Honey Mustard Brisket

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I first made this recipe with grass-fed beef brisket and local honey from a local farmer's market. When I went back the next week to tell the vendor how I had used both their brisket and honey and how well it turned out, they were pleased that I had used and enjoyed their products, but the farmer made a face like he would not have put those … Keep Reading

Fiesta Muffins

Fiesta Muffins - Eggs, Cheese, Whole Grains-3

As hard as I try to have breakfast at home before heading in to the office, I am often/usually ravenous at work by, like, 9:50 a.m. Likewise, I come home from work absolutely starving, at 6:30 or 7:00pm, and have a certain somedog to take for a half-hour walk before I can focus on dinner. I don't keep snacky foods like chips and crackers around, … Keep Reading

5 Kitchen Clean-Ups for 2015

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Happy New Year! I love spending some time as the year changes cleaning up a few things in the kitchen (and other rooms) that have been staring back at me for a while. And as I do so, I shake my head with the realization that each of the tasks that has been nagging me for up to months on end takes, like, 90 seconds to complete. Here are 5 … Keep Reading

Middle-Eastern Kale & Brussels Spro...

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We are in the holiday home stretch! Buffets and cookie exchanges will soon be in the rearview mirror - after one last gasp this week. This Middle-Eastern Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad is a great one to help get back on track - so pin, bookmark, and print away to get a head-start on healthy eating for the new year. I had never tried raw … Keep Reading

Grilled Cheese French Toast

Grilled Cheese French Toast

I will openly admit that I patted myself on the back for this one. Grilled Cheese French Toast. The term "leftover grilled cheese sandwiches" is probably an oxymoron, but the next time you make grilled cheese, I recommend making a few extra, and transforming those extras into this magical breakfast the next day. Or if you are a "breakfast for … Keep Reading

Twice-Baked Potatoes

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While we are all still in Thanksgiving mode, and in between trips to the fridge for one more bite of cold stuffing, let's briefly discuss this little two-in-one gem. Twice-Baked Potatoes are a great accompaniment to any meal, and are a classy and composed way to serve (and eat) both mashed potatoes and potato skins at the same time. In the … Keep Reading

I Guess That Includes the Meringues


If anything in this world is certain, my grandmother will always be there, and she will always make her Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies. Little puffy clouds of awesome, a crisp shell protecting a sweet, gooey chocolaty center; messy to eat as all get-out. The only solution is to shove the whole thing in your mouth in one bite - purely out of … Keep Reading

Roasted Tomato Soup {Easy}

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It's cold; it's time. Roasted Tomato Soup. Tomato soup, of course, needs no grand introduction - just a bunch of pictures of it, paired with grilled cheese, in all of its glory. I couldn't narrow down the pictures - they all looked so good. I hope you will forgive me. Something tells me you will. This recipe makes a thicker soup, … Keep Reading

Treats for Tazewell: Pumpkin Treats

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In October, Tazewell and I spent two weeks visiting my parents in Indiana. I was able to get out a bit; Tazewell, not so much, save for periodic {but pretty frequent!} lightning-speed dashes into the back yard to protect us from ... bunnies I guess. I'm not really sure what he was chasing, I didn't see anything. I thank him, in any case, for … Keep Reading

Homemade Chili Sauce

Homemade Chili Sauce-5

Another day, another recipe to replace a bottle of condiments in the refrigerator door with something healthier, from items you can keep on-hand. Ho-hum. As you will recall from my Cocktail Sauce post, I like to have the right condiment for every occasion, but I hate the thought of a dozen or more glass bottles languishing in the refrigerator … Keep Reading