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Archives for December 2007

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Happy New Year!

by TT December 31st, 2007| Drinks, Recipes
Putting away Christmas items and "undecorating" the tree today has put me in a reflective state of mind.  In the last six and a half months, I have shared daily events and recipes.  Each recipe about which I have written is part of a memory of this year.  There have
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Veggie Lasagna

by TT December 29th, 2007| Main Dishes, Recipes
Christmas has been celebrated at our home no less than 5 times this season.  We have had 2 Christmas Eves and 3 Christmas Days.  Needless to say we are ready for New Year's - a different holiday to celebrate.

Christmas Eve#1 was celebrated with 1 set of parents, friends, and 2 of

Restaurant Review: Bedford Village Inn, Bedford, NH

by TK December 24th, 2007| Restaurant Reviews
For a special holiday fare, we decided to go somewhere with a great reputation for creating special occasions - Bedford Village Inn in Bedford, New Hampshire. My delightful girlfriend, Michele, set the entire evening up (arranging for a babysitter and getting the reservation). She set the reservation for 8:30, but

Vanilla Orange Martinis

by TT December 24th, 2007| Drinks, Recipes
On a recent evening, we decided to stay home and have homemade appetizers. When the appetizers were prepared, I peered into our liquor cabinet to see what unique beverage I could make. Keeping our mixer options in mind, I toyed with ideas. I considered some shot drink recipes but
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Greek Lamb Wraps

by TT December 23rd, 2007| Recipes, Sandwiches
An elegant evening was planned as a surprise for last night, a sort of pre-holiday relaxing evening.  A babysitter was hired for the kids and a kid gourmet meal of mac & cheese was served.  While the children dined on their fine food, the two of us got dressed in more

Almond Biscotti

by TT December 23rd, 2007| Desserts, Recipes
With Christmas only a few days away, there are many preparations for the holiday.  For us it will be a multi-day celebration.  By the time New Year's arrives, we will have had 4 or 5 Christmas gatherings with different combinations of friends and family.

As preparation for this week, I have
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Brussel Sprouts with Lemon

by TT December 21st, 2007| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Brussel sprouts.  Just the name alone can make people say, "No, thank you," to a dinner invitation.  Probably one of the least liked vegies for kids, it is a tasty side dish for many meals.  I learned just how unpopular this vegetable is at the grocery store the other day. 
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Mushroom Tart

by TT December 20th, 2007| Main Dishes, Recipes
On a recent weekday, I had a middle of the day appointment that kept me home from work.  While getting ready for my day I thought about the meal I could make, as I would have more free time in the afternoon.  Before going to my appointment I had decided
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Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

by TT December 11th, 2007| Breakfast Dishes, Drinks, Healthy Cooking, Recipes
With the holiday season upon us, many of us let our good eating habits fall by the wayside.  There are temptations everywhere you look:  cookies, eggnog, fried latkes.

To balance these tasty munchies, I try to make meals using more healthy recipes.  Quite often I do that by having a high protein breakfast, such
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Choose Your Own Quesadillas

by TT December 8th, 2007| Main Dishes, Recipes
On a recent weeknight, the house was full of activity.  With a school concert to attend and a variety of palates to please, I was looking for a meal that could be individualized but would not create lots of dishes to clean.

Pondering the taste preferences of 2 children and 3
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Quick Corn Chowder

by TT December 2nd, 2007| Recipes, Soups & Stews
Last week on the way home from the dentist where I had Invisalign braces put on my teeth, we decidedto start a new tradition.

A new tradition has been started. With the arrival of chilly nights, there is a once a week soup night. One of the fun parts of
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