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Bread and Butter Pickles, finished pickles in canning jars Bread and Butter Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles

Posted on Sep 16, 2018
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Bread and Butter Pickles, sweet and tangy, my favorite pickle canning recipe to capture summer in a jar. These are the best! This is the summer I tried my hand at pickling.  I love it.  I’m hooked.  Just opened a jar of the bread and butter pickles I made and oh…my…god.  Outrageously good!  And I …

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Peach Pie, piece on serving knife pulling out of baked pie. Peach Pie

Peach Pie

Posted on Sep 5, 2018
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Homemade peach pie made with seasonal, fresh peaches and a perfectly flaky, crispy crust made with lard and butter.  This is the quintessential summer fruit pie! Summer peach season is in full swing.  I’ve been having a blast with peaches this year.  Peach bellinis, grilled peaches and peach pie.  I’ve made peach pie twice so …

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No Work Chicken thighs in baking dish No Work Chicken

No Work Chicken

Posted on Jul 24, 2018
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No Work Chicken ~ just marinate and bake.  Use boneless chicken breasts or chicken thighs, marinate in a delicious honey-soy-curry sauce for an easy and delicious weeknight chicken dinner. This post has recently been updated to make with bone-in chicken thighs, as well as with boneless chicken breasts. The past month and a half have …

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Fresh Blackberry Crisp in baking dish with ice cream and spoon. Fresh Blackberry Crisp

Fresh Blackberry Crisp

Posted on Jul 23, 2018
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Fresh blackberry crisp made with just-picked blackberries from the farm ~ the best summer dessert, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, of course! I absolutely love fresh berries in the summer and if they’re local, even better.  Just so fresh and bursting with flavor.  The farm near my house has blackberries you can pick, …

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Pasta with Lemon, Asparagus, Artichokes and Prosciutto in large skillet Pasta with Lemon, Asparagus, Artichokes and Prosciutto

Pasta with Lemon, Asparagus, Artichokes and Prosciutto

Posted on Jul 9, 2018
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Pappardelle pasta in a creamy lemon sauce with asparagus, artichokes and prosciutto. With spring comes fresh asparagus, and all the ways I can think of to use it before it disappears.  On the grill, sautéed, steamed, in risotto ~ we love the stuff.  And this year, I made a creamy, dreamy pappardelle pasta with lemon, asparagus, …

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St. Louis BBQ Pork Steaks in an enamel pan for serving St. Louis BBQ Pork Steaks

St. Louis BBQ Pork Steaks

Posted on Jun 20, 2018
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St. Louis BBQ pork steaks, a regional specialty ~ doused in BBQ sauce and slow cooked on the grill until tender. I’ve moved around quite a bit since college, staying mostly in the Midwest.  Always takes some getting used to new digs, and there’s always new food to try that’s unique to the city or …

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Southern fried green tomatoes, on a white plate Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Posted on Jun 14, 2018
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Easy, crispy southern fried green tomatoes, with optional spicy Louisiana rémoulade sauce ~ an iconic classic in the South. Last summer, a lot of people came to the farm stand I worked at for green tomatoes.  Not the red, ripe ones we were famous for, they wanted the green ones for fried green tomatoes.  Many …

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Slice of chocolate cream pie held above the pie Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie

Posted on Jun 1, 2018
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Chocolate cream pie ~ rich, dark chocolate pastry cream topped with whipped cream in an Oreo cookie crust. I make two really good pies, cherry and chocolate cream pie.  The cherry pie I used to make when I could get my hands on fresh Michigan tart cherries, that was long, long ago.  The chocolate cream …

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Finished risotto in bowl with fresh herbs. Spring Risotto with Asparagus and Smoked Salmon

Spring Risotto with Asparagus and Smoked Salmon

Posted on May 29, 2018
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Creamy spring risotto with asparagus and smoked salmon and sugar snap peas ~ finished with lemon, parmesan and a sprinkling of fresh herbs, a perfect spring-time rendition. I’ll admit I don’t often make risotto at home, thinking it too difficult with all the stirring that I’ll somehow manage to screw it up.  But it’s not …

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Apple slice on serving knife over sheet pan Apple Slices

Apple Slices

Posted on May 3, 2018
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Chicago-style bakery apple slices.  Apple filling between two crusts in a sheet pan, topped with vanilla glaze and cut into squares. These slices are very portable and travel well for your potluck or next get-together! I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and as an adult I lived in the city.  I love Chicago neighborhood …

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