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chocolate mousse

Recipe: Double Chocolate Vanilla Mousse

by Jane Wangersky February 4th, 2016| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Chocolate mousse is one of those French dishes that are really pretty simple once you get over any fear of starting from scratch, and it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. Yes, you can make it from a mix, but I think it’s better homemade.

You may have second thoughts if you’ve never
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Recipe: Poppy Seed Crackers

by Jane Wangersky January 28th, 2016| Recipes, Simple Solutions
It was soup last week, so this week it’s crackers. And though I’ve often made soup from the ground up -- that is, from bones and/or vegetable trim and water -- I had only once tried to make my own crackers. It was years ago and didn’t turn out very
onion_soup

Recipe: Simple French Onion Soup

by Jane Wangersky January 21st, 2016| Recipes, Simple Solutions, Soups & Stews
French onion soup was once so popular that special sets of bowls were made for serving it. They were flameproof so you could put them under the broiler after you’d floated the bread and cheese on top of the soup, and had handles so you could pull them out easily.
melonkiwi

Recipe: Kiwi Salad

by Jane Wangersky January 14th, 2016| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Simple Solutions
If you made any New Year’s resolutions about cutting out sweets altogether -- read this anyway. Easing into it is better than going from a holiday season of candy and cookies to a sugar-free existence overnight. This simple dish is sweet, tart, and mostly good for you.

In fact, even if
oven fried potatoes

Recipe: Oven “Fries”

by Jane Wangersky January 6th, 2016| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Simple Solutions
A few years back, I read a newspaper article ridiculing “the low fat craze of the early ‘90’s.” This was in a paper that had been running low fat recipes -- it seemed to me anyway -- just a few months earlier. Of course the “don’t get more than 20%
pizza

Easy Dinner Ideas: Ordering Food with Gift Cards

by Editorial Team December 27th, 2015| Simple Solutions
Planning for dinner can sometimes be stressful, especially if you have no time to cook but still want to have a decent meal. As with many people in a similar situation, you are likely to order in food from your favorite restaurant or pizza outlet within the local area. Fortunately,
avocado garlic dip

Recipe: Avocado and Roasted Garlic Dip

by Jane Wangersky December 23rd, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Musing on appetizers for New Year’s Eve, I thought of that old favorite, chips (or crackers, or raw vegetables) with dip. To invent one of those, I’d have to start with sour cream and/or mayonnaise . . . Suddenly I wondered why. It’s not as if those are the only
jane's breakfast potatoes

Recipe: Christmas Breakfast Potatoes

by Jane Wangersky December 16th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
What makes this dish great for Christmas morning? The same thing that makes it great for (an occasional) dinner: It’s quick, easy, and delicious. It’s also got sour cream, cheese, and a crispy topping. What more do you need to feel festive? Well, besides the presents and the tree
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Recipe: Cranberry Oat Bars

by Jane Wangersky December 9th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Cranberries are so tart in their untouched state that we’re always adding things to sweeten them up. Dried cranberries, however, have already been sweetened so much in the processing that we have to be careful not to add much sweet stuff to any dish we’re making with them. (Though,
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Recipe: Potato Pancakes

by Jane Wangersky December 2nd, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
How did potato pancakes (latkes) come to be part of Hanukkah? Not being Jewish (despite what people thought when we first moved here and didn’t have time to put up the Christmas lights), I had to look this up. Turns out it’s all about the oil -- the oil
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Recipe: Coconut Shortbread

by Jane Wangersky November 25th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Shortbread is the perfect cookie baking project for people who don’t like to bake cookies. There are only three ingredients, there’s no raw egg (so you could eat the dough if you wanted, though you probably wouldn’t want to), and there’s no rolling out dough and cutting it into
homemade turkey meatloaf

Recipe: After-Thanksgiving Meat Loaf

by Jane Wangersky November 18th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Canadian Thanksgiving was last month, and I’ve still got leftover turkey in the freezer, so it’s a good thing I have years of experience in using it up. Of course we all know about creamed turkey, turkey soup, and so forth, but this recipe is a little different: Though
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