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Dinner Party!

Dinner party tomorrow night: us, two members of my critique group, and my IT person (translation: three of my close friends). Wanna hear the menu? Suuure you do. We're all girls here, right? Here it is: Niman Ranch filet mignon (which I took a picture of so you can see how purty it is)¬†with sauteed crimini mushrooms and mustard butter…

Grandma Lottie (Harward)'s Pecan Pie

Thanks to reader Kathy Harward for the recipe! I made this for my Southern boy husband and he LOVED it! Super easy. Kathy recently suggested adding chocolate chips. Good thing I didn't know about that before I made my most recent two pies, because I DEFINITELY wouldn't have been able to resist eating that, and I'm supposed to be on…

Vegetarian West African Soup

Full of protein and vitamins, hearty and delicious. Even kids seem to like this. Easy to make, too! You can double the recipe & freeze, too. 1/3 cup peanut butter1 Tbsp. olive oil1 cup chopped onion2-3 cloves diced garlic 1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger (or you could use 1 tsp. powdered ginger) 3 cups peeled & cubed sweet potato (I…


This recipe was shared with me by reader Kathy Harward of Georgia. (Thanks, Kathy!)¬† I made it last night and it was absolutely delicious. I sieved on some unsweetened cocoa after the pie cooled, and that was wonderful, but it would also be good with fruit preserves, baked with coconut, etc. Or lemon juice & zest--lots of possibilities. Super quick…


Adapted from a recipe in the Fannie Farmer Baking Book. The buttermilk gives it a more tender crumb. 1 cup flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder 2 Tbsp. sugar (more if you like sweeter cornbread)3/4 cup yellow cornmeal1-1/2 cups buttermilk2 eggs4 Tbsp. melted butter Sift together dry ingredients; add cornmeal. Combine rest of ingredients and beat; stir…

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