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Margherita Pizza: A Tribute to Italy’s Queen & Flag

Pizza is one food that just about everyone can agree on loving from an early age. Even my two-year-old loves pizza night. The love of pizza not only transcends generations, it spans the centuries. Forms of pizza have been a beloved food since ancient times. Records show flat breads topped with vegetables, herbs and cheeses […]

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Chicken Divan with Conebella Farm Cheddar Spread

On particularly busy days, a melody from the Sound of Music floats through my mind. But instead of “how do you solve a problem like Maria,” what I’m singing to myself is, “how do you solve a problem like our dinner?” Sometimes cooking dinner is the last task of a day full of many other […]

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Tomato, Fennel and Mozzarella Skillet Dish

Rediscovering best-loved recipes and trying new ones. That is what I have been doing for the past month. Before that, for about a year, my husband and I lived with his parents. Most of our belongings went into storage, and my routine of cooking daily meals got tucked away too. When we moved into our […]

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Spinach Cheddar Potato Pie

“My England money.” That’s what my five-year-old niece calls the handful of pence my husband and I brought back for her from a trip across the pond last month. She loves seeing the images of the queen on the coins and sorting the coins by size. I will think of my niece’s charming phrase whenever I […]

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Chimichangas with Jalapeño Cheddar and Smoked Colby

In the first year after I got married, I had to build up a recipe collection. I had cooked now and then during high school, and had somehow managed to feed myself when I moved into my first apartment after college. (Mainly, I existed on omelets.) But daily meal prep for two people? This was […]

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Bacon Cheddar Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Early this morning, I watched the sky turn as red and dappled as a Gala apple. Yesterday my mother warned me about a coming ice storm, and now the sky foreshadowed it, too. I had cancelled today’s plans based on my mom’s predictions, and right now the day ahead looks like one for staying home, bundling […]

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Easy Cheesy Flavorful Chicken

It’s not just your imagination. Studies have shown that time really does feel like it is flying by as we get older. Some have thought that this is because, when we’re kids, our hearts beat more quickly, and this functions as a natural timekeeper, making it feel like more time has passed. Or that we’re receiving […]

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The Best Mac ‘n’ Cheese for Spring

Asparagus-Bacon-Cheddar Mac ‘n’ Cheese might just be the best mac ‘n’ cheese for spring. Scratch that. Asparagus-Bacon-Cheddar Mac ‘n’ Cheese might just be the best mac ‘n’ cheese ever. In the whole world. It’s certainly the most decadent and delicious meal I have had since Christmas. It’s almost 10 a.m. as I write this, and […]

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Easy Cheddar Beer Soup for St. Patrick’s Day

I learned a new word this week. Firkin. My first guess, when I heard this word, was that it was a kind of pickle. Gherkin, Firkin. Maybe instead of being pickled with dill, this kind is a small cucumber seasoned with fennel. A fennel gherkin. A firkin. Sounds delicious. And we pickle everything in Pennsylvania… […]

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Lasagna… Without a Big Trip to the Grocery Store

It’s mid-afternoon and if you’re anything like me, you haven’t given a thought to dinner yet. But with a well-stocked pantry, you figure there are any number of things you can make with ingredients on hand. Except for one dinnertime favorite: lasagna. Who keeps copious amounts of ricotta cheese on hand? It goes bad so […]