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Monica Strawbridge is a cook, seamstress, sometimes gardener, and domestic without pay. She lives in Florida with her husband and their four children, and writes about creativity, food, family, and a tight budget.

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Thomas Keller's 7 Yolk Pasta Dough

(3) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 4:21 PM

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Eggs! And, eggs. Eight or nine eggs each day. It's the two-sided coin of owning 11 chickens. On one side, I'm thrilled to have fresh eggs always available. On the other, the stream of eggs is so steady at this time of the year,...

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Making Do Never Looked So Good: Jim Lahey's No-Knead Bread

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 7:34 PM

My Sicilian great-grandfather, an immigrant to this country, was always making do. My grandfather would laughingly recount how at meal times, his dad would look at the family and say, "You take five bites of bread, and one bite of meat." That was the ratio that would make sure everyone...

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Cooking With Kids: Homemade Pop Tarts

(20) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 3:08 PM

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Several years ago, a friend volunteered to keep my oldest daughter while I went to an appointment. When I came back, we debriefed on what they'd done, whether she'd eaten, etc. My friend said to me, "I gave her a Pop Tart...

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A Recipe for Grapefruit Season: Grapefruit Sorbet

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 2:00 PM

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My father-in-law showed up the other day with a garbage bag full of pink grapefruit that he'd picked from one of his trees. What was I going to do with a garbage bag full of grapefruit? There are six of us...

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An Everlasting Meal: Cooking With Economy and Grace

(2) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 8:45 AM

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The beginning of a new year is upon us making it a great time to re-evaluate, set goals (some we'll keep and some we already haven't), and think about all that this coming year could be. It's an optimistic time, with the...

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Meals for the Holiday Rush

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 5:05 PM

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By now, you're most likely feeling the holiday crunch: presents to buy, parties to attend, preparations to make for travel. It's stressful, this time of joy and celebration. I've noticed a big part of a smooth holiday month for me is knowing what we...

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For Posterity

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 12:05 PM

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I have a recipe journal that I started several years ago (2002). I thought, at the beginning, that I would only put "special" recipes in it, like, say, what I made for my first dinner party (San Francisco, pork tenderloin, berry Napoleons for dessert)....

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Reminder Beans

(11) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 11:00 PM

For the last few years, finances have been pretty uncertain for our family. And when I say uncertain, I don't mean we've been asking questions like "Will we still be able to take our family vacation this year?" No. The uncertainty has been more like "Mommy? Are we going to...

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