March Cottage Cooking Club, Bruschetta with Broad Beans and Asparagus


Welcome to our March gathering Cooking Along with the Cottage Cooking Club, a place where our online international cooking group monthly prepares foods from the cookbook: River Cottage veg everyday! by author and British TV cooking entertainer, Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall.


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Lasagna, and avoiding kitchen mishaps


A few months ago assorted food bloggers were sharing posts on kitchen mishaps, some were really funny, some hilarious, but each provided a sure laugh to lighten the day. It got me to thinking, except that, well, first off, I’m just plain not that funny, and second, I don’t have any really great kitchen mishap stories.

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Classic Caesar Salad, with Anchovies


Who remembers how fancy it seemed having your Caesar Salad prepared table-side? A fine restaurant, a serious waiter, typically attired in a black suit, starched white shirt and bow tie, meticulously performing the routine like a scientist, pouring and combining the components of test tubes perfectly aligned on a wooden rack, then poof. Only in this case, it was a large wooden bowl.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2015


Wishing you, your family, and friends a lovely day, and all the good luck of the Irish. Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2015!

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Tarragon Chicken Salad and Bacon on Crusty Sourdough


Thinking about the simpler foods of spring? Chicken salad is just one of those menu items that seems like spring to me and maybe it does to you too. Signs of spring also have me looking forward to shortly snipping fresh herbs growing in assorted planters on my deck, like fresh tarragon, and among its range of diverse uses, Tarragon Chicken Salad.

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Kids Cook French, Clafoutis with Claudine Pepin


Beginning around 6 months of age, I would pop up my grandson the J-Dude, right onto the pale lime green colored Bumba seat kept set on top of the wooden armed bar stool, then, push the back snugly up against the kitchen island, and together, we would cook.

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February Cottage Cooking Club, avocado and ruby grapefruit with chili


Welcome to our February gathering of Cooking Along with the Cottage Cooking Club where our international online group monthly prepares dishes from the cookbook “River Cottage veg everyday! ” by British author and television host, Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall.

Our fearless leader of the Cottage Cooking Club, Andrea, The Kitchen Lioness, notes from a very small German Kitchen, monthly provides a list of choices from among an extensive selection of seasonally inspired vegetable dishes, (great way to eat plenty of veggies, right?!) Members of the group pick what they plan to prepare from among the recipe selection, then, at months end we come together sharing our cooking experiences, outcomes and flavor observations.


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Wine Poached Salmon, Peas, Bow Tie Pasta in White Sauce


As older homes go, their kitchens sometimes seem awkwardly designed. My family lived in one of these  type homes in Philadelphia for a few years when I began high school.

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Crispy Breaded Pork Chops


Simply begun with one sensory sign, the sight of bright, early morning sunlight streamed through bedroom blinds. Hooray. For though bitterness of winter remains with us still, the renewal of bright, early morning sunlight gives me a thrill!

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Potato and Egg Bake, Lenten Friday Meal


Today marks the first Friday of Lent, and the only week during the Lenten season when Catholics are required to refrain from eating meat twice in one week.

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