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Big Jake’s Lettuce Wraps

by TT July 28th, 2007| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Sandwiches
With July coming to an end, it's the perfect time to spend a day at the beach. Have the kids put on their swimsuits, grab any toys they want, pack some snacks, and we're off for a day of fun. The day is enjoyed by all. The kids get to boogie board and jump through the waves. Even the oldest kids in the group have fun building a sand castle. The grown-ups get to divide their time between cooling off (i.e. being lifeguards) and reading on a blanket in the sun.

The ride home is fairly
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TK’s Chesapeake Cole Slaw

by TK July 20th, 2007| Recipes, Salads
Coleslaw is one of those crazy dishes that has about a thousand different variations. Some people make it with mayo. Some with vinegar. Sometimes it is sweet. Sometimes it is sour.

My coleslaw is more of a combination recipe, and it has the bite of Chesapeake flavoring (like you are eating crabs out on the back porch or cooking fish and chips).

1 ½ lb. green cabbage, quartered, cored and shredded


5 tablespoons cider or malt vinegar

1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning, plus more for additional seasoning

2/3 cup mayonnaise

1 small onion,
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Ladies’ Lemonade

by TT July 20th, 2007| Drinks, Recipes
The girls' sleepover was a huge success the other night.  My friend arrived at 6:00, and we enjoyed a yummy dinner of salad on my deck.  It could have been a very leisurely dinner, except that a downpour arrived at the end of the meal, quickening our return to the house.

After our hasty retreat, it was time to make some beverages for our evening.  Being that it was a warm summer evening, lemonade seemed like the beverage of choice.  Of course, we're both adults and neither of us needed to drive, so something with a little more kick seemed appropriate. 
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Espinaca Dip

by TT July 18th, 2007| Appetizers, Recipes
Being a semi-single girl (being that the boyfriend is otherwise busy), it seemed like a good night to invite my best friend over for food, chatting, and movies.   I wanted to make a munchy that would stay warm through an evening of conversation, be easy to prepare whenever we decided we were ready to eat, and be a finger food that would allow us to nibble at it.

Seeing that my friend and I often like to order espinaca or con queso appetizers when we go out for the evening, I decided to try my hand at a homemade espinaca.  I
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OXO Good Grips Click & Seal Travel Mug

by TT July 16th, 2007| Equipment Reviews
I am a low-dose coffee addict. I don't need to have an i.v. of coffee, but I definitely need my morning cup of coffee. I prefer to sip slowly on my hot beverage during the start of my workday. This leads to the problem of finding the perfect travel coffee mug. For a while, it seemed that finding this mug would be as hard as finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

I searched many a rainbow, looking for the elusive travel mug. There have been mugs made of different materials,
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Herb of the Month: Mint

by TT July 15th, 2007| Recipes, Salads
In the midst of summer, it seems that most of us are busy trying to keep cool. Whether it be by consuming many ice cold beverages, finding a shady spot in the yard to lounge, or staying inside an air conditioned home, we have the same goal. We want to avoid the heat and humidity.

What herb speaks best of keeping cool? In my opinion, it would be mint. The very flavor of mint conjures thoughts of the icy cold: enjoying a peppermint candy, eating mint chocolate chip ice cream, or chewing on spearmint gum.
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Mom’s Wonderful Waffles

by TT July 11th, 2007| Breakfast Dishes, Recipes
Recently, I reviewed my Toastmaster Belgian Waffle Maker.  I received a comment to that posting requesting my waffle recipe.  Here is the recipe that I have used for countless morning meals.

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 Tb. sugar

1 Tb. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

2 cups milk (I use skim)

2 eggs

3 Tb. unsalted butter, melted

1 tsp. vanilla

Heat waffle maker, per owner's manual.

In an 8-cup measuring cup, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  In a 4-cup measuring cup, whisk together milk, eggs, cooled melted butter, and vanilla.  Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients.  Stir until just moistened.  (Batter will
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Toastmaker Belgian Waffle Maker

by TT July 9th, 2007| Equipment Reviews
A year or two ago, my two children, who were 7 and 9 at the time, slept over a friend's house. For breakfast the next morning they were offered waffles. They thought it was a great idea until the waffles were taken out of a box in the freezer. At this point in their young lives they had never seen waffles that weren't homemade. Needless to say, the waffle maker at my house is very well used.

I have owned my Toastmaker Belgian Waffle Maker for more than a decade, and I love it for its
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Summer Salad with Strawberries

by TT July 4th, 2007| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
The end of June is a great time to pick strawberries in New England.  These berries are ripe and prevalent at this time of year.  On a recent weekend morning, my children and I went to a local pick your own farm and in less than 30 minutes had harvested five pounds of sweet, ripe strawberries.

Upon bringing these berries home, I knew I wanted to use them in a new recipe.  Having used strawberries in many of the typical recipes:  shortcake, jam, fruit salad, sauce for ice cream or waffles, I wanted to make something different.  With the heat of summer upon us, I
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DeLonghi Espresso Maker

by TT July 1st, 2007| Equipment Reviews
espresso machine It seems that wherever you go today you can find espresso-based drinks. What used to be found at only upscale bakeries and Italian restaurants, can now be found at gas stations and convenience stores. With such a surge in popularity, it makes sense that there are now many options for making lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos at home.

Having become a fan of lattes, I received a DeLonghi Espresso Maker a year ago. I found this to be the perfect home model for me. It was very reasonably priced, taking about 20 barista-made lattes to equal the
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