Pesto Pasta-A Summer Flavored Pasta Salad

Picnic season is right around the corner! For some people, anyway. My New England picnic would have to include layering up, wearing knee socks, hot chocolate, and a thermos full of soup. Or I can keep making and devouring Granny’s pesto pasta. Despite my love of winter, when it is still cold and windy in…

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Stir Fry Salad – The Best Salad ‘Overall’

Who even knew you could stir fry salad? Granny had a binder of recipes in addition to her main recipe box. This recipe was on the very last page of the binder, and I initially thought that was a good place for it. I thought a cooked salad was a last page kind of idea.…

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Ambrosia-Fit for the Gods and Your Dinner Table

The first time I had Ambrosia salad was at an all-you-can-eat buffet with Granny. It was probably an early bird special kind of buffet. And, I’m wondering why people make jokes about these early bird buffets. All the food you want, including dessert, before 6 pm, someone else cleans up, and you’re home well before…

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Game Day Mac and Cheese Puff – I’m Just Here for the Snacks

I’d like to start by saying that I have no idea why this baked mac and cheese dish is called a “puff.” There’s nothing “puffy” about it. In fact it is so non-puffy that it is almost burly. Not that burly men can’t be puffy – don’t go putting words in my mouth. But this is…

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

Isn’t it the perfect time of year for a Winter Salad with Pear Dressing? 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,…

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

Sour Cream and Chive Rolls have the ability to make me time travel. Hear me out. 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…

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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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Green Rice – A Merry Addition to Any Holiday Table

When I first stumbled upon this recipe for Green Rice, I wondered if maybe it was too bland to be worthy of blog post immortality (chill, Maddy). I thought a rice post could be the writing equivalent of a rice dish: good, but not all that memorable. But the color was right for a holiday…

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Honey Glazed Carrots and Parsnips – A Festive Little Side Dish with Big Life Lessons

Is it me? Or did Christmas really sneak up on us this year? As I was making these honey glazed carrots and parsnips, it occurred to me that all of a sudden we are one week away from the jolly fat man’s and the holy little baby’s arrival, and I’m feeling quite unprepared. Earlier this…

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