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    Nancy Lowell has spent a lifetime loving, eating, cooking, learning and reading about food. She has owned a small restaurant in Delaware County, New York, a catering business in New York City, worked for fifteen years for Whole Foods Market, and served Breakfast at Tiffany’s during her time working in corporate dining.

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Sometimes I Have a Good Idea

A lot of the cooking I do is based on what I have on hand, and not on a recipe, and sometimes I have a good idea, and sometimes things don’t work out at all. I have a friend who confided in me that her belief is that anything she likes will go well with […]

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April 17, 2014 - 7:40 am

Ssarah - This sounds delicious! I love that you added pancetta!

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April 17, 2014 - 7:42 am

Jennifer Steck - I love a mixture of flavors and textures, so adding those that compliment each other makes sense. I just saw a chocolate donut with bacon on it. That’s one combination that doesn’t appeal to me in the least. Now I’m hungry for pasta.
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April 17, 2014 - 7:47 am

Farin Vazquez - We halve the brussel sprouts then bake them… but now you’ve convinced me to mix them with some bacon. Thanks!
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April 17, 2014 - 8:53 am

Claudia Schmidt - This looks delicious. I don’t eat meat, how do you think it would be without the pancetta?
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April 17, 2014 - 11:44 am

nrlowell@comcast.net - Claudia,
I think it would be just fine! You might want to add something smokey, like smoked paprika, or even some smoked almonds,

April 17, 2014 - 11:47 am

nrlowell@comcast.net - Yes, thanks. It was really good, and better than the less subtle flavor of bacon.

April 17, 2014 - 3:34 pm

Erin Owen - This Brussels sprout, carrot, pancetta recipe looks delicious!

April 17, 2014 - 8:34 pm

nrlowell@comcast.net - It was so good it was my whole dinner!

April 17, 2014 - 8:35 pm

nrlowell@comcast.net - The pancetta is not smokey like bacon, it is much milder, and was great with the Brussels sprouts!

April 17, 2014 - 11:37 pm

Sarah Rudell Beach - Yum! I love bacon with sauteed sweet potatoes!

April 18, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Andrew M. Potterfield - I like this recipe. However, I don’t agree with adding maple syrup. And let’s consider inncluding some garlic!

April 18, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Andrew M. Potterfield - I like this recipe. However, I don’t agree with adding maple syrup. And let’s consider including some garlic!

I Love You More Than Salt

Once upon a time there lived  a king with three daughters. He asked each of his his daughters to tell him how much they loved him. The eldest said “Father, I love you more than the sun and the moon.” And the king was happy. The second daughter said “Father, I love  you more than […]

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April 14, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Sarah Spath - Great post, Nancy. I love the folktale connection. It’s also worth noting that the word “salt” shares a root with “salary.” It was a such a valuable commodity in the Roman empire that there was a time when soldiers would be paid in salt. Love, money, salt: what a combination!

April 14, 2014 - 1:27 pm

nrlowell@comcast.net - Sarah,
Thanks, I didn’t know that! Great info.
Nancy

April 14, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Meredith Wouters - Such an interesting story, and one I’ll remember next time I’m thinking my latest culinary creation has failed, when all it needs is a little salt.
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April 14, 2014 - 6:24 pm

nrlowell@comcast.net - Meredith,
True! Salt and pepper are always key!

Not My Bubbie’s Matzo Balls

Every Jewish person I know has a strong opinion about what makes a good matzo ball, and a story about the worst ones they ever had. I love, love, love matzo balls, and it’s time to make them! (Quite honestly, I make them other times of year for no more compelling reason than I want […]

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April 11, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Angelica Terrazas - Looks super yummy! Can’t wait to test it out!

April 11, 2014 - 6:15 pm

Reesa Lewandowski - I *LOVE* Matzo Balls! They always will remind me of my grandma!

April 13, 2014 - 6:46 am

nrlowell@comcast.net - Reesa,
I know what you mean!

April 14, 2014 - 9:18 am

Peggy Gilbey McMackin - These look great Nancy and will definitely give them a try!
These would be great to share on Spiced Peach Blog if you are interested. Peggy@spicedpeachblog.com I live in the Philadelphia area. Have a blessed Passover.
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April 14, 2014 - 9:45 am

nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Peggy! Always great to find a local fellow blogger. I will definitely check you out!!

Can I Have That Recipe?

So often someone comes to my house for dinner, or I go to theirs, and one of us asks, ‘can I have that recipe?’.  Sometimes the recipe is from a cookbook, or website, and then it’s easy, they look it up and either have success or not, but when you give someone a recipe you […]

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April 8, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Alisa - I loved this post. It reminded me of the Judy Blume book Frecklejuice. I also appreciated the clarification about the chopped pecans. I always wonder about this in recipes and just guess. Now I can do it right.

April 9, 2014 - 9:16 am

nrlowell@comcast.net - Alisa,
Glad you liked it! I didn’t read Frecklejuice, maybe I should check it out. That measuring thing is one thing I look for when I’m considering buying a cookbook- are their directions for things like this clear?

Chinese Take-Out

There is a certain allure to Chinese take-out. Movies and television shows are filled with images of conference and coffee tables littered with open, stained Chinese take-out food containers. The characters sit among a sea of these containers, digging in with chopsticks, and talking with their mouths full. In fact scenes like this pepper so […]

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April 3, 2014 - 11:20 am

Linda Ratliff Omura - I love this post Nancy, if you follow it to the end it brings a tear to your eye. We have a lot in common, former catering/chef owning my own business and I also miss having great Chinese food that I ate in Boston 35 years ago. Can’t get good Chinese food here in Michigan.

April 3, 2014 - 11:20 am

Food Huntress - I love this post Nancy, if you follow it to the end it brings a tear to your eye. We have a lot in common, former catering/chef owning my own business and I also miss having great Chinese food that I ate in Boston 35 years ago. Can’t get good Chinese food here in Michigan.

April 3, 2014 - 3:57 pm

nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Linda, I am never sure if I’m over-sharing…

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