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I’m a Daring Pizza Baker!

It’s official, I’ve finally joined the Daring Bakers! And of all things, my first Daring Baker challenge was…pizza!

Pizza? That’s supposed to be a challenge?? Those were my first thoughts when I started reading about this month’s daring baker challenge.  And then I got to the part about how we would have to toss the dough in the air.  Ah yes, I thought. Therein lies the challenge!

You see, I make pizza all the time, but I refuse to toss the dough.  In fact, I pride myself on not tossing the dough.  I developed a method of pressing out the dough on parchment paper that creates a nice, round, perfectly thin pizza crust.  And once I perfected my method, I never thought I would have a reason to do it any other way.

And then I joined the Daring Bakers. Continue reading →

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Roasted Autumn Vegetable Chowder

Roasted Autumn Vegetable Chowder

As much fun as it is to write about pumpkin, cream cheese, and pies this season, it’s nice to know that there are some wonderful Autumn recipes out there that are warm, hearty, satisfying, and healthy.  And my new favorite from that category is this rich and hearty roasted vegetable chowder inspired by two of my favorite bloggers: Karina of Karina’s Kitchen and Rachel of Coconut & Lime. Continue reading →

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Serious Comfort: Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Comfort food. What does that phrase mean to you?

For me, comfort food means my favorite food memories of childhood: my mom’s Potato Leek Soup, Gigi’s lasagna, Nana’s cornmeal mush with butter and sugar, my dad’s soft-boiled eggs on buttered toast, homemade cinnamon swirl bread fresh from the oven, even the chocolate pudding with whipped cream that was an occasional special treat from the elementary school cafeteria. Continue reading →

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The Best Brand of Whole Wheat Pasta?

Whole Wheat Vermicelli with Browned Butter and Mizithra Cheese

There was a time when I thought of whole wheat pasta as something that only a health food nut would eat. But I’m talking years ago. Back then, you really couldn’t find something like whole wheat pasta unless you went to an actual ‘health food store’ to buy it. You know the ones I’m talking about. Those tiny, poorly lit places that smell like old vitamins. Continue reading →

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Potato Leek Soup

Potatoes, Leeks and Onion

I turned on the news this morning and found out that Spring is about to officially begin! But rather than jump into the spring recipes, I’m going to help you savor these last couple days of winter by providing the the ultimate comforting soup recipe: a thick and hearty potato leek soup. Continue reading →

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The Accidental Soup Recipe: Chick Peas, Ginger, and Coriander, Oh my!

Garbanzo Bean Soup

Although it started as an accident, this Chick Pea Soup with Ginger and Coriander has turned into a favorite in my kitchen. It’s simple, healthy and satisfying and can be on the table in about 10 minutes (ok, maybe 15). Continue reading →

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Jason’s Ultimate Manwich

The Ultimate Manwich

A sandwich is a sandwich, but a Manwich is a meal!

As I have already mentioned, today I share a birthday with my cousin Jason. A week ago he e-mailed me and requested that I create ‘The Ultimate Manwich’ for his birthday and post it on Pinch My Salt. No other instructions or descriptions were given. He just asked for The Ultimate Manwich. Continue reading →

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Vegetarian Chili Pie with Cheddar Cornbread Crust

Chili Cornbread Pie

The vegetarian three bean chili from the other night turned out really great! As I had mentioned, I decided to try topping the chili with cornbread batter and baking it. I’ve never done this before but several of you talked about it during our weekend cornbread discussion and it sounded like a pretty good idea to me! Continue reading →

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