Category Archives: Recipes

Thyme. A Useful Perennial for Kitchen and Garden

Native to the western Mediterranean, thyme is also widely cultivated. The most commonly encountered variety, Thymus vulgaris, is now found fresh on most cold produce shelves.  Thyme comes in multitudes of varieties, many of which are wonderfully suited for use … Continue reading

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Borage a lesser known herb to know and enjoy.

The common thread running through historical descriptions of borage is its ability to make men and women glad and merry, to comfort the heart, dispel melancholy and give courage.  These noble qualities may derive from its high content of calcium, … Continue reading

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My Yugoslav or Serbian Heritage Food Memories KIFLI

I grew up with the knowledge that my Dad’s parents came to the U.S. from Yugoslavia in the very early 1900s. I understand now that Yugoslavia was a union of countries at the time, but the area where my grandparents … Continue reading

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My Slovak Heritage and its Influence on my Cooking Holupki or Cabbage Rolls

My heritage from my Mom’s side of the family is Slovak, so I grew up with this culture firmly in place, food wise. When I was growing up, it was Czechoslovakia.  Now, I know that my Mom’s parents came from … Continue reading

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Gluten Free My Story

Last year I was asked to make foods for a Princess Party at the local museum. It was to be for young girls from tiny tots to teens (with an accompanying Queen) to learn about what it meant to be … Continue reading

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Gluten Free Just the Facts Ma am

Gluten Free This is a popular term these days. What does it mean? Why is it so popular? A gluten free diet is used to treat celiac disease (an autoimmune disease triggered by gluten), along with wheat allergies, and non … Continue reading

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Cookie Making Made Easy My Busy Mom Method

In the early 1970s, when I was very young and with small children to care for, I had a few cookie recipes I would make very often, because they were simple recipes, with ingredients I usually had at hand.  Cookies … Continue reading

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Cookie Making Made Easy My Busy Mom Method

In the early 1970s, when I was very young and with small children to care for, I had a few cookie recipes I would make very often, because they were simple recipes, with ingredients I usually had at hand.  Cookies … Continue reading

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Gluten Free Baking A Journey into New Territory

Gluten-Free foods are taking their place in the world these days.  We are all becoming more aware of gluten, gluten intolerance, celiac (or coeliac) disease, and what this means for so many people.  While I am not gluten intolerant, I … Continue reading

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Star Anise Shines in the Cupboard

Star anise is little used outside of its native Southern China and Vietnam. It has spread to wherever these cultures have gone, being taken along both to use and where possible, to grow. The shape of star anise is that … Continue reading

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