The Secret Ingredient

Inspiration for Everyday Cooking

Superbowl Snacks

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Many of you are probably mourning the Pats not making the Superbowl (in our house we are Buffalo Bills fans, so we are used to this feeling).  Well, all that means is you can pay less attention to the big game and more attention to the Superbowl snacks! Recently, SuzySaid.com, my favorite all-about-town website, asked […] [Read More]

Cornbread Combos

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It’s been awhile since my last post—between the holidays I moved into a new home and have been busybusy getting settled and was not doing a lot of cooking!  Now I’m back in action with my new kitchen and have been cooking and testing away the new year! Anytime I make chili, I make cornbread.  […] [Read More]

Homemade Crockpot Applesauce

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If your kids are anything like mine, any piece of fruit with a bruise, discoloration, or imperfection gets pushed to the back of the crisper drawer in our fridge.  The longer they stay in there, the more bruised they become.  So what does one do with a drawer full of less than perfect pommes?  Make […] [Read More]

Chicken and Stars Soup

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My grandmother made the very best chicken soup — ever. She actually called it “Chicken and Stars Soup” because she opted for the little star (“stelline”) pasta instead of the more traditional “noodles”. She always made the stock from scratch and it was delicious. However, those were different times, and today, most people (including me) […] [Read More]

Fresh Figs with Roquefort

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The minute I see fresh figs gracing the supermarkets, I snap them up. Figs have two seasons:  a short one in early summer, then a slightly longer one in late summer/early fall.  They aren’t around for long and don’t keep well, so it is best to buy figs and eat them within a day or […] [Read More]

Classic Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are in season, and when you buy them super fresh and local, the flavor is unbeatable!  Unfortunately, my stint with a vegetable garden was short lived (no green thumbs here!), but I’ve been lucky enough to get lots of fresh tomatoes from friends and neighbors who were not afflicted with my anti-gardening gene.  The […] [Read More]

In Season: Fresh Corn Panzanella Salad with Basil

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I grew up eating Schoharie corn, which was widely known in our area as the best corn around.  When it was in season, we ate it several times a week with dinner.  Perfectly crunchy and sweet, it needed no embellishment, although we often ate it slathered with salted butter. I never thought that all these […] [Read More]

Red, White, and Blue Salad

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Years ago, I’d written down the idea for this salad on a piece of scrap paper which ended up stuffed in the front of my overflowing recipe box. I’d all but forgotten about it until one day I decided to organize all the stray recipes I’d written down, ripped out, and recycled. Unfortunately, I have […] [Read More]

Five Minute Guacamole

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There is nothing like fresh guacamole.  My favorite local restaurant guacamole is at Bodega in Fairfield, and my favorite fresh guac for purchase is at The Pantry (also in Fairfield).  When making homemade guacamole, I usually doctor it up with some fresh ingredients including tomato, onion and cilantro.  On a recent night all I had […] [Read More]

Summery Watermelon-Cucumber Salsa

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Nothing says summer to me like watermelon.  Most of the time watermelon is eaten in slices or perhaps cubed in a fruit salad, but we often don’t think of using watermelons in recipes.  Over Memorial Day I was invited to a summer kick-off party and was asked to bring an appetizer.  Looking through my fridge, […] [Read More]