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potato salad

Lemon Pepper Potato Salad

by Jane Wangersky July 24th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
It’s too hot to turn on the oven and make my lemon pepper oven fries, which is a shame because they’d go so well with the burgers we’re going to be grilling in the backyard . . . but that doesn’t mean we can’t have potatoes flavored with lemon
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Make Pickles in Your Refrigerator – It’s Easy

by Jane Wangersky July 17th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m (maybe a little too) wary of trying to can or preserve anything at home, which is why the only jam I make is the freezer kind. I’ve been doing this for years, but until recently I wasn’t really aware that freezer jam had a
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Make Your Own Jam With Gelatin – And No Sugar

by Jane Wangersky July 10th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Though I'm usually a DIY kind of home cook, I don't make my own jam -- much. There's a fear of spoilage that seems to run in my family and keep me from wanting to can anything for winter. Still, nearly every summer, around the time when the raspberries
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Salsa Aspic: Hot and Cool

by Jane Wangersky July 3rd, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
You might think of this as really thick salsa. Or maybe as Jello for the main course. Or as something like cranberry sauce -- it’s made of fruit (tomatoes are fruit), it’s jellied, and it’s meant to be served along with meat or another main dish. However you look
nori salad

Asian Asparagus Salad — With A Touch of Sushi

by Jane Wangersky June 26th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
It's asparagus season -- it must be, the stuff was half price the last time I went grocery shopping. Though asparagus certainly isn't the first vegetable I think of when I've got a salad to make, it's what we had this week, so it's what I went with. All
ham salad

Ham and Cheese Salad

by Jane Wangersky June 19th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
With a salad to invent and a lot of ham and cheese in my fridge, I began wondering why we’ve come up with ham and cheese, ham salad, but not ham and cheese salad. Well, as it turns out, many people have had that same thought, judging by the
beet cuke salad

Beets Stuffed with Cucumber Salad

by Jane Wangersky June 12th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Beets, like revenge, are best served cold, which means, like revenge, they take some planning. This beet dish is no exception, but once you’ve got your cold, cooked beet(s) at hand, it really doesn’t take much time or work. Yet it still looks pretty enough to be special. It
monterey salad

Monterey Olive Salad

by Jane Wangersky June 5th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
I really meant to take a genuine New Orleans muffaletta to the potluck the other night, but, well, stuff happened, and I ran out of time to make the olive salad. Muffalettas and olive salad are a story in themselves, one that I may get around to one day.
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Toaster Oven Pancake for One

by Jane Wangersky May 22nd, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Let’s start with a confession from me: I’ve never mastered cooking pancakes. Oh, I tried, for a while, years ago. But I always poured the batter too thick or let the pan get too hot, and the only way I could make the pancakes round was by using a
barbecue french toast

Barbecue French Toast

by Jane Wangersky May 15th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
French toast, despite the name, exists in some form in every country where people ever had any leftover bread that was beginning to get stale -- in other words, every country in the world. In France, it's called pain perdu or lost/wasted bread, though it's more like bread that's 
quick easy hash browns

Quick and Easy Hash Browns

by Jane Wangersky May 8th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Potatoes for breakfast? It’s understandable if you hadn’t realized that fast-food hash browns were supposed to be made of potatoes. By the time they get to the customer, the potatoes have been mangled beyond recognition. Notice I don’t say they don’t taste good. But you can make something just
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Quick Hot Breakfasts

by Jane Wangersky May 2nd, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Though there are plenty of reasons not to eat cereal for breakfast -- many cereals are starchy, sugary, and full of chemicals -- what probably decides most people in favor of it is the sheer convenience. Pour it in, pour in the milk, that's it.

But by taking just a