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Slush. It’s an “old family recipe”, but only insofar as I learned it from my mother and haven’t noticed it being referenced elsewhere. Perhaps it will become your “old family recipe”, too. It certainly predates the “Slurpie” from 7-11 fame (1965). The lemonade concentrate can is the traditional measure. 1 can (any size) frozen pink […]


I have in the past made a number of batches of risotto, which is delicious and rich and creamy, usually overflowing with Parmesan cheese, because I don’t have to make a profit. But making “real” risotto takes time, most of it right at the stove top. A typical recipe for risotto would include a cup […]

English Onion Soup

(After watching a Jamie Oliver show on the Cooking Channel) 4 cloves of garlic, smashed and peeled 4 shallots, sliced sage 3 large red onions, sliced 3 large white onions, sliced 3 leeks, cleaned, trimmed, and sliced 3 yellow onions, sliced 3 T olive oil (maybe a bit of butter too?) 3 cans of beef […]

Ravioli with Red Pepper Bechamel Sauce

I wanted to attempt (yes, just attempt – I was fully prepared to just walk away) making ravioli, so I started off by finding the pasta machine (well, I had Peg do it – she claimed to know where it was), and buying semolina. I’d made pasta before so it was reasonably straightforward to just […]

Fun with orzo

I’ve eaten orzo a few times in salads, but I don’t think I’ve ever had it as a pasta dish. I was slogging through the grocery store a couple of weekends ago, and tossed a box of orzo into the cart. Nothing fancy – just the Market Basket store brand orzo. The recipe is simplicity […]

Pecan Pie

Auntie Glenna always used to make pecan pie for Thanksgiving, and always got rave reviews. But in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, my Mom always made SO many pies – apple, pumpkin, blueberry, mince (her rule of thumb was “one pie per person”) – that I never got around to appreciating Glenna’s contribution. Until […]

Corn Chowder

Peg has a recipe for corn chowder that contained, in my humble opinion, far too many ingredients, required the making of a roux, opening a bunch of cans… Feh! So I went online, searched for corn chowder recipes, and kind of ORed them together to get to my recipe for corn chowder. Now, most of […]

Thanks, Emeril

I was watching one of Emeril’s shows Sunday AM as I finished my coffee (after a French Toast breakfast). He tossed together (I bet his production staff had something to do with it…) a very quick meal, and it inspired me as I got to the grocery store later that morning. – some Italian sausage […]

Fettuccini Alfredo

2 packages Buitoni fettuccini (I’ve been known to make my own, but I’ve come to rely on Buitoni for a very good product…) — boil sufficient water and cook the pasta al dente (and really cook it until your teeth tell you it’s done. That’s what al dente means!) 8-10 oz of shredded Parmesan. From […]

More Yogurt

Last week’s batch was a quart of whole milk and a pint of half-and-half. It yielded 5 six-ounce servings. This week I just bought a half-gallon of whole milk, and a tin of plain Market Basket yogurt for the culture. There was no Stonyfield Farms plain yogurt to be had, at least at that store, […]