Savory Dishes and Appetizers

Recipes for soups, chicken, beef, etc.

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Tortilla Soup

by on May 28, 2012 · 10 comments


Our family loves tortilla soup, and I make it about once a week with a lot of improvisation based on what’s around. Since I taste as I go, it always turns out well, but rarely is one batch of tortilla soup the same as the last. So this weekend I decided to nail down the […]


Published on May 28, 2012
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Artichoke Squares

by on April 16, 2012 · 7 comments

artichoke squares

Last night’s Mad Men might have been my favorite episode ever, but I don’t want to spoil it for you so that’s all I say. That, and it was revealed (or maybe it already has been in and I just missed it) that Pete and Trudy live in Cos Cob, Connecticut, which ties in with […]


Published on April 16, 2012
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Penne with Roasted Asparagus

by on March 9, 2012 · 10 comments

penne pasta

I’ll post a dessert later, but I couldn’t resist sharing this pasta recipe. It’s healthy, perfect for spring, and looks quite pretty on the plate; though I do apologize for this picture. I’m not used to taking photos of food as a I cook it (with baking it’s more leisurely paced, with cooking I have […]


Published on March 9, 2012
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Skinner Pasta

It’s not every day you see a spaghetti sauce recipe on Cookie Madness, but this post is dedicated to the 100 year anniversary of Skinner, a brand I grew up with here in Texas. I also wanted to let you know about the Skinner Pasta 100 Years of Mealtimes Memories Essay Contest that just opened […]

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Published on March 1, 2012
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rosemary chicken

Every once in a while I like to post an entrée just to prove I do eat something besides sweets, so here’s a chicken dish which you may find useful if you’re in a hurry. It’s really easy and it pairs well with red wine or white. You can give it a rosemary theme or […]


Published on December 25, 2011
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Turkey Poblano Soup

by on November 24, 2011 · 3 comments

turkey poblano soup

Happy Thanksgiving! No cookies today, but here’s a recipe that might come in handy tomorrow. Turkey Poblano Soup   Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 30 mins   …


Published on November 24, 2011
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walnut pesto

I rarely get free nuts in the mail, but last week Fisher sent a sample of walnuts and asked if I’d review their new “Freshness Seal” bag. Since I buy nuts all the time and have grown quite picky about them (if you’ve ever bit into a great cookie with a stale nut, you’re probably […]


Published on November 17, 2011
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My Favorite Chicken Salad

by on February 27, 2011 · 11 comments

Chicken Salad

I don’t know the origin of this recipe but it appears in a couple of my Junior League books with the title “Bridesmaid Chicken Salad”. It usually calls for pineapple plus slightly more lime juice and lime zest, but you really can taste the lime, so I like to tone that down a little.


Published on February 27, 2011