Cracker Jack Ice Cream Cake

July 23, 2017 Desserts


This recipe from Cook’s Country arrived in my inbox just as I was looking for a refreshing summer dessert for a dinner party. Surprisingly easy to make, I omitted the Cracker Jack, but no one noticed, as it was as fun to look at as it was to eat! (I also made my own caramel […]

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July 18, 2017 Featured Recipe


A classic bulgur salad that is made with garlic, parsley, lemon and mint, is perfect for personalizing with cucumber, bell peppers, and even garbanzo beans. 1 cup dry bulgur wheat 1-1/2 cups water, brought to a boil 1-1/2 tsp salt, to taste 1/4 cup lemon juice – fresh squeezed if possible 1/4 cup olive oil […]

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Summer Pasta

July 15, 2017 Featured Recipe


Quick, easy and delicious are the key words when it comes to making summer meals. That’s why this Summer Pasta recipe from Rosanna Bowles’ Coming Home cookbook is a favorite around out house. 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 lb cherry tomatoes, halved 10 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped, plus more whole leaves for garnish […]

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The Lake House Cocktail

July 15, 2017 Cocktails


The days are filled with boating, fishing and relaxing on a raft in the lake. In the late afternoon, when we return to the lake house from a day’s adventure, we long for a cocktail to wind down and ready for the lazy evening ahead. This year, we decided to celebrate these times — with […]

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Plum Salad

June 22, 2017 Featured Recipe

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We’re up to our necks in plums right now! Sweet and full of flavor, we just can’t let these delicious yellow plums go to waste! Beyond tarts and jam, we enjoy them in salads. This recipe is sure to please a crowd. 1 lb small plums (about 8) 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp fresh pepper […]

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Roasted Beet Hummus

June 13, 2017 Condiments


Take the traditional hummus to the next level by adding roasted beets. The deep, rich flavor of beets gives this hummus a complex flavor that is perfect for dipping with vegetables, tortilla chips, and even spreading on toasted French bread. 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 cup chopped beets, peeled and cut […]

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Betsy’s Secret Sauce

June 12, 2017 Condiments


The garden at our elementary school is one of our kids’ favorite places. Here, Betsy, the garden teacher, introduces the students to the idea of planning and growing a garden, and also gives them the opportunity to eat a lot of goodies that they grow. At the end of the year, the kids make edible […]

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Meyer Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing

June 12, 2017 Recipes


Mix things up tonight with this delicious dressing for your favorite salad. 2 large garlic cloves, minced very fine zest from one Meyer lemon 1/4 cup Meyer lemon juice (approx. 2 large lemons) 1 Tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard 1 tsp. honey 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar 2 tsp. heavy cream Whisk together all ingredients except […]

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Chocolate Pudding

June 12, 2017 Desserts


Forget the box, this chocolate pudding recipe is creamy, delicious and quick to make. The recipe says the pudding needs to set for several hours, but I find that it is usually ready in less than an hour. Enjoy! 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup, plus 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa1/8 tsp salt 1/3 cup warm water […]

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Multi-Bean Salad

May 25, 2017 Featured Recipe

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This festive colorful salad is good with cornbread and any soup. Also try serving at room temperature over hot rice (you can melt some cheese into the rice) with steamed tortillas. Try making the salad with a combination of 1 cup each: pinto, kidney, black, and garbanzo beans. Dry beans need to soak at least […]

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