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Linguini with tuna and mushroom sauce

Tuna and Noodles with Homemade Mushroom Sauce

If you grew up in the mid-West you know about Tuna Noodle Casserole. The dish was often served on Fridays when we Catholics couldn’t eat meat. I’d never made it, but since coming back to Ohio I wanted to give it a go. I knew it contained noodles (often homemade), Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup, […]

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Repurposed plates

So You Think You Can’t Cook

  While putting together last night’s supper, and taking photos along the way, I realized that no matter what I do my blog will never look like other professional blogs. I enjoy beautiful blogs and view them with envy. But my food photos look like they belong on a dinner plate, not a page in […]

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Umami ingredients

Umami—The Fifth Taste

Most of us learned there are four tastes we humans experience: sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. What was missing from this list is what gives food a ‘meaty’ taste in the absence of meat. In 1909, a Japanese physical chemistry professor, Kikunae Ikeda, isolated a white compound from giant sea kelp that Japanese traditionally use […]

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Enchiladas with Broccoli

Enchiladas with Broccoli

I adapted this dish from a recipe I clipped from a newspaper decades ago. If you have cooked sauce or bottled salsa, and fresh broccoli, this dish is ready to eat in an hour; 45 minutes of that is baking time. History Pre-Columbians invented the corn tortilla and filled it with various meats and fish. […]

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Steuben Yellow Beans

Steuben Yellow Beans

  Steuben yellow beans are known by several names: Steuben yellow-eye bean, butterscotch calypso bean, molasses face bean, and Maine yellow eye. They are grown in the New England states and were the original bean in Boston baked beans. In the South they are commonly used to make Hoppin’ John. Description Steuben yellow beans are a […]

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broccoli

Asian Rice Noodles with Broccoli

This dish seems complicated but it’s worth it. You can do it because it’s good. This is a very versatile dish, adapted from Still Life with Menu by Mollie Katzen and is one of many versions of Pad Thai. I like mine with medium-sized rice noodles which I buy at an Asian market, but you […]

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