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August 2017
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Yes, You CAN Make A Pineapple Pie!

And I don’t know why we don’t see more of them!

Yesterday Abigail conducted a science experiment for her Biology course using a fresh pineapple and a box of gelatin. Fresh pineapple is full of enzymes which prohibit gelatin from setting, and it was pretty cool to actually see that put to the test. [...]

A Nice Twist on Pumpkin Pie

We’re officially in testing mode for some new pies for our Thanksgiving Pie Hour tradition.  I have a nice list of pies to try over the next few weeks to see if they are good enough to add to the annual spread.

The first pie we tried is not actually in contention to be [...]

A Change To Beef Stew

Earlier this week I was flipping through the most recent issue of Real Simple magazine when I stumbled on a recipe for a Slow-Cooker Shepherd’s Pie. The picture was enticing.  It looked like a pile of mashed potatoes surrounded by a beef stew, and that stew looked luscious!  I read the recipe through a [...]

Cottage Pies. Amazing!

Oh my goodness.  Last night’s dinner was spectacular. It was a repeat of a dish I’ve made several times before, but never quite in this same way.  I’ve posted about this dish before- the original recipe came from Eating Well magazine several years ago.  Every time I’ve made it I’ve tweaked it here and [...]

Lacto-Fermented Salsa

I have wanted to try this recipe for a very long time.  Every time I see the recipe or have a discussion about fermented foods (what, you don’t have those?) my thoughts drift to this salsa and I wonder what it tastes like.  Yet, I’ve never done it, mostly because it doesn’t make sense [...]

Spanakopita Loaded Potatoes

It’s no secret that I am a foodie magazine junkie.  I love receiving them in the mail, and then sitting down during a quiet afternoon/evening with a cup of coffee or tea and going through them.  I’m always on the lookout for new meal inspiration that fits into a busy lifestyle.  This time of [...]

Cooking With Israeli Couscous

Waaay back last month, our family spent Memorial Day weekend in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, visiting with family.  Every time we go there we always have a list of things we’d like to do, or restaurants we want to visit, but sometimes those things just don’t happen.  Sometimes before we know it, the weekend [...]

A Spectacular Summery Muffin

I’ve had this muffin recipe floating around for quite a while.  I couldn’t even begin to tell you when I sought it out, but I know I’ve had it sitting here, waiting for the right opportunity to be made.  Basically, I needed to have a lemon and an abundance of raspberries on hand at [...]

My Favorite Grilled Salmon

I honestly can’t recall a time where I didn’t have a salmon dish that I loved.  Every recipe I’ve ever tried has been delicious, and every time I make salmon I wish we could have it more often.  It’s something everyone in the family loves, and there really are endless ways to prepare it.


Pad Thai At Home

I was going through my pictures this morning when I found  this picture and was instantly experiencing a craving.  This was some very delicious Pad Thai, and I have yet to make it again, but now that I’ve found this picture and the recipe that went with it, I will have to remedy that [...]

Cooking Class: Panna Cotta

I have never had a Panna Cotta before.  I admit that a part of it never really appealed to me- a milky flavored gelatin type of dish?  How could that really be good? That was my train of thinking.  So when Abigail chose Panna Cotta as her Italian dessert to make for her cooking [...]

Oven Roasted Chili Verde

I don’t know why this never occurred to me before.  I have a fantastic beef stew that I make in the oven, but a batch of chili?

The idea started with a package of pork chops from the freezer.  When we got our pig from the butcher last fall, I had him package all [...]