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Remembering Cabbage Rolls

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Those cabbage rolls that held a traditional place at every special meal are back!  The flavor and texture is the same tried and true recipe…with a bit of a “twist.”  I used extra lean ground beef and ground my own pork tenderloin for a huge fat reduction that you cannot taste!   Sauce 1 tablespoon butter 1 1/2 cups onion, chopped 1 (28 ounce) can of stewed tomatoes (I use the ones infused with garlic and olive oil) 4...

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My NetCafe Focaccia Bread

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This bread was baked daily at the NetCafe for years!  Even new employees (somewhat daunted by the task of baking  bread) became pros at making pans and pans of this Focaccia every morning with me.  This bread was a large part of the line-ups during lunch!  It was the start of every home-made sandwich filled with freshly roasted meat at lunch and every breakfast in the morning.  It is natural and easy.    Simply put. 3/4 cup warm water...

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Brunch Duty: Bacon and Tomato Sandwich

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This is the result of yet another Brunch Project.  We decided the Ultimate Bacon and Tomato Sandwich would HAVE to on Home-made, toasted bread.  We were right!  Here are some great tips on making bacon at home that is not smelly, does not splash grease all over your kitchen, as comes out as perfectly uniform, crisp and flat pieces of “Heaven!”   Cut four slices of bread from your freshly baked loaf (recipe in an earlier post here) Find...

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The Ultimate Breakfast: Memories of the NetCafe

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The NetCafe Focaccia bread really made  this one!    The fresh bread was cut in half, toasted and made into the most delicious breakfast in the mornings.  Many a worker from the welding shop close by lined up in the morning to take one of these back to work with them.  Sometimes, if they looked a little under the weather, we would add an extra egg for free!  Many years later, we were approached by an old customer  who...

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Cheeseburgers from Home…Is there any other kind?

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Sometimes, when you have great quality ground beef, you just shouldn’t mess with it.  Keep it simple and let the beef and cheese do the talking. 2 cups of lean ground beef (or grind your own) 1/2 cup finely diced onions 2 cloves of minced fresh garlic 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon coarsely grated pepper small amount of salt and pepper for the top of the burgers Some people like BBQ sauce (as in the picture)  We prefer not....

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Minestrone Soup

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We made an awful lot of soups during our Cafe years. Every day, we produced two from scratch; usually one creamy and one that was made with broth. We also usually had one vegetarian and one with meat. Although some soups are different, many broth based soups can be made with this Simple Master Recipe. 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup of “Mirepoix” mixture. That is a mixture of chopped onion, carrot and celery. I usually use 2/3 cup onion...

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The Pancake Sandwich

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My husband and I have a ritual in which we take turns making Saturday Brunch.  This particular weekend, it was my Husbands responsibility.  Nothing warms my heart more then sitting at our kitchen  island with a coffee, a Mimosa and watching a great man make Saturday brunch.  This day it was so good that  I had to take out my camera.  Shot this picture just as is….natural…great…and just real.  We laughed after….is it a stack of pancakes, or is...

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