Posts From Lisa Durbin

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Lisa’s Letters Home: Coconut Flour Chocolate Cake

Back in the olden days, our mothers would haul us to the doctor’s every time we had a sniffle and the doctor would promptly prescribe some sort of antibiotic. When

Nutrition

Lisa’s Letters Home: Don’t Say Diet, Damn It!

You know it’s the new year when Pinterest goes from deep-fried Nutella-slathered triple layer brownies to nothing but lentils and salad. I’ve heard lots of friends make resolutions to lose

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Lisa’s Letters Home: Gingerbread House

Oh, Pinterest. Sometimes you have some amazing ideas that work really, really well. Other times, you have ideas that really, really don’t work well – like the Graham cracker gingerbread house.

Chocolate

Lisa’s Letters Home: A Tale of Two Candies

I asked a few teacher friends of mine whether or not they enjoyed receiving homemade presents from their students at Christmas or store bought. All agreed that homemade (and the

Dairy

Lisa’s Letters Home: Bake Ahead Sugar Cookies

Now that our friends in the US have celebrated Thanksgiving, it’s now officially okay to go nuts about Christmas. Pinterest has exploded in a green and red mass of baked

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Lisa’s Letters Home: Strata

It was my mother-in-law’s 70th birthday gathering last weekend, and she decided on a brunch family get together for the Sunday. I love brunch. Brunch reminds me of home, and of 

Snacks & Desserts

Lisa’s Letters Home: Bonfire Baking

Remember, remember the 5th of November. It’s Bonfire Night on Monday here, which has to do with Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up the houses of parliament a very long

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Lisa’s Letters Home: Salsa Verde

I’m pretty sure that I was Italian in another life, or there are some Italian genes somewhere in my roots. I love all things Italian, particularly, their amazingly diverse (and

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Pumpkin Flan

I love any holiday that involves eating for several hours (with a glass or two of wine.) What I particularly love is a holiday from home that I can share

Dinner

Smoked Haddock and Spinach Gratin

Why does the theme to my cooking often involve panic? I’m forever running late, missing ingredients, and being too tired to think by the end of the day, and my