Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes

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I have the privilege of being able to make the cake for the upcoming wedding of my brother and his wonderful fiancée this summer. Besides being excited to be such a big part of their day, I’m thrilled that I’ll be occupied in making sure the cake is just-so and therefore will hopefully not be…

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Green Orange Julius Smoothie

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This has been one seriously weird weather winter. From a green, warm Christmas to a rainy, snow-free February, I’ve been sitting around tapping my foot waiting for the weather to turn frightful. Tap tap tap. Nuttin’. While my husband and sons have been running around outside singing rapturously about the weather and twirling with their…

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Sticky Garlic Ginger Venison (or Beef) Stir Fry

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  I was a weird kid. Unlike many teenaged girls that I knew, I hated babysitting.  I only did it a handful of times and each time ended up providing me with a cautionary tale of terror about children. It’s a wonder I decided to procreate. One time, a couple had me babysit their infant…

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No-Knead Rosemary Crescent Rolls

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Each Thanksgiving that I have spent as an adult, whether we were eating at home or taking to the road to visit relatives, I have made two kinds of rolls; Honey Potato Wheat Rolls and Crescent Rolls. The truth is, though, that I have eaten one or both of these every single Thanksgiving of my…

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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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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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Sweet Black Cherry Pie Filling

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I used to think I despised cherries. This was some high-heresy for a girl raised awfully close to ‘The Cherry Capital of the World’.*  Why I thought cherries were gross I can attribute to two reasons: A) I didn’t like the whole spit-the-pit thing.  I was a tidy child. B) The only way to eat…

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Garden Couscous Salad

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So.  Is the room spinning or is it just me? I keep waiting for the opportunity to arise where I can kick off my shoes, lay on my back in the sand, find Bugs Bunny as Brunhilde hidden in the clouds, swim in a clear blue lake, and turn to a cooler fully stocked with…

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Bacon, Gorgonzola, Avocado and Basil Pasta

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This post has been highlighted and given new photographs and  a handy printable version of the recipe HERE. Warning: The following post and recipe make liberal and unabashed use of strong smelling blue cheese, smoky bacon and bacon fat, pungent onions, highly aromatic basil, odiferous garlic and creamy avocado. If you are at all adverse…

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No-Cook Fresh Pasta Sauce

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This is what  my yard looked like this morning when I went out to check the chickens. I have a serious motivational problem when the weather is this stellar; particularly when it has been raining cats and dogs for a solid week.  The idea of doing anything other than sitting on a blanket with a…

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