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I’ve been a little overzealous in my grocery shopping lately. I didn’t mention that I went grossly over budget last month, did I? Yeah, well, pride goes before the fall. It was all good deals, really. And a few splurges on Brie cheese and baguette that greatly helped my disposition. And we were starting from […]

Escalloped Corn and Corn Souffle (Recipe Swap: Thanksgiving Vegetables)

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My dad and I in our backyard corn patch. Thanksgiving is rife with tradition. Everyone has his own “must-have” dish. Obviously, most families serve turkey and mashed potatoes. But, when it comes to the fixin’s, that’s where we see family traditions and uniqueness emerge. And while it’s hard to see the vegetables for the carbs, […]

What’s Cookin’ This Week

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Our family has really enjoyed the fact that I’m back into the swing of cooking. I’m not back into the swing of much else, but we’re eating well. And that helps everyone’s disposition. Last week’s highlight was probably the Pasta Sauce with Italian Sausage that I made up on the fly. (OK, one kid doesn’t […]

Meal Prep Shortcuts

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As a self-proclaimed food snob, I love food! And, I really do love to cook. It’s something that helps me relax (the cooking, but especially the eating.) Unfortunately, I don’t have two hours to make dinner every night like I did six children ago. While cooking has been a very welcome activity for me this […]

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 […]