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French Vegetable Ragout – yes, THAT ratatouille!


·        1 small eggplant (about 1 lb)
·        1 medium onion, sliced
·        1 clove garlic, chopped
·        2 T olive oil
·        4 medium tomatoes, cut into fourths
·        1 medium zucchini, sliced
·        1 medium green pepper, cut into strips
(optional – I don’t like gr peppers, so I don’t add them)
·        ¼ C snipped parsley
·        1 tsp salt
·        ½ tsp dried basil leaves
·        ¼ tsp pepper


Cut eggplant into ½” cubes (about 5 C)

Cook and stir onion and garlic in oil in 12-inch skillet until onion is tender
Add eggplant and remaining ingredients
Heat to boiling, reduce heat

Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 10 minutes


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1/4 C good olive oil
1 medium Spanish onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, diced
½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 ½ tsp dried oregano
1 C vodka
2 (28-ounce) cans peeled plum tomatoes (preferably San Marino)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
¾ pound penne pasta
4 T fresh oregano
¾ to 1 C heavy cream
Grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Heat the olive oil in a large oven proof sauté pan over medium heat, add the onions and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes until translucent. Add the red pepper flakes and dried oregano and cook for 1 minute more. Add the vodka and continue cooking until the mixture is reduced by half.
Meanwhile, drain the tomatoes through a sieve and crush them into the pan with your hands. Add 2 teaspoons salt and a pinch of black pepper. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and place it in the oven for 1 1/2 hours. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta al dente. Drain and set aside.
Place the tomato mixture in a blender and puree in batches until the sauce is a smooth consistency. Return to the pan.
Reheat the sauce; add 2 tablespoons fresh oregano and enough heavy cream to make the sauce a creamy consistency. Add salt and pepper, to taste, and simmer for 10 minutes. Toss the pasta into the sauce and cook for 2 minutes more. Stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan. Serve with an additional sprinkle of Parmesan and a sprinkle of fresh oregano on each plate.


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you may be doing it wrong

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While I'm sure there are plenty of tips and tricks you know that make certain tasks easier, I bet you aren't aware of a number of things you're actually doing wrong in your everyday life. And chances are you're not alone when it comes to mishandling certain things.

For example:

Keep Clean Fingers

The next time you reach into a bag of Cheetos, make sure you're holding a pair of chopsticks! Doing so will prevent your fingers from getting covered in cheese dust. (I am a Cheetos lover and had never heard of this until recently.  I love this because I HATE orange fingers, might sounds silly but not as silly as orange powdered fingers!)

Now, do I have your attention? Check these out!

How about A Perfect Banana Peel

Never struggle peeling a banana again with this simple tip: turn it upside down! If you watch chimps peeling bananas, you'll notice they start from the bottom. Do it like the experts, the monkeys!

Make your Cupcake a Sandwich

Everyone knows cupcakes are delicious, but have you ever successfully gotten an entire bite into your mouth without covering your face with icing? To avoid this common fiasco, turn your cupcakes into sandwiches before diving in.

Pasta Portion Control

I never make the right amount of pasta — I always end up with too much or not enough. But now that I know the little hole in the middle of my spaghetti ladle measures out a perfect portion, it's a problem I no longer have to worry about.

The Bobby Pin Revelation

Apparently, I've been putting bobby pins into my hair wrong for far too long. This mistake may explain why I've never had much luck getting them to stay in place.

A Fan Favorite

The direction that your fan rotates should change with the seasons. Seriously! In the cooler months, a clockwise rotation creates an updraft that forces warm air from your ceiling into your living space. A counterclockwise rotation creates a nice breeze, which is ideal for warmer months.

The Magic 57

Stop shoving a butter knife into that ketchup bottle and smacking the bottom of it with the palm of your hand! To get a consistent stream of ketchup from a glass Heinz bottle, all you have to do is tap the embossed 57 located below the neck.

Get A Grip

Have you ever put a juice box in a child's hands and watched as they squeezed just a bit too hard, sending juice flying out of the straw? That can be avoided by utilizing the built-in handles located on each side of the box.

