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Today’s Class Notes:
How To Make Pesto:
Gather 2 cups fresh basil leaves. Wash and dry.
Place basil leaves in a blender.
Add 2 garlic cloves, ¼ cup pine nuts, ⅔ cup olive oil, ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese to blender.
Blend above ingredients to a paste consistency.
Use [...]

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Jen’s Perfect Asian Spinach Salad

On September 9, 2015 By admin

I thought I’d share one of my most favorite salads with you. I’m making it this week for a luncheon. This salad is a WINNER. It is super yummy, it feeds a lot of people, and it is healthful. Heck, my kids even eat it (including the Spinach part). Anyway, tuck this away for when [...]

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Cooking School/ Macaroni and Cheese
Ingredients:
1 cube butter (or the equivalent of ½ cup of butter)
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. chicken bullion (or 1/2 cube Knorr’s chicken bullion cube)
2 cups milk
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1 1/2 tsp. lowery’s seasoned salt
dash of pepper
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Spaghetti Squash Bake:

1. Slice 1 spaghetti squash down the middle. Place both halves, flesh side down, in baking pan filled with 1/4 inch water. Bake squash at 350 for 20 minutes or until squash is soft and easily extracted.
2. Mince 3 cloves garlic and saute in 4 Tblsp olive [...]

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It was Friday night and I felt guilty. Danny and I were leaving the kids for the third night in a row and they weren’t complaining. But I felt awful. I threw together a meal that I didn’t think much of (there was absolutely no nutritional value; pour on more guilt). As soon as I [...]

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December weeknights are tricky. You want something warm and yummy but you have no bandwidth, given that you are wrapping, baking, shopping, and doing who-knows-what-else all day. Here is the first of a few shortcuts I use.

Ravioli with Simmered Tomatoes
1. In medium saucepan add 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 1 small diced onion, [...]

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Originally posted June 12th, 2009

Tonight we are having friends over for Minestrone Salad with Grilled Sausage and Arugula Pesto. This is one of my favorite summertime menus. I make the salad and pesto in the morning, clean my house like a madwoman in the afternoon, then grill the sausage on [...]

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Lunch: Curry Chicken Salad

On January 10, 2012 By admin

Who doesn’t have a Curry Chicken Salad recipe? Wait, did I just offend you by asking who doesn’t have one and you don’t have one? Lame. To make up for my lack of tact, I’ll give you one right now. This is from the June 2000 issue of Sunset Magazine. If you don’t subscribe to [...]

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Pasta: Black Beans and Orzo

On September 27, 2011 By admin

Ahhhhh, comfort food. Here we go with another gem. My dear friends in Berkeley make this all the time. I was introduced to the dish when we were invited to their summer wonderland at Lake Tahoe. After a long day on the beach, the sun goes down and a breeze hits the air. You keep [...]

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I often experiment at dinner time. At 5:53pm, I’ll look at my watch and think, “Oh boy. What am I going to do for dinner? I have absolutely no idea. No plan.” After years of this routine I know that I need a few key ingredients to save [...]

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