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CHANNELING GRANDMA

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“You talked about your Grandma’s red sauce yesterday, too.” “I did?  Oh…” Apparently I am using my Italian Grandma’s delicious Sunday red sauce as a too-frequent metaphor in my work at The College of Saint Rose. You see, Grandma was a genius in the kitchen.  As my mom often said, she could make dirt taste good.  Grandma could take anything ... Read More »

THERE’S A TABLE SET FOR YOU…

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It seems impossible, or maybe it appears to defy the odds, but once again I find myself reflecting on the loss of a loved one.  A family member. Or so it seemed. George Danes died on August 4, 2015.   In case you missed the enormous hiccup in the world when that happened. Two things come to mind as I ... Read More »

SPRING CLEANING

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It’s that time of year when allergies quickly morph into head colds and then back into allergies, resulting in a lethargic week or so where I haven’t wanted to do much of anything except veg out to one of Anthony Bourdain’s travel and food shows – too sneezy and tired to even really be envious or inspired by his very cool, very ... Read More »

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT

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When my Grandma Ruth passed away last May, one of the more interesting things I inherited was her collection of parchment paper, aluminum foil and plastic wrap. She bought in bulk, a coupon clipper and a savvy shopper, so they were either generic brands or marked with “sale” stickers. My grandmother was a good cook and a good baker – although ... Read More »

FAMILY DINNER

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Is our memory of food really an accurate rendering of a meal? Or do we indulge in the dangerous side of nostalgia -photoshopping away imperfections to create false versions that never really existed? Is my idea of my grandmother’s sweet potato pie true to how it actually was on the plate and in the mouth? Or have I set myself ... Read More »

LITTLE PLEASURES

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There are many wonderful feelings: the first cold beer on a hot day, walking barefoot in freshly mown grass, unpacking your summer (or winter) clothes and discovering money in the pockets, falling asleep in a hammock . . . oh, the list could go on and on. And, speaking of lists, one of my favorite feelings is that quiet sense of ... Read More »

FOR THE LOVE OF BIVALVES

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Of all the bivalves out there (clams, scallops and mussels, to name a few), oysters are my favorite. In general, I prefer the briny East Coast varietals but on the other hand, the sweet Kumamotos from Pacific Northwest are equally delicious (albeit in a completely different way). I’ve had Normandy oysters in Paris for 1 euro (roughly a $1.40) that  freaked ... Read More »

THE LAZY BAKER

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On occasion, I make desserts for barVino to supplement the fabulous ones we purchase from the professional bakers at Cafe Sarah’s – just up the street from bV on Main Street in North Creek, NY. Here’s the thing about baking: it’s meticulous, measured and requires prior planning and preparation. Here’s the thing about me: I’m a bit scatter-brained, not naturally ... Read More »

LIVING IN A WHEAT-LESS WORLD

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So much talk of Grandma (click here) led to a major hankering for her eggplant parmigiana.  In my now wheat-defying life (click here), eggplant parmigiana has been absent since December of 2013.  Waaaaay too long! I did find a local restaurant that offers gluten free options for many traditional Italian dishes.  The problem is, you need to plan well in ... Read More »

BEST. WEBMASTER. EVER.

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I am dying to play with this new Plugin that our super webmaster has added to the Sauced blog!  You should now be able to print our recipes without having to print all of our annoying scintillating commentary at the same time. In our plethora-of-fall-veggies CSA-farm-share-life (click here for details), I ended up looking for a new way to prepare ... Read More »

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