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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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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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Zucchini Salsa

by Jane Wangersky July 17th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
What a coincidence, the vegetable delivery people brought me zucchini just as we got into zucchini week. Okay, not a coincidence -- once this stuff starts ripening anywhere in the Western Hemisphere, we’re in for a long summer of it.

Not that I don’t like zucchini. It tastes a lot
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Creamy Spinach Soup

by Jane Wangersky July 10th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
It’s a little hard to enjoy hot soup right now where I live, but at least this one didn’t take long to make. Spinach not only cooks down greatly, it does this very quickly. One second it’s crowding out everything else in the pot, the next it’s just a
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Carrot Cranberry Salad

by Jane Wangersky June 25th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
What I usually really want to do with carrots is to turn them into something that plays up their sweetness, and this time was no different -- at first. Yes, it was always going to be a salad -- technically, anyway -- but I planned to throw in some
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