Bobbing for Straws

Keep your straw in place whenever you crack open an icy cold can of soda by rotating the tab and inserting the straw through the larger hole.

Feel the Heat

The next time you heat up leftovers in the microwave, make sure you create a small hole in the middle of your plate. Doing so will allow the microwave to heat your meal evenly.

Scribble Secrets

To make sure no one can read something you've written, don't just scribble it out using a bunch of lines. Instead, cover it with different words and random letters.

Cooling Your Drink

To cool down a beverage as quickly as possible, wrap it with wet paper towels and put it in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.

Soft Serve Service

If you're sick and tired of bending perfectly good spoons whenever you want to indulge in a couple bites of your favorite ice cream, store the tub in a Ziploc bag to keep it soft and easy to scoop.

Trusty Trash Can Trick

Don’t you just hate when you try to place a new plastic bag in the trash can it just creates an air pocket below? Drill a couple of holes in the bottom of the garbage can to make putting in & taking out bags much easier -- no suction issues.

Small Sink Solution

If you can't completely fit a bucket underneath the tap in your sink, use a plastic dustpan as a funnel to fill it up on the floor. GENUIS!

The Ketchup Roll

You could continue to do what you've always done and fill multiple paper cups with ketchup, or you can roll out the top and fit more of everyone's favorite condiment into one serving.

Scientifically Proven Burger Hold – yes, it’s true, it’s ‘scientifically proven’

To keep everything inside your burger, you need to support both the front and the back of your bun. How? By using your pinkie fingers and thumbs as supports.

The Less Frustrating Way of Using Tinfoil

If you're like me and use tinfoil, you probably just whip it open and start pulling — and the roll pops out every time. Notice the "Press Here to Lock Roll" tab on the side of the box. Do it up and solve all of your problems!

The Built-in Drink Coaster

The lid of a takeout drink isn't just for holding a straw and keeping your drink from spilling everywhere.


The Proper Way to Eat Ginger with Sushi

Many people eat ginger on top of their sushi with a dab of wasabi. But you're actually supposed to use the ginger to cleanse your palette between different flavors. If you love ginger on your sushi I won't judge...actually, I probably will.

Which one surprised you?


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recipe friday

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2 T butter
2 T flour
½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 C milk
1 C shredded Fontina or Mozzarella cheese
1 C shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
½ C grated fresh Parmesan cheese
10 oz uncooked egg noodles or pasta
3 T dry fresh bread crumbs


Heat 2 T butter in 2 qt saucepan over low heat until melted
Blend in flour, salt and pepper
Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly
Remove from heat
Gradually stir in milk
Heat to boiling, stirring constantly
Boil and stir 1 minute
Stir in cheeses, keep warm over low heat

Cook noodles/pasta as directed on package, drain

Alternate layers of noodles and sauce mixture in ungreased 2 qt casserole

Stir bread crumbs and 1 T butter over medium heat until crumbs are toasted, sprinkle over noodles

Cook uncovered in 350-degree oven until bubbly, about 20 minutes


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antique rugs

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Half the appeal of a good vintage piece is the elusive history behind it.

Many of us love the allure of an antique rug… from afar. But why? Remember, life is short – USE THE RUG! Well, the saying doesn’t really go like that but you get my meaning, right? With a little bit of care and a little bit of attention, we can ‘display’ those gorgeous antique rugs in plain sight for all to use.

In Architectural Digest, Frances Loom’s KellyVittengl shares tips for keeping vintage rugs clean without the added wear and tear.

Though Kelly Vittengl is known for her exquisite antique rug curation, the founder of California-based Frances Loom prefers her pieces to be a little rough around the edges. “I gravitate towards rugs that are worn almost to the threads. In my opinion, these have so much more character and a story to tell,” she says. “I draw inspiration for my collection from everywhere: my friends, art, Instagram, my neighborhood. But as weird as this sounds, I’m able to pick up on energies in these rugs. Rugs with a rich past speak to me, and others just don’t.” With history comes age, however, and vintage rugs need a little more care than most. Learn how this self-proclaimed “rug slinger” keeps them in pristine condition, so you can enjoy their special beauty for years to come.

