‘fess up! What bugs you in the kitchen?

Most days I feel like a kitchen superstar.  Last week I canned 50 quarts of garlic dills, catered an event for 50 attendees 1-1/2 hours away with all five of my kids in tow (major thanks to my Mom for coming along and riding herd…), made three- count ‘em- three premium cheesecakes (two for the…

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Parental paychecks.

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My boys have always enjoyed cooking with me.  I have daily “cooking buddies”.  The kids take turns (with the help of a wheel that keeps track of whose turn it is) helping me prepare dinner.  There is much weeping, gnashing of teeth and rending of hair when someone’s turn is missed or Mom exerts executive…

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Homemade Mozzarella and Pesto Marinated Bocconcini

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First- another quick reminder about  The Second Tuesdays Déjà Food Event.  You have 6 more days to get us your submissions.  Pretty please?!?  We can’t wait to be inspired by how you’re re-purposing your leftovers and reducing kitchen waste.   No blog?  No problem.  Just email us the details and we’ll add you in.  Shall I remind…

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Zesty Cold Quinoa Salad

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Before I get into the quinoa salad recipe, I want to remind you all that you have one more week to get us your submissions for the The Second Tuesdays Déjà Food Event.  We’re really looking forward to seeing what you all do with your leftover makeovers.      Now, back to business…   Quinoa has…

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Coming later today… A recipe worth returning to read!

This week is crazy.  I’m catering a wedding rehearsal dinner on Thursday 1 1/2 hours away, it’s the middle of pickling/canning season, and I have company coming both today and Friday.  Yikes!    But I do promise this.  This afternoon I will carve out time to share a recipe for an AWESOME chilled quinoa salad. …

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Amish Haystack Suppers

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  Today’s weather was glorious and made for driving about the backroads doing country errands.  While stocking up on oats, sugar, and other sundries at the small bulk foods store run by a local Amish woman I saw her husband out gathering hay in their field.    The field was beautiful with the clean cut green…

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Blueberry Jam

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In yesterday’s post I offered the world’s easiest blueberry preservation technique- freezing.  I also promised to provide an overview on how to make blueberry jam.  I’m a gal of my word, so as promised, I put together a primer on making and canning blueberry jam.  First, a couple words of caution:   This recipe is…

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Blueberry Crisp and How to Freeze Blueberries

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“One berry, two berry, pick me a blueberry. Hat berry, shoe berry in my canoeberry. Under the bridge and over the dam. Looking for berries.  Berries for jam!” from ‘Jamberry’ by Bruce Degen     It’s blueberry season!  Find a local U-Pick place, grab your large kitchen bowls and get yourself some blue gold.     …

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Last non-food post. You know what I’m sayin’?

We’re home safe and sound from our weekend get-away. I have to say two more unrelated food things and then I’ll get back to the business at hand. It was unbelievably wonderful to spend some time alone with my husband. It was unbelievably wonderful to come home to my kids and their hugs.   Okay,…

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White and Nerdy!

I am taking the weekend off!  My husband and I are going to get away for a night for the first time since we’ve had kids (that equals 10 years for those of you who wonder…)   I’ve spent the night away from the kids before, but it was when I was in the hospital…

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