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Breakfast Burritos for a Crowd (or for one!)

Breakfast Burritos are one of my favorite ways to feed a crowd, a family, or just one or two because everybody who’s anybody loves them. I have made them more than once over the years with the kids in my summer cooking classes, usually paired with fruit smoothies or a fruit salad and they are […]

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Think Like a Chef

One of the big moments in my evolution as a cook was when I gradually began to think like a chef instead of a recipe collector. I am not talking about taking up molecular gastronomy or wearing a toque and clogs in the kitchen or hiring illegal immigrants to wash dishes and prep produce. I […]

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Pucker Up, Buttercup: Lemon and Berry Pie or Parfaits

Summer means thinking of ways to have your dessert and not heat the kitchen, too, and variations on lemon icebox pie are at the top of my bag of tricks for ways to satisfy my sweet tooth with a minimum of fuss and heat. At the girls’ camp we talked about earlier, we wanted to […]

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Evolution of a Go-To Recipe: Main Dish Salad with Grilled Chicken, Fruit, and Poppy Seed Dressing

 Most cooks who have been in the kitchen for any length of time have at least a handful of standby recipes, dishes they make again and again because they are extra-delicious, easy, or versatile. Go-to recipes are the culinary equivalent of a habit, which is not a bad thing at all if they are well […]

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{pretty, happy, funny, real}: IMK, IML Goes to Camp

Do you ever feel like all you do is cook? I really did feel like that last week when I served as head cook at a camp for girls. It was my first time at such an undertaking, and I found it first intimidating, then fun and exhausting, and finally terribly rewarding. The Goals: 1. […]

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The Best Thing You’ll Eat This Summer: Tomato Basil Pie

Tomato Pie is apparently a famous Southern dish, although nobody in my north Alabama family ever ate it, as far as I know. Perhaps it was more the province of men who went to work in offices and ladies who bathed a couple of times a day in the hottest weeks and ate their pimento […]

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{pretty, happy, funny, real}: Ordinary-Extraordinary

Pretty The anenome ‘September Charm’ has just started to bloom this week. I look forward to these sweet, five-petaled, soft-pink blossoms every year. Happy The tomatoes are finally arriving regularly from the vines. Six weeks or so of tomato-bliss! And, lots of zinnias to cut for the house from a couple of clumps in the […]

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I have been spending more time than usual thinking about what others like, and in many ways I find it hard going. Me, I’m easy – I know what I prefer – but when I am in charge, how much of the deciding how things will be ought to be what I think best and […]

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Cerebral Homemaking Part 4: Blast Physics! We Have to Aim Just a Little Higher

Previous articles in the Cerebral Homemaking series: Part 1: Wrapping My Head Around My Work Part 2: “Please Lie Down on the Couch and We’ll Begin the Analysis” Part 3: Lofty Thinking — About Vision, Philosophy, and the G Word In the last Cerebral Homemaking article, we talked about developing a vision for our homes and […]

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Summer Staple : Chopped Salad with Feta, Lime, Mint, and Sunflower Seeds

I love salad in some form all year round. In fall and winter we eat a lot of lettuce/onion/fruit/cheese/nut combos. In spring, I’m always tossing tender garden greens with various herby dressing concoctions. Now that the spring lettuce is bolting in the heat, I turn to bulky lettuce-free mixtures of whatever is wonderful in the […]

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