Tag: dinner

12 Days of Christmas: Decorating the Tree

This past Sunday I had the entire house to myself.  The weather was a little chilly, (for Southern CA at least) and I felt like cooking.  Knowing that we had a busy week of holiday-oriented activities on the calendar, I decided to make all of the dinners for the week which was relatively easy (I

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My Lifelong Love Affair with Lasagna

I had leftover lasagna today for lunch and it was SOOO much better than it was for dinner the other night (which really, I didn’t think was possible.)  But before I begin singing the praises of my (sorta) own lasagna recipe let me give you a little back story about my history with lasagna. As

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Sometimes It’s Nice to Go to Someone’s House and Eat Their Food

Let’s face it – no one can cook for everyone all of the time.  Sometimes cooks just need a break.  I was lucky enough to spend last weekend at my friend Jeane’s house where I visited not just with her, but with some very old friends.  (Well, the friends aren’t old, just the friendships, ha!)

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Thanksgiving Day Photo Op

Alright, I know most of us have already moved on to Christmas shopping/decorating/light hanging, etc.  And, I totally meant to post this on Friday, but I was still nursing a serious pie-hangover.  But, I made the family wait to eat until each dish had been photographed and if I don’t use the pictures they will

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The Night Before the Big Feast: What to Cook?

Answer: Order Pizza Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

What Else is for Dinner on Thursday?

Yesterday I waxed poetic about the similarities between the Super Bowl and Thanksgiving.  And as much as I would really love to create another analogy for my Thanksgiving feast, I really just want to get on the road. We’re taking Madison to Knott’s Berry Farm for her first time today. But, I also don’t want

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Super Bowl for Cooks

It dawned on me as I spent hours combing through cookbooks, blogs, tweets and websites that Thanksgiving – more than any other holiday – could be considered the Super Bowl for cooks. Like a championship quarterback, cooks exert a lot of energy just preparing for the big day.  We spend hours imagining the perfect menu. 

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How NOT to Roast a Chicken

“Cousin Courtney” is the daughter of my “Auntie Roxann” – one of the Butter Sisters.  She recently went back to work and – like many of us – is juggling work, family and food.  When she found out that I had a stash of family-friendly recipes she asked me if I could start sending her

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You Have a Fever? Try an Enchilada

I come from a long line of emotional eaters and feeders.  Good food was the cure-all in my family when I was growing up.  (Unless of course you’re throwing up every 15 minutes – then good liquids were the cure-all.)  As I’ve mentioned before my mom always had something yummy on the stove or in

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Powdered Sugar is not Flour

This is one of my favorite holiday cooking stories.  Ever. Last Christmas my “gift” to my family was 10 days of gourmet meals – really.  (More on that in future posts, promise!) Anyway, on my one night off from cooking an entire meal, (I was still responsible for popping the popcorn – stovetop NOT microwave

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