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Our Sense of Smell

June 20, 2017 Blog

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Aromas . . . they surround us, they ignite our hunger, they nudge our memories, and they alert us to something that just isn’t right. Smell is one of our most powerful senses, and one that it is inextricably intertwined in our souls. Sometimes when we think about taste, we think about what goes on […]

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10 Ways to Get Your Food Costs Under Control

May 30, 2017 Blog

Dealing with Leftovers

  We’re always looking for a ways to reign in our spending when it comes to food. Purchasing is one of the Family Eats Four Pillars, but is often one that creates a lot of strain on our pocketbook. From time to time, I need to revisit our weekly food costs to determine which adjustments […]

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In the Kitchen with Grandpa: Making Ravioli

April 21, 2017 Blog

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Recently, Grandma and Grandpa came to visit, and we thought that making ravioli would be a great way to keep Grandpa busy with the Addie and Keely. It was a fun afternoon that resulted in 110 individual ravioli, along with 2 extra large raviolis made once Nicole arrived near the end of our ravioli-making production […]

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Natierra Launches Feed A Soul Project Benefiting Children of Haiti

April 3, 2017 Blog

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Natierra, a mission-driven company that offers unique superfoods, gourmet salts, and freeze-dried fruits and veggies to conscious consumers nationwide, recently launched a large-scale give-back project entitled Feed A Soul. The idea behind the Feed a Soul Project emerged when founder and CEO, Ollivier Thierry was on a mango sourcing trip to Haiti. There, Thierry witnessed […]

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Spain and its Vinegar: A Look at Pedro Ximénez Vinegars

January 11, 2017 Blog

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It has been a while since I traveled to Spain, but the memory of my visit still remains with me – in my mind, and on my plate. Seville is a city that creeps up on you. Quiet and unassuming, then exploding with life. Museums, people, culture, flamenco all tumble down on you, almost too […]

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It’s a New Year: It’s time for some ‘Homemade Homemade’

January 6, 2017 Blog

The Marcato Marga

As the new year arrives, so too has a new opportunity. Recently, the Marcato Marga Mulino Grain Mill arrived in the mail, and, with the dawn of a new year, we’re excited to experience how the mill will help our family take the next step in making more healthy food choices. We have always focused […]

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Cooking School Adventures

October 27, 2016 Beef

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I’ve been lucky when it comes to learning how to make my way through the kitchen. As a child, I spent a lot of time there, with my mom and my grandmother, learning how to make everything from chili to pie, and from pancakes to dumplings. Sure, I’ve had my ups and downs, but my […]

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Meal Planning: Ten Years Later

October 13, 2016 Blog

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I happened upon the following blog post from 10 years ago. The more things change, the more they stay the same! Monday, September 04, 2006 Updating this blog has been sporadic these days – with my husband on the road a lot lately, a nanny who quit, and the news that I’m expecting twins – […]

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The Season of Halloween

October 4, 2016 Blog

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Homemade Halloween costumes. Visits to Haunted Houses. Creatively carved pumpkins. Sticky orange colored popcorn balls. And buckets of candy. Yes! Buckets of candy! These are a few of my memories from Halloween’s past. A time when we would gather at my aunt’s house to celebrate the holiday (as well as her birthday). A time when […]

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Celebrating German Wine

September 30, 2016 Blog

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Last weekend we attended our neighborhood Oktoberfest celebration. It was a great evening filled with friends, German beer, some bratwurst, and a toe-tapping German band. While enjoying the beer and sausage, I reminisced about my time spent in Germany for business, noting the beauty of the country, the friendly people, the great food, beer, and […]

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