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Come and Get It: Easy Chicken Pot Pie

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Come and Get it: Easy Chicken Pot Pie “Hey, Mom! What’s for dinner?” –Every kid ever born. Let’s face it: sometimes, even though we know we should be grateful for food to prepare, we tire of cooking. We’ve made the same old meals for thirty years and nothing sounds good. Yes, we should be ashamed… Read More

First Impressions and Avocado Hummus with Jalapeno

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I’ve been thinking about first impressions lately, and how they are often incomplete. Take my oldest son, for example. He’s quite tall at almost 6’ 7” and people frequently make assumptions about his interests and abilities. Three or four times each week he has someone ask him the same three-word question: “basketball or volleyball?” when… Read More

Nellie’s Bread Crumb Cookies

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I have a bookcase in my kitchen that holds a number of cookbooks. There are well-known ones, like The Joy of Cooking, or the all-familiar Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book – you know, the one with the red and white checks. However, I also have a number of cookbooks I’ve bought for fundraisers… Read More

Fifteen Steps to Canning Green Beans

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When it comes to canning, many people have heard the horror stories about exploding pressure cookers and are wary about the process. But this wonderful method of food preservation is quite easy if you follow some simple steps. Unlike freezing, canning is not dependent on electricity. Jars just need a good seal and a cool,… Read More

Eclectic Hospitality | Hillary Manton Lodge

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Sometimes when you’re hosting events, everything in your life is tidy. You have time to shop for ingredients, to prepare food, to pull off the complicated and make it look easy. But sometimes life gets messy – that was the year we had last year. As one family emergency after another enfolded and the holidays… Read More

How to Preserve Fruits and Vegetables in your Garden | Mark

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If you are blessed with a great harvest from your kitchen garden, then you may be able to enjoy lot of organic and good veggies and fruits. If your garden is large enough that you think you’ll be unable to use everything, you should think about preserving them so that they can be used at… Read More

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