When A Friend Is A Vegetarian

Pizza

I like meat. I like baby-back ribs with BBQ sauce and crispy-coated rack of lamb and rib-eye steaks, medium rare. I loved my mom’s pot roast and my grandmother’s roast chicken with the meat falling off the bones. Today, a number of people are vegetarian. This dismays my husband and me, only in planning a dinner party. When we think of what to make cook, we usually start with the meat. Then the accompanying side dishes. With vegetarians, it seems like it’s all side dishes.

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What is Gourmet?

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When I was young and married (and a poor graduate student), I gave a dinner party and served something called five-can casserole. This dish involved cream of mushroom soup, fried canned noodles and canned chicken. The result wasn’t very good. Today, the thought of “canned chicken” makes me cringe.

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Punch in on New Year’s Eve

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If it’s January 1, I am at the home of my friends Anne and Keith. Every year the same cast and crew, more or less, gathers in their kitchen, den, dining room, basement, living room to eat (too much), drink (a lot) and share the first day of the new year. Our common thread is that we are all friends and colleagues of Anne and Keith, but the party has become a “same time, next year” event where it is really nice to spend time even with those people you do not see between times.

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Thanks for the Cranberries

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The food is so good at Thanksgiving, that we often wonder why we don’t have a similar meal other times through the year. My family is both traditional and creative. My husband is inventive. One year he basted the bird with pomegranate juice and molasses. He sometimes puts Italian sweet sausage in the stuffing and whole garlics in the mashed potatoes.

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