The Best This Year, If I Do Say So Myself

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Tonight was the bomb-diggity! The “piece de resistance” was what I call “Lamb Bourgingnon”. The inspiration ingredient was small white beans, in a bag, which were burning a whole in my kitchen drawers. From there I created the best meal I’ve cooked this year. I found a recipe for braised lamb in the Cordon Bleu… Read more »

It's Easy To Make Lemon Curd

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“What am I going to do with all those lemons?” I said out loud to myself last week as I lugged the almost full grocery bag full of lemons from Ivy’s generous tree.  The first thing I did was buy a juicer at Target.  I’ve lived too long without a motorized machine to help with… Read more »

What’s in a Markup?

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Have you ever taken a percentage to the bank?  Have you ever cashed a check payable in percentage? Like many businesses, the staffing industry has various ways to price our services. Markup is a common term that usually refers to a fee that is a percentage of the employee’s wage that’s added to that wage…. Read more »

Buttermilk Makes It Good

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My dear friend Ivy has shared many things with me during the 20 years we’ve known each other – one is her experience with baking.  Choosing recipes that have buttermilk almost guarantees it’s going to be delicious.  She says, “Whenever there is buttermilk, it always turns out moist.”  She’s right.  Last weekend, on a brief… Read more »

Dinner In A Bag

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Last night we had tilapia in parchment paper. It was delicious and a fun way to get kids interested in unfolding dinner. Tilapia was on sale at Whole Foods for $4.99 a pound. This is the second time we’ve had this meal and it’s been a winner. There are lots of recipes on-line for fish… Read more »

Real Men Love Quiche

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Real Men Love Quiche Last Sunday I found a couple pints of whipped cream leftover from the decadent holidays.  Indulging in whipped cream or dessert is not on the January diet so I decided to make quiche.  With enough ingredients to make two, I thought an extra would come in handy during our busy workweek. … Read more »

Legal Use of Herbs

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Tonight I made a quick, low fat, hearty soup following a recipe from Bon Appétit magazine. It wasn’t blog-worthy, except for the finish: herb infused olive oil (chicken and white bean soup with herb swirl, March 2009). The recipe started with chopping fresh sage, rosemary and thyme (Simon and Garfunkle anyone?) and adding it to… Read more »

These Aren’t Bread Crumbs!

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My brother is an accomplished chef. In less than four decades on earth, he has fed Bushes, Gores and Jobs. Several years ago, he gave me an excellent recipe for homemade croutons that transforms an ageing baguette into a gourmet accessory to bedazzle any soup or salad. You can make this with sliced or cubed… Read more »

New Background Check Policy At Bolt Staffing….

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Beginning in January 2011, we will be conducting criminal background checks on all employees placed on assignments lasting one week or longer.  Social security number verifications have been and will continue to be done on every employee we place.  We use an independent, reputable background checking firm to conduct our background checks.  If you have questions about… Read more »