What's Lori Cooking Now

Inspiring and teaching you to cook for you and your loved ones.

January 25, 2014
by CalgaryBlondie
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Split pea with ham soup from ATK

If you’re in the market for cheap, nutritious soup, you are in the right place.  I have always waited until I had a ham bone to make stock, then make split pea with ham soup.  I saw this method on America’s Test Kitchen a while ago, made myself some brief notes and gave it a shot.   Continue Reading →

January 1, 2014
by CalgaryBlondie
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Enchiladas

Years ago I worked with Shelagh.  I think she was the first person I ever met who loved food and cooking as much as I.  We spent our breaks talking about new recipes and techniques.  We were foodies before the word foodie was even a word.  Continue Reading →

December 2, 2013
by CalgaryBlondie
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Cherry Cheesecake

I love me a no bake cheesecake with a cherry topping.  A quick search gives numerous recipes that call for Cool Whip and a can of cherry pie filling.  Um, no thanks.  I prefer real cream and it’s so easy to make cherry pie filling, there’s no reason to buy the canned stuff.   Continue Reading →

November 18, 2013
by CalgaryBlondie
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Puff!


This recipe came to me years ago as “Squash Puff”.  A delicious side dish made with pureed butternut squash.  Or acorn squash.  I’ve heard of a dish called turnip puff.  I bet you could use any cooked and pureed vegetable in this dish.  I wonder what it would be like with applesauce?  I see this as a good way to use up veggies in your fridge that may be on their last legs-steam, puree, puff. Continue Reading →

August 22, 2013
by CalgaryBlondie
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Banana Brownies

You know how I love brownies.  I have a few different brownie recipes on this blog.  I also love bananas.  A few recipes for muffins, cake and loaf reside on this blog too.  What you may not know is that I love Chef Michael Smith.  The other day, while watching a rerun of one of his tv shows, he featured banana brownies. Continue Reading →

August 6, 2013
by CalgaryBlondie
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Famous Cookies

IMAG1598Back at Christmastime, I bought some cookies at a church fundraiser.  They were so delicious I asked for the recipe.  I was told that they were Neiman Marcus Cookies (you know, that famous department store in the US?)  Well, I had never heard of Neiman Marcus Cookies but I guess in some circles they’re all the rage.  Go figure.  Laura Dart got ahold of the recipe and spent some time perfecting it.  The cookies that I tasted that day and the ones I made today are spectacular.  Kinda makes me want to go south and try the originals. Continue Reading →

July 30, 2013
by CalgaryBlondie
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Butter Chicken Naan pockets

File this under “why didn’t I think of that?”.  I love butter chicken with a side of naan.  Tuck some butter chicken inside a naan and you have a meal you can eat with your hands.  Wouldn’t it be great for a picnic?  Or on the road?  What about the days when you have to run off somewhere after work with no time for dinner.  Avoid the drive through this one time.  Can you imagine making them bite sized for an appetizer platter?  Continue Reading →