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Savory Beef Stew with Dumplings

Savory Beef Stew with Dumplings

I am so lucky to have a husband that loves to cook.  And it’s an added bonus that he happens to be a really good cook!  This past weekend Jack was in the mood to make this Savory Beef Stew with Dumplings for us, and the aromas that filled the house were just amazing! A …Continue

Green Beans with Tarragon

Green Beans with Tarragon

Growing up, I was never a big fan of green beans.  I mostly remember being served beans that were either previously frozen or coming from a can – neither of which does much for preserving the texture and taste of this vegetable.  But this simple dish for Green Beans with Tarragon has made me a …Continue

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Whenever I make this chocolate peanut butter pie, the following scenario typically plays out: As everyone starts to eat this luscious dessert, the room falls silent.   Then someone – usually with their mouth still full of pie – mutters, “Oh. My. GAWD! This is amazing.” And it is a really,really good Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie – …Continue

Salami & Cheddar Quiche

Salami & Cheddar Quiche

The Fannie Farmer Cookbook was the first cookbook I ever owned – given to me by my sister Joanne as a Christmas gift back when I had just moved into my first apartment as a college student.   That book, often called one of the great basic American cookbooks, started my culinary adventures and even today …Continue

Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

I’ve always had a sort of love-hate thing about scones.  In theory, I love them and really, what’s not to love?  A delicious, airy, lightly sweetened or sometimes savory pastry made with lots of butter.   But most of the time, the scones I’ve eaten have been too dry and too heavy – a total disappointment. And then …Continue