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Spring Vegetable Tart

May 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Spring Vegetable Tart

Tarts are perfect for combining the season’s best ingredients into a single meal. Fresh asparagus and spring onions don’t just appear at farmer’s markets at the same time for no reason. They complement each other beautifully. This spring vegetable tart’s simple ingredient list works because you treat the ingredients in different ways to coax out […]

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Butter-Braised Radishes

May 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Butter-Braised Radishes

Is there any vegetable less glamorous than the humble radish? It grows in the dirt and most people have no idea what a good one tastes like. As a kid, I knew them as those red bitter things that were sliced paper thin and used to garnish crappy iceberg lettuce restaurant salad. In a feeble attempt […]

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Can Frugality and Decadence Coexist?

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Can Frugality and Decadence Coexist?

I’ve been thinking a lot about money lately – what it means, its power over us, and my relationship with it. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s complicated but evolving in a very good way. Right around the time I started writing this blog, I was discovering so many new interests and hobbies and […]

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Arugula and Pea Shoot Salad

May 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Arugula and Pea Shoot Salad

One of the most compelling reasons to grow a garden is that you get to experience foods that are not sold in stores. Sometimes these unique offerings come in the form of heirloom varieties from all over the globe and other times, they are simply different parts of a plant from different stages of its development. […]

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Time for Tomatoes! Tomato Season Kick-Off

May 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Time for Tomatoes! Tomato Season Kick-Off

Ever since the dead of March when I started these itty-bitty seeds in my dreary basement, I’ve had visions of overflowing garden hods full of colorful, luscious tomatoes. And now my dreams are closer to becoming reality because it’s time to get my rather large seedlings in the ground! Tomatoes are one of my favorite […]

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Maple Buttermilk Griddle Cakes

May 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
Maple Buttermilk Griddle Cakes

On weekends, I sometimes make a special breakfast that Mr. President and I can linger over while we sip hot cups of smooth French press coffee, listen to music and hang out in the sun room with our four cats – our girls. The Prez says that I make a production out of breakfast, and […]

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Top 10 Reasons to Shop a Farmers’ Market

May 5, 2015 | By | Reply More
Top 10 Reasons to Shop a Farmers’ Market

It’s been many years since I’ve shopped for food at conventional, mega-grocery stores and now I find them depressing with their fluorescent lights and aisle after aisle of packages and boxes that are mostly devoid of identifiable food. Thankfully, I’ve discovered my local farmers’ markets. Between my garden and these markets, my trips to the […]

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It’s True! Gardening Makes You Happy

May 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
It’s True! Gardening Makes You Happy

I’ve always called my garden my “happy place.” When the garden’s in full swing, it’s the first place I want to go each morning. I take a stroll through with a cup of coffee and see what’s coming up, marvel at the hummingbirds coming to visit the feeders and the flowers, and get centered for […]

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Spiced Maple Popcorn Snack Mix

April 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Spiced Maple Popcorn Snack Mix

“Ughmahgahd….I am in BIG trouble,” I mumbled as Mr. President walked into the kitchen and caught me scraping and licking the spicy sweet goo left in the bowl after this snack mix went into the oven. And I was – in big, big trouble. I love maple syrup. And that’s why I found myself shoveling […]

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One-Pan Roasted Shrimp with Feta

April 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
One-Pan Roasted Shrimp with Feta

Because I cook so much – we rarely eat at restaurants – many of the recipes I make are new to us. The internet, new cookbooks, and my favorite magazines are constant inspiration for my time in the kitchen. Except when they’re not and I just can’t get into trying something new. That’s when I […]

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