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Recipe: Sweet and Spicy BBQ Pork

by Jane Wangersky May 12th, 2016| Main Dishes, Recipes, Simple Solutions
Barbecued meat is one of those flavors of summer, and while it’s great grilled just as is, a little or a lot of spice makes it even better. Here’s a simple but spicy pork dish you can cook either out- or indoors (because you never know when it might rain

Recipe: Chocolate Charlotte

by Jane Wangersky May 5th, 2016| Desserts, Recipes, Simple Solutions
Lots of moms see Mother’s Day as a break from cooking, and while I’m an exception to that (which has something to do with why I’ve ended up writing cooking articles), your mom should have some time off from the kitchen if that’s what she wants. So here’s a really
hot supper sandwiches

Recipe: Hot Supper Sandwiches

by Jane Wangersky April 28th, 2016| Main Dishes, Recipes, Simple Solutions
“Sandwiches for dinner” sounds, somehow, as if someone’s coming up short, not doing their job, possibly just bringing out a loaf of cheap white bread and a jar of generic peanut butter instead of cooking. Well . . . why? Why are sandwiches perfectly fine for lunch or a picnic,

Recipe: Quick Pasta Primavera with Shrimp

by Jane Wangersky April 21st, 2016| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Primavera means spring, but pasta primavera has come to mean a dish that includes pretty much any vegetables you happen to have around, spring, winter, or whatever. It makes a nice change from pasta with tomato sauce, though you can include tomatoes of any kind (sun-dried, fresh, canned, maybe even

Recipe: Baked Egg and Cheese

by Jane Wangersky April 14th, 2016| Recipes, Simple Solutions, Vegetarian
Though Easter is still visible in the rearview mirror, I’m not tired of eggs yet, and I’m not about to be. For one thing, I don’t eat meat, and eggs are one of the best alternative proteins. For another, there are so many different things you can do with them,

Recipe: Quick Lentils and Rice

by Jane Wangersky April 7th, 2016| Recipes, Simple Solutions, Vegetarian
I’ve had this recipe -- well, the base recipe for it -- since the late 1980’s, even longer than I’ve had my glass casserole dish. Over the years the two have become, not quite inseparable, because the glass dish is useful for lots of other things, but let’s say longtime

Recipe: Baseball Snack Mix

by Jane Wangersky March 31st, 2016| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Baseball and Cracker Jack go together, in real life as well as in our minds (unlike baseball and apple pie -- seriously, when did you ever see anyone eating pie at a baseball game? Anyway, you can’t make apple pie with just four ingredients). Thanks to the song, so do

Recipe: Cheese Brunch Squares

by Jane Wangersky March 24th, 2016| Recipes, Simple Solutions
This quick and easy stand-in for quiche was inspired, strangely enough, by a recipe for lemon bars that I’ve been using for a few months. The base layer was so much like pie crust and so much easier to make that I began thinking of other ways I
chocolate raspberry cream croissant

Recipe: Chocolate Raspberry Cream Croissants

by Jane Wangersky March 17th, 2016| Recipes, Simple Solutions
For brunch on a holiday, we all want something a little fancier than everyday breakfast -- but not too far away from it. Croissants alone might be special enough, but this takes them a step further by adding raspberry for a taste of spring and chocolate for a reminder of

Recipe: Mandarin and Beet Salad

by Jane Wangersky March 3rd, 2016| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Beets are something I usually save to make cake (no, really -- they let you make red velvet cake without any food coloring, and that’s not even getting into how surprisingly well they go with chocolate), but this time I’ve just roasted them and put them together with three complementary

Recipe: Easy Beef Stew

by Jane Wangersky February 25th, 2016| Recipes, Simple Solutions
When I brought home a secondhand copy of The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken, my son said, “But you don’t hate to cook.” No, I don’t -- otherwise I’d never have taken this job -- but I like to read books that make me laugh,
rice dinner

Recipe: One Dish Rice Dinner

by Jane Wangersky February 18th, 2016| Recipes, Simple Solutions
This isn’t anything fancy, but it’s good, filling, and a whole dinner in a single dish. Though a salad would round out the meal -- and you’ll have time to make one while this dish is cooking in the oven.

Starting from frozen means the vegetables don’t overcook. On the downside,
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