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English Toffee

My grandmother raised five boys on a farm in Iowa. When her younger sons were half-grown, she left the farm for the suburbs, but brought with her an amazing talent for cooking, baking and candy making. Her kitchen was a magical place that turned out the fluffiest rolls, quiche so delicious you couldn’t refuse seconds and magazine-worthy holiday spreads. When […]

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Fresh Cranberry Relish

Fresh Cranberry Relish The holidays are nothing without tradition. Likely, your Thanksgiving table has looked basically the same each November for as long as you can remember. Holiday meals are a time to reflect on our forbearers and the sacrifices they made so that we can enjoy a prosperous, blessed life. These gatherings also give us occasion to peer into […]

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Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes From porch decor to dinnertime, nothing says, “October” like pumpkin. These cupcakes are true showstoppers and are perfect for your fall holidays and festivities. While you may need to pick up a few ingredients you don’t have on hand, they are certainly worth some extra effort. When browning the butter, do so in a stainless steel […]

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5-Minute Blender Marinara

Every Friday is pizza night around these parts. We like to offer a variety of sauces and toppings and let everyone design their own pie. When I headed into the pantry for a jar of my favorite marinara sauce, I found the cupboard bare. Yikes! The ovens were hot, the family was hungry and I had to do something-fast. Desperation […]

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How to Choose the Perfect Watermelon 

With the 4th of July just around the corner, knowing how to pick the perfect watermelon is an essential culinary skill. With some sleuthing and a little luck, you’ll be enjoying slice after cool slice of nature’s summer candy. Examine the skin. Ideally, the whole melon will be a deep green. Most melons will develop a light spot while sitting […]

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How to Choose a Cantaloupe 

Picking the perfect melon can seem mystifying, but with these simple steps you will come away with a real winner nearly every time. Smell the stem end. All melons have a stem end as well as a blossom end. The stem end should smell fragrant and like a bowl of fresh cantaloupe. If it smells green it’s likely underripe. An […]

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