CREAMY RETRO POTATO SALAD GOOD SIDE DISH FOR LABOR DAY PICNIC

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CREAMY RETRO POTATO SALAD After sampling 15-year-old Mary Caudill’s potato salad at a neighborhood gathering, I couldn’t wait to dig some of our potatoes up and make it. Mary found this recipe in one of her mom’s “old” cookbooks. “Old” to Mary is anything before 2000. This was in a Better Homes & Garden cookbook …

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This. Is. Sooo. Good. Lemon Bacon Artichoke Dip Appetizer

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  LEMON BACON ARTICHOKE DIP APPETIZER My friend, Carol, brought this to a party -  can I say It. Was. So. Good.  Here’s my slight adaptation. Make ahead and refrigerate for up to a day if you like. Then bake when needed. A good dish to tote for that Labor Day picnic. 6 thick bacon …

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Jammin’ it up with Wild Blackberries

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Great Granddaughter Jaide with a harvest of berries  Jaide & me Done! We’re back to normal, whatever normal is, after coming home from vacation. What a special time we had spending time in Glen Lake, Michigan with two of our kids and grandkids, then visiting our son, Joe, and his family in both Olympia, Washington …

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And the larder is almost full…

Remembering Mom

My antique pie safe with canned goods. Wow – we’re cannin’ fools right now. The past few days we’ve been “putting up” jams, jellies, pickles, veggies and fruits. Here’s what we did over the weekend. The reason for the photo next to the sampling of canned items? That’s my Mom, Dad and siblings up to …

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Creating a Child’s Desk Space

I wanted to share this blog from friend and colleague, Pam Freeman for those of you with kids in school. Pam’s blog can be found at Laurasleanbeef.com. Pam always shares interesting and useful information about homekeeping, family, food and crafts. Creating a Child’s Desk Space Posted By Pam Freeman On August 15, 2014 When my …

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Homemade Nutella easier than you think

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Homemade Nutella and Vanilla wafers with Nutella filling Today I talked with Matt Swaim on Sacred Heart radio about butter and where it’s mentioned in the Bible. I shared this really good Nutella clone recipe and a “just right” snack for after school using Nutella. Now some of you have asked about the difference between …

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Warm Dijon Potato Salad made with my garden green beans and potatoes

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    Warm Dijon potato salad with green beans I’ve mentioned before that I’ve worked with Dave Lieberman, food network celebrity and cookbook author. I like Dave’s recipes because they are easy and fun to serve. Here’s one of his that I adapted only slightly using both my garden green beans and new potatoes. I …

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The corn’s ripe, so are tomatoes, onions and peppers – let’s make Black Bean Salsa

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  DAILY DIET OF ANCIENT ISRAELITES Meals eaten by ancient Israelites from 1000 years BC to the time of the Romans fell into 2 categories: daily and festive meals. Today we’re talking about the daily meals eaten. The daily diet of the ordinary ancient Israelite was mainly one of bread, cooked grains and legumes, like …

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Everything you wanted to know about Paella

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Bob Hess, colleague and cooking instructor (along with being an expert on cutlery) came to my cable show with his fabulous, really, Paella recipe. Bob is known for detail so if you follow these instructions, you’ll get it right. His Paella was more than yummy, and presented beautifully. If you happen to be at Cookswares …

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Fresh Tomatoes and Basil = Supper Tart

My chickens like tomatoes!

  My chickens love tomatoes!   It happens every summer. Early on, we till and hoe the garden and even pull up the weeds by hand.  Seems like forever before any of the garden produce is ready to eat, and then all of a sudden, everything is ripe. Hoeing, tilling and weeding take a back …

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