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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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Overnight Carrot Soup

by Jane Wangersky December 18th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions, Soups & Stews
I really didn’t think this one was going to be a keeper. Maybe months later, I thought, I’d look back and laugh and write about it as one of my near misses (read: disasters). When I took my first taste of this soup I’d just invented, all I got
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Southwestern Pork Stew

by Jane Wangersky December 11th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions, Soups & Stews
This is a stew recipe for people who don’t like making stew. With a limit of four ingredients, I needed to make the process simpler too, and you can’t get much simpler than this.  No flouring the meat, no measuring spices, no need for stock or broth, no thickening
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Winter Green Soup with Garlic

by Jane Wangersky December 4th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
No, I’m not talking about the herb wintergreen, as in wint-o-green Lifesavers. (Though they’re one of my favorite flavors, and yes, they do shoot sparks if you crunch them in a dark room.)  I’m talking about cabbage and spinach, two of those old reliable, unexciting green vegetables that stay
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Thanksgiving Improv: Spinach Pinwheels

by Jane Wangersky November 27th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Happy Thanksgiving! Though if you’re reading this on Thanksgiving Day itself, you probably have some last-minute gap in your holiday dinner. Not to worry -- so did I, and I’ll tell you what I did.

Here in Canada, Thanksgiving comes in October. This year, unfortunately, it also came just after
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Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar Carrot Stuffing

by Jane Wangersky November 20th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping are a holiday food that cause just about as much disagreement as fruitcake – maybe more, because lots of people actually like this sweet potato dish. Others . . . well, I remember reading a Thanksgiving cookbook whose author had meant to put in
cranberry relish

Cranberry-Ginger Relish

by Jane Wangersky November 13th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
As Thanksgiving gets nearer (for those of you in the U.S., anyway -- in Canada, we had it last month, so you get the benefit of my recent experience), you probably know you’re expected to serve cranberries in some form. You may think your only choices are canned cranberry
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