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Archive for December, 2010

Pot Roast

There’s comfort food, and then there’s comfort food. Any type of roast is automatically a contender in my book.  I’ll make a roast at least twice a month.  I get groans from family and friends–“again?” they ask.  Chuck is usually a cheap cut of meat and I can stretch this meal for a week in […]

How to test the temperature of your slow cooker

Have you found a slow cooker at the thrift store that you want to be sure is safe to use?

Ole! Lima Bean Cassoulet

The lima bean, (phaseolus lunatus), a greatly maligned and often overlooked legume, is coming back to the dinner table. Sometimes also called “butter beans” because of their buttery texture, lima beans are high in fiber, protein, manganese, folate, potassium, iron and copper. Beans and grains are becoming more and more of a household staple for […]

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Coconut

This is another standby cookie recipe that comes from my mother’s box.  It came from the back of a bag of M&M’s baking bits, which are included in the original recipe, but I don’t like those very much.  I prefer regular semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Coworkers beat my door down for these cookies. The recipe calls […]

Chocolate Graham Cracker Cookies

One of my most outstanding memories of them involves my mother running after the motorcoach bus with her burnt orange Tupperware ™ container-circa 1995-as she’d forgotten to pack them in my luggage for a week-long trip through the mountains of North Carolina with a school group.