Braised Beef with Orange and Figs

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Braised Beef with Orange and FigsI’ve been reading this really interesting cookbook, ****************.   Actually, it’s less of a cookbook, though they have some wonderful recipes, and more of a reference work.  At least for me it is.  The authors are a chef and a specialist in scents.  What a combination, right?  Continue reading

Vegetable Soup with Italian Flavors

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Vegetable Soup with Italian FlavorsWith flu season upon us with a vengeance, I thought this was a good time of year to make a brothy, vegetable soup.  There are a few beans tossed in, but they were more of an afterthought.  This soup is all about vegetables, is slightly salty and will warm you to your bones.  Continue reading

Thanksgiving Blessings for You!

Thanksgiving is a time to join hands around the table, share a meal offered with love and make memories for future generations.  It is the quintessential holiday, for Thanksgiving knows no religion.  Thanksgiving is love and sharing and eating!  Thanksgiving is the least commercial holiday, apart from sales on turkeys and pumpkin pie. We are blessed to have always had good food, in abundance.  Perhaps too much.  But, it really isn’t the quantity of food that makes Thanksgiving so special, it is the quantity of love around your table.  So, pass the potatoes and gravy, eat an extra piece of pie and reminisce, argue (good-naturedly, please), praise the cook/cooks, have a nap, and of course, football!  Please just remember that these are the people who are special to you, that love you and care deeply about you…and that’s all you need.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

The Goddess’s Poultry Seasoning

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Don’t purchase pre-made poultry season.  Homemade is less expensive, it’s head-and-shoulders above the purchased stuff and it’s easy-peasy to do.  I thought I would pass along my current version of poultry seasoning.  I use this for fried chicken, all chicken really, as well as turkey.  It has evolved over the years and will probably continue to evolve.  That’s how I cook.  Our tastes change and so should our recipes.  Continue reading

Harvest Ramen Salad

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We had a neighborhood pot luck recently to celebrate fall.  We were asked to bring either a dessert or a side, with a pumpkin theme.  Well, I knew there would be plenty of desserts, so I decided a salad would be the thing.  I’ve always loved the ramen noodle salad that has made the rounds over the years.  So I decided to roast some pumpkin and add that.  Turns out, it was quite delicious.  Here we go…. Continue reading

Apple-Cranberry Cornbread Dressing

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Apple-Cranberry Cornbread DressingThis is a slightly fruity version of cornbread dressing, but with savory flavors dancing around in the back.  Cornbread and apple compliment each other, then throw in the bacon and cheese that temper the sweetness and add a lovely savory aspect.   Continue reading

Lentils with Onion, Bell Peppers, Garlic and Herbs

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Lentils with Onion, Bell Peppers, Garlic and HerbsLentils make a nice “bed” for some lovely roasted chicken.  Or a piece of grilled fish or pork chop.  Think lentils, instead of rice, pasta or potatoes.  And lentils offer some terrific vitamins and minerals, too.  Oh yes, did I mention they are also delicious?  Continue reading

Asian-Style Pasta & Meat Sauce

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Asian-Style Pasta & Meat SauceI was reading The Wok of Life blog yesterday.  Those gals (I think they’re women) have some unbelievable taste buds.  They made this, but of course, The Goddess changed a few things around.  Okay, she changed a lot.  Either way, you’re gonna’ love this.  Continue reading

Green Bean Salad with Sweet Sherry Vinegar-Mustard Vinaigrette

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We ate a lot of Three Bean Salad when I was a kid.  During the summer, my mother made it frequently.  I think it was because we all liked it, it made a huge batch and it kept well.  All that, and we had almost everything growing in the garden.  I started with her recipe, then took a flying leap!  Continue reading

Saffron Scented Chicken Curry with Chickpeas in Coconut Cream Sauce

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Saffron Scented Chicken Curry with Chickpeas in Coconut Cream SauceThough The Goddess tends toward being heavy-handed with garnishes on curry, this chicken curry has a very subtle curry flavor.  The flavors intermingle and literally “bounce” around your palate, but the “curry flavor” is a back flavor.  And, this curry is fast enough for a mid-week family meal and tasty enough for company.  Either way, it’s delicious.  Continue reading