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May 24, 2017

Mother's Day has really co-opted brunch (we get it — mimosas), but dads deserve their special thing, too. Luckily, Father's Day falls right in summer's sweet spot, just in time for June's inaugural grilling. It may be a cliche, but if your dad is like the ones we know, you're not allowed to…


Add vegetable oil to make heavenly banana bread

May 17, 2017

Everyone makes banana Bread. And most people love it. A good friend of mine always makes it with chocolate chips because her family will eat anything with chocolate in it. I grew up with my mother making banana bread with butter and pecans, and I thought it was very good until I accidently created…


Caramelized tofu and lots of veggies become tasty, pretty

May 10, 2017

If you aren't a tofu fan, listen up. This just might be the recipe that turns it all around for you, like it did for my husband and daughter.

I toss extra firm tofu cubes in a lightly spicy (or not; your call) peanut sauce and then roast it until the edges are golden and lightly caramelized. These…


Green garlic butter with parsley brings spring to oysters

May 03, 2017

My grilled oysters with green garlic butter dish looks as green and springy as your backyard at this time of year.

You may be familiar with the flavors in this butter from the classic french escargots a la bourguignonne. And, if I was a betting woman, I'd be willing to bet that 90 percent of folks…