Monthly Archive: February 2017

What is Parchment Paper?

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    Readers want to know: What is parchment paper? It’s a grease and moisture resistant paper specially treated for oven use. Substitute aluminum foil, sprayed with cooking spray.

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Chicken Vesuvio Uses Last of Garden Peas

It has been a week of “gifts without ribbons.” A few days ago, our friend Ray brought over two huge loads of horse manure. Along with our own chicken manure, it will make a great fertilizer for our gardens. Yesterday, I walked down our woodland path to the river and was greeted all along the …

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Can an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

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According to Consumer Reports On Health, yes they do. And oh, by the way, according to my mom, as well. Stroke risk was 25% lower among people who ate lots of fruit with a white edible portion. And the pectin that is right under the skin is good for lowering cholesterol.

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Spinach Salad with Citrus – Perfect Salad for a Wintery Day

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  I have been SOO HUNGRY FOR SALADS! Here’s a yummy spinach salad with oranges and red wine vinaigrette. I found it on the Catholic Digest site. I added a little more vinegar and a tad more mustard. This salad satisfied my craving! I talked about spinach on the Sonrise Morning Show today with Annie …

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The Color Of Your Favorite Rose Tells A Lot About You!

Happy Valentine’s Day to each of you! BTW tomorrow morning I’ll be on Fox 19 at 9:45 with my pal Frank Marzullo making my newest version of Hot Fudge Pudding Cake. Hope you tune in! So what’s your favorite rose? Mine was always yellow but lately I have come to adore orange….. From good friend …

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Spaghetti, Acorn Squash and Eggplant Recipes Needed

Spaghetti, acorn squash and stuffed eggplant recipes needed. Patricia Tierney, a Northwest reader, is looking for ways to cook these nutritious veggies. Any ideas you have would be greatly appreciated for this adventurous cook.

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Kids in Kitchen Making Muffins & Memories

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I could blame a visit from the church ladies for the reason I left the butter out of a muffin recipe I’m sharing today. But I won’t, because even if they didn’t stop to visit I might have forgotten the butter anyway. That sometimes happens when I’m baking with the little ones. (And truth be …

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Chocolate Pudding Upside Down Cake: Happy Valentine’s Day

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On February 14, fancy restaurants will be booked solid, florists will do their best business of the year, and children’s backpacks will be stuffed full of heart-shaped cards from classmates. And it’s all thanks to St. Valentine. This morning I chatted with Anna Mitchell on the Son rise morning show about this saint and why we associate …

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What’s a French Potato Peeler?

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What’s a French Potato Peeler? It’s shaped like a “Y” with a wide blade – love it! So easy to shave thin, wide slices from veggies, like the zucchini above.

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How to cut calories in rice by half

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This information is from the Dr. Oz show – pretty amazing. I had mentioned in my Community Press column that adding coconut oil to rice reduces the calorie count by half. I didn’t have room in the column to elaborate, but it’s important to know the whole concept. Here it is. (And FYI for those …

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