Turkey Barley Soup Recipe

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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I hope that all of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful one.   I, for one, am glad it’s over.  I don’t know about you, but for me, the Holidays are a mixed bag.  Between all the shopping, prepping and cooking, there is so much work (and stress) leading up to the big day.  Then, when you finally do get to sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor, all you can think about is that huge mess left in the kitchen and how many loads in the dishwasher it will take to get it under control.  And, God forbid the rest of your dining companions don’t gush and swoon enough over your food after all of the hours and hours you spent slaving over it!  You can then feel both inadequate and resentful at the same time.  Did I mention that I’m a Type A personality?  And, a hopeless perfectionist?  In any event, it isn’t until the last pot is scrubbed and the leftovers are safely tucked away in their Tupperware containers that I can take a deep breath and relax. For me, that’s when the fun begins.  That’s when I start thinking about what I’m going to conjure up with all the leftovers.  read more >>

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Sunday, November 21, 201011 Comments

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Thursday, November 18, 201028 Comments

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TWD: Cranberry Lime Galette

Tuesday, November 16, 20108 Comments

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Trailer Trash Pot Roast

Friday, November 12, 201047 Comments

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TWD:  Not-Just-For-Thanksgiving Cranberry Shortbread Cake

Tuesday, November 9, 201021 Comments

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Thursday, November 4, 201019 Comments

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Pumpkin Flan (aka Caramel-Covered Crack)

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I’ve eaten a lot of flan in my day – maybe hundreds of pounds.  I’ve eaten it in Mexico, Puerto Rico and in numerous other Caribbean locales.  I’ve also eaten it Cuban-style, thanks to an old college roommate whose family was from Cuba. I’ve ordered it in every Latin …

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