Hidden Pecan Brownies

          Chocolate, for me, is an ebb and flow.  For many years chocolate was the dessert.  I preferred it to any other, without second thought.  If chocolate in any form was offered on a dessert table or menu, the other options blurred into the background.  Then gradually chocolate began to seem a bit heavy.  Too rich, too dense, and, in a way, too Read entire post

Curried Mango Chicken Salad

          Saturday, the air conditioner broke.  It was a lovely day, 96oF, 96% humidity, with the sun beating down as if on the Mojave Desert.  Ahhh, good times.  While waiting for the repairman to arrive, while contemplating being robbed blind, I decided to whip up a lunch that would offer a hint of coolness.  For inspiration I looked no farther Read entire post

Sweet Potato Black Bean Stew

          In my last post I talked about how, this time of year, as the weather begins to grow hot, humid, and oppressively sticky, turning on the stove or oven seems highly unappealing.  And yet here I am, mere days later, switching on that stove and setting a pot of stew to simmer.  Doesn’t make much sense, even to me.  But Read entire post

Cucumber Watermelon Salad with Hoisin-Lime Dressing

          The first truly hot days of summer have arrived.  The sun beats down, the humidity closes in, and the last last last thing I want to do is turn on the oven, or even the stove.  This is the kind of weather that gets me to thinking about cool, crisp, refreshing vittles.  Little chilled bowls of juicy freshness.  This Read entire post

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