Ham and Cheese Bites

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This past weekend I officially became my mother. If you’ve been reading me for a while, you’re aware that I am the eldest child in a large family that includes a baby sister.  This baby sister of mine is still in high school.  Sadly, she is not hopelessly stupid.  No, she’s in high school because…

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Sausage Baked Beans and Grandpa’s Baked Bean Sandwiches

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I’ve talked a great deal about frugal foods and menu planning in my last few posts.  There’s no doubt about it, one of the most budget-friendly foods you can make is beans!  But that’s not why I’m posting this recipe today.  I’m posting it because it’s STINKIN’ AWESOME!  And because it’s cheap.  I thought you…

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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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Slow-Cooked Cuban Pork: Part II, Day 3

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For a brand new, printable version of this recipe that has all the steps included, click here! “I meant what I said and I said what I meant.  An elephant’s faithful.  100%!” As promised yesterday,  I am back to show you how to shred that gorgeous slow-cooked Cuban Pork shoulder that should have chilled in…

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Slow-Cooked Cuban Pork: Part I

Cuban Pork and FMC Mango Salsa with rice on a tortilla. Not pictured? The Spicy Black Beans...

For a brand new, printable version of this recipe that has all the steps included, click here! Part II of this recipe can be found by clicking this link! I love to grocery shop.  I love to examine labels, produce, proteins and liquids.  I get giddy trying to decide which mangos and avocados to choose. …

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