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I am surviving the Fresh Start Challenge!

A wonderful old friend of mine, Linda, and her friend Diane in Buffalo, NY put out a Fresh Start Challenge on Facebook: Welcome to Fresh Start! This group was created to share and encourage organization and healthy lifestyle ideas in the coming year. We're going to start with a "30 Day Organization Challenge." It’s an easy task. Spend 15 minutes each day organizing an item or area and post before and after pictures. Don't know where to start....don't worry, we'll…

It’s Friday (pizza) night, but time for an amendment to the menu.

I love pizza, especially Chip’s pizza. Outside of that unfortunate incident when he broke my finger with the bowl of pizza dough, pizza night is one of my favorite nights. Tonight, we are making a hot Soppressata and Manchego spicy pizza with honey drizzle. But with the haze of holiday overeating hanging heavy over the kitchen, and my midsection, I look for an alternate or addition to the pizza night menu. Something light and fun. I searched my recipe books…

Pancetta, Garlic, and White Bean Dip

White bean dip is a multi-purpose concoction. Of course, you can eat this dip with  veggies, crackers, and chips, but for the sheer joy of it, you can also mix it into piping hot pasta. The aroma when it hits the hot pasta is just delicious. Below is my take on white bean dip for the holidays. What you need: 8 ounces or so Pancetta- you can purchase it already diced or get the deli to hand cut a chunk…

Bread. Say no more.

It is safe to say that the human race, on the whole, is obsessed with bread. From the 1987 hit movie, Moonstruck, staring Nicholas Cage and Cher, comes a great quote about bread: Ronny Cammareri: “They say bread is life. And I bake bread, bread, *bread*. And I sweat and shovel this stinkin' dough in and out of this hot hole in the wall, and I should be *so* happy! Huh, sweetie?” Is bread life? When you don’t feel well,…

Pomegranate Molasses:  Is there such a thing?

Yes, there is, and it is spectacular. On this beautiful fall Halloween afternoon, I want to share this recipe and the various ways you can use it. It is quite fitting for Halloween as the color is a syrupy, deep red. See below for some suggested uses. What you need: 4 cups pomegranate juice- get the good stuff 1/2 cup sugar 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice Zest of a fresh lemon, maybe a teaspoon or so What to do:…