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DIY holidays – a perfectly thoughtful cookie gift

DIY holidays – a perfectly thoughtful cookie gift

What can I do today, before the rush is on, to be ready for last minute gifts, kind neighborly gestures, and unexpected visits? Make recipes for rolls of unbaked refrigerator cookies, portioned into gift-sized logs, wrapped in waxed paper, and stashed in the freezer...

Turkey-Day Serendipity.  A Strange Foreshadowing of 2020…

Turkey-Day Serendipity. A Strange Foreshadowing of 2020…

I would have to try really, really hard to sum up the weirdness surrounding our Thanksgiving holiday better than this essay I serendipitously found in a book about preserving seasonal harvests. All the best storylines are present: Fake News, Propaganda, Revisionist...

Phone-it-in Orange Beef

Phone-it-in Orange Beef

  Some cuts of beef just are never going to be Ruth's Chris caliber. But that doesn't mean they aren't good, they are just something else. A disappointing, tough, lean Delmonico makes a damn fine Chicken Fried Steak, or pepper steak. Ditching the supermarket has...

Slow Cooker Pepperoncini Beef

Slow Cooker Pepperoncini Beef

So tender, a little tangy, with a very gentle spice, this is one of the laziest meals ever, and everyone loves it!

Oinkers: pork burgers with pineapple salsa

Oinkers: pork burgers with pineapple salsa

A spin off that classic rural family favorite, ham loaf, Oinkers are made from unseasoned ground pork mixed with ground smoked & cured ham –  but less sweet, lighter and more modern.

Lunchtime chill:  Grab-and-Go  Buttermilk Soup

Lunchtime chill: Grab-and-Go Buttermilk Soup

So refreshing, so easy, and something you can prepare big batches of ahead, so you can pull out a chilled glass jar of refreshing soup when you need it later. And, I would not lie about this – a pint of this soup for lunch will literally cool you down, and keep you working.

Galentine’s Day

Galentine’s Day

Looking back over the last decade of my life, the part where “normal” began to fall apart, it is absolutely one hundred percent true, it was my female friends who saved me from drowning.

Though we each had busy lives, and didn’t spend much time Galentine-ing it up during our everyday, married, kid schlepping lives, it did not matter.  When the need was real, it was those GALS who showed up, ready to work when I was overwhelmed and could not see what to do next.

DIY gifts: a sweet cuppa Valentine Love

DIY gifts: a sweet cuppa Valentine Love

Grand gestures are showy, but quiet, small ones are sweeter.   This week is that favorite day of retailers, florists and restauranteurs everywhere, Valentine’s Day. And while I’m weary of the commercialized aspect of the day, you’d have to be pretty hard-hearted...

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