Style for minimal wear

“Even the more worn rugs are sturdier than one might think. Many of them have already lasted over a hundred years—they’re tougher than they look,” Vittengl says. “However, the less foot traffic the better. If you’re really trying to preserve a rug, perhaps find a space where it will get less wear.” A room where you don’t plan to regularly entertain guests or serve food and drinks is your best bet.

Treat them like art

Although Vittengl is a huge fan of wear and tear, she recommends trying out unconventional spots for your rug if you want to maintain its look long term. “There’s always the option of hanging the rug on the wall or using it as a headboard in a bedroom. They truly are masterpieces and should be treated like art.”

Where to Buy Online (yes, that’s right, I said ONLINE)

Purchasing a vintage or antique rug can be an overwhelming task. The options and considerations are endless, and, until a few years ago, unless you were personally going to Turkey or Morocco to handpick your carpet of choice directly from a bazaar, the selection usually involved hours spent in a carpet showroom, flipping through heavy piles of dusty options whose full pattern and scale you could barely discern. Well, as with most things, the carpet industry has changed with the e-commerce times, and now a handful of purveyors have made shopping for the rug of your dreams a clickable, user-friendly experience.

Solo Rugs

Formerly a trade-only source, this extensive rug seller opened to consumers last year through its first e-commerce site. In an effort to make fine floor coverings more accessible, Solo added dozens of less-expensive rugs to its inventory for the launch, and now carries both vintage and made-to-order carpets, which range from $150 to $60,000. solorugs.com


While Etsy is better known for its handmade offerings, its multitude of sellers also hawk vintage wares, and rugs are one of the most popular categories, with over 55,000+ options available. Oriental and Beni Ourain are the most popular styles, but there are plenty of kilims, rag rugs, and other styles as well. etsy.com


This carpet giant’s site breaks down its rugs by region as well as style, showing the extent of their sourcing and acting as an educational tool for the rug novice. starkcarpet.com

ABC Home

This legendary New York City store, whose two-building complex on Broadway has become a tourist destination, displays a good portion of its thousand-carpet inventory on its website. You’ll see everything from silks to Beni Ourains to flatweaves, but one unique find is ABC’s Color Reform overdyed collection, an update of worn-out antique carpets that gives them fresh new life. abchome.com


As its name suggests, this site specializes in the flat, tapestry-style woven rugs native to Pakistan and the Balkans. Kilim.com offers new and vintage carpets as well as patchworks made up of salvaged scraps of antique rugs. kilim.com


A go-to name in the carpet world, Safavieh has a wide-reaching selection—almost overwhelmingly so. Its website simplifies the process, though, making it easy to sort rugs (including a healthy vintage selection) by color, style, shape, or size. safavieh.com

A few tips for shopping:

1.   Color and Pattern: When it comes to Persian and Turkish rugs, whether you choose to go vintage or new, color and pattern are key. Bold, elaborate patterns are best with gorgeous rich pops of color; think orange, pink, deep oxblood red, blue.

2.   Texture: Avoid rugs with a high-pile, a.k.a., lots of texture or shag. A heavily trafficked area is just going to collect dirt. Look for a flat weave rug (like wool) that can clean easily.

3.   Juxtaposition: Offset simpler spaces with one of these rugs. You’d be amazed at how much life one of these patterned rugs can give an older style or white-washed room.

4.   The Perfect Pattern: Take the time to find the right rug that complements your design style.

For Example: Dress Up a Hallway with Turkish Runners


In the second-floor hallway of a California house, designer Betsy Burnham in House Beautiful overlaps Turkish runners, drawing the eye to a Moroccan-inspired reading nook. The vintage carpets "can transform a plain hallway into a decorated space," Burnham says. "A really faded, tattered rug is instantly Bohemian."

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