Herbed cream cheese and butter spread

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I had been sick. Fever. Chills. I hadn't cooked in three days and it was getting frustrating because Sam will be having her birthday in two days and I always cook something special when someone has a birthday in my family.Tonight, for the first time in three days, I felt better. I stood in the kitchen, muttered that I wanted to bake something, Speedy was adamant -- no … [Read more...]

Green tea and mint brew

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Last night, I wrote about the dishes that I cooked for the girls to bring back to the condo. You know, the reheatable meals. But even before I was able to post that article, I got a call from my younger daughter, Alex, saying she was running a fever (she already had a bad cold when Speedy drove her and her sister to the condo the previous night) and wanted to go home. … [Read more...]

Dried herbs and spices go into airtight containers

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How do you organize your kitchen? When you buy herbs, spices and condiments, do you always buy them in jars and bottles? I like refills. They're more economical. I just store them in empty glass jars (of coffee, mayo, peanut butter, pickles... you get the idea) that have been thoroughly washed and dried. You know, recycling. I like jars with screw type caps best because … [Read more...]

Something from Nigella Lawson’s book

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Lemon wedges, garlic and fresh herbs are added to chicken pieces in a baking dish and baked in a slow oven. The result? Good straight out of the oven. But reheated, the bitterness of the lemon's pith becomes pronounced. The recipe is from Nigella Lawson's Forever Summer. Salt was not listed among the ingredients but I salted the chicken anyway. Good thing I did too. … [Read more...]

I like natural

When my mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer over a decade ago, she underwent surgery but refused the recommended chemotherapy. Instead, she opted for herbal treatment. She'd go to this doctor in Multinational Village every week and, after she was assured that the cancer had been arrested, the visits dwindled to once a month. She still goes there. She's turning 73 next … [Read more...]

Cilantro (coriander leaves)

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Cilantro refers to the leaves of the coriander plant (Coriandrum sativum). Sometimes called coriander leaves or Chinese parsley, it is a familiar cooking herb just as the coriander seeds are a familiar cooking spice. Not only does cilantro figure prominently in Southeast Asian cooking, one finds it in Middle Eastern and Mexican cuisines as well.About three years … [Read more...]

Herb and cheese muffins

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There's this chicken casserole with bread topping that I cooked a couple of weeks ago and I so loved the cheesy bread topping that I decided to tweak the recipe to turn the bread into muffins.Instead of grating the cheese, I cut them into small cubes. And I used twice as much cheese, combining sharp cheddar with Monterey Jack. I also added finely chopped onion … [Read more...]