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Recipe: Asian Garlic Quinoa

by Jane Wangersky October 7th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Until this week, I had eaten quinoa a couple of times but never cooked it, and only had a vague idea of what it was (a seed with not much gluten and more protein than brown rice). So it was time to learn. Well, first it was time to
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Recipe: Grilled Brown Sugar-Ginger Pears

by Jane Wangersky September 30th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Once again the produce people are delivering three-pound bags of pears to us, often before I’ve finished using the last bag. Just this week I baked a double batch of Butter-Oat-Pear Crisp. At first glance this didn’t fit in with our food focus: grilled food. But with
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Recipe- Apple Oatmeal Cookies

by Jane Wangersky September 23rd, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
I first learned of John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, from a picture on a label -- the label of what, I can’t remember, but I don’t think it was Johnny Appleseed hard cider, which would’ve been kept out of my reach when I was that young. Anyway,
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Recipe- Slightly Spiked Hami Melon

by Jane Wangersky September 16th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
I might as well tell you right away, this isn’t one of those melons that are spiked with a whole bottle of liquor. People sometimes do that so they can have a “drink” in someplace they’re not supposed to, like at a sports event. Or maybe they just want
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Recipe- Fried Baby Corn

by Jane Wangersky September 9th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
I’m going to remember this summer as the year lettuce never got cheap. And it’s not just lettuce. The drought here on the west coast (which seems to be ending in a huge rainstorm as I write this) has affected a lot of the produce. Corn seems to be
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Recipe- Cherry Tomato Profiteroles

by Jane Wangersky September 2nd, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Long ago, I lived in a place where the least expensive English language magazines were British, and I clipped a recipe much like this from one of them. I wish I could given it credit, but I can’t find its name anywhere on the clipping. However, the author’s name
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Recipe: Madrid Salad

by Jane Wangersky August 26th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Madrid stew (cocido madrileño) is traditionally a long-cooking one-pot meal with multiple ingredients, and my challenge was to create a dish based on it that called for only four ingredients -- and that we could stand to eat in the middle of August. It turned out to be easier
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Dog Day Cookies

by Jane Wangersky August 19th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
This week it was my job to invent a recipe for National Dog Day, which had the potential to get, um, tasteless, but we won’t go there. Looking around for inspiration, I found some people give parties on this day (August 26th) to raise money for animal welfare groups.
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Tuna Salad with Sweet Pickle Relish

by Jane Wangersky August 12th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Back to school means sandwiches -- for most students, anyway. In my own schooldays, I never cared for them, and was known to bring in cold egg rolls for lunch. What goes around comes around, and now I have one child who’s only gradually learned to eat sandwiches, and
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Seaside Pasta Salad

by Jane Wangersky August 5th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Beach parties are kind of like picnics without ants (usually) but with the added risk of dropping your food in the sand. So the perfect beach party food would be guaranteed not to fall -- but I don’t think I can manage to invent it, at least not with
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Fennel Marinated Roasted Peppers

by Jane Wangersky July 29th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Roasted sweet peppers are an old standby with me, but marinated roasted sweet peppers were a new idea. Of course it was an idea I had to try, too.

When I brought home a mixed bag of red and yellow peppers, some of them the size
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Crispy Zucchini Wedges

by Jane Wangersky July 24th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Remember that dress that might’ve been white and gold or blue and black? I finally understand how it was possible, because the photo that didn’t make the cut for this article looked strangely like dark brown zucchini wedges on a light blue plate, whereas you can see they were
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