Savory Bread Puddings Make Comforting Sense

This affordable treat provides an outlet to use a variety of leftover ingredients from other dishes.

Savory Bread Puddings Make Comforting Sense

For years, I’ve served dishes that were spontaneously created from my refrigerator or made with food—sometimes slightly dried or in need of trimming—that otherwise might get thrown away. My kids ate countless minestrones, chilies and even tossed salads that were never the same from one version to the next. The fact is, I disdain wasting food, plus I think those bits can add style, texture, color and taste.

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A Lighter Take On 
Soup

Put some spring in a cold-weather favorite

A Lighter Take On 
Soup

For man of us, winter means repeatedly putting on and taking off parkas, scarves, hats and gloves as a barrier to the damp and frigid temperatures. That irksome chore, coupled with shoveling snow and other cold weather activities, can build up quite an appetite. You crave hearty fare to keep warm. Hibernating sometimes seems tempting.

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Heavenly Deviled Eggs with Cheese

This smart addition turns the ordinary into the extraordinary

Heavenly Deviled Eggs with Cheese

After my family’s annual Easter egg hunt, mom often deviled those colorful little ovals that had been hidden in our backyard. She’d peel and cut them in half, mash the yolks with mayonnaise and minced celery, and spoon the mixture back into the whites. While fairly pedestrian, they were a beloved fixture at our family picnics and barbecues, usually sprinkled with paprika to garnish.

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Soup’s On

Soup’s On Comfort in a bowl that’s good for the soul

Soup’s On

“Soup is cuisine’s kindest course. It breathes reassurance; it steams consolation; after a weary day it promotes sociability, as the five o’clock cup of tea or the cocktail hour.” — From “The Soup Book” (1949) by Louis P. De Gouy

Many folks enjoy recipes. Being able to duplicate a dish correctly makes them happy.

I am not one of those cooks.

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