Dark Chocolate Ganache

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Christmas time is my favorite part of the year.  It’s full of seasonal beauty, generosity, kindness, and family.  If you’re like me you have an arm-length list of people to whom you want to give gifts: the kids, parents, friends, extended family, mail carrier, neighbors, U.P.S. guy, pastor, and so on down the line. Are you wondering…

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Mandazi

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When I read Beccy’s post yesterday, it immediately triggered a memory from my college years–well, my second round of college years. I had originally gone to college right after high school, but in my sophomore year, it was required that we declare a major, and I had NO idea what I wanted to focus on…

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Dabo Kolo

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The boys and I are members of a homeschooling co-operative group in the area.  I peel the baby off of my leg, then teach a baking class to the teens, and assist in an “American Political System” class.  The boys take World Geography, Physical Education, Hands-on Science, International Cooking and Exploring the World through Art….

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Pickled Plums

Picture is a little fuzzy, but I think you can see how lovely these are; that is a bit of bay leaf and a bit of vanilla bean lying across the top of the jar.

  I am sure that many of you are aware of Tastespotting, a site that serves to display pictures submitted by other websites; and these are not just ANY pictures–these are pictures selected to meet a certain aesthetic, and they are absolutely beautiful. For those of you not familiar with this resource, you can link…

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Carrot Cauliflower Soup with Sesame Yogurt Cream

The sesame yogurt cream, sesame seeds and croutons took this simple soup to an amazing place!

Remember all the salad bar goodies mentioned in my last post? Well, I decided I really needed to use up a lot of those carrots, and being a lover of warm soup on cool days, I naturally went in that direction. The soup I ended up making is fairly simple and quite flexible, and is…

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Dad’s Zucchini Burgers

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I am in the middle of a protracted battle for space with the gargantuan zucchini that keep miraculously popping up in my garden.  After last night’s garden veggie (read: zucchini) and quinoa stew, I was feeling out of ideas.  Then I thought, “Why do I need to come up with ideas?  I can fall back…

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Golden Cornbread Rounds

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I’d like us all to observe a moment of silence for the baking ignitor in my oven.  (Silence from me, but not the children.) Yes, that means my oven isn’t working.  We’ve had the most glorious stretch of fall-like summer weather in my memory and I can’t bake a loaf of bread in the oven.  But I’m not bitter….

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Cold Creamy Zucchini Soup

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I am aware that my kids may be the exception here, but they live for vichyssoise.  Seriously.  When we were planting potatoes this summer the kids looked at me blanky until I explained that we could make almost endless vichyssoise and homefries.  That got their attention and they got their hands in the dirt, STAT! …

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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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