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Tunisian Stew

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Daily Shalagh, Housewifery, My Joy of Cooking | 0 comments

Tunisian Stew

I was first introduced to Tunisian Stew, aka Seven Vegetable Stew, when a friend hosting an annual dinner party served it. I was dubious about the meatless stew but was surprised at the substantial texture and the exotic and Middle Eastern flavors including Tumeric and Cinnamon. This vegetable stew is a good go-to when I’ve got my vegetarian family members coming over as it boasts lots of flavor as the fennel and raisins are a sweet component. Although I feel the addition of the feta and toasted almonds on top are necessary for salty...

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A Warm Salad?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Daily Shalagh, My Joy of Cooking | 8 comments

A Warm Salad?

This is a republication of an old favorite from 2012. Hope you feel inspired to cook from it. I can always use some inspiration. I’d promised to pass along my recipe for a yummy warm salad with garbanzo beans (aka chick peas), orange zest, tomatoes, and salmon to my friend. Having pulled the recipe out of the box, it was last spotted with a pile of papers in the office area. That was about a week ago. I seem to have misplaced the recipe card. I have searched for it under my chair, inside my books, and even online but to no avail. And thinking...

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Food Porn

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Daily Shalagh, Eastern Shore Experiences, Housewifery, How Does My Garden Grow, My Joy of Cooking | 6 comments

Food Porn

I realize that you may or may not know how much I love to cook. I do take pictures sometimes of what I make but I even more seldomly am posting them. I don’t know why. Well maybe it’s because there’s a lot that goes into being a food blogger. Except who doesn’t like oggling the pictures. And we all need some inspiration to be in the mood for food to make. So I’ve decided to give you a food porn picture-athon for today only. Enjoy! Homegrown garden tomatoes went into gazpacho (recipe here) and homemade tomatoes...

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Making Fresh Pasta for the Fresh Tomato Sauce

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Daily Shalagh, My Joy of Cooking | 1 comment

Making Fresh Pasta for the Fresh Tomato Sauce

Usually in August every year, when the tomatoes begin to stack up, I suddenly need to make tomato sauce. I roasted the cherry and grape tomatoes and added them into the sauce for a twist. It was so sweet I had to add a little rice wine vinegar to bring back some acidity. And since I’m making fresh tomato sauce, it’s also the perfect time to make homemade egg pasta. There is nothing in the world like fresh pasta. And luckily, the making of the dough is one thing that three-year olds like to help with and can actually help with. So...

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Eating From Our Cupboard

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Daily Shalagh, Housewifery, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, My Joy of Cooking | 0 comments

Eating From Our Cupboard

There is definitely something satisfying about having my cupboard stocked. As much as I wanted to complain about grocery shopping in this post, I have a sense of bounty when it’s full. Our cupboard is an old metal cabinet inherited from Grandmom that is more like a pantry. I removed my upper cabinets in the kitchen and this is what we use now instead. And to have it stocked means that I can throw together quick-breads or a pasta dish or a soup based on what’s in there and the fridge. I can be lazy or I can make effort but...

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Are You a Mourning Cook Too?

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Housewifery, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, My Joy of Cooking, Random, The Good Mother | 4 comments

Are You a Mourning Cook Too?

There was once a time when I cooked for the joy of it. I dared to try different techniques, different regional tastes, or daring feats of culinary craziness. I deboned a turkey for Thanksgiving just to say I did it. I make a mean tiramisu when I take the time to. That went with my Italian Christmas feast I made one year with homemade pasta and reinforcement salad. And now I am in mourning for the cook I used to be. I soooooo miss those days when the pursuit of culinary loveliness was just for self-gratification. And for the gratification of...

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Eat Your Rainbow

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Daily Shalagh, Housewifery, How Does My Garden Grow, My Joy of Cooking | 4 comments

Eat Your Rainbow

I’m no health fanatic but a yummy food aficionado? Absolutely. I also love beautiful pictures and art. I love colors. I swoon over a wildflower garden with butterflies or a rainbow in the sky. So when it comes to wanting to make pretty food, I’m inspired by natures palette to be a little more creative. Eat your colors, or eat your rainbow, was a nutrition advocacy slogan from a few years ago. Here’s one article that enlightened me on the eating my rainbow. The concept was catchy and it seems that it really does round out...

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Gazpacho

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Daily Shalagh, My Joy of Cooking | 2 comments

Gazpacho

We grew up with this blended raw vegetable “soup” and I adore it. My twist is to add shrimp as well as the croutons and extra chunks of vegetables. There’s a sort of ceviche vibe this way and makes it more of an appetizer. Sweet chunks of Crab would be fab too. I chuckled to myself the other day when I realized I was doing that raw vegetable thing and didn’t feel like a weirdo. Eating this is like having a salad to fill you up without all that pesky chewing. The recipe follows. Happy Summer Eating!   GAZPACHO RECIPE  ...

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Faidley’s Crab Cake Recipe

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Daily Shalagh, My Joy of Cooking, Used To Be | 1 comment

Faidley’s Crab Cake Recipe

We live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with the Atlantic Ocean to our East and the Chesapeake Bay to our West. Both my husband and I grew up in rowhouses in Baltimore eating steamed crabs at picnic tables covered with newspapers and the sound of wooden mallets whacking the claws and people spitting out shells. We’re crab and seafood lovers. In my teen years, my friends and I would travel down to Lexington Market, a landmark on the West side of downtown Baltimore at Eutaw and Lexington Streets. The market was a grid of stalls filled...

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Roasted Beets

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Daily Shalagh, Housewifery, My Joy of Cooking | 14 comments

Roasted Beets

Not until I came across Pam Anderson’s wonderful cookbook, The Perfect Recipe for Eating Great and Losing Weight( see my Granola recipe for the link), did I ever consider roasting vegetables. Sure I’d had eaten a righteous roasted vegetable salad in my life but the concept of doing this myself was ludicrous. Until I learned that all it takes is a baking sheet, oil, a 425 degree Farenheit (220 degree Celsius) oven , and 20 – 25 minutes to roast uniformly medium cut veggies to perfection. Vegetables that I’d previously written...

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