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    ELC Day #29- Green Bean Dumpling Soup

    Somewhere in another life, I was a dumpling. Or a dumpling maker. In this life, I am a world-class dumpling lover. If you read the Wikipedia entry for dumpling, you’ll understand why: Dumplings are cooked balls of dough. They are based on flour, potatoes or bread, and may include meat, fish, vegetables, or sweets. They may be cooked by boiling, steaming, simmering, frying, or baking. They may have a filling, or there may be other ingredients mixed into the dough. Dumplings may be sweet or spicy. They can be eaten by themselves, in soups or stews, with gravy, or in any other way. You got it. Dumplings are my perfect little balls of whatever yummy thing I’m hungry for. I’ve made them about 18 million different ways and…

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    ELC Day #19- Sweet Corn Succotash

    The fantastic folks at 20Food.net and 20Town: The Book of Bartholomew are getting together for a late summer dinner tonight and I have been assigned to bring a side dish to pass.  Like usual, I can’t decide between recipes and am bringing 2 dishes instead of 1. The kitchen partner and I have vastly different views on potluck menus.  I like to plan the perfect dish (even if I’ve never cooked it before) based on the tastes and interests of guests I know will be there.  It’s a good insurance policy that I will have at least one thing to talk about.  He however, would prefer to make a trusty…

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    ELC Day #2- Green Bean Potato Salad

    It’s day two of the caffeine-free month and I’m seriously ready to throw in the towel.  In college I substituted my regular morning latte fix with green tea, mostly for digestive sanity.  Coffee still gives me heartburn.  Now I start every morning with a massive mug of organic (and definitely non-local) green tea.   If someone can get a tea plant to grow on my Minnesota patio, I’d be smitten. And slightly more awake.  Knowing my morning track-record, the kitchen partner and I have decided to replace my morning cup with a little earlier bedtime.  The extra sleep can’t hurt right? The extra zzZZZ’s will at least help me keep up…