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Some people make weeknight task lists with things like clean the bathroom or work out or reorganize my shoe closet.     I do these things too (oh, how I wish I had a shoe closet!), but when Pioneer Woman put up this post from her visit with Pastor Ryan I was a goner.  Everything on that To-Do List was moved down a spot until I could try my hand at homemade pasta.  It didn’t help that my husband caught scent of this endeavor and started asking daily if this was the day of homemade pas...

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A month ago I made a special stop-off at Trader Joe’s to pick up mascarpone.  A month ago I was getting ready to host     little Saturday brunch where I would serve Strawberry Mascarpone Crepes.  Let’s not talk about how that day turned out.  The important point being that I left the crucial mascarpone in the fridge at work just as I warned myself not to.  For the brunch I was able to sub with some leftover cottage cheese which I popped in the blender.  But this left me with a special...

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I’m officially back in the saddle again.  I made dinner last night from start to finish, no pre-bought products, brand new recipe.  And it was deliciously satisfying and perfectly, boldly flavorful.  Just how I like it.  The recipe?  A result of my newest magazine subscription, Fine Cooking. The Southwestern flavor combos were enough to entice me away from my recently meatless cravings.  It’s been awhile since I stopped obsessively buying boneless, skinless chicken breasts and freezing...

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  This is a recipe that I bookmarked sometime in the Fall.  But then each time I needed to bake cookies for the church cafe or home group or anything else, something about it was just not quite exciting enough.  So I kept putting it back in the HEAP of "To Try" recipes.  Finally three weeks ago I bought the needed ricotta, determined to give this one a shot.  As you all know now, any plans I had for three weeks ago fell completely to the wayside of 6 days in the hospital.   I finally got ...

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Enough with the blood and guts and hospitals.  It’s time to give you some all-new breakfast brunch options again. You all know I live for a good Saturday morning breakfast and can’t stand the thought of eating some soggy cereal on my one day when I can start the day at a leisurely pace in the kitchen. With less than leisurely Saturdays as of late, we’ve had to sink to frozen, homemade cinnamon rolls. (I know, who’s complaining, because I love a good cinnamon roll any day; breakfast, lun...

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I've been blogging for years, but finally decided to change my blog site.  If you are interested in older blogs on food & life in Chicago, visit www.xanga.com/kelleyjordan. Add new comment...

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