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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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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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German Potato Salad

Mary’s German Potato Salad

Posted on May 17, 2017
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I didn’t know my mother-in-law but from what I hear I really missed out.  My sister-in-law, Paula, has called her a saint on more than one occasion.  My husband says she was always happy and had a great sense of humor.  I think these two qualities, sainthood and sense of humor, would be needed to …

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Calico Beans

Calico Beans

Posted on May 11, 2017
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It’s getting to be that time of year for graduation parties, family reunions, Memorial Day and 4th of July picnics, just to mention a few occasions where feeding a crowd is in order.  When we lived in Minnesota, my aunt often had her Calico Beans on the table at family gatherings.  A hearty baked bean …

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Grandmother's Spinach Rockefeller Recipe Grandmother's Spinach Rockefeller Recipe

Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe

Posted on Dec 21, 2016
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My grandmother, Gandy, was not the best cook but just like my mom, she made a few dishes that became favorites, especially at the holidays.  My Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe is one of those dishes ~ and a favorite side of mine. Not sure what the origins of this side dish are, Oysters Rockefeller, maybe? …

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Best Brussels Sprouts

Best Brussels Sprouts

Posted on Nov 13, 2016
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I had brussels sprouts for the very first time in my 30’s.  My parents never made them when I was growing up.  Then I got married.  Oh boy.  Lots of things my husband liked I had never had before.  Early in our married life he said he had a hankering for brussels sprouts.  Yes, he …

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Cheesy Potatoes

Cheesy Potatoes

Posted on Nov 10, 2016
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Ah, the holidays.  Almost Thanksgiving.  Do you have dishes you have to make?  Absolutely must have at (insert your holiday here)?  All holidays, and I mean all, must have “cheesy potatoes” on the table.  Except Christmas Day, I refuse. If you are from the midwest, or live there now, chances are you’ve had this hash brown casserole (or potato …

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Corn Soufflé

Corn Soufflé

Posted on Nov 10, 2016
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Thanksgiving is fast approaching and that means I’ll be making this corn casserole for PB&G.  She calls it corn soufflé, but technically speaking, it’s not really a soufflé.  But I can’t call this anything else. So who is PB&G anyway?  She is my middle child.  My daughter with a heart of gold, full of empathy for …

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Old-Fashioned Bread Stuffing with Sausage

Old-Fashioned Bread Stuffing with Sausage

Posted on Nov 5, 2016
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Holidays and food always conjure up memories of my dad.  He was such a great cook, I’d say old world through and through, he rarely used a written recipe.  But as my dad got older, he was always watching PBS cooking shows and then the new Food Network, and he subscribed to many cooking magazines.  He …

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Insalata Caprese with Basil Vinaigrette

Insalata Caprese with Basil Vinaigrette

Posted on Aug 17, 2016
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I just came off a weekend marathon of tomatoes, gorgeous heirlooms that I picked at a farm down the road.  I made a Caprese salad Saturday night for dinner.  While a traditional Caprese has a drizzle of olive oil, I opted for a basil vinaigrette.  This Insalata Caprese with Basil Vinaigrette is the perfect summertime dish. …

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Grilled Corn Salad

Grilled Corn Salad

Posted on Aug 4, 2016
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We’ve been grilling a lot of corn this summer for dinner.  Just tossing the ears of corn on the grill, not even shucking them first.  Meathead cooks them until they are charred and almost black all over.  The husks and silks come right off.  Easy and definitely a grilled taste to it, unlike boiled corn. …

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Napa Cabbage Salad

Napa Cabbage Salad

Posted on Jul 21, 2016
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Do you guys remember (or still make) Oriental cole slaw?  I don’t think that’s PC anymore, maybe it’s called Asian slaw now.  Anyway, it had the ramen noodles from the soup packets crushed up in the salad.  For some reason, I think that’s strange.  And then years ago, in Minnesota, a friend made a salad for …

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Honey's Potato Salad

Honey’s Potato Salad

Posted on May 11, 2016
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I had a great Mother’s Day, I hope you did too.  After the exhausting move, I went home to Chicago for my mom’s BFF’s 80th birthday party and then brought mom back to St. Louis for a long visit and Mother’s Day.  Honey is like a second mom to me.  I’ve known her all my life …

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Red Cabbage

Red Cabbage

Posted on Mar 25, 2016
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Happy Good Friday!  That means Easter is Sunday.  No big dinner this year, the kids are all busy with their spring break plans and Meathead and I are busy packing, we move next week.  Yikes!  I think sides are the best part of holiday meals, and this red cabbage is one of my favorites for …

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