Category Archives: Cooking Tips

Incredible Peach Melba


RECIPE IDEA You should have seen the peaches at the Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market on Saturday. Beautiful rosy-red to almost-yellow skins, firm to the touch and oh the fragrance! So we bought a box. What to do with this luscious fruit? … Continue reading

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Eggplant Parmesan for Carnivores


RECIPE IDEA We went to the farmer’s market in  Harrisonburg Saturday and the eggplants at our favorite organic farmer were beautiful so we bought one. I love Eggplant Parmesan. It’s the primary dish I use to evaluate any new Italian … Continue reading

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The Best Blueberry Pie


IDEA The Johnson’s sent out an email in the middle of last week warning that the last of the blueberries were being picked. So we were up early on Saturday and off to the farmer’s market to get 6 pints. … Continue reading

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What is Gratin?


My daughter Erin recently tried one of the new recipes I posted, Caribbean Sweet Potato Gratin. She was disappointed because it wasn’t creamy like she expected it to be. When I told Don about Erin’s comments, he said, “Why wouldn’t … Continue reading

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A New Way to Eat Chilean Bean & Corn Stew


Don and I had Chilean Bean & Corn Stew this evening for supper. He had the brilliant idea to add a dollop of sour cream to it, and it completely changed the flavor. It is excellent both ways. ~Lois

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Caribbean Sweet Potato Gratin


I love the Moosewood Restaurant cookbooks. This recipe originally came from Moosewood’s New Classics cookbook. The recipe calls for a crumb topping, but I find this to be gritty (maybe because it doesn’t have much oil in it). I leave … Continue reading

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Deviled Eggs


Deviled Eggs are a family favorite. They are easy to make, delicious and very pretty to serve. I like to make them for special occasions, and I even have a special crystal serving dish for Deviled Eggs. When Don and … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Vegetable Stew with Chickpeas


Don and I have a house guest from Pakistan, Muhamad Ishaq Israr. We are all learning a great deal about one another. Ishaq is attending Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute. This is the third year we have had SPI … Continue reading

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Paprika Chicken and Dumplings


I haven’t made this recipe in years, but this creamy, Hungarian-style chicken and dumplings dish is beautiful and scrumptious. The dumplings are very similar to the ones my mother called “noodles” that she put in her onion-soup-based potato soup. Chicken … Continue reading

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Tarragon Chicken


Tarragon is one of my favorite spices; I especially like it with chicken. This takes a little preparation time, but it is really worth it. Ingredients: 2.5 to 3 pound fryer chicken (cut up) 1/4 cup olive oil 1 cup … Continue reading

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