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Spices and Herbs: Fresh Flavors

December 12, 2017 Christmas

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A little oregano, fresh rosemary, cinnamon, freshly ground pepper, vanilla beans, Italian spice blend, kosher salt . . . You name it, you’re probably using it this holiday season. From baking to cooking and from breakfasts to desserts, spices and seasonings are an integral part of holiday foods. This season you will probably use a […]

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The Perfect Roast: Indoors or Out

December 1, 2017 Food

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The roast is the centerpiece of the meal, the pièce de résistance, the crown of the table, and what it tastes like is inevitably a topic of dinnertime conversation. The process of roasting is an ancient tradition that first took the form of placing a piece of freshly caught meat on the end of a […]

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Halloween Party Planning

October 21, 2017 Blog

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(originally published: Oct. 2013) This past weekend, we held our 11th annual Pumpkin Caving Party. It’s a great Everage family tradition in which we invite our friends to come on over and enjoy some food and drink, while carving the pumpkins. What makes it particularly fun is that it’s not just a kids party, it’s […]

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Pizza on the Grill

August 5, 2017 Food

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Pizza night is a family tradition we enjoy nearly every Saturday eve. In fact, when alternate Saturday evening plans keep us from our family pizza night tradition, the kids are quick to complain. Some evenings we are more adventurous than others, and most evenings, the kids are in the kitchen helping us prepare the pizza […]

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Toaster Tarts (Pop Tarts)

May 1, 2017 Breakfast

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Surprisingly this recipe for tasty toaster tarts (from King Arthur Flour) are not hard to make at all! They’re a favorite breakfast ‘treat’, and also for an after school snack. We only wish the recipe made more – we always have to double it! Fill them with cinnamon and sugar, jam, or your own favorite […]

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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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Sunday Supper: Dinner and Conversation

February 6, 2017 Partaking

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Crazy busy as our lives are, I manage to get homemade meals on the table every evening (with the occasional, opt out). What is essential in ensuring this happens is my meal planning. Part of my weekly ritual, my meal planning gives me the opportunity to shop for all the weekly essentials at one time, […]

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

January 6, 2017 Blog

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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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The Beauty of Soup

September 28, 2016 Food

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It’s officially soup season here at our house. Although we enjoy soup  year-round, it is when the chill is in the air that we truly embrace a variety of these belly-warming concoctions. According to The History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat, soup is derived “from ‘sop’ or ‘sup’ meaning the slice of bread on which […]

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Quesadillas with Pears and Prosciutto

August 18, 2016 Appetizers

Take the pear and Prosciutto combination to the next level with this delicious quesadilla. (10-inch) flour tortillas 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese, optional 2 to 3 thin slices of prosciutto, coarsely chopped 1 large California Bartlett pear, peeled and thinly sliced Directions: In a large skillet, heat 2 tortillas […]

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