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Pasta with Bacon: Simple, Smoky, and Good

by Jane Wangersky April 23rd, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions


This isn’t quite pasta carbonara -- for that, you’d have to leave out the cured meat and add a couple of raw eggs, which would quickly cook when you tossed them with the hot pasta and bacon. But it’s a good way to make a dish that uses pasta
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Honey Garlic Bacon: Great Flavors Come Together

by Jane Wangersky April 16th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
While we’ve left garlic behind and moved on to bacon as our focus, there’s nothing wrong with looking back to find a great taste to go with another great taste. Two, in fact. When I decided I would try making my own kind of candied bacon this week, I
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Asian Garlic Chicken

by Jane Wangersky April 9th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
In How to Cook and Eat in Chinese by Buwei Yang Chao, there’s a simple recipe called just Garlic Beef (Dr. Chao was not one for fancy names on her dishes) that’s become one of my family’s favorite foods. I make it when I have a lot of fairly
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Parmesan Garlic Butter: Classic With A Little Extra

by Jane Wangersky April 2nd, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
I know, I know, garlic butter doesn’t really need anything to make it better -- with garlic and butter, what more could you want? -- but I can use up to four ingredients in these recipes, so I began to think about what else I could throw into the
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Sweet Crisp Celery Salad

by Jane Wangersky March 26th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Though I wrote last time about using celery in fruit salad, I’d never actually done this with it myself. And to be precise, that’s not what I did this time either; this isn’t a fruit salad so much as a salad with fruit. Here’s how it came about.

We still
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Baked Stuffed Celery with Ricotta

by Jane Wangersky March 19th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Being a fan of healthy food that mimics something much less healthy, I sometimes make vegetable lasagna -- and by that I don’t mean lasagna with a vegetable based sauce, but lasagna with sliced vegetables instead of noodles. I just layer them with ricotta cheese, put on some tomato
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Pepperoni Spaghetti: All the Taste, No Sauce

by Jane Wangersky March 12th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
This is pasta with a topping that’s an alternative to tomato sauce, yet brings you all the same flavors -- plus a touch of grilled meat taste. It may also remind you a little of pizza; it’s got pepperoni, tomato, and cheese. Not to mention plenty of carbs to
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Chickeny Spaghetti, Two Ways

by Jane Wangersky March 5th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Pasta cooks by soaking up its cooking liquid, of course, but there’s usually a lot of that left over when it’s done. If you’re using water, as most of us do most of the time, that doesn’t seem so important. But this week, I was thinking of cooking pasta
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Chocolate-Cranberry Pears

by Jane Wangersky February 26th, 2015| Desserts, Recipes, Simple Solutions
We’re still working our way through a large delivery of pears here, and I’ve made pear crisp more than once. Well, now it’s time for another pear dessert, good in a different way, and even easier to make.

The inspiration for this came from several different sources, including my go-to
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Butter-Oat-Pear Crisp: Simple and Good

by Jane Wangersky February 19th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
The fruit-and-vegetable people brought us a lot more pears than I’d expected (should’ve read the list more carefully), and I needed to create a simple dessert, so guess what’s the main ingredient this week? I thought about honey roasted pears, pears poached in cheap red wine, baked pears (like
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Orange-Melon Gelatin

by Jane Wangersky February 12th, 2015| Desserts, Recipes, Simple Solutions
I nearly called this Melon Marmalade Gelatin, but after thinking about it I decided that wouldn’t be right, since it doesn’t contain any marmalade. However, if you like the taste of marmalade, you’ll like this dessert. Using undiluted orange juice concentrate gives it a strong flavor similar to what
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Raspberry White Chocolate Pudding

by Jane Wangersky February 5th, 2015| Desserts, Recipes, Simple Solutions
Whenever a recipe or set of directions says to add water, I begin thinking the dish would probably taste better if I used some liquid with actual flavor. Of course, it can be overdone -- you’ll notice, this time, I did actually use half the water the directions recommend
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