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Pull This Shoulder and Let Your Taste Buds Go Free!

21 December 2014 | I've known its chops and am a giant fan of its bacon. But I never gave much thought to the idea that pork has a shoulder. But of course: How else do those little hooves connect? And oh, what a shoulder it can be. I stumbled across a recipe for pulled pork that was so tasty, I am now officially disinterested in the eat-out kind... [more]

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Even Leftover, Sweet/Sour Chicken Tastes Like Real Takeout

7 December 2014 | Except it's homemade, see? And not so bad for you since the chicken is not breaded and you are in control of added sugar. Also, it's baked. Sweet and sour chicken, just like carryout, but without fortune cookies, tip and possibly MSG. The original recipe used just 1 pound of chicken breasts, a rarity in my grocer's cooler. I adapted-up to 1 1/2 pounds. The recipe did not call for fruit - I realized this way too late in the process, plus had no pineapple in the pantry... [more]

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Simple, Yummy - And No Turkey!!

30 November 2014 | Enter the Leftover-Free Zone. Not that it hasn't been swell, but after days immersed in the bird and its cohorts of stuffing, mashed potatoes and veggies, I'm done. Even recipes for Imaginative Ways to Re-Cast Stuff You've Been Eating for Days!!! are making me slightly nauseous. It was wonderful. Family time was the best. But now it's time to stow the carcass and give up the smeary bags of remnants of what-once-was... [more]

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Oh, the weather outside is _____. (No profanity, please.)

16 November 2014 | Just a few days into the wintry season - we're still five weeks from the official start - and already I'm calling "uncle!" Too soon. Want more days of warmth. Because we are tough, we mostly try to ignore the work it takes just to live regular lives. Last week's first Lake Effect event resulted in 2 1/2 hours of white-knuckle driving and this colleen was not amused. Not exactly traumatic stress, but certainly post-stress of a winter that lasted eight months... [more]

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