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Hello, my name is Karen and I am NOT a foodie. I do however, like to eat. A lot. I like to eat a lot of food…a lot. My approach to food has its’ basis in four tenets: 1. I love to cook 2. I despise artificial ingredients of any kind. 3. I am frugal. 4. I am extremely lazy. The weight each of the above carries depends on the day, however when in doubt, laziness trumps all. Very often my crock pot ranks only below air i…

Cheesecake Cookie Cupcakes

Cheesecake Cookie Cupcakes

You had me at cheesecake. Another recipe from Grieg Wehr, a true Renaissance man – photographer, entertainer, and…nanny. Well, he prefers “manny”. Grieg brought these to a recent party and as he put the finishing touches on them, all the party guests followed him from the kitchen (where all party guests seem to accumulate) to the food table, with our supplicant hands, pleadin…

Dirty Rice with Smoked Sausage

Dirty Rice with Smoked Sausage

I came across this dish after a  friend posted the Food Network link to it on Facebook .  I saw the ingredients (all pantry/freezer staples) and the time involved (sub 30 minutes) and immediately put it on my weekly menu.  I buy in bulk when on sale, so this entire recipe fed all of us for $5. I followed the recipe exactly as written with the exception of cutting the cayenne in half in a misguided attempt to stop th…

Lasagna

Lasagna

Everyone has their favorite lasagna recipe.  This is mine.  And while others are probably more authentic to Italy, this is pretty durn authentic to my Sicilian grandmother, my mother, and my New Jersey Italian relatives although I have made some changes over the years. I’ve tried many recipes, and many variations.  I’ve added spinach, I’ve swapped cottage cheese for the ricotta. …

Brussels Sprout

Brussels Sprout

Wow – do Brussels Sprout have a bad rap.  Never has there been a vegetable so maligned without basis. Foolish person (aka my husband):  “Like, OMG Brussels Sprouts are like, so gross!” Me:  “Have you ever had one before?” Foolish person:  “No.  I don’t need to have one to know how much I hate it!” By the way – for years I was the Foolish Person.  I ha…

Guinness Corned Beef

Guinness Corned Beef

Right now Niki is detailing how to actually corn a beef over in the Seasonal/Holiday category —–> How I got lucky There are still some days remaining until St. Patricks Day, so there is still time to brine your own Corned Beef.  For the first time ever I am actually considering it.  Niki is an outstanding cook so I can’t wait to read how she cooks corned beef and cabbage.  My recipe, one t…

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

I rarely seem to make the same recipe twice.  Boredom mostly. But with corned beef, comes cabbage.  And with corned beef & cabbage comes Irish soda bread. This recipe is not the true Irish soda bread I remember from my youth.  There is no buttermilk or seeds in this recipe, and it is definitely more cakelike, and less baking-soda.  But it’s good.  Oh it is so so good. Maybe next year I’ll make…

Chicken Meatballs

Chicken Meatballs

I love meatballs.  But who doesn’t? This chicken meatball recipe is a nice departure from the standard beef meatballs – less fat but still moist and flavorful.  Recipe as listed includes cream cheese and Parmesan cheese but shredded sharp cheddar works as well. One thing to note is that the mixture is extremely wet and it is a near impossible feat to get nice round meatballs. . . . Ingredients 1…

The Italian Meatball

The Italian Meatball

It has taken me years to perfect the Italian meatball.  I have yet to find a restaurant that makes it to my standards.  And yes, I am very well aware that it’s most likely my standards that are the problem and not the restaurants, but let’s just thank me for my 15+ years of meatball experimentation and not get into my neuroses. These are the facts and they are without dispute (at least as far as IR…

How to boil an egg (so the shell peels off easily)

How to boil an egg (so the shell peels off easily)

Anyone who has ever tried to peel an egg shell easily (and unsuccessfully)  knows that this isn’t as intuitive as one may think. 1. Place eggs in deep pot. 2. Cover eggs with cold water.  Cover pot with lid. 3. Place on stovetop over high heat.  Bring to boil. 4. Immediately at boiling, move pot to cold burner.  Set timer for 15 minutes.  Leave it alone. 5. Fill large bowl with cold water.  After timer goe…

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