Nanny’s Brown Sugar Cookies

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Meet Nanny and Daddoo, my great-grandparents. Daddoo had a mind like a steel trap, could tell stories like you wouldn't believe, and was always up for a good laugh. Nanny had a soft, gentle voice and skin like velvet. She always smelled like dusting powder and hugged like nobody's business. (Man, I wish that photo weren't so damaged.) I have a cookbook with a few of her recipes in it. It's one of those small town, fundraising cookbooks. If you know them, you love … [Read more...]

Pecan Tacos with Poblano Sour Cream

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YUM! I mean...uh...hi. I need to share something with you. It's kind of a recipe and kind of just a meal idea. Take it and do with it what you will. It all started at a cute little downtown restaurant when I had a delicious salad that included spicy pecans. The entire salad was amazing, but I was left craving those pecans for weeks and weeks. I contacted the owner of said restaurant and she told me the secret was just taco seasoning! Of course, I made my own batch of these spicy pecans … [Read more...]

Crescent Veggie Stromboli

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I wish I had a better name that conveyed the deliciousness that is stuffed into this thing, but I'm feeling uninspired in the name department this evening.  I'm mourning what seems to be the death of my beloved camera.  It errored out on me on the last shot of this post and all the quick fixes I'm finding online are not working.  RIP, my dear friend.  You treated me well over the past  2 years and 11 months. Back to the matter at hand, though.  This recipe is my favorite of 2011 up to this … [Read more...]

Spinach Cream Sauce

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Tonight's dinner turned out so delicious, I just need to share. I've been eating pretty light and healthy lately, so I felt the need to make something rich, comforting and starchalicious. You're welcome for the new word. Side note:  I thought to grab my camera at the last minute and wasn't prepared, so please forgive missing & poor quality photos.  Thanks. Moving on.... Spinach Cream Sauce What you'll need: Pasta (this was superb with gnocchi, but use whatever floats … [Read more...]

Stuffed Mushrooms

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"This is the best thing anyone could ever eat!!" -- Elliott, 4 yrs So, because I'm transitioning over to the world of vegetarianism, I'm experimenting with quick, easy recipes that I can make for myself while also preparing meals for the rest of the family.  This afternoon's experiment led to an instant favorite.  They were so good, in fact, that the kiddos ate them out from under me.  Great success!     Stuffed Mushrooms 10-12  shitake mushrooms 6-8  cloves … [Read more...]