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Eat, drink and be merry: What to serve at a Wake [advice column]

Dear Velvet, What should I serve at my mother-in-law’s wake? Of course, all the planning became my responsibility. That was her way of getting back to me for marrying her only son. I could just order something lame, but I’m better than that. (Which is more than I can say for her.) Anyway, what should […]

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American Hearts

Dear Velvet, My mother-in-law wants to host a July 4th barbecue, but my husband doesn’t want to go.  Basically, he wants us to start our own traditions.  I’m caught in the middle.  I don’t want to disappoint the in-laws, but if my husband would rather stay home and do our own thing, then I think […]


Sweet Chili Pistachios-sugar and spice and everything nice

These are addictive.  Save me from myself, and these sweet and crunchy pistachios. Ingredients 1 large package roasted pistachios in their shells 3 T Canola Oil 1/4 cup Dark brown sugar 2 tsp Ginger powder 2 tsp Paprika 2 tsp Cumin 2 tsp Onion Powder 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper powder Place the pistachios on a […]

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Greek Salad on the go

Ingredients You Desperately Need Packaged lettuce Chicken fillets Oil based salad dressing,see recipe below Olives (optional) Grab a bag of packaged lettuce from your favorite grocery store. Pick a package with a variety of lettuce, like Romaine, Boston and Spinach.  The next ingredients you’ll need are an uncooked chicken fillet, salad dressing, and some feta […]

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What to make for dinner

Dinner is soup, with a heaping bowl of noodles.  Does that count as not serving pasta again? Minestrone Soup 3 Tablespoons oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves of minced garlic 3 stalks celery, sliced 3 carrots, sliced 1  zucchini, diced 1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 cup canned chopped tomatoes 2 cups tomato sauce 1/4 cup […]

Panetini Bread

Homemade Panetini Bread

Some things are better dried out and shriveled. Leftover, but not freezer burnt, bread rolls. (I used French bread) ¼ cup of Olive Oil Garlic powder Salt Dried Parsley Parmesan cheese (optional) Olive oil non-stick cooking spray Leave the bread packaged out on the counter for anyone to take, right next to the gum and […]