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Spicy Fermented Dill Pickles

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled cucumbers…. In my house, we go through pickles faster than just about any other “accoutrements”. If left alone, my husband will blow through half a jar at one sitting. And I’m talking about … Continue reading

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Mexican-style Seasoning

This might just be the easiest “recipe” I’ve ever shared. Part of me feels like I should save this post for “Taco Tuesday!”, but for all you folks looking to livin’ up your weekend, I’m going to go ahead and … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Basil Sauces: Pesto and Pistou

There’s actually not a whole lot of difference between traditional Italian pesto and its French cousin pistou. But it’s still fun to discover a food, even one as simple and familiar as pistou, that you never knew existed. (I searched for … Continue reading

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The Best Blueberry Muffins You’ll Ever Eat

This recipe will seriously make you wanna smack yo mama. (Sorry, Mama.) It’s just that good. The raw batter alone (yes, I’m a batter licker; consume raw or undercooked eggs at your own risk) was nearly enough to put me … Continue reading

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Fruits of Summer, a photo essay

As we enter into the final days of summer, I thought I’d share a collection of photos I made over the summer. In the summer time when the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and touch the sky… … Continue reading

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Chocolate Rum Mousse

When I was a little girl, my Grandma used to make “chocolate moose”.  Her chocolate “moose” consisted of Cool Whip and Hershey’s chocolate syrup. To a 6 year old, this was the epitome of rich, decadent desserts. Chemically processed sugars … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Solution: Turkey Potpie

Have you been staring into your refrigerator thinking that you Can. Not. Eat. one more plate of reheated leftovers? Then this is the recipe for you. Not only is this a delicious, easy meal, you’ll hopefully be able to take … Continue reading

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Strawberry Basil Lemonade

This is a fun twist on traditional lemonade.  Sounds a little weird, I know, but strawberries and basil really do pair well together! I like to use chamomile tea as my base (instead of just water) because I think it … Continue reading

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Dairy-free Chicken Pot Pie

This post is just an updated, dairy-free version of my Easy Chicken Pot Pie. I provided a meal tonight for some friends who are dealing with some rough stuff and don’t have a lot of time to cook for themselves. … Continue reading

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Black Beans and Rice with a Twist

I started making this recipe last fall and it was an immediate favourite. I took a big crock pot full to the pot luck at work, and it was gone in no time!  It’s a simple recipe with easy prep, short cook time, … Continue reading

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Pound Cake

INGREDIENTS 16oz (1lb) of unsalted butter, cut into pieces and softened 16oz (1lb) cake flour 16oz (1lb) sugar 9 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt + 1 TBS butter and a little flour for pan DIRECTIONS Preheat … Continue reading

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How to Make Butter

This whole butter-making thing got started when I decided to make a real, old-fashioned pound cake…  which was suppose to coincide with the reveal of my newly made-over-vintage-inspired kitchen… but there are a few things left to do in the … Continue reading