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  • 05/23/15--14:28: Cardamom Rhubarb Tart
  • Adapted slightly from The Luna Cafe I was immediately intrigued with this rustic tart the instant I saw the post from The Luna Cafe. She describes it like this: THE PERFECT RUSTIC TART–CRUNCHY ON THE EDGES, CHEWY IN THE CENTER, AND BURSTING WITH JUICY, TART RHUBARB. Well, how could you go wrong with that? Especially when there […]

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  • 07/01/15--16:02: Cherry Vanilla Rum Sauce
  • What do you do when you suddenly, on a whim, find yourself with 10 lbs. of marvelous sweet red cherries that are at their very peak of ripeness?  It happened one night … I came home from work and signed into facebook and found myself face to face with a notice from the fruit club saying […]

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    Adapted from Food.com Do you ever go to the grocery store and you are going about the store gathering the things that you need … and then someone passes you and something in their cart catches your eye and you think … hmm, that’s a good idea! Maybe I should try that. That is totally […]

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    You guys I have the most amazing discovery to share with you … I know cherry season is a little bit, um, over, but I just cannot wait until next year to share this one with you! My dad made a cherry pitter out of a fork to pit his gorgeous little plums. It works […]

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    One more recipe for #Choctoberfest! Oh it’s been fun dreaming about all the wonderful things I could do with chocolate this week. This whole big event has been sponsored by Imperial Sugar. Thanks to them for sending me the abundance of sugar! This recipe came about because I chanced upon an over-abundance of flour tortillas, […]

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    A hot, healthy, hearty, satisfying breakfast that comes together in minutes if you have pre-cooked quinoa in your fridge. It was my friend Ann at Fountain Avenue Kitchen that introduced me to the concept of breakfast quinoa. It’s a marvelous thing … quinoa makes such a perfect base for a fried egg. Quinoa is such […]

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    A traditional German dessert made with red fruit. Simple to make, yet elegant, rich in taste and delightful. This is another of the recipes I made for my German cooking class last month … it is such a lovely red hue that I think it would be perfect for the holidays. Everyone at the class […]

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    Sangria is an adult beverage I’ve come to appreciate more and more ever since my friend Ann at The Fountain Avenue Kitchen posted her recipe for classic Spanish sangria. Since then I’ve made many variations of Sangria, both white and red versions, each one with its own special twist. This year I wanted to make […]

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  • 11/30/15--17:56: Spinach Bolognese Baked Eggs
  • An easy, protein-rich and vitamin packed breakfast that fuels you up for whatever your morning might bring you. It’s meaty (if you use the Bolognese sauce) or vegetarian (if you use a veggie pasta sauce) and can be made gluten free (just make sure to use a gluten free pasta sauce). It’s comforting and warm and makes […]

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    It’s almost time for the New Year’s Rose Parade and although I will be freezing my butt off here at home in the chilly midwest, I’m excited to be virtually participating in this year’s event with my good friend Ally Phillips (from Ally’s Kitchen), Dole packaged foods, Finn Partners public relations agency and HQ marketing agency. […]

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    A simple healthy breakfast for mushroom lovers.  I made this breakfast because I am embracing my love for mushrooms and letting it go wild with ideas. If you are a mushroom hater (or allergic to mushrooms!), please go elsewhere. This post is not for you. For me, blogging happens in bits and pieces. First, I get […]

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    My teenage daughter made these beautiful waffles last weekend. We had strawberries so she decided to slice some up for her waffle and look at this beautiful presentation! She made her waffle look like a spring flower. Her waffle looked so pretty that we decided we should take pictures. This waffle recipe is one that she makes […]

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    Adapted from Flavor the Moments A beautiful bright red figgy berry jam with no pectin or canning required … The very first time I ever purchased fresh figs in my life happened a few weeks ago and it was VERY spur of the moment. I was at Costco … one of my friends had found these […]

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    Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. I’ve made this simple 4 or 5 ingredient salad countless times this summer … even before I had fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers, but it’s even better with the pretty multi-colored heirloom tomatoes and a crisp fresh from the garden cucumber. It takes but 5 minutes to make, so […]

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  • 09/09/16--05:00: Asian Quick Pickled Veggies
  • Adapted from Canning and Cooking at Home Slightly sweet (and spicy if add a few hot peppers to the mix), these Asian-style refrigerator pickles are so simple to make! No need to can, just heat and stir together the vinegar, sugar, & salt and pour them over the veggies, then refrigerate. (You don’t even have […]

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    A quick healthy stovetop recipe you can have on the table in less than 30 minutes! Adapted from AllRecipes Use pre-made meatballs (store-bought or your own homemade meatballs) to get healthy, comforting stroganoff on the dinner table in less than 30 minutes! This light and healthy recipe is both delicious and satisfying. I’m not sure […]

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  • 04/02/17--19:56: The Best Pumpkin Pie Ever
  • Adapted from The Kitchn This is our “forever” recipe for pumpkin pie. If you are picky about your pumpkin pie, this is seriously the best pumpkin pie ever. Especially if you care about texture. Because really, what’s the difference between any old pumpkin pie and the best pumpkin pie you’ve ever tasted? Yes, there are […]

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    A celebration of almonds in a dense, almond torte, this simple yet elegant dessert requires just a few ingredients! The top of it has a lovely crunch, with the rest of the torte all soft and chewy and wonderful. Last week my friend Jeri said to me, with excitement in her eyes, “Ann I made a torte […]

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  • 11/15/17--17:05: Caramelized Roasted Beets
  • Adapted just slightly from Honest Cooking Sweet and savory roasted beets add a vibrant red color to your table. Serve over greens or simply by themselves. For a lovely touch, sprinkle with crumbled goat or blue cheese and maybe some toasted walnuts. it seems so long ago that I made these! In real time, it […]

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