Bacon Cheddar Bubble Bread

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I’ll be honest with you. You’re probably certifiably loony if you make the recipe I’m about to give you during this heatwave. Wacky. Nutso. Your cheese has slid off your cracker. …Like me. There are some days when -no matter what the temperature is- you just need something cheesy, bacony, bready, gooey, salty, savoury. You…

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Prize Winning Grilled Tandoori Style Chicken

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I did a little something a couple weekends ago. I’ll let the video show you what happened…   That I had a wonderful time is obvious. But I just have to throw in there that Ree, her family, the folks from BlogHer, their production company, Bush’s Beans and Bush’s PR team from Edelman were all…

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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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Taste of Home Old Fashioned Ham Balls

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Ham Balls. Could there possibly be a less appealing sounding name for a dish?* *Perhaps. But it would have to be exceptionally gross… Maybe “Repurposed Egg Salad” or “Blood Sausage”.  You get the idea… Let’s be honest, they’re also not the purtiest meatball on the block. They’re brown on the outside, but they’re a pinky…

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Bourbon and Vanilla Infused Sugar

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My friend Pamela is a good person to know. She knits the most amazing things. She sews like an angel and can sing your pants off*. *Make that sings like an angel and can sew your pants on. Really. She could probably sing while sewing on your pants and knitting you a sweater. She’s good…

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Corned Beef Hash

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I love Corned Beef Hash. Have you ever played the “What would you eat for your final meal” game? This is on my list. It’s nearly impossible to go too far wrong when you combine corned beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, salt and pepper.  But a sublime Corned Beef Hash is a thing of beauty. The…

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Roesti (Swiss Crispy Potato Pancake)

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This post is, in part, a reprint of my column that ran in the Record-Eagle on Thursday. What is it about sledding hills that brings out the Evel Knievel in children? My boys -who have a rather nicely developed sense of self-preservation- become more than just a little reckless when you stand them at the…

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Six Week Bran Cereal Muffins

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I got a bit of an unpleasant surprise while reading cereal box ingredient lists at the store the other day. Let me back-track for just a moment or two, though.  For years upon years upon years, drawing close to a decade and a half, I’ve been making a particular bran muffin.  More of a Bran-ish…

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Bacon Jam (a.k.a. Oooh-Mommy! Jam)

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You know food is going to make you happy when it smiles at you.  (Probably could’ve made a buck selling a smiling egg yolk on eBay, but honey?  There was no way I was walking away from this breakfast.  And even if I did, there were twelve people waiting to take over the job for…

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How to Render Duck Fat and Make Duck Cracklins

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“Duck fat!  Hoo ha ha!…*” *Like Shark Bait, Hoo Ha ha! from ‘Finding Nemo’. “crackLINS! crackLINS! crackLINS! crackLINS! Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck. NO GOOSE!”  went the chant from my children who  -just two hours before- were making wet gaggy noises while watching me break down a duck into breasts, leg and thigh portions and…

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