Peach Jalapeño Jam

Aug 20, 2013 by

  I’m still trying to figure out this whole self-employed freelance writer gig.  Working from home has its advantages, like...

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Dill Pickle Spears

Jul 16, 2013 by

  I supposed I have my parents to blame for The Husband’s addiction to Claussen pickles. It all started the first time I brought...

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Make Your Own Seasoned Bread C...

Apr 1, 2013 by

  Okay, I know what some of you are thinking. Bread crumbs. Really, Lisa? This is not an April Fool’s joke.  Trust me, I do...

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Teriyaki Sauce

Jan 21, 2013 by

  My second post in the Bridal Basics series: teriyaki sauce. I used to spend money at the grocery store on this certain brand of...

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Venison Bolognese

Dec 4, 2012 by

  Can I let ya’ll in on a little secret?  I think Ina Garten is a bit of a snob. No, I’ve never met her.  And she may be just...

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Concord Grape Jelly

Sep 13, 2012 by

  Have you noticed when you are dating, you usually have “a type?”  There is a certain look or personality trait that you just...

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Peach Lavender Jam

Aug 21, 2012 by

  At the beginning of summer when I decided I would become “a canner,”  I had visions of rows and rows of shiny,...

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Homemade Yogurt

Jul 26, 2012 by

As someone who tries to stick to a monthly budget, all this talk about rising food prices because of the drought has me worried. ...

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Hamburger Dill Pickles Slices

Jun 11, 2012 by

  I can always tell when The Husband has had one too many dill pickles by the tell-tale scent of dill emanating from his pores.  It...

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Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

May 29, 2012 by

  Ya’ll, I’m just going to go ahead and warn you right now – I have become completely obsessed with jam making.  You are...

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Basic Homemade Strawberry Jam

Apr 30, 2012 by

  The act of canning and preserving food in jars – or “putting up” as I have heard some people call it – has become a lost...

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Turnip Green Pesto with Cornbr...

Nov 3, 2011 by

  I must confess, I’m not a fan of the reality shows where contestants have to race against the clock to create a fabulous gourmet...

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Sawmill Gravy

Aug 5, 2011 by

Disclaimer: I am writing these posts of my own volition.  I am in no way associated with “The Help” the novel, the movie, or the...

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Garden Fresh Salsa

Jul 21, 2011 by

I like to think of myself as a gardener. Keyword here is “think.” I’ve planted an herb garden every summer for three years...

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Strawberry Blackberry Sauce

Jul 14, 2011 by

  This summer, I have noticed a pattern developing in my behavior. I have a problem with buying way too much fruit. More than The...

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Barbecue Dry Rub

Jul 7, 2011 by

  The Husband has the type of personality where if he develops an interest in something, he becomes obsessed. Last summer it was...

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Vidalia Onion and Fig Barbeque...

May 31, 2010 by

  Somehow the heavens opened up and I actually had a chance to cook this weekend.  I mean cooking something other than taco meat or...

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Crawfish Beignets with Cajun D...

Apr 21, 2010 by

  The onset of warmer weather means one thing to my husband – it’s crawfish season!  I would venture to say it’s the...

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Balsamic Barbeque Sauce

Oct 22, 2009 by

  I have mentioned that my Mom and Dad are both natives of the Chicago area.  With the exception of an estranged uncle in Atlanta,...

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Mint Sage Pesto

Jul 20, 2009 by

I first became interested in growing herbs shortly after moving into my own apartment after college.  My one bedroom pad had a...

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