Monthly Archives: November 2011

Some Thoughts on Food and Aging

A number of years ago I faced a very unhappy truth about life: aging and excess baggage (of any sort) are unsuitable companions. Whether you are twenty or thirty pounds overweight, or you are carrying twenty or thirty pounds of … Continue reading

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The World’s Best Hostess Gift: Homemade Candy!

1/29/12 Please note alterations I have made to this post after spending the holiday season revisiting the recipes to make 40 pounds of the stuff to send to my nieces and nephews as a  Christmas. treat. The party season is … Continue reading

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Cheese Ball: Hopelessly Retro, or Must-Have Classic?

Every family has one: an heirloom recipe so grandfathered into the collective family psyche that its absence from the holiday spread has the power to incite a full-blown mutiny. For my family, one sure-fire example of such a rebellion-inspiring treat … Continue reading

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Plan Ahead! Here’s a Great Recipe for Those Turkey Leftovers

I know, I know, you haven’t even thawed the damned turkey yet, let alone cooked it! But if you take a minute here before your final trip to the store, you will be glad you did, come the weekend. Following … Continue reading

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Mim’s Take on Pumpkin Pie

Without pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving would have failed to achieve its iconic status. Turkey alone simply lacks the ability to carry the day. Lovely aromas, nice presentation, irresistible crispy skin, but then what’s there to look forward to? Another afternoon and … Continue reading

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Want a Great Pie Crust, But Don’t Have a Food Processor?

You can get around the lack of a food processor by buying a really cheap little tool called a pastry blender It’s a cool little tool with a handle that’s attached to a bunch of steel loops. You use it … Continue reading

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Mim’s Take on Apple Pie

By now I’m assuming that you have read my Fail-Proof Pie Crust post and are ready to proceed to the filling part of the pie equation. First, buy more apples than you think you will need. If in the end … Continue reading

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My Recipe (and Tricks) For Fail-Proof Pie Crust

Just in time for the holidays and by popular demand, here are my (painfully arrived at) lessons on how to make a perfect pie crust. No need to buy inferior pie crust in the dairy or frozen food section of … Continue reading

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Carnitas From my Boston Bunker

I spent the entire of last week holed up in blissful comfort on the South Shore of Boston, having narrowly escaped the storm that devastated the entire state of Connecticut in my absence. Pure dumb luck, as I had travelled … Continue reading

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A Pot Sticker Pork-out

I have been messing around with recipes for pot stickers off and on for quite some time now, searching, as always, for one I would happily make over and over again. (Those of you who have followed my adventures on … Continue reading

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