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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Papa’s Homemade Hooch: Homemade Ginger Ale.

This is pure refreshment.

For a multitude of reasons I don’t buy soda.   Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not going all judgy-judgerton on soda.  It’s just that over the years, I have gotten to where I don’t really like most of it.  It’s just too derned sweet for me.  Once a year or so I’ll grab a…

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Bananas Brûlée

Chocolate, crispy caramel and bananas.  Mmmmmmm.

I have not fallen from the face of the Earth.  I’ve had what you might refer to as an exceedingly busy week.  Homeschooling the boys, running them to various and sundry activities, major home construction projects (…aaaand what’s new there?  Not much…), cooking three meals a day for the whole family, testing recipes, etc… That’s…

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Taco Joes

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If a sloppy joe’s and a taco’s eyes met across a crowded room…  If they were to fall in love and pledge themselves to each other in holy matrimony…  If they were to have a baby…  It would be -well, besides being weird- delicious.  And it would be what we had for dinner last night. …

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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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How to use leftover ham and a leftover column. A two-fer.

This column ran in last year’s pre-Easter edition of the Traverse City Record- Eagle. I’m posting it here because it does two things. It has two good recipes for using leftover ham. It should make you glad that you, unlike me, did not spend yesterday morning trying to keep five sugared up boys (ages eleven and under) in…

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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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