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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Coming later today… A recipe worth returning to read!

This week is crazy.  I’m catering a wedding rehearsal dinner on Thursday 1 1/2 hours away, it’s the middle of pickling/canning season, and I have company coming both today and Friday.  Yikes!    But I do promise this.  This afternoon I will carve out time to share a recipe for an AWESOME chilled quinoa salad. …

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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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Blueberry Jam

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In yesterday’s post I offered the world’s easiest blueberry preservation technique- freezing.  I also promised to provide an overview on how to make blueberry jam.  I’m a gal of my word, so as promised, I put together a primer on making and canning blueberry jam.  First, a couple words of caution:   This recipe is…

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Blueberry Crisp and How to Freeze Blueberries

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“One berry, two berry, pick me a blueberry. Hat berry, shoe berry in my canoeberry. Under the bridge and over the dam. Looking for berries.  Berries for jam!” from ‘Jamberry’ by Bruce Degen     It’s blueberry season!  Find a local U-Pick place, grab your large kitchen bowls and get yourself some blue gold.     …

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Last non-food post. You know what I’m sayin’?

We’re home safe and sound from our weekend get-away. I have to say two more unrelated food things and then I’ll get back to the business at hand. It was unbelievably wonderful to spend some time alone with my husband. It was unbelievably wonderful to come home to my kids and their hugs.   Okay,…

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White and Nerdy!

I am taking the weekend off!  My husband and I are going to get away for a night for the first time since we’ve had kids (that equals 10 years for those of you who wonder…)   I’ve spent the night away from the kids before, but it was when I was in the hospital…

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Walking on Broken Glass

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“Lift me up and take me back Don’t let me keep on walking… Walking on broken glass Walking on walking on broken glass” Annie Lennox   This song has been tearing through my head lately.  We have had an abnormally high number of broken dishes around chez us lately.  In the last two weeks someone…

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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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