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New Challenge for a New Year!

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Dear Reader, I ask you to overlook the slight gap in posts on this blog.  It’s a new year and time for a new type of Challenge: a Cookbook Challenge! Jennie, this means… Continue reading

Yellow Squash Challenge: Grilled Summer Vegetable Pasta with Basil

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I’ll admit, when I saw the new challenge I thought, “Squash????” I am a big fan of summer squash but it’s something I usually just throw into a dish to add some veggie… Continue reading

Chili Challenge: Sweet and Spicy Chili

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My husband makes an incredible chili with Mexican chocolate as the “secret” ingredient.  Like a mole sauce, the chocolate adds a subtle complexity to the spicy heat that is a little bit sweet… Continue reading

Part II of the Great Thanksgiving Recipe Hunt: Side Dishes

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Yesterday, I shared my methods for finding and creating recipes to suit my tastes for the “must have” Thanksgiving dishes: turkey, gravy and dressing/stuffing.  But man cannot live by starch alone—we need some… Continue reading

The Great Thanksgiving Recipe Hunt, Part I

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Confession time: I’ve had a lot of fun planning the menu for Thanksgiving dinner.  One of my favorite things about cooking is researching recipes and putting together just the right combination to be… Continue reading

Challenge: Butternut Squash, Potato and Leek Soup

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This is, hands down, the best chilly day soup in the world. I make it at least once a month during the fall and winter.  It is creamy and buttery, without having much… Continue reading

Braising Challenge: Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Tomatoes

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I issued the Braising Challenge because Fall is the best time to break out the slow cooker and pot roast is a great place to start.  Nearly everyone likes it, it’s economical, it… Continue reading

New Challenge: Braising!

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Even though it’s not nearly cool enough to qualify as October in my book, it’s time to start thinking about braises, the official dinner of Fall.  You might be thinking, what in the… Continue reading

Extra Special Challenge: Late Summer BBQ

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I recently had the pleasure of hosting the lovely Jennie and her family during their visit back to Arkansas. Which, like any good visit, included a big BBQ throwdown. We decided it would… Continue reading

Eggplant Challenge: Roasted Ratatouille Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella

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Looks meaty, doesn’t it?  Sort of like portobello mushrooms, eggplant adds a rich texture and hearty flavor that will allow even a carnivore to overlook meat for just one night.  For this challenge,… Continue reading

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