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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

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 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
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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