Strawberry Balsamic Thyme Freezer Jam

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When I was small, my mom made strawberry freezer jam every year during Michigan’s brief and glorious strawberry season. It was my mom’s thing: her annual food preservation pièce de résistance. She scattered packets and boxes of pectin thither and yon, she mashed berries with the bottoms of drinking glasses, her potato masher, and anything…

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Pickled Ginger (Gari)

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I love sushi. I love it so much. I love everything about it. The fish, the rice, the nori, the little wad of wasabi, but as much as I love all of that, I love the pickled ginger, or gari, even more. Oh, pickled ginger, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways….

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Strawberry Limeade

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Happy First Day of Summer, everyone! It’s sweaty, sticky, humid, sunburn season. It’s time for spreading a blanket under a tree and reclining with a great book. Prepare for baseball and swimming and frisbee and creek stomping. Make moments for hamburgers and hot dogs and steaks and shrimp on the grill, potato chips, popsicles, and…

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Salt Potatoes

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Today, I am a mind reader. I am going to predict the reaction of all readers outside the Western New York region (or those who have never lived or visited here.) “Wow. Boiled potatoes with butter. Big deal.” I must tell you gently that you’re wrong. Wrongity wrong wrong WRONG wrong. These are no mere…

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Cold Tuna and Edamame Soba |Frugal Dinners

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It’s been a long time since I’ve been grocery shopping. What with one thing and another, it’s been close to a month and a half since my last real shopping trip.* There have been quite a few creative food combinations happening and some of those creative combinations have been really happy accidents. For instance? This….

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S’Mores Brownies and Homemade Marshmallow Fluff

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Hot on the heels of my Deep-Frying Trilogy (Parts I, II, and III) I bring you yet another uber-healthy offering; S’Mores Brownies. I know. I hear you. Please don’t hate me. I’m sorry. Not.* *I’m also a mature adult. Not. Sweets are a requirement on all birthdays, but I believe that big birthdays require sugarbomb…

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Sriracha Crab Rangoons or Crab Rangoon Dip

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This is the last of my Rule of Three deep-frying posts. Look for more hat tricks of deep-fried recipes in the future! Yes, I crabbed (heh) about these rangoons two posts ago, but I tell you this honestly and truly… Every single one of these was devoured. The children wanted more. The husband wanted more….

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Cincinnati Chili Empanadas

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This post makes two deep-frying posts in a row. Does this break some sort of variety rule? Does it count that one of the recipes is a mere snack? Here’s the thing. I didn’t stop at two. I had three days of deep-fried goodies in a row. Why, you ask? Have you heard of the…

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Sesame Wonton Crisps

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KEY-RrrrrrrrrrrrUNCH! Oh crispy things, how I do love you. Shattering, noisy, shedding crumbs from both sides of the mouth. That is what a snack food is meant to be. And within that crispity, crunchity category there is a hierarchy wherein salty crunchy things are in firm possession of the throne. It is pretty common knowledge…

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