Thai Cabbage Salad with Spicy Peanut Butter Dressing

Thai Cabbage Salad Recipe with Spicy Peanut Butter Dressing - Andrea Meyers

Do you ever go through times when you eat a lot of one thing, maybe a little obsessed with eating sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, quinoa, whatever? I go through phases where certain foods satisfy me more than others, and thankfully it’s usually something healthy, though stress can sometimes bring out the ice cream cravings.

Butternut Squash and Cannellini Bean Bisque with Parsley, Sage, and Pistachio Pesto

Butternut Squash and Cannellini Bean Bisque Recipe with Parsley, Sage, and Pistachio Pesto - Andrea Meyers

The crazy cold weather last week left us shivering. Up north people are more prepared for it than we are here in the Mid-Atlantic region. We had the fireplace going most of the day and sipped hot tea to stay warm, and ate some hot soup for dinner, which is fine by me because soup… 

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Cool Lawn Farm: On a Warm December Day (Apple Butter Bread Pudding Recipe)

Apple Butter Bread Pudding Recipe - Andrea Meyers

It was a warm, milky-white cloudy day when I drove to Moo Thru in Remington, Virginia. The famous ice cream and milk stand is just an hour south of us, and you can’t miss the red and white barn which nestles right up to Route 15/29, aka James Madison Highway. My friend Lisa from the… 

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Curried Peanut, Sweet Potato, and Tomato Soup (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Curried Peanut, Sweet Potato, and Tomato Soup

Peanut soup is something I’ve always wanted to try, so when we visited my parents in South Carolina, I picked up two bags of raw peanuts in the shells and had a fun afternoon shelling with the boys. I set out a half-sheet baking pan and gave each of the boys a pie pan, and… 

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Steamed Asparagus with Red Onions, Almonds, and Raisins

Andrea Meyers - Steamed Asparagus with Red Onions, Almonds, and Raisins

Last spring we planted an asparagus bed, and it has really taken off. At first we only saw small tips peeping up from the soil, then they shot up to tall spears almost overnight. Now the wispy fern sways in the breeze on long thin stems and will stay around for the summer. Asparagus needs… 

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From the Pantry: Tamari Soy Sauce (Tamari Almonds)

Tamari Almonds - Andrea Meyers

My first experience in an Asian grocery store was on the island of Saipan back in 1989. I was still new to the small island and its mix of cultures, and Asian ingredients were not part of my vocabulary, so browsing through a bewildering array of soy sauces left my head spinning and I couldn’t… 

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Homemade Peanut Butter (The Kids Cook Monday)

Homemade Peanut Butter (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Peanut butter is a snack and sandwich staple around our house, whether for toast, sandwiches, crackers, celery, or just on a spoon the old-fashioned way. Our boys are particularly fond of peanut butter and banana sandwiches on whole wheat bread. Peanut butter is very easy to make at home, and there is a tremendous difference… 

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Bourbon Praline Pecans (Where Women Cook Giveaway)

Bourbon Praline Pecans Candy Recipe - Andrea Meyers

If you asked me to choose my favorite pecan dessert, I would have a really difficult time because I love pecan pie, but these praline pecanss would be in the running. Crunchy pralines may technically be more authentic New Orleans style, but I can’t resist the creamy version. I use real cream—no evaporated milk—because I… 

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Prune Cake

Prune Cake Recipe - Andrea Meyers

It’s a shame that fruitcake has earned such a horrible reputation. When I was growing up I didn’t like them, I think because the flavor seemed strong to my kid-size palette, but now I love a good moist fruitcake with plenty of real dried fruits and a dash of rum or other baking alcohol. Michael’s… 

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