Archive for September, 2013

If you are getting set to tailgate, go on a picnic, or take something to a potluck, this is the cupcake for you. The cake is made with a bit of beer, and the frosting is made from a caramel sauce that has just a bit of whiskey. The result   Read More ...

Polenta is an Italian food used in many dishes, in many ways. Polenta is made from corn meal, not wheat, for all you gluten-free seeking souls. It is boiled into a porridge and may be eaten as such, or formed into cubes or rolls, chilled, and then sliced for whatever   Read More ...

Fall means apples, and apples mean moist, delicious, cake made with fresh apples. This cake is so good and quite easy to make. Serve it at room temperature or warm with a drizzle of caramel sauce and whipped cream. I must admit, I love this cake for breakfast too! Tart   Read More ...

Let’s face it, sometimes you just need a dessert. Indulging in luscious, rich, chocolate cake will usually result in ‘eater’s remorse’. Scoops of ice cream drizzled with hot fudge will have the same effect. Let’s not even begin to entertain the thought of fresh apple pie, in season or not.   Read More ...

Winter squash are popping up in nearly every grocery store and farmers market. Tired of baked or steamed squash? Try this delicious dish. You can make it as spicy as you want by choosing sausage to fit your taste. Spicy chiplote sausage is used is this recipe but it is   Read More ...

On Main Street in Gilbert, Iowa sits the sweetest little shop: JB Knacker. The shop is a vintage home store that has been in Gilbert since 2005. The shop, housed in a 130 year old storefront, is vintage itself and hosts all its charm. The shop is filled with treasures   Read More ...

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Apple pie is such a wonderful fall dessert. Actually it is wonderful anytime but especially good when people are beginning to think and feel ‘fall’. That, of course, includes apples. I remember back years ago when my kids would take a cold lunch to school. One of the treats I   Read More ...

So often dips, salad dressings, and even sauces are fat-filled. As try as you might to concoct these with no fat often the end result is not as flavorful as you would like. Cool Creamy Cucumber Dip is filled with flavor and you won’t miss the fat. This is very   Read More ...

Occasionally friends stop by for a quick visit. Most of the time the visitors are expected, but once in a bit they just get it in their heads to stop unexpectedly. That works too! I always offer them coffee or tea, unless it is in the evening and then that’s   Read More ...

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The next time you sit down at your table for breakfast, a snack, or dinner, take a good look at the food on your plate. How far do you think it traveled to land in your kitchen? One hundred miles, five hundred miles? Did you know the average food in   Read More ...

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