What You Wish Every Applicant Knew That Would Make Them More Employable – from Joanne Sanders

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Dear Clients and Colleagues: I have been asked to present a workshop at an upcoming job fair at a local junior college.  The audience will be mostly 20-somethings seeking both part-time and full-time employment.  I am hoping you can help me out.   I need your input to make this a valuable workshop.  My goal is to… Read more »

Tom's Dandy Macaroni

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Our international student from Bavaria has the cooking bug.  One of the gifts he gave us was a Bavarian cookbook by Alfons Schuhbeck along with a cooking tool used to make spaetzle (pronounced shpetsleh), which is a German egg noodle that the kids say look like teeth.  Tom, with the help of Mr. Shuhbeck. has reinvented my… Read more »

Pork-tatouille

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In my last post, I recounted my childhood struggle with ratatouille.   Now, I love it so much I decided to take it to a new level.   While we had a lousy year for fruits and tomatoes, eggplant was aplenty in some gardens and my friend Laura’s was no exception.  She gave me a few of the last crop… Read more »

Grit Grit Gooey

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This recipe is dedicated to my friend James Canard who consistently has the best vegetable garden I’ve ever seen in the USA.  Mark and Mona Couchman get an honorable mention for their garlic crop this year. Harvest season in Sonoma wine country is when my friends’ gardens yield ingredients that make the best ratatouille (pronounced… Read more »

Spaghetti Dinner

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Vegetable oil to get the pan lubed up! 1 lb. Italian Sausage ( I use hot and regular) 1 lb. lean ground beef Olive oil 1 large onion chopped 5 cloves of garlic minced 1 tsp. dried basil, oregano and thyme ¼ cup dry white wine Salt and pepper to taste Sautéed sliced mushrooms (optional,… Read more »

Raising Some Dough

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My brother is an accomplished chef  and I know how to do fundraisers.  On August 14th, we came together and put on a dinner party that raised almost enough cash to educate a child for a year.  A few friends want the menu, so here it is.  I don’t have the wine that was served,… Read more »

Stuffed Squid Anyone?

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There is nothing like a trip to France to motivate me to try new recipes.  The French have their hot meal at lunch time and dinner is less substantial.  During this past trip we spent several days with in Brittany where my uncle goes out fishing on his boat every morning.  The English Channel must… Read more »

Meatloaf avec Epinards

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??????????????????Traveling to France recently has my checking account on empty so we’re eating frugally for a few weeks. The Euro has been painfully higher than the dollar for several years now. Fortunately, we were able to eat most meals with family and friends and didn’t have to spend much dining out. I picked up some… Read more »

Gyros Not Euros

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Yesterday we had gyros for dinner.  They are pretty easy to make.  My husband found an inexpensive cut of lamb, chopped it in bite sized chunks, and browned them in a frying pan.  Lamb renders plenty of fat, and as I understand it, traditional gyro sandwiches are made with fatty meats.  Our meat wasn’t cooked… Read more »