I haven’t posted for two weeks, and now Monday is looming large before me. What do I say, what do I write? I had (foolishly) planned a post on portabella mushroom bacon, but it turned out pretty badly, so for now that project is going back to the lab for some more R&D, and I am […]

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  • June 29, 2015 - 10:14 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Hello Nancy and Welcome Back!
    I’ve missed you over the past couple of weeks. Happy you were able to enjoy some pleasant times, beautiful scenery, and of course, great meals with good friends, although I am sorry to hear you were a bit under the weather. Uninspired cooking days for me usually amount to a few choices, Spanish omelet, curly pasta topped with sauce, or, a phone call to the local Pizzeria. Best Wishes getting back into the swing of things this week!ReplyCancel

Summer begins this weekend and it’s time for me to head for the hills, or more specifically, the mountains. As I mentioned in my anniversary post a couple of weeks ago, in the last two years I have published over 350 posts, and that’s a lot of words, and food, and cooking and clean-up. It’s time for […]

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  • June 15, 2015 - 7:53 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Have a terrific vacation in the mountains Nancy. Happy Trails and much well deserved relaxation!ReplyCancel

    • June 15, 2015 - 8:19 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Peggy.ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2015 - 10:59 pm

    Valerie Newman - Is that photo from Grounds for Sculpture? I love it therReplyCancel

    • June 15, 2015 - 8:19 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Valerie, it is indeed! I love it there too.ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2015 - 11:18 pm

    Rachel B - Have fun on your trip! It’s great to take a break and travel!
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  • June 16, 2015 - 2:17 am

    Kristin Shaw - Have a good vacation! Are you headed to actual hills or virtual hills?ReplyCancel

Unless you limit yourself to sliced cheese and never go to parties, chances are you’ve been confronted with cheese rinds. I often find that guests at parties scoop the cheese out leaving the sad traces of the rind on the platter. Although most cheese rinds are edible, many people are intimidated or afraid to ask. […]

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  • June 12, 2015 - 4:55 pm

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Nice Post. Love Brie rind, and willing to give it a go on some others. Important etiquette tip on the rind as well.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2015 - 4:58 pm

    Kelly McKenzie - Such a wealth of info here. And yes. I’ll try the rind next time. Off to share.ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2015 - 2:20 am

    Kristin Shaw - I love eating cheese, but learning about the cheese-making process always makes me scared. All that talk of bacteria I guess!ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2015 - 4:49 pm

    Suheiry Feliciano - I. Love. Cheese. Love. Sadly, my whey allergy prevents me from enjoying the best kinds. I wasn’t sure if the rind was edible, and I’m a texture person, so I wonder if I would even enjoy eating the rind anyway. This is fascinating.ReplyCancel

Two houses and seven years ago I lived on one of those blocks where block parties were a regular event. As long as the weather was nice we were out there sharing great food and hanging out. I was very sad to leave that street, I’d never had that kind of neighborhood experience before, and […]

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  • June 8, 2015 - 7:44 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Although we’ve stopped doing block parties in my neighborhood, it’s always been and is today the kind of place where kids play together and long term friendships flourish, folks always willing to lend a hand, take in mail, or do all sorts of odd favors, the kind of place people don’t want to leave even when perhaps they would like to get something smaller, so I know what you mean on the good neighbors and get-togethers. Your salad looks lovely and I’m sure it was a hit. Have a great week Nancy. Hope to see you at the Conshohocken Brewery. Let me know if I can give you a train pick-up!ReplyCancel

    • June 9, 2015 - 6:50 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Peggy, I think those kinds of connections are so important to kids. My daughter has really missed that as we’ve moved to different streets.ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2015 - 11:32 am

    Amy Marshall Meade - I am glad you liked my asparagus pizza. This is what I called it to get kids to try it. Me cooking is a big change on the block as well.ReplyCancel

    • June 8, 2015 - 9:29 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Amy, I wasn’t sure what to call it, but it was delicious!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2015 - 4:43 pm

    Chronicallysickmanicmother - Okay this sounds like something I will have to make soon. Its in the ninties by like two seconds after we wake up already so this sounds perfect. I like the subtlitly of mint. No one ever believes me it can be subtle maybe this will convince them.
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    • June 8, 2015 - 8:00 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - It is very tasty. We just had it for dinner tonight as well! Please let me know what you think.ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2015 - 2:42 am

    Suzanne Landau - Best salad ever!ReplyCancel

    • June 9, 2015 - 6:49 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Suzanne, it was great to see everyone! And I’m glad you enjoyed the salad. Miss you!ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2015 - 6:09 am

    Erin - I grew up on a block like this and had at least two extra moms and a whole gaggle of kids to roam and play with. Your post bring back so many memories of both spontaneous and planned gatherings, full of food and socializing. We just moved to a new block in Fishtown in the fall and even though there are no connecting back yards, we do borrow cups of sugar and each other’s car, and my kids can safely stop in at two houses anytime. I love being back in this environment! AND, one of the neighbors is a fabulous chef who spontaneously stops by with samplings of his latest creation. Love it!ReplyCancel

    • June 9, 2015 - 6:48 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Erin, I do have a few friends nearby, but I miss that small block camaraderie I used to have. You’re lucky to be creating that in your new location.ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2015 - 6:48 am

    Kelly - This looks great, Nancy. Pinned and tweeted. :-)
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  • June 25, 2015 - 4:43 pm

    Suheiry Feliciano - Your old neighborhood sounds awesome! I love the way your recipe posts often include an attached memory. I pinned this recipe. We don’t usually have salads as a meal, but I think the ingredients in this one would make it filling enough to do that.ReplyCancel

Today I begin year three of The Chef’s Last Diet. When I began writing I had big dreams of what this blog would become. I imagined thousands, not dozens of people reading the quality content I’d be creating. I started planning my cookbook, and practicing for my appearance on the Today show, explaining to germaphobe […]

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  • June 5, 2015 - 6:23 am

    Quirky Chrissy - Happy bloggiversary!ReplyCancel

    • June 5, 2015 - 7:05 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks!! They do sneak up!ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2015 - 8:52 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Happy Blogiversary Nancy! I’ve very much enjoyed and appreciated the content of your writing which has depth and diverse dimensions. You are a very good writer. Wishing you the best and continued success in the next three years ahead!ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2015 - 11:56 am

    Valerie Newman - Happy Blogiversary. Anything with goat cheese is delish.ReplyCancel

    • June 5, 2015 - 8:32 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Valerie! And this has goat cheese AND truffle oil!ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2015 - 2:22 pm

    Pattie Thomas - Happy blogiversary! I am going to peruse your recipes now!ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2015 - 10:16 pm

    Paul D. Brads - Congrats!ReplyCancel

    • June 9, 2015 - 6:52 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Paul!ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2015 - 2:35 pm

    Alisa Kamis-Brinda - Congratulations! This recipe sounds yummy!ReplyCancel

    • June 9, 2015 - 6:52 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Alisa. Hope you’re doing well. We should get together soon!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2015 - 5:57 am

    Heading for the Hills » Chefs Last Diet - […] time for me to head for the hills, or more specifically, the mountains. As I mentioned in my anniversary post a couple of weeks ago, in the last two years I have published over 350 posts, and that’s a […]ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2015 - 4:30 pm

    Suheiry Feliciano - Happy blogiversary! (I’m catching up on blog reading so I’m here very late.)ReplyCancel

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