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Gastronomical Sovereignty

Left-Over Lunch Crostinis


Gastronomical Sovereignty

…Well, I’ve got the answer for you my friends! Left-over Lunch Crostinis! We had no actual left-over items to make an entire meal out of – yes, I eat lunches that rival dinner in both size and consistency – so I started randomly picking stuff out of their hiding places.

Some sourdough bread. An onion. A piece of garlic. A wedge of cheese. A bowl of blackened brussel sprouts. A very sad looking tomato…. And all of a sudden – voila! I had myself a relatively nutritious and absolutely delicious little lunch! Use whatever left-overs you have on hand – I’d even venture to say that a little mashed potato and gravy on oozy cheesy bread might be a bit fantastic.

This may be especially helpful for those of you who just celebrated American Thanksgiving and are about to slit your wrists at the thought of another hot turkey sandwich…. C’mon… who’d slit their wrists over that? Hot turkey sandwiches are awesome…

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This American Bite

Godmotherly Onion Soup (and please vote for me!)


This American Bite

The Godmother of my firstborn is a wonderful young lady. She has fed us when hungry, given us a bed to sleep in when plans changed and we had no place to go, celebrated during the good, offered moral support during the rough, discovered the death of our pet hamster, helped raise our dog and assisted helped deliver our son. What more could you ask for than a friend like this? Well, I can answer that. She makes the best Onion Soup you have ever tasted.

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Logically Crazy

Fish Taco Tuesday


Logically Crazy

My lifestyle does not allot for a lot of free time, W often has even less. So the time we spend together is always very special and, due to time constraints, often spent eating. We are foodies, we enjoy dining out and trying new restaurants, but nothing says family time like cooking together in the kitchen. Fish Taco Tuesdays are a recent tradition. The name is deceptive as its not always Tacos and not always Tuesday, but it started with Tacos.

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Not As Advertised

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Pate

This is a recipe for a dip that our friends Sharon and Andrew served up as a starter at dinner a couple of weeks ago. It was so fab even my husband, who hates fish, liked it so much he made it himself the next day….

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Lavender and Lovage

Goat’s Cheese Salad with a Quick Cranberry Chutney


Lavender and Lovage

I was rather pleased with this recipe, which resulted in a hearty plate of salad with crispy bacon pieces and melting goat’s cheese ~ the cranberry orange chutney was a culinary triumph and the whole salad was singing my tune……we ate this with the usual ubiquitous crusty bread and were pleasantly full.

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