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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Zesty Cold Quinoa Salad

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Before I get into the quinoa salad recipe, I want to remind you all that you have one more week to get us your submissions for the The Second Tuesdays Déjà Food Event.  We’re really looking forward to seeing what you all do with your leftover makeovers.      Now, back to business…   Quinoa has…

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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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Home Canned Garlic Dill Pickles

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Yesterday was my first day of the year full of the manic joy that is canning season.  My garden unexpectedly delivered a colander full of pickling cucumbers.  Some of the cucumbers had been doing a good job of hiding and were pretty huge.  My job was clear.  Pickle them while they’re fresh!  The large ones were sliced…

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Bread: Fully Loaded! And a book review.

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Yesterday was B.U.S.Y!  Aside from the normal frenetic pace of life that goes hand in glove with having five sons ages 10 and under we had other pressing matters.  I am milking goats for friends up the road while they visit family, planning for a wedding rehearsal dinner I’m catering in August, helping put up…

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Roasted Beet Salad with Herbed Goat Cheese

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It is official.  I am addicted to food blogger events.  When I saw that Holler from Tinned Tomatoes was hosting her No Croutons Required event for July and that the category was vegetarian soups and/or salads showcasing herbs I was thrilled.  I lovey love love fresh herbs.  Since I have parsley and chives growing in abundance…

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King Arthur Flour Mixed Flour and Cornmeal Tortillas

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  Yesterday morning, while studiously avoiding anything resembling housework by noodling around on the computer, I saw that Michelle, over at Thursday Night Smackdown, was having a “First Thursday Smackdown” event.  The rules?  Simply make something you’ve never made from your collection of cookbooks or magazines.  Righto!  I was up for a challenge.  I broke out…

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Cornbread Salad – Part 1

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As part of my wanderings through the internet world of food, I came across a site that hosts a monthly cooking challenge: http://weekendcookbookchallenge.blogspot.com/.   Every month a new challenge is issued around a certain theme—either a particular chef, a certain kind of food, etc. I believe the goal is to either use a cookbook you…

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