Meyer Lemon Marmalade

Over the holidays, my husband, two sons and I traveled to Florida to see my family. My parents have a small Meyer lemon tree in their yard and they graciously donated all the lemons from the tree (about 10 or so) for this recipe. Because of the limited quantity, I...

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Review: “Blood, Bones & Butter”

By Gabrielle Hamilton. I read this book in October 2012. Reading this book happened completely by chance. I didn't hear or read any book reviews or see any interviews on GMA. I just perused the shelves at the library and plucked this one off the shelf out of many...

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Chicago Food Film Fest 2012

So last weekend, my husband and I treated ourselves to a night out. Not just any night out but one filled with fun, food, and film....basically our perfect intersection of overlapping interests. The Chicago Food Film Fest. I didn't know much about this event but the...

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Homemade Applesauce

As the weather turns cooler and the leaves start to fall, we like to go apple picking. And what do you do with all those apples you just picked? Make applesauce, of course. This applesauce is crazy good. Both my boys fight over it and beg me to make more, and more,...

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Monster Finger Cookies

I make these every Halloween and despite the oddity of their looks, they are quite tasty. The simple shortbread dough is molded and shaped and adorned with a "fingernail" for its authentic look. This recipe comes to me originally from the Epicurious website, March...

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Simple Apple Crumb Pie

This is a recipe out of my recipe box. I have no idea where the recipe originally came from but the index card is smudged and warped from repeated use. This is my go-to recipe in the fall when I have a bunch of apples and I'm craving apple pie but don't want to be in...

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Super Easy Mini-Cherry Cheesecakes

I got this recipe from the Food Network's Paula Deen. It is so simple yet so delicious and elegant. You can also make them into Mini-Blueberry or Peach or any other flavor Cheesecakes based on the flavor pie filling you purchase. For me, I'm a purist...only cherry...

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Best Friend Bread

My best friend gave me this bread recipe years ago. It is a very "earthy" bread with a crunchy outer crust and a soft, spongy center. You can add in whatever ingredients you'd like while keeping the basic dough portion (water, flour, yeast and spices) the same. I make...

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Summer Vacation 2012 – Day Three & Four: Duluth MN

Due to the storms the previous night, the next morning is clear and sunny. They are serving breakfast on the front porch and it smells as if it's something we do not want to miss. We were right! We start out with homemade jam and scones (they had me at "hello"). Next...

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Moosewood’s Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan is one of my favorite vegetarian dishes. And my adapted version from my 1977 heavily dog-eared edition of The Moosewood Cookbook is one of my tried & true stock recipes. This is pure comfort food to me. I'm glad to share it with you now. 2 large...

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