“S” Marks The Spot…

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…the sweet spot.

Ah, Facebook. Who knows what you’ll find there. During a recent trip to FB Land, I saw a post from classmate Elaine, who I know is a wiz in the kitchen whether she’s cooking or baking. She shared a photo of some tempting “S” cookies that looked quite tasty, so I asked for the recipe. And when I read it and saw they were “melt in your mouth with a light lemon flavor,” I was inspired to share what I think would be the perfect summer treat with you.

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Holla For Challah!

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When my friend Karen posted a photo on Facebook of two tantalizing loaves of challah bread she’d made, I was immediately captivated. Her breads were works of art. Though I’ve never made bread before, inspiration hit and my mind was off and racing, envisioning all the possibilities.

Karen gladly shared the recipe with me (which she had gotten from a friend) and agreed to let me share it and her photo with you.

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Fran’s Fab Blueberry Muffins

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The other day, I saw that long-time (in real life) friend Fran posted on Facebook some blueberry muffins she’d made, using what was supposedly the Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins recipe.  I’ve always been a muffin fan, and longingly remembered the first time I bit into a blueberry muffin at Jordan Marsh –muffin nirvana with a sugary crisp top – so that memory inspired me to share Fran’s recipe.

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Cottage Pie Revamp

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Sometimes I think my blog should be called Kathy’s Kitchen.  I’m inspired to spend a lot of time there trying out new recipes and coming up with twists on old favorites, and then sharing my creations with you.

My latest is yet another version of my Cottage Pie recipe.  (I sometimes call it Shepherd’s Pie, which I shouldn’t, because that’s made with lamb, and we’re not a lamb-eating family.) 

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Harbingers of Spring

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A carpet of snow blankets the ground. The temperature on a good day hovers around the freezing mark. On bad days, it dips into the mid-20s. On really bad days, the temperature plummets into single digits. And then you factor in the wind chill. Welcome to winter in New England. Since I’ve lived my whole life here, you’d think I’d be used to it. Continue reading

The Big Chill

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Cold. That would be an understatement to describe the weather here in New England. It’s been frigid some days; others have been downright cold; some days have actually reached freezing point of 32 degrees Fahrenheit; and some are considered chilly. And please don’t mention the snow! I’ve learned to enjoy the chilly days, LOL, as I think about the coming of Spring. Continue reading

McCormick Scores Again!

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Chicken.  So versatile…so tasty…and served so often in our home.

And because of our fondness for chicken, and my ability to buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts for between $1.69 – $1.99-a-pound with regularity, my recipes needed a little refresh.

I’d had family-pleasing success using the McCormick Bag and Season for Pot Roast, so I was inspired to pick up their Bag and Season for Chicken during my last trip to Stop & Shop. Continue reading

Beef – From Bottom To Top

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Why have I never made a roast before? I asked myself that recently while in Stop & Shop as I admired a bottom round roast that I couldn’t pass up. What had my family and I been missing? I knew McCormick made cooking bags and spice combinations that would make this an easy and tasty dish, which inspired me to give making my first roast a whirl.

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