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What’s Cookin’ This Week

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Recently I’ve been battling a fair degree of anxiety. Hormones, tight finances, a cross-country move, and managing a large family have all dealt a few blows to my nerves. One thing that helped this last week was cooking – for the fun of it. In recent months, I’ve looked at meal preparation as a means […]

Minestrone Soup with Sausage (Recipe Swap: Harvest Time)

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I love fall! And even though California doesn’t truly have the seasons in the same way as the rest of the country, we’re really good at faking it. I’ve noticed many trees nearby that are a vivid red. I know they can’t be the same kind of tree as they have in New England. That’s […]

What’s Cookin’: This Week’s Menus

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We spent the last two days with my parents and four siblings. What a whirlwind trip! I’m hoping that this week we can really get our routines in place. Get back to whole-hearted schooling. Get the bathrooms cleaned. Get a box or two unpacked. Can we find the New Normal please? One thing that is […]

Marinated Flank Steak (Recipe Swap: The Meat and Potatoes Edition)

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These recipe swaps can really make a girl hungry, ya know? Last week’s pumpkin carnival had me rushing out for canned pumpkin only to come back and read more recipes with ingredients I didn’t have. So this week’s shopping list includes cream cheese for Janel’s Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes and a vat of oil for those […]

Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Pie – Recipe Swap: (Never) Too Many Pumpkins!

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Years ago I found this great book at the library called Too Many Pumpkins. It tells the story of Rebecca Estelle, an elderly woman who, as a result of living in the Depression, hated pumpkins. It turned out that the only food her family had had for a season was pumpkins. Consequently, she avoids pumpkins […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Electric Griddle

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Many moons ago FishPapa began a family tradition of making Saturday pancakes. He even let our oldest, a toddler at the time, assist in preparing the batter. You can bet that my eyes bugged out when he let our 18-month old crack the eggs. Since then, pancakes have been a regular part of the weekend […]

What’s Cookin’

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Here’s what’ll be on the dinner table this week: Hamburgers and Fries, Fruit SaladShredded Beef Soft Tacos, Rice and BeansPasta with Red Sauce, Salad, and Garlic BreadHomemade Pizza and SaladPork Roast in the Crockpot, Baked Potatoes, Steamed Cauliflower and CarrotsBean Tostadas, FruitLondon Broil, Cheesy Potatoes, Green Salad We’re a little heavy on the meat dishes […]

Apple Crowns (Recipe Swap: How ‘Bout Them Apples?)

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The best source for apples on California’s Central Coast is Gopher Glen Apple Farm. (In case you didn’t know.) And one of the best varieties they grow is called a Spitzenberg. I had never heard of it ten years ago when I first visited what was then a tumble-down farm stand located in a wooded […]