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Ruth’s breakfast pizza-pie

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Twenty years ago, I was in my early 30s, working full time as an editor with two small children in daycare and little time for meal preparation. Some time that year, I clipped a recipe called Ruth Dodge-Ducharme’s Breakfast Pizza from a woman’s magazine. I think some key factors made me save the recipe: (1) it has relatively few ingredients, all of which I usually have in my frig, (2) it’s easy and quick to prepare, (3) it can be made ahead, and (4) everyone, our toddler children and my husband, liked it and ate it (a rare event back then).

Ruth called this dish a “pizza”, but it’s really more like a savory pie without the crust. All I know about Ruth is the barest of details included with the clipping: she lived on a dairy and hog farm in Darien, Wisconsin. I am grateful for her sharing her recipe. It works for breakfast, lunch or dinner and is wonderful as leftovers.

All these years later, I still fall back on this dish when time is tight or inspiration is lacking (like last night!). Everyone continues to be pleased to see it land on the dinner table. If you’d like the recipe, you can find it here.

another year older

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Yesterday my husband turned another year older. To begin his day on a sweet note, I made cinnamon rolls. The night before, I made the dough, assembled the rolls, covered them in plastic wrap, and stuck them in the frig. Birthday morning I left them (still covered) on the counter for an hour or so to rise, then into the oven they went.

“Better than cake!” he declared.

Happy Thanksgiving

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After making turkey rolls last weekend, I decided that what they needed to look more like turkeys (and less like doves or baby seals!) was a wattle. Sliced dried cranberries make good-looking turkey beards.

Happy Thanksgiving!

baby turkey dinner rolls

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Daughter #2 and her buddies are having a Friendsgiving dinner tonight, with each girl bringing a dish or two to share. D#2’s contributions: the ubiquitous green bean casserole and dinner rolls. At Easter, we often shape the rolls like baby chicks, so today we thought, why not make baby turkeys?!

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We divided the dough into 16 pieces. We rolled each piece into a short rope, made a knot, squeezed the tip of the dough to make a beak, added peppercorns for eyes, and used scissors to cut the dough to make a feathery tail.

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In the end, they look more like sweet little doves, but no matter. They will meet the same fate as the turkey: gobbled up!

baked brie pumpkinhead

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At book club last night, while we discussed King of the Hill by A.E. Hotchner, we would occasionally sneak peeks at the CardinalRed Sox World Series game–it was painful.

As always, food is a wonderful balm. I made an old stand-by, baked brie. It meets my key criteria for company cooking: it has few ingredients, can be made ahead, and tastes great.

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Cut a brie wheel in half crosswise and sprinkle dried fruit bits on the middle.

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Flip the other half back in place and spoon apricot preserves on top.

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Flip the whole thing onto a thawed and slightly rolled-out sheet of puff pastry and trim the corners.

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Wrap the pastry around the brie and turn back over. I then use the scraps to cut out decorations. Given my middling artistic ability, I was able to make an especially creepy pumpkin. In this case, lack of talent was an asset! At Christmastime, I cut out holly leaves and berries.

If you’d like the recipe, you can find it here.

Happy Halloween!

good night, sweet prince

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This weekend I put the garden to bed. The days are getting shorter and the temperatures cooler. I picked the rest of the tomatoes (even the green ones) and a load of peppers.

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As I began to remove the tomato plants, out popped Mr. Toad. I hadn’t seen him for a couple of months. I think I woke him.

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He shimmied into the soil and pretended to watch me work. What he really was doing was settling down to return to his nap.

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Ever so slowly he sank deeper into the garden until I glanced back one more time and he was gone. We’ll meet again in the spring.

sports nerd food

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With the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs and football season in full swing, it seems timely to share this simple tailgate snack idea. The credit for this recipe belongs to my friend, Linda, who served it at a recent get-together, saying it was a favorite of her husband, Chris. After eating a half dozen, I understood where Chris was coming from and asked her how to make them.

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Here’s what she told me: take a slice of salami (in St. Louis, that means Volpi salami), spread on a layer of Neufchatel cream cheese, and top with a slice of pepperoncini–that’s it. My husband is hooked–he’s made platters to take to tailgate parties and plans to make this his contribution at the next poker party. I like that all the ingredients keep in the frig and that it can be assembled at a moment’s notice.

Thanks to Linda and Chris for sharing!

pucker up, birthday girl

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Although the calendar says September, it feels like we are still in the thrall of summer. A friend, whose favorite flavor in the whole world is lemon (as is mine), celebrated a birthday this weekend. To help her extend the celebration, I am going to give her a bottle of limoncello that I brewed this summer (you can read about my brewing and processing of this batch here and here).

I printed a label (2″ x 2 5/8″), stuck it on a shipping tag (4 3/4″ x 2 3/8″), and fastened it with ribbon to the bottle. In the past, I have stuck the labels directly to the bottles, but since the bottles have been in the fridge chilling, the stickers would have puckered and wrinkled if I had put them on the cold, damp glass. I think I prefer this tag-labeling technique, because I can write a personalized message on the tag’s other side.

Happy Birthday, Kathy!

limoncello soon!

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Simple syrup is brewing and lemon vodka is being strained. Limoncello tomorrow!

limoncello {in progress}

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I came across organic lemons at the grocery store today and they sparked a desire: limoncello! I made it for the first time last year for a friend’s birthday. The hardest part is the waiting.

I follow this recipe. Purists say that you need to use grain alcohol (Everclear), but I had vodka in the cabinet. I use organic lemons and a microplane and am careful to avoid getting pith in the zest, which makes for a bitter result.

In a week or so, I will make the simple syrup and add to the strained infused alcohol. It’ll be a perfect aperitif on a hot August day.

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