Diamond Oaks Fried Green Tomatoes with Sweet Basil Aioli – Gotta make it!

    When Debbie Goulding, Executive Kroger Chef, asked me to help mentor the Diamond Oaks Career Center culinary students to prepare appetizers, dinner and dessert for 120 guests, how could I say no?   First of all, just working alongside Deb is an honor – she is a multi-talented and generous individual who has …

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DIY Frangolino – Make it Now for Holliday Gifts


  Homemade strawberry liqueur (Frangolino) It’s not too soon to start thinking about holiday gifts from the kitchen. This would make a lovely hostess gift. Yes, you need to start this fairly early, as it takes about 5 weeks total to make. This is so easy and so delicious. Beautiful, too. 1 generous quart ripe …

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Homemade Lavender Linen Spray

    If there’s one herb that evokes feelings of serenity, it’s lavender. One of my most popular items made with lavender is a special spray for linens. Lavender linen spray is a beautiful, aromatic spray for linens. I like to spritz it on bed pillows for a clean, calming sleep or on clothes right …

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My New Experiment: Fruit Shrubs

NYTimes photo

OK so I was intrigued when talking to a colleague about fruit shrubs at Granny’s Garden Event yesterday at Loveland Primary School. I’m checking out a bunch of recipes and hope I get one from the lady at the school who makes them on a regular basis. I’ll keep you informed!

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Make Homemade Vanilla Now for Holiday Gift Giving

Homemade Vanilla Extract Today my kitchen has the haunting fragrance of vanilla. I’m making vanilla extracts for gift giving. I think one of the nicest, and really easiest, gifts from the kitchen is homemade vanilla extract. When I mentioned this in a recent column, so many of you asked about it that I wanted to …

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Homemade Pastrami? Perry Cocktails? DIY!

Dan's Pastrami

I was reading neighbor and fellow blogger Erin Phillips post on making Perry cocktails from her pears and saw this post for making pastrami from Cast Iron Dan. I’ve never made pastrami but Dan makes it look easy with step-by-step photos and instructions. Check both of these posts out – interesting and different and, above …

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Small Batch Preserving? Here’s the Book You Need


I‘ve told you this before, I trust any recipe that Comes from Cook’s Illustrated/America’s Test Kitchen. Over the years, I’ve chatted with Chris Kimball and I can tell you he is still at the top of his game when it comes to foolproof recipes that taste yummy. The Foolproof Preserving book is a good example. …

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Leftover Zucchini and Bananas Morph Into Roasted Veggies and Stovetop Banana Pudding

Roasted Veggies alongside grilled steak

  What happened to me yesterday has happened to most, if not all, of you. It’s about the refrigerator being stuffed so full of leftovers that not one more item can be jammed in. In my defense, I had a lot going on this week, testing recipes for various events and classes. The catalyst, though, …

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Try a French Sandwich: Tartine

Fig & Gorgonzola Tartine

  I had all the ingredients needed: figs from my tree, Gorgonzola cheese, good French bread, honey from the hives and thyme from my garden. So I finally got down to business and made tartines. When visiting family in France this summer, just about every restaurant had them listed. Have you heard of tartines? Gosh, …

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It’s a Jelly Making Day

Left to Right:
Red Grape, Green Grape, 
Crabapple with Cinnamon, Elderberry

I love making jelly and jams. Today was the perfect day to make my favorites, seen above.

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