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My Mom’s Dollhouse

Here, unsurprisingly, is my favorite room – a mixture of old (the stove, chair, tables and basket) and new (the rest). Making very slow progress but having fun. If you know of any great online, affordable dollhouse websites, please let me know.

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Chicken Saltimboca

Saltimbocca, which literally means “jump in the mouth” in Italian, is a no-brag-just facts description of the wonderfulness of the classic recipe made with veal scallopine, prosciutto and sage. My version substitutes chicken for veal and adds an artichoke sauce. This recipe would work well not only as a special…

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Three Ingredient Apple Crisp

If you don’t count the salt (and you shouldn’t), you might wonder how the heck anyone can make a delicious apple crisp with just three ingredients. The answer is by starting with granola, which comes equipped with oats, nuts, sugar, and dried fruit.  (Is this cheating?  Don’t tell anyone.) Makes…

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Sauteed Shredded Beets with Balsamic Vinegar

In this recipe you peel and grate the beets while they are still raw which cuts way down on the usual cooking time. Now just they take 3 to 4 minutes to cook rather than the usual 45. Makes 6 servings Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total preparation time: 15 minutes…

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Kitchen Shrink answers, “How can I keep chocolate chip cookies from spreading during baking.”

My answers are based on the assumption that you used the original Tollhouse cookie recipe.There are several reasons why your cookies might be spreading: The dough is too soft. It might have sat out too long on the counter before you baked the cookies, or you might have let the butter…

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Nacho Pie

  Makes 6 servings Hands on time: 10 minutes Total preparation time: 40 minutes 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 1/2 cups sliced green bell pepper 1 1/2 cups sliced onion 1 16-ounce jar chipotle salsa 1 10-ounce package frozen corn One 15 1/2-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed 1…

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Chicken Vaca Frita

For the mojo: 10 garlic cloves, peeled 2 teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon black peppercorns ½ cup fresh orange juice ¾ cup fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil For the chicken 2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 large white…

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Duck Tacos with Quick Refried Beans

Makes 6 servings For the spice blend: ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon oregano, crumbled ½ teaspoon chili powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon cayenne For the filling & toppings: 1 half, cooked rotisserie duck (for a mail order source, please go here) 1 tablespoon vegetable…

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Sushi: California and Cucumber Rolls

Serves 4 Hands-On Time: 45 minutes Total Preparation Time: 1 1/2 hours For The Sushi Rice: 2 ½ cups Calrose medium grain rice 2 ½ cups water 1/3 cup rice vinegar 1 ½ tablespoons Kosher salt 1 ½ tablespoons sugar For The Sushi Roll Fillings: 1 seedless English Cucumber 1…

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Sushi “Burgers”

Serves 4 Rough note for inspiration: Matthew took the liberty of coming up with a Sushi Burger, using the the same rice as we did – with the vinegar seasoning and used the same toppings Billy and I used in the sushi rolls. That said, his creative use of creating…

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