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Pizza Sans Sauce

The problem with home baked pizzas is crispiness, because who has a oven that goes to 700 degrees? I’ve figured out a solution: Make the tomato sauce on the pizza while it’s baking. (If you are fine with thick crusts or pan pizzas, best if you move along now, as you have it easy.) The […]

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Kabocha Theater

Thanksgiving. America’s Feast Day. It was yesterday. Before I forget what my notes mean, here are two of the dishes whose recipes I’ve been tinkering with for years and now have just about settled on. We don’t eat meat — well, a piece of salmon every often — so we keep experimenting with the holiday […]

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Mom’s Chili, If She Was Vegan

Here is Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce, circa 1970s (my sister kept the index card): Brown 1 pound ground beef, drain. Add 1 Tablespoon salt, half an onion chopped, half a stick of butter, 1 (large) can tomatoes cut up, and 1 large can (2 small cans) tomato paste. Cook covered in 275-degree oven 1 1/2 to […]

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Fried Soup

Copyright 2010 Ben S. Pollock This recipe was revised in October 2013. “Fried soup” was what I announced when I brought these to the table, what otherwise are called veggie croquettes, pancakes or burgers. When I try to make veggie burgers they fall apart. These held together and are as good or better than grocery […]

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Ratatouille Not Twee

The Fourth of July calls for red, white and blue. But if it’s independence we’re celebrating, why not red, green, yellow and purple? Ratatouille is a southern European, mid-summer, vegetarian casserole, ideal for when you return from the farmers market with way too much. The chickpeas make this a one-pot meal; bread crumbs are to […]

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Gazpacho Summer Soup

Update, August 2020: As much as I love this soup, I tend to make it just once a summer. The recipe is both long and large. I’ve been halving it in recent years so why not just give the smaller amounts? Less thinking that way. The original post follows. Gazpacho for Four, Easier than Before […]