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Never mind apples, comfort me with layered coffee ice cream sundaes

There are times when despite your best efforts to be brave, strong, and smiling in the face of tough life stuff you just have to throw off the good girl gloves and do something selfish. A walking meditation tape I sometimes listen to describes it as cradling your child-self in your arms and nurturing it […]

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The Best Cookbooks of 2013

Hi. My name is Ivy and I have a cookbook problem. The bookshelves in my office and kitchen are packed tight. There’s stacks of cookbooks on my night stand, various end tables, and a huge row of them in my kitchen, too. I’m not one of those “mark it for later” types, either. I actually use […]

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A Potato Story and Remembrance–Twice Baked Kale Potatoes

I’m partial, I’ll admit it. I have favorite farmers at the farmer’s market. The guys or gals who recognize you from 40 paces, smile, and welcome you to their stalls with news of their goats, updates on their plantings, stories of brave battles with tomato hornworms. Today I was so sad to learn of the […]

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A Life of Spice Visit and Vegetable Thins

Photo by Rebecca Gagnon, 2012, all rights reserved Community. The word brings up images of hippy coop grocery stores and swimming pools. It is a good thing, I gleaned that somewhere along the way, but I don’t really think I got what it meant until later in life. It wasn’t until I was a full […]

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Easy Bourbon Caramel for National Bourbon Day!

Happy National Bourbon Day, y’all! For me, it all started on a fateful night in New Orleans. I was young, impressionable, and had no idea how to order a real grown up drink in a bar. I found myself  sitting at the lobby bar in a fine old New Orleans hotel chatting with a genteel […]

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The Next Big Thing: Crackers and Dips Book!

The NEXT BIG THING. Everyone wants to know what it is, before it is.  Who is bringing sexy back?  What’s the new black? Which restaurant is about to be so popular, it’ll be impossible to get a table?  And of course, what’s the newest food trend?  We all want to know. Just so, I got […]

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It’s Bacon, Isn’t It?

Being from a small town in the Midwest named Sheboygan has its pluses and minuses. As a gothy punkette in my teens, I would have told you it was all minuses. I would have snarled when I said it, too. Sheboygan is an industrial town on Lake Michigan halfway between the cosmopolitan metropolises of Green […]

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Mmm, Umami! Mushroom & Rosemary Risotto

Ahoy Foodies! Sorry I’ve been MIA, Mr. Tofu and I have been traipsing about Norway and Denmark, eating fish and taking pictures for the last few weeks. Several posts are to follow on that.  In the meantime, I needed good ol’ comfort food. The kind of comfort that only a casserole could provide. So I picked […]

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Humble Pie- Huckleberry Pie with Hazelnut Struesel

Ahoy Foodies! When my husband Mr. Tofu talks about our early courtship, he likes to tell the story about the day he took one of my homemade pies to work.  He put it on the break room table and co-workers flocked. One particularly astute pie-loving colleague took a bite, smiled at Mr. Tofu and said, […]

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Thinking Outside The Bag- Homemade Baked Potato Chips

Ahoy Foodies! My very favorite quote by a famous person is from Dolly Parton, who once was asked is she had a sweet tooth. She batted her long, plastic eyelashes and said, “Oh honey, I’d much rather eat one potato than a whole pie!” I remember thinking, “I like Dolly. She’s my kind of gal.”  […]

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