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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
roasted pepper and fennel

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
carrot salad (400x400)

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
strawberry cream (400x400)

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
strawberry syrup and pancakes

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
fried asparagus (400x400)

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
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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