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Raclette (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Cheese)

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Head’s up! If you make a purchase through the Amazon links in this post, I do receive a small percentage of the sale. Years ago, almost twenty to be exact, I was une jeune fille americaine living in France. I left the States speaking horrific French, but not caring. It had been a lifelong dream […]

Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Chocolate)

Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins platter

A homemade baking mix gets jazzed up with two forms of chocolate and a cheesecake like topping. Delicious and easy to pull together! As you may know, we’re in the midst of a Pantry Challenge over here. While I’ve not completely sworn off grocery shopping this month, I am “shopping my closet” as it were […]

Cranberry Christmas Bread or Wanna Be Panettone (URS: Christmas)

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Homemade Christmas bread, full of cranberries and baked in a paper pan is reminiscent of store bought panettone, but the dough features whole wheat pastry flour and is prepared in a bread machine. I was first introduced to panettone the year I lived in France almost twenty years ago. My French family lived in the […]

Quickest Chili in the West (URS: Make Ahead Meals)

Bagged supper

Looking for a quick, hot meal? How about a quick supper to give as a gift? I gotcha covered on both counts with this make ahead chili spice mix! Quick meals, especially those that can be made ahead, are the name of the game in these here parts. Especially since I came down with the […]

Aunt Sandy’s Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

Doesn’t Broccoli Cauliflower Soup sound delicious for a wintry day? Aunt Sandy’s version is full of vegetables and cheese. Yum! When I was a child, my family spent each summer driving from California to Minnesota and back again. My parents were from Minnesota and so we spent a month or two visiting the grandparents and […]

Lentil Minestrone Soup (URS: One Dish Dinners)

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This week on URS, we’re sharing one dish dinners. It seemed only appropriate to invite my friend Erin, the $5 Dinner Mom to come share her latest project and a tasty dish. The following is written by Erin Chase of $5 Dinners and One Dish Dinners: Ever since becoming a mom, I’ve felt like life […]

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Spiced Toppings

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I imagine that every family has its share of holiday dinner quirks. Apparently, a relish tray is common fare in some homes, though it might be called antipasti. Depending on your cultural background, be it ethnic or regional, you probably serve something unique at your house. At our house, Thanksgiving Dinner is somewhat of a […]

Maple Spiced Pepitas and Almonds

Maple Spiced pepitas and almonds

Years ago Gramma Marilyn bought these chipotle spiced almonds that were out of this world. I think I ate the whole pound standing there at her kitchen counter. They were delicious for snacking, added a tasty crunch to salads, and made an elegant appetizer for a holiday meal. We loved them so much, I had […]