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Strawberry Cream with Gingered Honey

by Jane Wangersky May 28th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Since my recipe last week was so loaded with sugar, I challenged myself to make this week’s without any. Strawberries on their own don’t really need any sweetening, but since I had also decided to use sour cream I knew I’d need something to sweeten the mix. Mānuka honey
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Homemade Strawberry Syrup

by Jane Wangersky May 21st, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
It’s strawberry time, at least in California and other warm places, and -- for those of us who live further north -- in the produce department. Strawberries are grown near where I live, but our local strawberries don’t travel well and mostly get made into jam and other products
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Crispy Fried Asparagus

by Jane Wangersky May 14th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Last time, I wrote briefly about some of the options for asparagus besides the recipe I gave you then. Well, I hadn’t actually tried everything I wrote about -- fried breaded asparagus, for example. And I found I kept thinking about it, so for this week I decided to
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Asian Garlic Chicken

by Jane Wangersky April 9th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
In How to Cook and Eat in Chinese by Buwei Yang Chao, there’s a simple recipe called just Garlic Beef (Dr. Chao was not one for fancy names on her dishes) that’s become one of my family’s favorite foods. I make it when I have a lot of fairly
parm garlic butter

Parmesan Garlic Butter: Classic With A Little Extra

by Jane Wangersky April 2nd, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
I know, I know, garlic butter doesn’t really need anything to make it better -- with garlic and butter, what more could you want? -- but I can use up to four ingredients in these recipes, so I began to think about what else I could throw into the
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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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