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Replicating Nyel’s gazpacho recipe!  (Maybe.)

Replicating Nyel’s gazpacho recipe! (Maybe.)

There was a lot of peeling and chopping and dicing and pulsing in my kitchen this afternoon.  And laughing and wondering, too.  My neighbor, Carol, came over to assist me with a recipe for a soup she'd never heard of and one I'd never attempted. ...

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Toaster Report:  Part II

Toaster Report: Part II

A message in yesterday's email said that my new toaster would arrive in the evening and, even though I had managed to toast those bagels perfectly in the oven, I was looking forward to an entirely new wide-slot toasting experience.  "But," I said...

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Speaking of that “Clean Plate Club”

Speaking of that “Clean Plate Club”

When I was a kid and was at the point toward the end of dinner when I was endlessly pushing peas (or beans or brussel sprouts) around on my plate, I was invariably told to "remember all the starving children in Armenia."  I can't remember that the...

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I’m not exactly a foodie, but…

I’m not exactly a foodie, but…

It seems like I've been hankering for lamb for four or five years now -- leg of lamb, lamb chops, rack of lamb... you name it.  Lamb chops, especially, were a staple in this family.  Broiled with a dash of salt, pepper and dredged in oregano...

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Duck! Duck! WOW!

Duck! Duck! WOW!

It's probably some sort of sin or at least a serious transgression against the food gods, but nonetheless I want to tell you that my duck dinner tonight was great!  So great, in fact, that I actually shed a few tears that I couldn't share it with...

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Holiday Picnic at Our House!

Holiday Picnic at Our House!

It's not every day (or even every holiday!) that friends bring a picnic right in through your front door!  But that's what happened at our place today!  At high noon here came Michael and Lynn Madigan with fried chicken, green bean salad,...

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From Champagne to Salad Greens!

From Champagne to Salad Greens!

Recycling, refurbishing, renewing.  Nyel is adamant about all of it.  Including repurposing.  Today's (read "this week's" or possibly "this month's") project deals with an old galvanized washtub. Neither of us remember where that washtub came...

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That Easter Bunny had nothing to do with it!

That Easter Bunny had nothing to do with it!

The Easter menu here in the Chef Nyel household was simple but elegant-to-the-max.  Three items only: rack of lamb;, au gratin potatoes; green beans with sesame seeds, garlic, and thyme.  Perfection on a plate! Every time we have lamb -- which...

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Cheers!

Cheers!

I never thought I'd see the day when I'd have (much less wear!) a tee shirt with an alcoholic beverage pictured on it!  But here I am, toasting Starla Gable who sent me a Bloody Mary tee shirt.  (I'm not sure about the "Hail Mary" part -- it's...

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And, let the new day begin!

And, let the new day begin!

The alarm goes off without fail at 5:30 each morning but our day doesn't usually begin for an hour or so -- after we've had our morning tea (Nyel) and coffee (me) and, most importantly, after we've discussed food.  Each morning we decide together...

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Behind Those Cupboard Doors

Behind Those Cupboard Doors

As often as I sing Nyel's praises in the cooking department, I'm not sure I say enough about his penchant for cooking from scratch.  Prepared foods don't have much place the great scheme of things in our kitchen, as a glance inside our cupboards...

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Chef Nyel, Problem-Solver Extraordinaire

Chef Nyel, Problem-Solver Extraordinaire

Easter Sunday!  It was another sunny, blue-sky-day with a noon-time temperature of almost 55° -- Picnic Time Again! "Sliced chicken sandwiiches!" I said.  "We haven't any mayonnaise," the chef said. Which rang a sort of bell with me.  In one of...

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