Archive for May, 2013

  When friends stop for a glass of wine, kids come to visit, or guests are in my kitchen for dinner I love setting out a small tray of food to nibble on. Call it hors d’oeuvres,  call it antipasto, it is good without being too filling and breaks the   Read More ...

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  Homemade jam seems complicated and mysterious to so many. It is not. I promise. Anyone who can scramble an egg, or make Mac & Cheese can make jam from this recipe. Why bother you may ask as you recall shelf after shelf full of jam and jellies at your   Read More ...

Chicken Curry is a comfort food that is unlike many other comfort foods as it is quick to make, low-fat and low sodium. The chicken is lean and baked. Use chicken breasts to be even a bit more lean’ The mango provides the flavor to make the creamy curry sauce   Read More ...

Fruit-filled breakfast braids are available in the freezer section of your grocery store. They are rich, fragrant, and yes, just plain decadent. The fruit filling and sweet dough blend to make a sumptuous treat on any breakfast or buffet table. They  are also …. expensive! These braids are easy to   Read More ...

  It seems every established yard in the Midwest, and just about every other area that has a cool Spring, has a rhubarb patch. Most patches have been inherited when a new owner purchased a property. A few rhubarb patches were intentionally planted and took off quickly to grow to   Read More ...

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Arugula is available all year-long in most markets. You can usually find fresh, local, arugula every spring, and right through the growing season.  Try this simple dish and be ready for a burst of freshness in every bite!     10 ounces wide, yolk-free noodles cooked according to package directions.   Read More ...

  Asparagus is long-awaited every Spring. Once the spears emerge from the ground and are tall enough to harvest  we eat it fresh, grilled or steamed, but eat it all the time!  After we have our fill of ‘just plain’ asparagus it begins to surface in other favorite dishes. Ham   Read More ...

  For longer than I care to admit, I have coveted chicken I could eat without worry or guilt. I craved chicken I could trust to be clean, healthy, and just pure chicken.Chicken without hormones or antibiotics, without feed raised under a cloud of herbicides and pesticides seemed out of   Read More ...

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Rhubarb heralds Spring in central Iowa more than anything else for me. As the weather warms and calendar pages turn I begin to nurse my rhubarb. I give it a few extra drinks of water. An old tire somehow magically appears around the spot where I know my rhubarb will eventually   Read More ...

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