Betty Williams

Cook's Corner: Make easy breakfast choices with quinoa

Choices. There are just too many choices to make. Have you noticed when ordering at a restaurant how long and complicated the menu seems to be now? It’s overwhelming. I was with my daughter recently and we decided to try out a restaurant where her team was headed after a game. We tried to have a conversation with the folks we were sitting with, but had to stop talking so we could concentrate on …

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Bring home the bacon with Brussels sprouts dish

Grocery bags. How many times have you forgotten to bring your own bags to the grocery store? It’s February now, three months after the passage of Prop 67 (which effectively banned single-use carry out plastic bags), and I still forget to bring bags. But I’m getting better. At least I now have them in the back seat of my van. So, when I’m in the cereal aisle and suddenly remember about the b…

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Be prepared with broccoli casserole

The rain is gone, for now, and I am enjoying our Southern California sunshine once again. I mess up sometimes and think that because it is sunny, the weather is going to be warm. Oh, how wrong I have been lately. I left the house a few days ago after glancing out the window, seeing the bright morning sun, and donning a pair of jeans and a short sleeved shirt. As soon as I stepped outside I knew I…

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Warm up on a cold day with bone broth

For the first time in my life, I purchased chicken feet this week. And why oh why, you may be wondering, did I do that? Bone broth. If you follow health news and food websites like I do, then you probably already know what bone broth is all about. But for folks that don’t know, bone broth is a liquid broth made from bones, and sometimes vegetables, that have been simmered for a length of time. …

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Cook's Corner: Enjoy protein alternative with egg salad

It is a brand-new year! I like the clean slate that a new year brings and all the expected and unexpected possibilities that lie ahead. It’s also a time to establish some brand-new goals. What have you set your sights on for the coming year? I am not one to make resolutions, but I do like to set some goals for myself. Especially ones that involve food. Last year, if you will remember, my goal …

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Cook's Corner: Go nuts for party nuts

Have you had enough sugar this month? There has been a lot of it going around since Thanksgiving. Actually, since Halloween. Candies, pies, and cookies seem to be plentiful at every holiday party and get-together. While I don’t have as big of a sweet tooth as I used to, I do enjoy the once-a-year treats that are making their cameo appearance this time of year. Mincemeat pie is my all-time favor…

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Cook's Corner: Invite chocolate bark to your holiday party

The holiday season is in full swing this week. Even though some radio stations have been playing Christmas music since the day after Halloween, the season really doesn’t start for me until I get the first holiday party invitation. Parties this time of year are fun. It is a chance to slip on that sparkly sweater and have long conversations with someone while standing and sipping punch that has s…

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Cook's Corner: Make Tetrazini with leftover turkey

If you are like me, you bought a turkey that was a little too big for the number of people attending your Thanksgiving feast. And now you have leftovers. Lots of leftovers. I actually love Thanksgiving leftovers. Having a plate brimming with turkey and the works the day after Thanksgiving is like enjoying the encore after an awe-inspiring concert performance. But after that encore, its freezer t…

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Cook's Corner: Get ready for the holiday with a potato dish

Want to hear something more shocking than the results of last week’s presidential election? Thanksgiving is next week - less than 7 days away! I’m not sure if it was the preoccupation with political mayhem, the 90-plus degree weather we’ve been having, or the pain medication I’ve been taking for a strained deltoid muscle in my shoulder, but Thanksgiving has totally crept up on me. Thankf…

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Celebrate a half century with Tunnel of Fudge Cake

I turned 50 a few months ago. While I am grateful that I have reached this milestone birthday it’s still hard to believe that I’ve lived half a century, that seems like such a long time. When I started poking around online to see who and what else has been around for five decades, I was surprised and not-so-surprised. For some things that were turning 50 this year I thought, “yeah, I can s…

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