Recipes

Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Posted on Nov 6, 2017
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Just in time for Thanksgiving, these Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots have to be the easiest side dish I’ve ever made for a holiday.  Truth be told, I made these carrots last year, not expecting them to go over big in my family.  They have told me repeatedly over the years that they don’t like cooked carrots.  …

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Split Pea and Lentil Soup

Split Pea and Lentil Soup

Posted on Nov 2, 2017
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  I’m not sure why I wanted to make this Split Pea and Lentil Soup last week, but I’m glad I did.  Maybe I got a taste for it when the hot, humid streak finally ended and we had a taste of some fall weather.  I used to make this years ago and then I …

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Wafuu Chicken Curry

Wafuu Chicken Curry

Posted on Oct 28, 2017
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Wafuu curry is a traditional Japanese-style chicken curry.  It’s mild, comforting, slightly sweet, and it’s one of our favorite dishes.  Chicken, potatoes, onions and carrots in a richly flavored curry, not too spicy, and comes together fairly easily. There are many versions of this curry dish.  This one comes from SAVEUR magazine, about ten years ago. …

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Autumn Squash Purée

Autumn Squash Purée

Posted on Oct 27, 2017
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Pretty fancy name for, well, squash soup.  Doesn’t Autumn Squash Purée sound so much more appetizing?  I know my kids, and winter squash anything is not gonna fly with them.  But I keep making this roasted butternut squash soup anyway because it’s fall, the market is filled with locally grown squash, and I like this …

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Roasted Fresh Tomato Bisque

Roasted Fresh Tomato Bisque

Posted on Oct 17, 2017
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I have had a bounty of fresh tomatoes all summer long, and into fall, from our local farmstand.  I’ve put up pints of tomato sauce and quarts for the freezer.  But guys, this Roasted Fresh Tomato Bisque is my fave right now. I opted to roast the tomatoes first, adds great flavor and it softens them up …

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Prize-Winning Pumpkin Bars

Prize-Winning Pumpkin Bars

Posted on Sep 28, 2017
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It’s October and that means birthdays, Halloween and pumpkin bars in my house.  I have shared two of my pumpkin recipes so far, but I think I saved the best for last.  These really are prize-winning, they won a blue ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair.  Not by me, by Lori Beach.  I had just …

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Pumpkin Praline Bread

Pumpkin Praline Bread

Posted on Sep 28, 2017
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Fall has officially arrived and that means I can start making pumpkin stuff.  You all know I’m not the best baker but I make a great pumpkin bread and my pumpkin bars with cream cheese icing are the best.  Really, they are, and I will be making those soon.  I just made some pumpkin bread …

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Country Green Beans, Potatoes and Ham in the Instant Pot

Country Green Beans, Potatoes and Ham in the Instant Pot

Posted on Sep 13, 2017
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  Boy, did August get away from me and the blog, but I’m back!  No excuses, just busy and enjoying those dog days of summer.  I started working the season at a local farm, just behind my neighborhood.  They are known for their tomatoes, but they also have a peach orchard, blackberries and right now, …

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Grilled Beer Brats and Sauerkraut

Grilled Beer Brats and Sauerkraut

Posted on Aug 16, 2017
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One of my husband’s favorite things in the whole, wide world is sausage ~ any kind, cooked any way.  He makes really good brats on the grill, with beer and butter and onions and sauerkraut.  I just hand over a dozen brats to Meathead and he takes over.  Grilled Beer Brats and Sauerkraut has become …

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Fire Roasted Salsa Canning Recipe

Fire Roasted Salsa Canning Recipe

Posted on Aug 10, 2017
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I love tomato season and this year I made salsa.  Fire roasted salsa that I canned.  I used tomatoes and poblano peppers from the farm stand and roasted them on a hot grill until they were charred and blistered all over.  I love the flavor of grilled tomatoes and peppers.  Then you just peel off the skins, …

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Summer Minestrone

Summer Minestrone

Posted on Aug 7, 2017
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It’s summer in full swing here in Missouri which means hot, hot, hot.  Why on earth did I want to make soup last week?  Because the markets are full of fresh, local produce.  Corn, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and more.  I was thinking why not make Summer Minestrone with some of these good veggies instead of just …

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Farmstand Blackberry Peach Cobbler

Farmstand Blackberry Peach Cobbler

Posted on Jul 31, 2017
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A couple weeks ago, I started working at the tomato farm just behind the neighborhood I live in.  I discovered it last summer when we moved here and got to know the owners.  They grow the best tomatoes in the area, including heirlooms.  They also have peach trees and blackberry bushes for U-Pick.  That’s exactly …

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Orange Glazed Chicken Breasts

Orange Glazed Chicken Breasts

Posted on Jul 29, 2017
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I recently made chicken stock and since I cut up two chickens myself, I always have four breasts that I need to do something with.  We’re not big chicken breast fans in my house.  I usually pop them in the freezer to use later, or I make some chicken salad with them.  But then I remembered this …

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Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

Posted on Jul 13, 2017
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If I’m making flank steak, chances are it’s summertime, friends are coming over for a casual dinner, or I’m having a summer party for some reason, like the Fourth.  I used to make grilled flank steak all the time, back in the day.  I had to search for it, but I found and dusted off …

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