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BVC Eats: COMFORT FOOD! Chinese Lamb Soup

by Brenda W. Clough  This is one of those word-of-mouth recipes that has no measurements, and the ingredients take some finding. My brother’s wife’s mother told it to her, and my sister-in-law makes it frequently, but she lives in San … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Chinese Sticky Rice Stuffing

by Brenda W. Clough As other bloggers here have noted, food is key. Hobbits love lembas; wizards and Rangers smoke pipeweed. Long before you understand another culture, another race, you are happily eating their food. Thanksgiving is the quintessentially American … Continue reading

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Perfectionism in Motherhood, Cooking, and Writing

“As a child, my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.” — Buddy Hackett Just about everyone who reads this smiles, but actually I think they should be screaming. Either/or choices and black-and-white thinking serve none … Continue reading

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BVC Eats – Tomato harvest!

We think of autumn as a time to harvest pumpkins, but around here, it’s bonanza time for tomatoes, as well. Our tomatoes don’t get going until midsummer because the night time temperatures are still too low. The plants just sit … Continue reading

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[food] More Amazing Things To Do With Winter Squash

After my last post on expanding the possibilities for winter squash (including pumpkins), I mentioned butternut squash spoon bread in the discussion. The resulting enthusiasm (“You have a recipe?”) has emboldened me to continue. Butternut Squash* Spoon Bread *or other … Continue reading

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Food: New Uses For Winter Squash

I love winter squashes. They’re delicious, versatile, and packed with nutrients. Some varieties you can find in markets pretty much all year round — acorn and butternut, sometimes chunks of banana squash or Hubbard, with specialty or health food markets … Continue reading

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Stranger in a Strange Kitchen, 02: The Preservation of the Nation

Preserves, conserves. Jams and marmalades (anyone for onion marmalade? or oxtail marmalade?). Pickles and chutneys. Canning and bottling and smoking and drying and salting and and and. Every nation has its own methods and traditions, its own terminology – and, … Continue reading

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It May Be the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie…and It’s Gluten-Free (Let the Gluten Go #10)

How food, diet, and dieting affected my writing and my life.  And maybe effects yours… How are you holding up?  Have you found stir-frys packed by your local grocery to make up quickly?  They’re great with some whole grain rice … Continue reading

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The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

For those of us who live and blog in the USA, traditionally, the post-Thanksgiving post is a musing on what blessings one has, and the importance of taking a moment to think on them. Now, don’t get me wrong.  I … Continue reading

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Cinderella’s Secret: Kadoo Bouranee (Afghan Sweet Pumpkin)

I first ate this at an Afghan restaurant in Washington D.C., where it was served with ground lamb. I have since learned that many variations of sweet pumpkin span not only the Middle East and West Asia but India as … Continue reading

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