Ginger Switchel Drink {non-alcoholic refresher}

Ginger Switchel Drink made with water, honey, raw apple cider vinegar, and lots of ginger.

I’ve got a little food related obsession to share with you.  I know it’s not entirely surprising coming from me, but this one is for a very old-school beverage; Ginger Swichel Drink. How old school is it? Well, it originated in the Caribbean and made its way to the American colonies by the late 17th…

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Slow-Roasted Rosemary Garlic Almonds

Slow Roasted Rosemary Garlic Almonds are an easy, healthy snack for warm weather months.

My friend Lisette is a good person to befriend. She’s funny. She’s charming. She has exquisite taste and a generous laugh. And wherever she goes, she has snacks. Good snacks. She has bags of granola bars, homemade energy bars and her signature Slow Roasted Rosemary Garlic Roasted Almonds. My children hover around Mrs. Heckathorn on…

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Soy Sauce Eggs

Soy Sauce Eggs soaked in soy sauce, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, green onions, and fresh hot pepper.

My bonus mom, Val, was an amazing cook. She had the ability to take the most humble ingredients and turn them into food that wasn’t merely great, it was an experience. Val’s Soy Sauce Eggs are the perfect example of her ability to make comfort food exciting. How can egg possibly be exciting? Val made…

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Brown Sugar Strawberries and Cream Tartlets

Brown Sugar Strawberries and Cream Tartlets with thyme

This is the story of a dessert that shouldn’t have turned out. It should’ve been an abject failure, but instead, it turned into a giant kitchen redemption tale and an awfully wonderful Mother’s Day treat. It is the tale of Brown Sugar Strawberries and Cream Tartlets.   It started out with a beautiful recipe. One…

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Hard Cider Sangria-by-the-Glass

Hard Cider Sangria-by-the-Glass is fresh fruits soaked in crisp hard cider with a lime ice pop stir stick.

I have a weird relationship with summer. Humidity and extreme heat (and mosquitos) are on my “make me cranky” list. But the food? Oh the glorious food and drink of summer. There’s a romance to all those perfectly fresh and ripe fruits and vegetables and the pockets of smells of grilling burgers and goodies as…

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Easy Bacon Broccoli Pasta Salad

Easy Bacon Broccoli Salad with cheddar

We’re getting close to the unofficial start of summer; this means lazy weekends, picnics, cook-outs, and grilling. You can’t just slap a steak on a plate and be done with it, though, folks. To me, the true art in summer entertaining comes in the form of side dishes to compliment what you just grilled to…

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Butterscotch Pretzel Pudding Cups

From scratch butterscotch pudding pretzel cups

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love pudding. I could eat pudding or ice cream every single day and not be mad at all. It doesn’t hurt things that there’s an almost infinite variety of both of those, but the point is this. If it’s pudding, I’m in. (With the notable…

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Copycat Snooze Spuds Deluxe

Hash browns with egg cheese beef barbacoa bacon green onions

A couple of weeks ago, I got to spend the weekend in Phoenix, Arizona at the home of one of my best buddies (who also happens to be a blogger) with a bunch of great bloggers for a weekend of picking each others’ brains, sharing blogging strategies, and cheesemaking. Having that many food bloggers in…

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Kahlua Chocolate Cream Pie

Kahlua Chocolate Cream Pie

When it comes to desserts, I’m a creamy, chocolatey devotee. If it’s pudding-like (or ice cream like) I’m in. If it combines pudding or ice cream-ish qualities with chocolate? I am all over it. Such is the case with Kahlua Chocolate Cream Pie. I made this, ostensibly, for my husband’s birthday last week. He wanted…

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Slow-Cooker Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa Recipe

Slow-cooker crockpot Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa shredded beef

Mrawrrrrrrr. Today’s Slow-Cooker Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa Recipe makes me purr. I can’t help myself. Garlicky, tender, shredded beef braised low and slow in a spicy, smoky, flavourful barbecue sauce. It doesn’t hurt matters that it cooks all day (or all night!) while you run errands or do yardwork or try desperately not to eat the…

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