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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General Tso’s Chicken

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I love chicken. I love Chinese food. I love Chinese chicken dishes. I really, really do. It’s a matter of garlic, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil.  There’s just something about that combination that makes me weak. The heady, nutty scent of toasted sesame oil with the pungent garlic and spicy ginger and the umami…

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Bacon Cheddar Bubble Bread

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I’ll be honest with you. You’re probably certifiably loony if you make the recipe I’m about to give you during this heatwave. Wacky. Nutso. Your cheese has slid off your cracker. …Like me. There are some days when -no matter what the temperature is- you just need something cheesy, bacony, bready, gooey, salty, savoury. You…

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Crash Hot Potatoes with Gorgonzola

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See those potatoes? Those are worth heating up the oven in ninety-plus-degree weather with seventy-seven percent humidity. I know this because that is exactly what I did yesterday and I’m doing it again tonight. It is no exaggeration to say that I think I’m allergic to heat and humidity, so let that tell you just…

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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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Prize Winning Grilled Tandoori Style Chicken

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I did a little something a couple weekends ago. I’ll let the video show you what happened…   That I had a wonderful time is obvious. But I just have to throw in there that Ree, her family, the folks from BlogHer, their production company, Bush’s Beans and Bush’s PR team from Edelman were all…

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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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Salt Potatoes

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Today, I am a mind reader. I am going to predict the reaction of all readers outside the Western New York region (or those who have never lived or visited here.) “Wow. Boiled potatoes with butter. Big deal.” I must tell you gently that you’re wrong. Wrongity wrong wrong WRONG wrong. These are no mere…

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S’Mores Brownies and Homemade Marshmallow Fluff

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Hot on the heels of my Deep-Frying Trilogy (Parts I, II, and III) I bring you yet another uber-healthy offering; S’Mores Brownies. I know. I hear you. Please don’t hate me. I’m sorry. Not.* *I’m also a mature adult. Not. Sweets are a requirement on all birthdays, but I believe that big birthdays require sugarbomb…

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Homemade Hamburger Buns

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Would you believe I’ve been writing here for three years?  Three years! I can hardly believe it. So much has changed over these years both in the ‘real world’ and here at my home on the internet. We moved to an Amish farmhouse, grew a teenager out of a little boy*, saw the end of…

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