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Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup

Creamy Tomato-Basil SoupFor a long time, if you asked me what my absolute favorite meal was, I would reply, “Grilled cheese and tomato soup,” without any hesitation.  Now, I have always loved a grilled cheese and still do, with a passion, in fact.  But over the years, I realized that the other half of that duo was just not holding up its end of the bargain. I would dutifully make my can of tomato soup to go with my sandwich, and while it kind of worked as a counterpoint to a perfectly toasty, cheesy sandwich, it mostly just sucked.  I know this is impolitic of me, but regular tomato soup is just so boring.  The terrible mediocrity of it is what made me give up on the idea that grilled cheese and tomato soup was, indeed, my favorite meal.  Something that most closely resembled ketchup water had no place in any of my favorites lists.

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Pretzel Rolls

Pretzel RollsIs there anyone who doesn’t love a pretzel roll? To me, the perfect pretzel roll is flavorful, light and fluffy on the inside, with a dark brown, chewy (but not crisp) crust, and a hefty sprinkle of salt on top.  All the best parts of a really good pretzel, but with the versatility and unfussiness of a bun or roll.  They’re easy enough to find in a grocery store these days, but with a few exceptions, they are pretty unremarkable.  Some are too dense, while others are all fluff with no chew to the crust.  Nothing disappoints like the promise of a delicious pretzel roll unfulfilled. Continue reading


Filed under Baking, Bread

Falafel Salad with Cucumber Dill Dressing

Falafel Salad with Cucumber Dill Dressing

Happy New Year!  I hope that 2013 was a fabulous year for you, and that 2014 will be even better.  Once again, I am entering the new year unencumbered by resolutions, which has become my own kind of tradition, I suppose.  Sure, there are projects to be done, a whole house full of rooms to be organized, and there are certainly pounds to be lost.  But I can’t be bothered with all that in the face of a brand new year, fresh with possibilities.  Also, I’m extremely distracted at the moment by this falafel salad.

Falafel Salad with Cucumber Dill Dressing

I’m fully aware that the blogging world is probably glutted at the moment with “recipes” for salads.  But this isn’t that kind of salad.  This is a salad that is only a salad because it really wants to be.  What?!  I don’t even know. I just ate a big plate of this and I’m giddy about it. It’s so good. Continue reading


Filed under Salad, Vegetarian

Earl Grey Truffles

Earl Grey TrufflesMmm… is there anything better than a hot cup of earl grey tea on a cold day?  Oh wait… there is… and it’s that cup of tea, plus chocolate and cream and cocoa.  I’m not even a chocolate person (I know, the horror!) and I seriously love these.  They are rich and decadent, but also subtle and perfectly balanced.  In a season when I tend to go overboard and binge on other sweets, I find myself completely satisfied savoring just one of these.  Ok, maybe two.  Which is good, because my whole point in making these was to make some tasty homemade gifts for people.  But who could blame me for sneaking just a few?

Earl Grey Truffles

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Filed under Baking, Candy, Chocolate, Dessert, Gluten Free

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry SauceThe first time that my now-husband spent Thanksgiving with my family, I asked him a few days before what dish he really liked out of the whole meal.  His response was, “Oh, I really like cranberry sauce!”  I asked him who in his family made it, so I could get their recipe, make him feel more at home.  And then, my dear husband says, “No… like the jellied one… in the can!”  So I was kind of off the hook on the cranberry sauce thing.  That year I had the jellied cranberry sauce for the first time.  Not bad.  Not bad at all. Continue reading


Filed under Gluten Free, Other, Side Dish, Vegetarian