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October 2007

Bean and Barley Soup Nana

When our children came along, my Mom decided that she wanted them to call her Nana, so that became her name in later life. This soup was a family favorite. It is a hearty soup, perfect for cold days. If you want, replace the beef with lamb or mutton to make Scotch Broth. Makes about 16 servings. Bean and Barley... Read more →




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It's Good to be Back!

Have you ever had a time when the cooking muse left you? For the past several weeks, I have been in a slump, lacking inspiration to make interesting meals. Food has been more what can I put on the table than what can I create. Well, this past week, Pat and I had a short vacation to Montreal, Quebec City,... Read more →




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What is Allspice

Can you settle a question for us? I say that allspice is a blend of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. My wife says that it is an actual spice. Which is it? --Bert Allspice is the dried fruit of the evergreen myrtle plant Pimenta Dioica. It gets its name from the fact that it tastes, as you noticed, like cloves, cinnamon,... Read more →




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How to Use Vanilla Beans

A friend of mine brought some fresh vanilla beans back from a trip to Costa Rica. I have never used fresh vanilla beans before. What do I do? --Bev Vanilla is the pod of the Vanilla Orchid. Supposedly, it is the only edible fruit from an orchid plant. I am assuming that the beans you got have been treated and... Read more →




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Blending Hot Liquids

Why is it that when you blend hot liquids they blow the lid off the blender if you aren't holding it in place? --Dave Actually, the science of this is pretty straight forward. As you know, when you heat a gas, it expands. So, you put hot liquid into the the jar of the blender and put the lid on.... Read more →




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