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Vegetable Bin Pasta: A Quick and Easy Pasta Recipe

As I was sautéing a mound of hot Italian sausage for a stuffing for an event, I knew there was a little bit too much.  Should I baggie it, throw it in the freezer to find it a year later, looking like freezer-burned dead squirrel?  Or should I just cook it and use it for […]

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Kieffer’s Appliances Company Picnic!

Last Week was The Kieffer’s Appliances Annual Company Picnic.  Families, Fun, and Food…is there any doubt the emphasis is on the food?   The Families     It’s ALL About the Kids   The Fun Who wouldn’t want to dunk their boss?     The Food Cooked by the fabulous Kieffer Kitchen Crew.   Here’s what […]

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Favas Beans are Fabulous

The people who know me will tell you that I obsess over Fava beans at this time of year.  The season is very short and not many people grow them.  I think most people don’t know what they are or what to do with them, although you will by the end of this post.  I […]

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High Tea With a Recipe for Curry Cashew Bites

Did you ever have a great idea.  Promise it.  Plan it. And then realize “This sounded a lot easier that it actually is.  What was I thinking?”  And so it was- the seemingly adorable High Tea Bridal Shower that I threw for my sweet vintage-loving niece.  It reminded me of the old Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney […]

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Salmon Grilled on a Cedar Plank

Grilling Salmon on a Cedar Plank

I first tasted Cedar Planked Salmon on a trip to Alaska years ago.  We caught it, the guides fabricated it, and cooked it over an open fire on a plank of wood next to a rushing river.  All in about an hour start to finish.  It was the best fish I ever tasted.  I recalled […]

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Spicy Spinach and Pine Nut Dip

Last week I didn’t have a picture of the homemade onion dip, so I made a batch just so I could take a picture.  Shortly after the photo session, the hubby arrived and ATE THE WHOLE THING.  I hate him.  Never gains an ounce.  I gain just breathing air surrounding anything but carrots.  Needless to […]

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The Wedding

OK, I’ve got to admit it…there is a party where the food is secondary.  This week, I’d like to say a few words about the wedding of Jace Kieffer and Michelle Novasak, becoming one unit as Mr. and Mrs. Kieffer.  It’s funny, but to this day, I still think people are speaking to my Mother-in-Law […]

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Fresh, Bright and Light Tomato Sauce

By now you are probably overwhelmed with tomatoes.  If you don’t have a friend who organizes a tomato war, as my older son did, you are probably wondering what to do with the bounty.  My suggestion is to invest in a food strainer-they run about $50, but if you want to utilize your tomato harvest […]

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Corn Porn

Woo Hoo!  Local corn is in!!  It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I LOVE corn on the cob.  I mean eat-a-dozen-ears-myself-for-lunch LOVE corn.  I will wait for 9 months, avoiding all frozen, canned (REALLY!? People still eat canned corn??) and “Florida” dried out crap corn in supermarkets, for the beautiful local corn […]

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Engagement!

Holy cow, Batman…I’m going to be a mother-in-law!  So to celebrate, what else?  Why a dinner party, of course!  Two sons, one fiancé, one girlfriend, one BF and Mom (me) and Dad, (very) fine bubbly for the toast and….LOTS of food. To begin: Ahi Tuna with White Bean Puree and Olive Tapenade, warm Baby Potatoes […]

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