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Food Obsession: YOU’RE HAVING WHAT FOR LUNCH?

by Jane Thomson Beside startling names, what these two recipes have in common is that they can help use up odds and ends of uninteresting foods, and do it simply. EGGS IN PURGATORY - Adapted from “Dash”, the food advertising glossy supplement found monthly in the Pioneer Press and S’Trib. For four eggs: 1 to 2 cups of marinara [...]

Food Obsession: B.S.T.P.

by Jane Thomson Bring Something To Pass – a potluck. The first recipe is from my daughter Rose. Some years ago, when she was a teenager, I was out of the kitchen for long periods of time, and not hanging over her telling what to do. She made some cookies that won a prize at the Sherburne County Fair (we lived in Elk River at the time). Of [...]

Food Obsession: WHAT DID I TELL YOU?

By Jane Thomson I said to read the whole recipe before making the dish. Here are a couple of recipes that are easy to make if certain very specific instructions are followed. They are in caps here, but such details don’t always hit you in the eye when you give a recipe the once-over. BEER BREAD – this quick bread goes with anything and [...]

Food Obsession: PANCAKES

By Jane Thomson More pancakes and less prose (could this be on a t-shirt?) Pancakes, combined with fruit and either milk, eggs, yoghurt or sausage make a decent meal. It’s only when you take in “all you can eat” that they become a weight hazard. Any of the pancakes below would be good with syrup, honey or tart/sweet fruit [...]

THIS IS GOOD OR I’LL EAT MY CHRISTMAS TREE

By Jane Thomson My first recipe is from 97 ORCHARD , an Edible History of Five Immigrant Families, by Jane Ziegelman. This book interests me because my father grew up in a New York tenement (the word just meant “rental building” at the time; I don’t know how shabby his family’s apartment was, but I suspect it was not spacious). The [...]

Food Obsession: FOOD AND CLASS

Recently I read an article in the November 29 Newsweek that claimed that eating habits and tastes are the new dividers of social class in America. Well-off people can choose pure, organic, out-of-season and hard-to-find-foods, as they have access to high-end stores that carry these things and the money to buy them when they are there. These foods [...]

Food Obsession: DEEP WINTER SWEETS

by Jane Thomson I don’t aim to be a collector, but somehow have acquired at least 100 cookie cutters, of all sizes, some 100 years old, including shapes observant of almost any holiday. While on the subject of size, make cookies of all sizes; but for best results (all done, none burned) bake cookies of the same size and thickness on the same [...]

Food Obsession: ABOUT, AND NOT ABOUT, THANKSGIVING

by Jane Thomson Time to come out with recipes to use up turkey after the annual feast – my suggestion is  eat it with salt, pepper and cranberry-something. I do give thanks to the Almighty pretty often.  For instance, that my daughter and 3-yr-old grandson, caught in a bus shelter on the edge of a tornado in (yes) Brooklyn, New York last [...]

Food Obsession: AS THE PUMPKIN TURNS

by Jane Thomson As I remember the story, if Cinderella doesn’t leave the ball and get into her elegant coach by midnight it turns into a pumpkin. In these recipes, the pumpkin, perhaps your jack-o’-lantern, turns into food. Both recipes are originally from the S’Trib.) The first recipe could be a second use of your Halloween pumpkin, [...]

Food Obsession: THERE’S NOTHING TO EAT AROUND HERE!

by Jane Thomson Above is the frequent lament heard from my son Randall, some 25 year ago, when he would come home from high school and look into the refrigerator. If he was looking for sugared soda pop or chips with greasy dip, he was right. Or perhaps my daughter’s six-foot-five-inch boyfriend Doug had beat Randall to the snacks (“Thanks, [...]

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