. So what kind do you use? I admit, the boxed containers with their easy-pour spots are convenient. But are they … Continue reading

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Meatloaf: Just Give it a Try

Meatloaf. Some people hate it, “Peasant food!” they cry. Some folks love it. Count me in the latter category. Meatloaf is one of those unsung dishes, one that some people rail against yet others dare to order when we see … Continue reading

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Marinated Copper Pennies

a Carrot Salad 2 lbs. carrots 1 med. green pepper, thinly sliced 1 med. onion, thinly sliced Peel and cook carrots. Cool, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices. Put carrots, onion and pepper in shallow dish. Dressing: 1 (10 3/4 … Continue reading

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Better Tomato Soup

I don’t always cook from scratch. I’d like to but that isn’t realistic. So what do you do when you’re in a hurry but still want to jazz things up some? Here are some suggestions for tomato soup, one of … Continue reading

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Fried Rice 101

The Recipe (Or at least some guidelines for making tasty fried rice) The basic recipe feeds 4 fairly well. Add extra meat and some vegetables and it can easily stretch to 6. The measurements, outside of the rice ones, are … Continue reading

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Italian Beef

Cooks well in a slow cooker! 6 pound beef roast 2 teaspoons basil 1 teaspoon oregano 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1/2 teaspoon onion salt 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons black pepper 2 beef bullion cubes … Continue reading

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