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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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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…

March Ends

As March ends so does a month of kale, quinoa and chicken. Some recipes more successful than others, all fun, and I’m glad to be moving on to April, or am I? After this endless, snowy, dreary, cold, really endless, winter, which I seem to have spent 99% of in my kitchen, cooking and eating, […]

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March 31, 2014 - 9:54 am

nrlowell@comcast.net - Not too many pretty green cookies out there!

March 31, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Jennie Schumann - These are so pretty — perfect for spring!

March 31, 2014 - 2:01 pm

Jhanis - I’ve never had Green Tea and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies in my entire life. Or any green cookie at all! So it sounds interesting! Good luck on the challenge Nancy! I have to admit, I really need to cut down on sugar too.
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March 31, 2014 - 8:32 pm

Kat - Good luck on your April challenge! Cutting out sugar is SO hard and you like many of the things that I’d have a hard time giving up too.

Those cookies look really interesting. The colour of them is kind of odd (green) but I bet that they are delicious once you get past the green
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April 1, 2014 - 8:58 am

Deborah Wiley - Green tea and white chocolate in a cookie!
Perfect for the first day of April.
Thank you!

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