Julio Sauce and Julio Tots | Make Ahead Mondays Cornell University Food Truck Style

  I mentioned in my Cuban Sandwiches post that my mom, Free Range Nana, and my sister, Jessamine, and I went to Cornell University to visit my baby sister, Airlia. What I failed to mention in that post is that Airlia is not just my sister, she is a braniac. Want proof? Here she is [Read On]

High Peaks Deep Dish Apple Pie

{UPDATE} The Pick Giveaway Winner plugin chose Christa D. as our winner! Congratulations, Christa! Email me your mailing information and I will forward it onto our friends at Harry & David! This past summer I had the distinct privilege of traveling to Oregon as part of a group of bloggers brought out by Harry & [Read On]

Hearty Kielbasa, Bean and Vegetable Soup

Soup is the frugal cook’s best friend. It doesn’t take much of anything; a little bit of meat, a little bit of broth, a little bit of vegetable, a little bit of onion, and a judicious hand with spices and herbs come together to stretch and create a pot of mind-bendingly good soup big enough [Read On]

Kielbasa, Apple and Onion Stir-fry with Mini Puff Pancakes

This is a good time of year to be an apple lover in Western New York. While it wasn’t the best year ever for apples due to a late frost and weird weather, apples are still just about everywhere and I call that a very good thing. Roadside stands, farmers’ markets, and even grocery stores [Read On]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is nothing like a warm cookie on a cold day. While my husband and I play our annual game of “just how long can we wait to fire up the wood stove”, the days are getting cooler and the nights are colder yet. We try to eek as many days wood stove-free as we [Read On]

Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting and Apple Cider Caramel

Fall. Autumn. It’s just around the corner. As in, it’s four days away. Could you pardon me for a moment? (FALLFALLFALLFALLFALLFALLFALL YAY! WAHOO! WHOOPWHOOPWHOOP! Zippity hippity hoppity doo dah! YEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!AU-TUMN! Uh huh, uh huh, uh huhuhhuhuhhuh. Happy DANCE! ) Um, thank you. I kind of needed to get that out of my system. I wait [Read On]

Grape Pie Filling and Grape Pie | Make Ahead Mondays

  I’ve been blessed to have the chance to move around a little bit in this great country of ours and see a bit of the world. Although I’ve lived in rural Western New York longer than I have anywhere else, I was born a Michigan girl and I believe I’ll always identify myself as [Read On]

Corn Stock plus Roasted Corn and Potato Chowder | Make Ahead Mondays

Soup and sweater weather… There simply isn’t any weather I like better than those first days of fall -REAL FALL- where the skies are gunmetal grey and leaves are just starting to turn. It’s a mighty wind, and it’s brisk, and it wants to blow right through you. It makes you understand why those leaves [Read On]