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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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Adobo Chicken; This Couldn’t Be Easier!

Adobo chicken comes in two varieties, there is Mexican Adobo chicken, which sounds really good, but is another post, and Filipino Adobo chicken which is so easy and so wonderful. The first time I made it I was heading to a July fourth picnic and I saw this recipe for Adobo Cornish hens in Gourmet Magazine, […]

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April 24, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Samantha Ryan - Thanks for the inspiration! I’ve been meaning to try an adaptation of this recipe for months.

I Need a Drink!

Many years ago I was out for dinner with a friend, at a diner of all places, and the minute we sat down she fairly collapsed in on herself, and looked up at me and said “I need a drink”! OK, I don’t judge, have a drink, we could have gone to a bar instead […]

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April 21, 2014 - 8:50 am

Jhanis - Play-dates where moms drank wine? That is crazy. Where do I sign up? LOL Kidding. I never take my kids anywhere where I know liquor will be served and if we do, we don’t drink. And my husband and I rarely drink at home, we rarely drink these days. Sad life. So when we do, I guzzle up more than I should.
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April 21, 2014 - 10:04 am - Jhanis, I know, shocking. I will have a glass of wine even if my daughter is around, it just doesn’t happen very often. Drinking is not part of our ‘family culture’.

April 22, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Jenny - I’ve been to those play dates and they are troubling to say the least. I usually say I need a drink on Fridays and I have one. But I could easily do with out.

April 23, 2014 - 11:40 am - I’ve never been to one, and now my daughter has moved from play dates to dates… maybe now I do need a drink!

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 - 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 - 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 - It was so good it was my whole dinner!

April 17, 2014 - 8:35 pm - 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 20, 2014 - 3:45 pm - Andy,
Of course the syrup is optional, as is adding garlic! I always hope that when people read these recipes they’ll take them and give them their own personal touch- like adding 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 - Sarah,
Thanks, I didn’t know that! Great info.

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 - 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 - 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. I live in the Philadelphia area. Have a blessed Passover.
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April 14, 2014 - 9:45 am - Thanks Peggy! Always great to find a local fellow blogger. I will definitely check you out!!

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