Dolores’s Egg and Olive Sandwiches

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Fourteen years ago, almost to the day, I discovered I liked two things; egg salad and green olives.* Furthermore, I learned that I liked them combined. This epiphany -after twenty something years of thinking that I despised both things- came at the table of my mother-in-law, Dolores. * I found egg salad gloppy and rich…

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Grandma Val’s Hot Fudge Sauce

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First of all, you know this is going to be good; it’s hot fudge sauce. What you may not know, though, is just how good this particular hot fudge sauce is. It is, in fact, the best hot fudge sauce ever of all time Amen pass the beer nuts. This hot fudge sauce is not…

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Strawberry Balsamic Thyme Freezer Jam

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When I was small, my mom made strawberry freezer jam every year during Michigan’s brief and glorious strawberry season. It was my mom’s thing: her annual food preservation pièce de résistance. She scattered packets and boxes of pectin thither and yon, she mashed berries with the bottoms of drinking glasses, her potato masher, and anything…

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Strawberry Limeade

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Happy First Day of Summer, everyone! It’s sweaty, sticky, humid, sunburn season. It’s time for spreading a blanket under a tree and reclining with a great book. Prepare for baseball and swimming and frisbee and creek stomping. Make moments for hamburgers and hot dogs and steaks and shrimp on the grill, potato chips, popsicles, and…

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Tex Mex Rice Bowls | Frugal Dinners

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There is nothing like the satisfaction that comes from a meal that hits all the right  notes taste-wise, pleases the pickiest eaters in  your house, satisfies your hunger for hours, takes five minutes to throw together, is nutritionally sound and is truly, veritably, and unbelievably inexpensive; And when I say unbelievably inexpensive I mean dirt…

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Spicy Sweet and Sour Tofu

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From a smarty-pants, web-savvy point of view, I ‘m doing this strangely. I should be posting this later this week so you can think of it for Friday (say for instance, if you’re observing Lent) and I should not mention that I know that… But I was lucky enough to see some pretty spectacular thunderstorms…

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Roesti (Swiss Crispy Potato Pancake)

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This post is, in part, a reprint of my column that ran in the Record-Eagle on Thursday. What is it about sledding hills that brings out the Evel Knievel in children? My boys -who have a rather nicely developed sense of self-preservation- become more than just a little reckless when you stand them at the…

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Falafel (Savory Chickpea Fritters)

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This post is my entry for the second challenge in Project Food Blog: The interactive competitive series of culinary blogging challenges for the chance to advance and a shot at the ultimate prize: $10,000 and a special feature on Foodbuzz.com for one year.  I want to send out a big “Thank you!” to all of…

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Thai Sweet and Hot Garlic Dipping Sauce

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…Does writing two posts in a row with a sweet and spicy theme say something about me? In actuality, I do believe I can blame this one on you all, you sweet and spicy wildcats.  I did, after all, put it up for a vote on the Foodie With Family Facebook fan phage. (Yes, I…

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Pique (Puerto Rican Style Hot Sauce)

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Spicy hot is how things are around here. From the weather to the produce to the activity level, everything packs major heat these days. My garden is in a bit of a lull at the moment since cucumbers are about done and tomatoes are just gearing up, but the jalapeño plants are ready to go,…

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