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Recipe: Chocolate Caramel Mandarins

by Jane Wangersky March 10th, 2016| Recipes, Simple Solutions
I had read about caramel oranges in British recipes, but never seen any, let alone eaten them, not even since I came to live in Canada, where you can buy things like Eccles cakes at the supermarket. And then, once I started fiddling with the concept, I ended up adding

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,
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%

Easy Dinner Ideas: Ordering Food with Gift Cards

by Editorial Team December 27th, 2015| Simple Solutions
Planning for dinner can sometimes be stressful, especially if you have no time to cook but still want to have a decent meal. As with many people in a similar situation, you are likely to order in food from your favorite restaurant or pizza outlet within the local area. Fortunately,
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
jane's breakfast potatoes

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