Slow-cooker Vanilla Bean Tapioca

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In today’s Record-Eagle column, I ran a recipe for Slow-Cooker Vanilla Bean Tapioca Pudding.  (I’ll link to the full column when I’m back from vacation, but in the meantime the recipe is posted below.) Slow-Cooker Vanilla Bean Tapioca This pudding takes the perennial favorite tapioca pudding and dresses it up. Served warm, it’ll heat you up…

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Mango Custard

Gets nice and caramel-y on top...

Mangoes…I love them…just have a hard time finding a good one at times.   The first time I ate a mango, it was somewhat underripe, and actually cutting the mango up was a little bit frustrating, due to the monster pit waiting inside that lovely yellow flesh. But even under-ripe, the fruit was delicious, and…

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It’s a Yummy Earth.

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My sister Jessamine’s kids have severe food allergies.  The last time I had a peek at the list of no-no foods it included soy, corn, dairy, gluten, wheat, chemical preservatives and chemical dyes, among other things.  Those of you who spend as much time as I do staring at and clucking over product labels will recognize…

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Ice Box Nutella and Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Sandwiches

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The secret  is this:  Almost everything is improved by the presence of Nutella.  You know the stuff, right?     I was first introduced to the creamy, hazelnutty, chocolately heaven-in-a-bottle way back in the day when I was an exchange student in La Belle France.  There was a bakery where you could actually bring your…

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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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Peanut Butter Cookie Chocolate Malt Ice Cream

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When we finished up our end of the school year testing a couple weeks ago we were due for a celebration.  The boys, after a great deal of discussion over lunch, decided to celebrate by putting together their own picnic.  Because really; what do you do immediately after eating?  You plan a picnic, of course.   They…

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Ze-bra-vo cake!

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  I was feeling mighty sorry for myself yesterday after a much anticipated trip to my old home turf, Michigan, fell victim to the astronomical gas prices.  After moping around I decided to do something constructive and distract myself.  Did I do what a self-respecting hausfrau should?  Did I clean the cupboards, scrub the floors,…

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Scots Bannock

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Leif was really looking forward to dinner Wednesday night.  He loves ham (“the pink meat”), garlic bubble bread and homemade pasta.  But he adores ice cream and anything that goes with it.  I had planned this meal to please him particularly.    ” But Mousie, thou art no thy lane, In proving foresight may be…

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Quick Mason Jar Iced Coffee

I was so thirsty I drank 1/4 of this before taking the picture.  And, yes.  This is on my hand towel.  Even classier!

I love iced coffee.  My iced coffee proclivity is an anomaly because I’m not a daily coffee drinker.  When the mercury climbs, though, there’s something about a frothy, sweet, chocolaty , icy coffee that really rings my chimes.  I started making my own because the ones sold by most restaurants were too sweet for my tastes,…

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