Ham And Lentil Soup

Lentils have been saddled with a bum rap.  Even before the King James Bible told us that Esau sold his birthright for a “pottage of lentiles” (lentil soup), people have been using the story as an example of selling something of great value for little or nothing. Lentils do not deserve this.  The story does…
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Roasting Vegetables

My mother did a great job of cooking potatoes.  Boiled, baked, mashed, scalloped, fried–they were all cooked expertly and ended up delicious.  But when it came to other vegetables, she adhered to the old country housewife policy of cooking them until they gave up and screamed for mercy. Maybe that’s why I still like green…
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Breakfast Frittata

What do you do when you can’t resist buying a lot of jalapeño peppers that happen to be on sale?  Find recipes that call for jalapeños, of course.  My wife just shook her head at the recipe for a breakfast frittata, but she asked for seconds and now suggests it from time to time when…
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Fish Pepperard

Christians are now in the liturgical season of Lent, a time of reflection, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial. As a child I learned that during Lent we should give up something that we really liked.  At one time or another I tried giving up school, shoveling the paths to the woodshed and chicken coop, and taking…
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Red Beans And Rice

We ate a lot of beans when I was a kid.  Baked beans almost every week in the winter, bean soup at least once a month, and bean salads when Mom found a new recipe in Woman’s Day.  In the summer we took canned beans along on picnics. But I never tasted red beans and…
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