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A RUSTIC CHICKEN SAUSAGE SAGE STEW

Our Miss Lily girl is as fascinated with this French Oval Enameled Cast Iron Pot as I am.  I love it.  It is a 6 quart in size, perfect for 4-5 lb. chickens or roasts.  It is also great for braising.  This was a Christmas gift, and so far I have used this pot [...]

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MY FAVORITE SANDWICH AND FAVORITE FRYING PAN

Are you a fan of cast iron pans?  To my eyes, this pan is a thing of beauty.  I love cast iron frying pans, love love them!  Especially now, that I finally know how to care for them. My one year old cast iron frying pan is now nicely seasoned. Years ago, I was given [...]

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GLUTEN FREE VANILLA PUDDING WITH MIMICCREAM

Have you ever tried MimicCream?  Check out this label.  On the side the list of ingredients are: Purified Water, Almond and Cashew Nut Blend, Natural Flavors, Rice Starch, Sea Salt, Bicarbonate Soda.  An unsweetened cream to use in any recipe that calls for cream.  I made this luscious Vanilla Pudding with MimicCream, recipe to follow, [...]

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WHOLE GRAIN MUFFINS - A RECIPE INSPIRATION

Holy Mama!  Am I excited?  Ohhhh Yeahhhh!  This recipe is seriously delicious. The best whole grain gluten free muffin I have ever tasted. And, this is the very first recipe I have ever made using weight by grams instead of measured cups.  This recipe belongs to Shauna, of THE GLUTEN FREE GIRL AND THE CHEF.  [...]

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HOMEMADE VEGETABLE DIP AND SOME GREAT KITCHEN TOOLS

While at the grocery store the other day, I came upon some organic, local, green house grown herbs.  They will never taste quite as good as in summer, but honestly, they were wonderful in this dip with fresh vegetables.

Over the holidays, I received some much coveted kitchen tools I had been eying for some time.  [...]

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FISH TACOS

This was a most delicious dinner!  DH and I have never had fish tacos before, I know, we live a sheltered life.  I just had to share the story behind this wonderful meal.  A few days ago, I was actually researching French Blue Lentils.  You are probably wondering what do Lentils have to do with [...]

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WINTER, AND STOCKING THE FRIDGE

We got back to the Farmer’s Market, twice in one week – to stock up.  So happy we did, as it was their last day for the season, and once again they are predicting snow overnight and tomorrow. Actually, right now it is howling wind outside and cold! (we did have a sprinkling of snow [...]

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REAL FOOD

This was some of the fresh foods that came from my garden this past summer.  We did not have a great summer, so I feel lucky to have gotten what we did grow.  There was fresh herbs, Italian Flat leaf parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, Mint.  We also had fresh Lettuces, Kale, and Swiss chard.  Plus a [...]

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A DAY IN THE KITCHEN

It is cold and rainy outside – a perfect day to spend in the kitchen. I love a great day in the kitchen, although I am also trying to talk myself into cleaning the oven, something I have been putting off for far too long now.  Yikes it is a scary sight, you would not [...]

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ROASTED CREAM OF TOMATO GARLIC SOUP AND BARGAIN BASEMENT FINDS

SCALE – OLD SCHOOL “KITCHEN QUEEN”

Back in the day when I was about 10, we had a major Department store that had a big sign at the escalator, saying  “Bargain Basement”.  This was where you could find, clothing, shoes, housewares, tools, equipment etc. at incredibly reduced prices.  Growing up in a household with 8 children, [...]