Homemade Chorizo

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Sausage is the pork product that fills in the holes in my heart. And no, I do not want to hear about how true that probably is. Sausage is just superior. What could be wrong with it? We’re talking about pork (win #1) that is ground (win #2) and combined with heavy spices and herbs…

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Spiced Orange Chai Concentrate

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This is the time of year when I want nothing more than to traipse through the woods. The leaves have hit the deck and between the satisfying rustling sound they make, the scent of pine needles and apples, and the brisk air, a walk yields something that just might be the best feeling in the…

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Fried Bologna Sandwich

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There are some things you just have to do when presented with the opportunity: Stand up and scream when your team scored the winning goal in overtime. Blow on a cut that stings. Kick your way through piles of leaves on the ground. Foot race your dog in a field. Put your bare toes in…

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Raclette Dinner and Doctor Who Sleepover

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If I could tell you one thing about hosting a sleepover for twelve boys, it’s that “sleepover” is a highly inaccurate way to describe the event. You’d do better to call it a Zombie Apocalypse-over or maybe a Nerf gun war-over, or even a Doctor Who over, but sleepover? Most definitely not. But I’m getting…

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup

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  It is no secret that I am a big proponent of making things that many folks buy at the store. From the common (potato chips, bread, ice cream, laundry detergent) to the hard-or-impossible-to-find (furikake, candied jalapenos, game stock), home kitchen alchemy can do it if it’s worth having or doing. Sometimes my efforts earn…

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Spinach Bacon Cheddar Munchy Cakes

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My name is Mrs. Bacon Onion Cheddar-Spinach, but you can call me Mrs. Spinach. I loved spinach so much that I married it. Er, not really, but you get the point. Spinach. Sigh. This is a bittersweet story. For years, I didn’t cook spinach as much as I’d like because my kids -most of ‘em…

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Korean Style Teriyaki Beef Lettuce Wraps

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A couple months ago I was contacted by Back To The Roots, a company that sells grow-your-own-gourmet-mushroom kits using composted coffee grounds. Before I even got two sentences into the email from them I had hit reply with a message that went something like this: “Yes! Whatever you’re asking me, yes! I love mushrooms. LOVE…

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Pizza Black Bean Burgers

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As promised in the last post, today I’m sharing a fun way to use up pizza sauce other than just pizza, not that there’s anything wrong with that… In the extreme heat we’ve been having lately, my appetite has flagged a little bit. Believe me when I tell you that’s not a normal condition around…

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Homemade Slow-Cooker Pizza Sauce

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  Raise your hand if you think pizza is the perfect food. I see a lot of hands. This might take a while. I have my hand up. I’d stick both of them in the air and wave them like I used to do when I had the answer in History or English*, but then…

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