Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Pie

I am in the midst of a bit of a dilemma. I am all about foods as close to how nature provides them as possible. I am a creature of excess. I think the diet industry in our country is a farce. And yet... I just joined Weight Watchers. I have a lot of reasons for doing...

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Tulip Time 2014

Happy Easter! I spent part of my day at Lake Shawnee, here in Topeka. They're just wrapping up the 6th Annual Tulip Time in which over 100,000 tulips are planted in parks around town. Today has been a beautiful day and it was next to impossible to take a bad picture....

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Recipe: Sunny Broccoli Salad

The salad is delicious and really hit the spot for a spring dinner. It seems to hit all the right notes. Sweet, salty, tangy, crunchy. You've got the healthy raw veggies and just a little bit of naughty from the bacon. It is usually considered to be a side dish but we...

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Recipe: Molasses Ginger Snaps

Looking for a crazy easy cookie recipe? Look no further! This recipe is quick and practically fool-proof. I used to make them as a kid when I was in my ginger snap phase. My grandmother had told me that my grandfather, who passed away before I was born, used to have a...

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Recipe: Aunt Kathy’s Calico Baked Beans

This is a recipe that comes from my Aunt Kathy. Calico Beans. I made these this afternoon and am having them for dinner. They're really delicious... rich and lush with a bit of smoke from the bacon.  They'd make an excellent side dish to bring to a summer cookout or...

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Recipe: Banana Bread

  Recipe: Banana Bread   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 55 mins Total time 1 hour 15 mins   Author: andrea Recipe type: Baked Goodies Ingredients 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon table salt 6 large very ripe bananas 8...

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Recipe: Snickerdoodles

Batch #2 of the weekend cookie baking session was Snickerdoodles. They're really tasty. I followed the recipe below pretty much verbatim except I did add a healthy dose of vanilla paste. If there is such a thing as a culinary signature, I think that--a generous dollop...

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Recipe: Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

This weekend is cookie-baking weekend! I'm continuing on with baking cookies for Silverbackks and really enjoying trying out new recipes. I'm not feeling overly poetic this evening so my commentary won't stretch too far beyond "cooooookies gooooooooooood!" The below...

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Recipe: Four Minute Tomato Soup

It was a chilly day today in Topeka. Perfect weather for soup! Alas, I also procrastinated a bit and needed to get something going in a hurry. Vitamix to the rescue! I made up a quick batch of a blended tomato soup. It turned out pretty decently. Not bad for soup in 4...

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