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Spring Stuffing with Leeks & Mushrooms

There's no messing with Thanksgiving's favorite stuffing, no-sir-ee. I only-only-only make the same turkey dressing that my mom and her mom made. But other times of the year? I'm happy to experiment with other recipes. Here, the stuffing is lightened for spring, it's packed with celery, leeks and mushrooms. It's easy enough for a weeknight, perfectly delicious for a holiday meal. My last notes read, "VVVG" (that's code for Very Very Good) and "Make More Often!" Many families happily stuff with tradition at Thanksgiving.I love to try new dishes. But on the fourth Thursday in November, there’s no debate or deliberation: no recipe but my mother’s will do. And Mom’s recipe came from her mother! Sausage Stuffing it will be, no other!Is our family recipe so special? Not really. It starts with pork sausage so is quite rich. It has the requisite onion, celery, sage and thyme. No peppers, fruit or cornbread: none of the must-have ingredients in other …

Three Easy Vegetables

The Recipes: Three easy vegetables recipes for weeknight suppers, Roasted Cauliflower, Lemon Asparagus and Honey Carrots, each one cooked with a different method. The Conversation: What if it takes a bit of butter or sugar to encourage kids to eat their vegetables? My mom was a young mother during the 1960s. In many ways, she was a woman before her time. Her Kitchen Parade columns are now yellow and tattered. But a frequent topic, teenage nutrition, would fit the agenda of any 2005 food magazine.Long before food pyramids and obesity crises, Mom's meals included one, two or even three vegetables. And they were all delicious.No wonder! Each one was topped with a hefty pat of butter! My own vegetable style is purist: savor vegetables for their own subtle flavors without adornment or distraction from butter or sugar. But if a bit of butter or sugar is encouragement enough for kids to try and enjoy vegetables, it’s a start, right? With that in mind, here are a trio of kid-tested vegeta…

Everyday-to-Elegant Asparagus Soup

One of spring's great classics is a steaming bowl of asparagus soup. This is the recipe I've followed for many years, in part because it's so simple, in part because I change the recipe, just slightly, to move from an everyday and almost rustic asparagus soup to a richer, smoother, more refined and elegant soup made to impress. This one's a keeper!
COMPLIMENTS!
"Seriously yummy!" ~ Amy
"Just made this for my sick boyfriend. He loved it!" ~ Sonia
"I love food-saving recipes, but they are rarely as tasty as this one." ~ Cordel
"... it was delicious!" ~ Stephanie via Facebook
"My first time making asparagus soup and I found the perfect recipe ..." ~ LeeAnn A few years back, a foodie friend and I shared a patio supper with a new acquaintance. The spring night was unseasonably warm and the conversation soon turned familiar.When the woman boasted about her husband’s kitchen prowess, we asked if he had a specialty. Soup! she an…