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chocolate mousse

Recipe: Double Chocolate Vanilla Mousse

by Jane Wangersky February 4th, 2016| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Chocolate mousse is one of those French dishes that are really pretty simple once you get over any fear of starting from scratch, and it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. Yes, you can make it from a mix, but I think it’s better homemade.

You may have second thoughts if you’ve never

Recipe: Poppy Seed Crackers

by Jane Wangersky January 28th, 2016| Recipes, Simple Solutions
It was soup last week, so this week it’s crackers. And though I’ve often made soup from the ground up -- that is, from bones and/or vegetable trim and water -- I had only once tried to make my own crackers. It was years ago and didn’t turn out very

Recipe: Simple French Onion Soup

by Jane Wangersky January 21st, 2016| Recipes, Simple Solutions, Soups & Stews
French onion soup was once so popular that special sets of bowls were made for serving it. They were flameproof so you could put them under the broiler after you’d floated the bread and cheese on top of the soup, and had handles so you could pull them out easily.

Recipe: Kiwi Salad

by Jane Wangersky January 14th, 2016| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Simple Solutions
If you made any New Year’s resolutions about cutting out sweets altogether -- read this anyway. Easing into it is better than going from a holiday season of candy and cookies to a sugar-free existence overnight. This simple dish is sweet, tart, and mostly good for you.

In fact, even if
oven fried potatoes

Recipe: Oven “Fries”

by Jane Wangersky January 6th, 2016| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Simple Solutions
A few years back, I read a newspaper article ridiculing “the low fat craze of the early ‘90’s.” This was in a paper that had been running low fat recipes -- it seemed to me anyway -- just a few months earlier. Of course the “don’t get more than 20%
avocado garlic dip

Recipe: Avocado and Roasted Garlic Dip

by Jane Wangersky December 23rd, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Musing on appetizers for New Year’s Eve, I thought of that old favorite, chips (or crackers, or raw vegetables) with dip. To invent one of those, I’d have to start with sour cream and/or mayonnaise . . . Suddenly I wondered why. It’s not as if those are the only
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Recipe: Christmas Breakfast Potatoes

by Jane Wangersky December 16th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
What makes this dish great for Christmas morning? The same thing that makes it great for (an occasional) dinner: It’s quick, easy, and delicious. It’s also got sour cream, cheese, and a crispy topping. What more do you need to feel festive? Well, besides the presents and the tree
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Recipe: Cranberry Oat Bars

by Jane Wangersky December 9th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Cranberries are so tart in their untouched state that we’re always adding things to sweeten them up. Dried cranberries, however, have already been sweetened so much in the processing that we have to be careful not to add much sweet stuff to any dish we’re making with them. (Though,
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Recipe: Potato Pancakes

by Jane Wangersky December 2nd, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
How did potato pancakes (latkes) come to be part of Hanukkah? Not being Jewish (despite what people thought when we first moved here and didn’t have time to put up the Christmas lights), I had to look this up. Turns out it’s all about the oil -- the oil
cookie dough snacks

Recipe: “Cookie Dough” Snacks

by Jane Wangersky November 26th, 2015| Party Snacks, Recipes
We may never know how much of the cookie dough in people’s kitchens -- whether they mixed it themselves or bought it ready made -- makes it into the oven. Raw cookie dough is one of those things everyone knows they shouldn’t eat, but most people will eat at
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Recipe: Coconut Shortbread

by Jane Wangersky November 25th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Shortbread is the perfect cookie baking project for people who don’t like to bake cookies. There are only three ingredients, there’s no raw egg (so you could eat the dough if you wanted, though you probably wouldn’t want to), and there’s no rolling out dough and cutting it into
snack turkey

Recipe: Snack Turkeys

by Jane Wangersky November 19th, 2015| Party Snacks, Recipes
Had enough Thanksgiving turkey? It’s not over yet, and I’m not talking about the leftovers (that’s another article). But these tiny snacks only look like turkeys, and, to be honest, not very much. What they taste like is several favorite snack foods -- crackers, cheese, nuts, and raw vegetables
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