Fresh Tomatillo Salsa Verde

(Football) Sunday Things: Salsa Verde

This was our first year growing tomatillos in the garden. From our two plants we’ve gathered arms-full of these zesty “jamberries.”  I’ve read recently that tomatillos are “self-incompatible” which means they require more than one plant to properly pollinate. Luckily […]

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Mango Guacamole

Sunday Things: Mango Guacamole

Our recipe was based on one found in Latin d’Lite: Delicious Latin Recipes with a Healthy Twist Sunday Things: Mango Guacamole   Print Prep time 10 mins Total time 10 mins   Wonderful flavors – sweet and spicy. Don’t skimp […]

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Chips & Cilantro Coconut Salsa

Sunday Things: Cilantro Salsa

This was truly delicious. The smokey toasted cumin seed and coconut sweetness was exactly right. My only problem with this recipe is that it didn’t make nearly enough to feed my cilantro/lime craving! I’m not sure it’s possible to make […]

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Sassy & Sweet Potatoes

Sweet & Sassy Spiced Spuds

This was a wonderful blend of spices for sweet potatoes. And by using homemade red pepper-infused olive oil there was even a little more kick in the flavor. Highly recommended!   Te results were an enormous hit, even with those […]

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Re-emerging.

After being totally walloped first by the flu, then by the longest-lasting cold in history of humankind, I’m finally starting to move about the planet again. And of course that means I am way behind, scrambling to catch up. It’s […]

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Bacon. Onions. Peas. Done.

Easy Peas-y Does It.

No one around here has escaped the miserable cold that’s been making its way through the hills this season. My inability to take an unencumbered breath for several days did not foster much creative expression in any medium. Easy and […]

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Brie, Prosciutto and Grape Catsup

Grape Catsup Remix

Tessa had made a suggestion to try the Modern Priscilla’s Grape Catsup with some brie and prosciutto. It was a great idea. I’m still a bit partial to the toasted blue cheese baguettes but the husband and I were more […]

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Potato Pirogies

First Time Pierogis

Sure, I could have made  a traditional pie to celebrate Pi Day but that would be too easy. (Well, actually that wouldn’t have been any easier at all considering my love/hate relationship with dough. Dough hates me.) But thanks to […]

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Roasted Carrots and Radishes

The Colors Alone Deserve Love

Aside from their glorious color, I’m not a fan of radishes but roasting them turns them into a whole new vegetable. We made this yesterday to have with our, hot dogs. It was 55° out and we decided that was […]

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Beets. Perfection.

Sweets and Beets

I know. Beets. More beets. But we’re collectively nearing the end of what’s left in our root cellars so it’s a perfect time to use up last year’s harvest. And this is now one of our new favorite dishes. I […]

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Vermont Maple Chicken Wings

Vermont Maple Ginger Chicken Wings

Sugarin’ season is just beginning around here but already we’ve seen some clouds of steam pouring from local sap houses. About now all the local maple producers are adding the the wish for cold nights and warm days to their […]

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Candy Heart Cookies

Where The Heart Is

It’s Modern Priscilla Monday – For a little added fun we melted some bright red candy hearts into the heart shaped cut outs in the center of these cookies. These are Peanut Butter Wafers from the Modern Priscilla Cookbook that […]

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Slovak peasant food: Cabbage Onions Butter Sugar Egg Noodles. Comfort food.

Haluszki. Comfort Food. Peasant Fare.

It’s amazing how sautéing these simple ingredients together can transport me back to my grandmother’s kitchen table. Just one spoonful—and wham—I am back in my usual chair, feet dangling inches from the floor, with a towel tied around my neck […]

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Mashed Caulflower woth roasted Garlic, Parmesan and Roasemary

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Unless you simply prefer cauliflower’s slightly sharper taste, the biggest reasons for swapping cauliflower for potatoes that I can see are calories and carbs. If you’re minding either of them, cauliflower has less than 25% of the calories in potatoes […]

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Stencil-Painted Terracotta Pots inBlue and Silver

Painted Pots

This is an incredibly easy makeover for some ordinary, old clay pots. I pulled these out of the cellar today as I have a couple plants that need new homes. I love the feel and texture of the clay pots […]

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Blue Cheese and Grape Catsup

After making this Grape Catsup from the Modern Priscilla Cookbook I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. It was sweeter than I expected and the sweetness overpowered a lot of the foods I tried it on […]

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Preserving Memories

If your Valentine’s Day flowers are starting to wilt, don’t toss them. Remove the soft petals from the flowers and put them in jars or other clear containers. They’ll dry naturally and you’ll be able to enjoy them every day […]

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Grape catsup

Grape Catsup

So this was super easy and super sweet, and frankly, something I’d never heard of. I used red seedless grapes which around here are insanely expensive right now, then followed the recipe as written—until the pressing through a colander or […]

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Roasted Garlic Cloves

Sunday Things: Roasting Garlic

There are things we should do on Sunday. especially on lazy Sundays. One of my favorites is roasting garlic. This way it’s at my fingertips when I need it during the coming week. Stored in a jar with olive oil […]

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Was Seal

Sealed with…A Button

The only thing more romantic than a handwritten letter is a handwritten letter sealed with wax. The old world feel is not quickly forgotten. If you’re looking for some variation in the stamps you use don’t overlook your spare buttons. […]

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