Peanut Butter Balls

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Hi friends!  The last few weeks have been maddeningly busy.  We’ve done a lot of work on our house and property, camped, traveled, been visited, and had animal crises.  I hope I have a chance in the next couple of weeks to settle back into a regular blogging routine.  With all the fresh produce hitting…

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Watermelon Feta Salad: Think Pink Thursdays

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Ah!  The Thursday before a three-day weekend is a special kind of Thursday, isn’t it?  It’s a luxurious feeling Thursday.  Despite the rain-that-never-ends, I have an extra dose of patience (snort) and an extra measure of indulgence.  And to celebrate the indulgent feeling, I whipped up a fancy-pants lunch for myself.  I made a gorgeous…

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Foodie With Family Gorp. A.K.A. Trail mix and Scroggin

Gorp, trail mix, scroggins... It's a delicious, quick pick-me-up no matter what you call it.

I know most of us have had/heard of/eaten our weight in G.O.R.P., but when was the last time you thought about it?  Or ate it?  Or made your own?  Forget back-to-nature, let’s start a back-to-G.O.R.P. movement.  Let me enummerate the reasons why… Gorp.  Super fast to make and makes you super fast.  Or at least…

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Crispy Seared Mushroom and Asiago Puffs

These + steamy stew= match made in heaven.

We’ve been spring cleaning like crazy around here lately.  It’s so invigorating to be able to open the windows after having them firmly shut since November.  And even though I hate doing laundry, there is something incredibly peaceful about hanging the first couple loads of clothes and sheets and towels on the line.  Everything is…

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Baked Pizza Frittata

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I was intrigued by a couple of pretty frittatas baked in bundt pans that I saw in the blogosphere over the last couple weeks (here and here, for example…)  I love frittatas, and yes, they are a seriously fast food to throw together.  But here’s where my usual problem comes into play.  Inevitably, as I’m at…

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Spicy Corn and Black Bean Salad

So good.  So easy.  So... summery!

Oh mercy.  The  Honyaks, The Evil Genius and I are all so sugared out from Easter candy that  it’s not even funny.  We’re all draped over pieces of furniture craving fresh fruits and veggies and some decently Spring-like days.  At this point we’d all settle for a sunny day without the -30°F winds.  Cripes!  It’s April, already.  So…

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Yooper Pickled Hot Pepper Eggs: B&B Style

How 'bout dem eggs, eh?

    I have a problem.  Every single year a couple of days before Easter I tell myself I won’t go crazy on the egg-dying.  And every year I go nuts.  I remember sitting at our big old trestle table when I was a kid and decorating for hours.  My Mom is not a do-the-holidays-halfway…

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Spicy Chicken and Cheese Calzone

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Déjà Food Pronunciation: \ˌdā-ˌzhä-ˈfüd\ Function: noun Etymology: Yo Momma. (Actually, my step-momma… but I wanted to say that) 1. Leftovers.  But with a French name, therefore, more sophisticated. Among the catalog of wonderful things my step-mother, Valerie, introduced me to when she and my father married are many now-standards for me: SOB Smoothies (‘Strawberry’, ‘Orange’, and…

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Extra Crispy Fried Chicken Fingers

How hungry do these make you?  Let me assure you that as good as they looked they tasted even better.

You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet from this end for the past week.  I have only myself to blame.  The weather has rocketed back and forth between too beautiful to write and too lousy to be inspired.  And when I was inspired in spite of the weather the lighting was…

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Homemade Tortilla Chips Two Ways

Can you smell the cinnamon sugar?  Mmmm.  Commence drooling.

Sometimes a gal just needs something good and greasy and salty to make her feel everything is right with the world.  This past weekend was one of those moments.  With the vehic-ules on the semi-permanent fritz, not being able to grocery shop in person (“No, honey.  I know chocolate chips are expensive, but please get…

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