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Rustic Applesauce

Fall is the season of preserving and it’s high time I start sharing what’s been simmering in my canning pot. We can’t seem to have enough jars of applesauce in our cupboard, so I’ve been cooking up batches for the past couple weeks. It’s a great snack, breakfast, and dinner side dish. Applesauce is also… Read more »

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Vacation Food

We planned our meals pretty carefully during our week vacation in the high desert country. We wanted things that used produce in season and were easy to prepare. No one likes to be standing over a stove during their vacation time. The place we rented had a grill, which was kind of amazing. We never… Read more »

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Strawberry Waffles and Funny Eggs

Like a crazy woman, I went back to the local farm to u-pick more strawberries. Our cupboards are stocked with jam and I am getting tired of standing over the stock pot stirring. So this round I decided to just freeze them all – easy and versatile. I lightly rinsed the berries, since they can… Read more »

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Strawberry Lemon Marmalade

Marmalade is similar to jam in texture, but typically they include some amount of fruit peel. In this case, I made a delicious batch of strawberry-lemon marmalade or, as my friend Behak described it, strawberry-lemonade in a jar. It tastes like I canned summer and I can’t wait to pop these suckers open in January… Read more »

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Heiße Zitrone

I got hit with either a bad, bad cold or the flu and have been held up on the couch for the last two days. I have a fever and every bone in my body aches. Admittedly, I am not the best patient because I have a hard time sitting still. That said, I am… Read more »

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Swiss Chard for Dinner

We have been having swiss chard for dinner now for about three months. It’s a versatile vegetable packed  with great vitamins and minerals – especially great for getting through these last weeks of winter. I thought I would share some simple ways we have been cooking it up. Nothing fancy – just simple cooking with… Read more »

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Winter Harvesting

My outdoor garden beds have been providing me with a steady supply of the usual winter suspects: kale, swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, leeks, and tasty brussel sprouts. Oregon, especially the Willamette Valley, is fortunate to have relatively mild winters and we pretty much live on brassicas from November through February. This is the first… Read more »

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Canned Marinara Pizza

In the glut of summer tomatoes, I put up several dozen cans of marinara sauce and whole tomatoes. When winter sets in though I tend to forget about them quietly waiting on my shelves. I just adjust to knowing tomatoes do not grow in winter, so I plan meals using seasonally available ingredients for the… Read more »

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Pork Tenderloin

We had a dinner party recently and I tried out a new recipe I found here for Burgundy Pork Tenderloin. It was very low maintenance and really tender. Thought I should pass along my version, as I changed quite a few things. Our Version Pork Tenderloin 4pounds pork tenderloin 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground… Read more »