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McDonald's New Maple and Fruit Oatmeal

I have had McDonalds oatmeal several times and the quality of the oatmeal is directly related to the employee preparing it for you....when it is prepared correctly, it is delicous and some of the best quick-oatmeal you can find--and according to one of my friends who is diabetic, this oatmeal has a reasonable grams of sugar before you cross off this oatmeal from your list, try again. I just had some for breakfast today and was very pleased! And yes, eliminating the brown sugar helps.

What time do you eat dinner ?

During the week, I like to be done with dinner and have the kitchen cleaned by 6:30 p.m. In bed by 9 p.m. and up around 4am....on weekends, I only eat twice so I will have dinner around 4-5 pm....unless, of course, I have an event to attend....I like eating early for digestion reasons.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

Must be the universal favorite NYC breakfast--and I am no different--bagel, lox, cream cheese with chives, capers, a bloody mary--and for me, a macarron....

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

a pork loin drenched in dried fruit--cranberries, apricots, apples--delicious

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Charles Chocolates

Chocolate bread pudding...nothing better in my mind.

Cook the Book: Easy Gluten-Free Baking

Hard to pick just one--rhubarb crisp first and close behind, lemon bars....nothing better than homemade baked goods!!!!

Cook the Book: 'Canal House Cooking, Vol. 1'

Grilled vegetables, green salad and juicy peaches, all from the yard or the farmer's market....yummy

Threadless T-Shirt Giveaway: Pancake Mountain

I love apple cinnamon pncakes with a sharp cheese and some bacon nearby--delicious!!!

Cook the Book: 'Modern Spice'

I would love to cook Persian and other Middle Eastern foods!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

Pork ribs and sauerkraut, which was enjoyed throughout my childhood....and always eaten with corn. This remains my favorite food from childhood.

Cook the Book: 'The Bon App├ętit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook'

a fried egg with spinach, garlic and currants...delicious.

Win a Free Organic D'Artagnan Turkey Here!

Cornbread stuff from Silver Palate....can't wait to have that!

Best produce ever

Small bananas in Bangladesh, known as colas, as I remember. I had them in 2000. I recall that Bill Clinton, then president, and a visitor to Bangladesh that year too, liked them so much that he took several of them back on Air Force One!

Recession Grocery Shopping: What Are You Doing Differently?

Here in Saint Paul, we are blessed with a farmer's market that lasts through November and one that is staffed by several Hmong farmers who grow the most incredible vegetables--not just the garden kind. It is hard to spend more than $20 for weekly produce there-the prices are so fair. I have yet to make any major adjustments at the grocery store, though I know I am much more aware about eating out less and bringing my lunch to work. I also am careful about even going to the more upscale grocery stores in the's all about simplicity.

What's Your Favorite Food on a Stick? It's Gotta Be Served at the Minnesota State Fair


Every year I go to the Minnesota State Fair, I try a new food on a stick--this year it was the tator tots. They were fabulous...made me want to try cooking them at home--very flavorful.

Today's the last day of the fair and there are several convention-goers in attendance due to the shorten convention schedule.

Cook the Book: Serves One

Steamed Edamame, cashews, raisins, with a light mixture of vinegar, sugar and mayo--crunchy, salty,sweet...satisfies every taste bud!

Cook the Book: Lidia's Italy

a delicious vodka penne pasta and acranberry dessert

Cook the Book: The Oprah Magazine Cookbook

Believe it or not, Bill Moyers. Since he is from Texas, I imagine we would have some great barbecue and endless conversation from Kennedy to Bush and everyone inbetween.

The Dessert Truck: For Desserts on the Go

Just one word FRANCHISE!!! Here in the Twin Cities, a fortune could be made. Really good desserts are hard to find!

Cook the Book: The Sweet Melissa Baking Book

Very difficult to choose just one...Creme brulee for starters, then lemon bars, and then mango sorbet!!!

Cook the Book: Nigella Express

using a slow cooker to make all sorts of healthy recipes--not always easy with the recipes available!

Serious Easter Artisanal Chocolate Egg Giveaway

My mother's lamb cake; she uses an old Polish pound cake recipe with a cream cheese frosting...makes one for every child and grandchild.

After that, very stale peeps!


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