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If you want the truth, I’m hoping I’ll be able to cull my first cookbook from these posts. They’re all about the techniques that will help you put a tasty and reasonably healthy dinner on the table after a long day of work or whatever in a minimum of time. 

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Timing Your Big Holiday Dinner

Welcome back to my special series on how to cook a delicious Big Holiday Dinner even if you've never done ...
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Cleaning Up Tips for the Holidays

Let's be real. Cleaning up is the absolute worst part of cooking. And after a full-on holiday feast, the last ...
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Green Beans Amandine

Welcome back to my series on how to make your own Big Holiday Dinner, even if you've never done it ...
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How to Make Mashed Potatoes

Welcome back to my series on making the Big Holiday Dinner. If you're just joining us, you may want to ...
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How to Make Soup

Welcome back to yet another installment in my special series on how to make a delicious Big Holiday Dinner even ...
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How to Roast a Bird

Another part of the big dinner you might want to practice is roasting your main course, part of my series ...
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How to Make Gravy

How to Make Gravy remains one of my more popular posts. It started as part of the series on how ...
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The Big Holiday Dinner: What You Do and Don’t Need

Welcome back to my series on how to make a delicious Big Holiday Dinner even if you've never done this ...
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A Checklist for Your Big Holiday Dinner

This is part of a multi-part series that will help you make your own delicious Big Holiday Dinner, even if ...
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How to Make the Big Holiday Dinner

This is Part One of a special series that I'll be posting all this month and next to help you ...
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Cleaning Up

One of these days, when I get around to writing my cookbook, the first chapter will be about cleaning up ...
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Creating a Skillet Casserole

Few dinners can compete with a basic skillet casserole. You've got tasty flavor. It cooks quickly. You can use healthy ...
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Six Reasons For Cooking Your Own Meals

A few weeks ago, I got a flyer in the mail for a home meal delivery service. This seems to ...
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How to Make a Fast Pasta Sauce

Sometimes you just want an easy dinner. A fast pasta sauce will get you there, especially if you keep the ...
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Sharpening up Your Knife Skills

Yes, it has been a while since I've done a Dark Side of the Fridge post. I thought I'd bring ...
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How to Chop an Onion

Wow. It feels like forever since I've a done a Dark Side of the Fridge post. And it probably has ...
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Stocking Your Fridge and Pantry

Now that we're finally past the panic buying part of this pandemic (I hope), maybe it's time to take a ...
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When good recipes go bad

Many years ago, I made a dinner from a recipe book that, to be blunt, tasted just awful. My then-husband ...
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My Fried Chicken Waterloo

I know - it's been a while since I've done a cooking post. Too busy trying to sell books and ...
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How to Roast a Turkey Redux.

This is a post redux from my series on how to cook Thanksgiving Dinner. Thanksgiving Day may be on Thursday, ...
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Making Lentil Chili

A friend of mine recently hosted a large number of her relatives at her place thanks to a death in ...
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I Have a Lot of Cookbooks

Every time I want to get a new cookbook, I can almost always predict my husband's response: "You don't use ...
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Surviving the Grocery Store

We have a grocery store near us that we absolutely love, yet we generally refer to it as The Gates ...
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Menu Planning Made Easy

It's been a while since I've done a cooking blog post, but I'm still very interested in teaching folks how ...
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Organizing Your Kitchen

It has been a while since I've done a Dark Side of the Fridge (how to cook) post. But I'm ...
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Cooking with Wine

So last week, my kid asks me about cooking with wine. Namely, she was trying to figure out how to ...
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From the Dark Side of the Fridge: Salad Basics II

Some years back, I read a cookbook which started with the author being asked for a recipe for egg salad ...
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From the Dark Side of the Fridge: Salad Basics I

It's summer. It's hot. Salads are a great way to get dinner on the table without cooking and a minimum ...
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From the Dark Side of the Fridge: Why No Recipes

As I noted in an earlier post you're not going to find a lot of recipes here. That's mostly because I ...
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From the Dark Side of the Fridge: On the Making of Meatballs

For a good many years, I simply did not get meatballs. I got the attraction. You can combine a variety ...
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From The Dark Side of the Fridge – Tacos, Gringo-Style

Please do not look for any recipes here. I don't generally use them. The point of this little blog is ...
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