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Cherry Pie: a labor of LOVE!

August 22, 2011

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Yes, you probably didn’t know it, but homemade cherry pie is a labor of love.  This cherry pie has been years in the making.  Yes, years. First, you plant a cherry tree.  We planted ours four years ago.  The first year we had a cherry stick, not really a tree.  We got one cherry.  The […]

Raspberry Coffee Cake

August 22, 2011

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I mentioned I have been under a Raspberry attack, right?  I have picked 12-13 gallon from my patch this summer.  And I am still getting a quart or so every few days.  It has been a good year for raspberries!  I am always thinking of ways to use them up.  My neighbor and friend has […]

Garden Bounty

August 18, 2011

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It’s that time of year again. Harvest time! Harvest time comes late where I live.  Although we can put seeds in the ground after Memorial Day, June is often so cold and rainy those poor seeds stay in the warm ground, whimpering and generally being scaredey-cats.  Our garden always has a very slow start.  Then […]

Peppermint Snowcaps

August 18, 2011

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This cookie just says Christmas to me.  Merushka makes these cookies and it is just one of our favorites. 1 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips 6 T. softened butter 1 c. sugar 2 eggs 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract Mix […]

Robust Tortellini Soup

August 18, 2011

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Start with the chicken.  There are several different ways you can do this:  Boil three breasts and three thighs in seasoned water.  Let cool, shred. Pressure cook an entire chicken with an onion, celery, & carrots.  De-bone chicken; reserve broth. Make it fast & easy!  Use a Rotisserie chicken from Costco or you local grocer.  […]

Warm Artichoke Dip

August 18, 2011

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I LOVE artichoke dip.  I just can’t get over the warm, gooey, flavorful mass spread on a cracker.  YUM!  Here is a recipe I created. 2 14 oz. cans artichoke hearts, rinsed and coarsely chopped 1 c. sour cream (can use lite) 1 c. mayo (I use the Kraft Olive Oil/lite kind) 2 tsp. refrigerated […]

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

August 18, 2011

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I really like these, and all my kids do, too.  The Youngest won’t usually eat granola bars, but she’ll eat these.  They are great with a glass of milk for a quick snack.  One batch will last at least a week in a ziploc bag. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Melt in a saucepan: 1 […]

Cheater Black Forest Cake

August 18, 2011

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Recipe:  1 chocolate no egg chocolate cake 1/2 c. dark (60%) chocolate chips 1 VERY large can of cherry pie filling (there are two sizes–get the big one) 1 small box instant vanilla pudding, prepared as directed 1 T pure almond extract 2 T pure vanilla extract 1 cup heavy whipping cream  Cake: 3 cups […]

Broccoli Pasta w/Roasted Veggie Sauce

August 16, 2011

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Here is a great way to use your canned sauce for a one dish meal. Brown 1/2 lb. ground turkey or extra lean hamburger.  Add one jar of your own roasted tomato sauce (or a batch that is freshly made) and simmer. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Throw in […]

Home Canned Roasted Pasta Sauce

August 16, 2011

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Tomatoes are on!  Finally!  I got this idea from my friend Blondie, and have found that the idea is quite adaptable.  It makes a delicious sauce.  This is what you do: Spray large baking dishes or roasting pans with Pam.  Blondie uses disposable roasting pans–less mess! Drizzle in a bit of extra-virgin olive oil.  Start […]