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Mary’s German Potato Salad

Posted on May 17, 2017
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German potato salad like my mother-in-law made, with bacon, hardboiled egg and a warm dressing made with pickle juice. 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 …

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Calico Beans, in serving bowl. Calico Beans

Calico Beans

Posted on May 11, 2017
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Calico Beans, a hearty baked bean side dish with three kinds of beans, ground beef and bacon. 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, …

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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’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe ~ spinach, bread crumbs, Parmesan, butter and seasonings, cooked and then baked in a casserole. Brown, crispy topping over creamy spinach, perfect with beef or lamb for the holidays. My grandmother, Gandy, was not the best cook but just like my mom, she made a few dishes that became favorites, …

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Brussels Sprouts on platter with serving spoon Best Brussels Sprouts

Best Brussels Sprouts

Posted on Nov 13, 2016
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The best Brussels sprouts, caramelized with honey and Dijon mustard, in one pan, on the stovetop.  Super easy and guaranteed to turn a Brussels sprouts hater into a fan. 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. …

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Cheesy Potatoes, on a serving plate with fork, casserole in background Cheesy Potatoes

Cheesy Potatoes

Posted on Nov 10, 2016
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Cheesy Potatoes hash brown casserole, a Midwest favorite for the holidays or a crowd ~ easy, cheesy and topped with corn flakes. 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, …

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Corn Soufflé

Corn Soufflé

Posted on Nov 10, 2016
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Corn Soufflé, simple and delicious corn casserole, an easy side dish for the holidays, and a family favorite! 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 …

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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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Old-fashioned Bread Stuffing with Sausage, just like my dad’s ~ almost.  Easy, made from scratch bread stuffing with sausage, cooked outside the turkey in a casserole.  The best side on the holiday table! Holidays and food always conjure up memories of my dad.  He was such a great cook, I’d say old world through and …

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Insalata Caprese with Basil Vinaigrette

Insalata Caprese with Basil Vinaigrette

Posted on Aug 17, 2016
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Insalata Caprese, the quintessential Italian summer salad of fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes, over mixed greens with a fresh basil vinaigrette. 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 …

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Grilled Corn Salad

Grilled Corn Salad

Posted on Aug 4, 2016
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Grilled Corn Salad with seasonal sweet corn and farm-fresh vegetables in a delicious honey-lime dressing. 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 …

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Napa Cabbage Salad

Posted on Jul 21, 2016
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Asian ramen noodle salad, crunchy chopped napa cabbage with toasted ramen noodles and nuts in a sweet soy dressing.  The best version of that slaw recipe with the ramen noodles you’ll ever have ~ fresh, flavorful and a hit at gatherings. Do you guys remember (or still make) Oriental cole slaw?  I don’t think that’s PC …

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