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Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA


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Fennel Pizza with White Bean Purée

Fennel Pizza with White Bean Puree

Thanks so much for all of your nice comments about Sebb. He was a well-loved cat and he is missed. His feline diabetes, however, is not. To both cheer me up and acknowledge the fact that we no longer have to be at home at 7:00 am and 7:00 pm to administer insulin, Gist and I headed out to Western Mass. for the weekend where we enjoyed my favorite food:

Day 99 - Saturday, April 10th 2010 - Paradise City

Pizza, it’s what’s for dinner. Continue reading


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Caramelized Balsamic Vinaigrette

Caramelized Balsamic Vinaigrette

There’s only one word for Brie (or any cheese) topped with this vinaigrette – YUMMMMMMMM!  In the recipe description in Vegetarian Planet, Didi Emmons mentions that its “flavor threw me straight into food heaven.”  I couldn’t have said it better myself! Continue reading


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Hitting the reset button…

DeCordova Museum

Last week was a budget buster! I managed to keep the grocery bill under $60 but the only way I was able to do so was because we ate out on Monday, got pizza on Wednesday, ate out on Saturday, and went out to brunch on Sunday morning (and I enjoyed every second of it) – that’s like a typical pre-layoff week for us and it was pricey.  This week will be all about reeling it back in. Continue reading


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Baked Rigatoni with Broccoli & Gorgonzola and Chocolate Blackout Pudding

Chocolate Blackout Pudding
Dessert first!

Here are two excellent and economical dishes that are perfect to serve when friends or family are dropping by for dinner.  Both are easy and can be prepared ahead of time, allowing you to spend time with your guests – the best part of sharing a meal! Continue reading


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Butternut Squash Pizza

Butternut Squash Pizza

I love butternut squash and I especially love it roasted. This recipe is another winner from Didi Emmons’s Vegetarian Planet.  The idea for the recipe came to her at Chez Panisse Cafe in Berkeley, CA where she had a similar pizza that she wanted to re-create at home – I’m glad she did! Continue reading


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Green Apple & Brie Sandwiches

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Happy Thursday.  This week has flown by – it’s true what they say about time flying…

I spent a couple of days out in the lovely Pioneer Valley with my friend Jeremy and it was a super-fun visit.  We made it a point to check out the Smith College Botanical Gardens’ Spring Bulb Show.  It was the perfect first taste of Spring! Continue reading