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baked celery

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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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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“Sushi” Squares — No Sushi Chef Required

by Jane Wangersky January 29th, 2015| Appetizers, Recipes, Simple Solutions
Sushi shows up often as an appetizer or even a quick light meal -- but most of us buy it ready made rather than try to make it at home. Real sushi-making does take some training and special equipment -- if you’re interested, check out continuing education classes in
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Bacon-Wrapped Apples: Sweet, Salty, Hot

by Jane Wangersky January 22nd, 2015| Appetizers, Recipes, Simple Solutions
When you use bacon in an appetizer, people tend to expect to find it wrapped around something, simply because it’s so easy to wrap around other foods (before it’s cooked, anyway), and it’s so good at sharing its intense flavor with them too. So on the buffet table you
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Cheese Gems — A Quick Baked Appetizer

by Jane Wangersky January 15th, 2015| Appetizers, Recipes, Simple Solutions
I owe the origins of this recipe to yet another book at Project Gutenberg -- Recipes Tried and True, published in 1894 by the Ladies’ Aid Society of the First Presbyterian Church in Marion, Ohio -- and specifically to one contributor, Mrs. Fred Schaeffer. Though I’d seen similar recipes,
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Simple Stuffed Mushrooms- Quick Hot Appetizer

by Jane Wangersky January 8th, 2015| Appetizers, Recipes, Simple Solutions
Yes, I know Shirley Conran has said life is too short to stuff a mushroom, and I myself have said room temperature appetizers are best -- but these stuffed mushrooms won’t take more than a few minutes of your life, and they’re worth running into the kitchen for. I
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Light Marinated Cream Cheese Squares

by Jane Wangersky January 1st, 2015| Appetizers, Recipes, Simple Solutions
Here’s an easy homemade appetizer that takes a little planning, but only two, maybe three, ingredients. It comes out looking like a fancy artisanal cheese (all the more so if you don’t manage to cut all the pieces exactly the same size and shape), but it’s made of ingredients
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Savory Seaweed Broth

by Jane Wangersky December 25th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions, Soups & Stews
Sometimes you don’t want a soup that eats like a meal. The Campbell’s company knows this, or they would’ve discontinued all their non-chunky soups long ago. Sometimes, all you want is a clear, flavorful broth, either to warm you up without filling you up, or to add taste to
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