Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce – Come for the Peanut Butter. Stay for the Satay.

Peanut butter is like that friend who always shows up. You know, the type of friend who you can go without seeing for months, and when you finally do get together, its like not a moment has passed. You don’t have to apologize that life has gotten busy and you haven’t called. And like that…

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Honey Banana Bread – Turn Trash into Treasure for your Honey

It makes me sick to think of all the food I’ve thrown away recently as I try to get my toddler more excited about food: Half of a piece of toast with crunchy peanut butter, one chicken meatball, a handful of green beans, two Brussels sprouts, and three mandarin oranges just in the last two…

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Chocolate Cherry Valentine’s Cake – Too Good to Share with your Valentine

I made this Valentine’s Day cake to share with people that I love. My husband had a piece (he doesn’t have a sweet tooth), a friend had a piece (he was only visiting for a few hours), and my toddler had two mini pieces (he ate all of his dinner two days in a row!). But…

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Winter Salad – A Salad for Sweater Weather or a Beach Bod

In New England, it seems like we complain about the cold from November until June. We take a month off, and then complain about the heat from July until September. I acknowledge the inconvenience of winter–the driving, the ice dams, the shoveling, etc. For me, the pressure to hurry up and enjoy the limited days of…

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Sour Cream and Chive Rolls – The Scent is Worth a Thousand Words

Whenever I smell chlorine, I am transported back to swimming lessons at the YMCA. I feel the anxiety that I felt in the locker room on my way to the pool, terrified I might catch a glimpse of one of those people who don’t care for privacy, or slip in the weirdly warm water that…

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Stewed Chicken and Noodle Soup – Cure or Cliché?

It is cold here in New England. We haven’t gotten out much, and it seems like almost everyone is under the weather. As you can see, there is a LOT of weather to be under. So I made a big pot of Granny’s stewed chicken noodle soup this weekend hoping it could cure not only…

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Fried Onion Rings – A Deliciously Punny Recipe

Making these onion rings was surprisingly pretty easy. What might not be easy is finding all of the ring/circle puns in this post. There are thirteen. I found this recipe not in Granny’s big box of recipes, but in her homemade recipe book. It really didn’t ring a bell to me, but I thought it…

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Cranberry Pineapple Salad- The Throwback is Back

Thursday is trash day here in Natick, MA. So on Wednesday’s I go through the fridge and get rid of anything that looks gelatinous, has congealed, or has anything to do with mold.  And occasionally, my Tupperware even gets tossed. It can be a very disgusting evening. I’m about to give you one of Granny’s…

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Scones – A Scone by Any Other Name…

Granny’s recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies is one of the oldest in the box, and one of our dad’s all-time favorites. I couldn’t wait to surprise him for Christmas with a batch of his mom’s cookies and the original recipe card. They were easy and fun to make, and they smelled incredible. But, I found myself wishing the…

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Split Pea and Barley Soup – Warms the Kitchen, Warms the Soul

Allow me to set the scene before I set the table. A drafty Philadelphia house on a cold December evening in 1930 is bursting at the seams with love and little mouths to feed. The pantry is lacking, and there are no fancy clothes and no fancy clutter. Not a complaint can be heard as…

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