Taco Soup

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Is it soup yet? We lived in Le Roy for just over a decade.  We loved our home, our church, our community. We had rebuilt the house while living in it.  (This process was helped along by the fact that it was bare studs, floors and outer walls and absolutely-nothing-else when we bought it.)  We…

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Hot Chocolate on a Stick

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Now that I have the attention of the entire state of Minnesota, please allow me to expound. This is one of the most clever ideas I’ve seen out of the King Arthur Flour Baker’s Circle lately.  (And they’re no creative slouches over at King Arthur.)  In the most recent e-newsletter* from their test kitchen they…

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Yuletide Spiced Brandy Liqueur

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It’s time to get cozy. ~~  ~~ The air has progressed past crisp to chilly and will soon be downright cold. The leaves have finally given up their tenuous grasp on the trees and -with one final gust of nearly winter wind- fallen to insulate the grass and ground against the coming snow. ~~  ~~…

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Garlic Butter Crusty Bubble Bread

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I have an enduring love affair with bread.  It’s not just the pure pleasure of pulling off a steaming heel of bread, slathering cold sweet cream butter over the top, sinking your teeth into the crumb and shattering the crust; although those are reasons enough to be devoted.  Making bread; the process of measuring, mixing,…

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Eggnog Liqueur

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If I were to list the five foods that I thought of as being most representative of Thanksgiving and Christmas I’d wager that my list would be pretty similar to those chosen by most North Americans; cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, turkey, cookies and eggnog.  And while I love each of those foods individually, my heart…

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Spanakopita Dip

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When is a dip not just a dip?  When it’s something transcendental.  When it’s born to be a superstar. When it’s…  Spanakopita Dip.  (And that is NOT anticlimactic.  It isn’t.  Let me expound.) Spanakopita Dip is the dip that can do it all. A meal-of-a-dip full of spinach, studded with feta cheese, garlic, onions and…

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Dill-icious Greek Yogurt Dip

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This is the cook’s time of year -the holiday season; the time when we pull out all the stops in our culinary repertoires.  This is when cooks everywhere extend themselves to create the most spectacular and succulent savories and sweets that they can possibly turn out of their kitchen.  It is time to ‘wow’ your…

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Vietnamese Yogurt

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Hey!  We have a giveaway this week.  Details are after the recipe.  Stick with me, it’s worthwhile and will make your upcoming holiday baking projects sing! We are currently in Week Three of a full-immersion ‘get-to-know-influenza’ unit study of our homeschool.  One, two, three, four, five, six, and seven. We like to space things out…

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Roasted Crispy Cheese Potatoes

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  Just look at the potatoes in that picture.  Those spuds are the embodiment of everything a potato should be; mahogany and crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, blanketed with nutty brown butter and crusted with toasted cheese.  Those potatoes are good enough that they would’ve made Dr. Atkins repent of his low-carb…

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Peanut Butter Pebble Pie

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This is the story of a pie.  A pie made by a woman who calls herself a “utilitarian, church pot-luck cook”.  She says it like an apology.  Like the soul-satisfying, hearty fare that she creates to nourish every stray  -both human and animal- that crosses her path is anything less than wonderful.  As though the…

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