Pasta Putanesca

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  It’s cold. And grey. My baby just got his vaccines and diligently proceeded to present all the text-book side effects. So he is crying, and feverish, and sick. I literally had to wash all the bedding in the house. Twice. In days like these I like to pretend it is summer. That all I have to […]

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Left-over management and Chunky soup

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No, I do not mean myself, even though left-over describes me pretty well now, 2 weeks into daycare-time-off. I have been alone at home with one very energetic, destructive, brilliant, zero attention span 2-year-old Tasmanian devil (little girl)  plus a don’t-you-dare-put-me-down-or-I -will-start-hollaring adorable 4 months old. Not an easy combo. In fact, who am I kidding. I was clawing at the […]

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Bread Machine Whole wheat bread 2.0

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This bread is even better than it’s predecessor. It’s lighter, fluffier and the crust has a nice crunch to it. I’m getting there people! I am still working on a bread machine Challah (traditional jewish egg bread. Very YUM). Recipe will surely follow once I am pleased with my results (being a perfectionist, it might take […]

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On bravery and meatloaf (and broccoli mashed potatoes)

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  Yesterday we went sliding. On the snow. Downhill. Now, for many of you this may sound like a perfectly normal weekend family activity for a cold December morning. Many of you, I presume, were also born with skates attached to your feet. I, on the other hand, prefer my ground nice and solid. Maybe […]

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Grandma’s braised chicken

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  Lately I find myself craving (and cooking) comfort foods. Maybe it’s the weather. Or the lack of sleep. Perhaps it’s spending the holiday so far away from my family. Whatever it may be, I long for simple, good dishes that warm you from the inside out. My grandmother passed away recently, at the advanced age […]

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The quest for bread Machine Whole wheat Bread

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  You know how they say that bread machines require meticulous measurements, respect for the ingredient order and an exact recipe? I read that too. Only I’m too stubborn hard-headed adventuress to listen. I want to have daily fresh whole wheat bread, I do not have a bakery near by, nor do I always have the time/energy […]

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Hungarian Potato soup

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I love this soup. It has always been my recipe to fall back on when I needed something good and hearty, but did not have the budget/time/energy to deliver. It is good, it looks nice, it ain’t fussy and it won’t cost you much. Thanks dad. I often double the quantity of vegetables, all except the […]

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Yesterday I shaved my head

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No I didn’t. But it makes for a nice, catchy title, doesn’t it? In fact, at a certain point yesterday I was giving the notion much serious thought, right about when I realized that for the third time in a row, I will have to entertain my 3-6 months old pajama clad little boss while I’m in […]

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A hard day's night

Tonight I set out to blow off some steam. To write about my achy back, my sink full of dishes, my messy toy choked living room and the still packed suitcase that decorates our bedroom floor, commiserating with my husband’s forgotten dirty socks. I wanted to complain about the lack of time for myself, the great posts that come and […]

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Ragout a la Maurice

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This ragout is the comfort dish that waits for us on my in law’s welcoming table every time we land on their door step, exhausted and famished from the long day of travel. When my turn came to recreated the magic, I naturally looked for shortcuts. My mother in law faithfully sears the meat before proceeding with the rest, making […]

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