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6-Month Raw Spice Bar Giveaway

With two under three in tow, I’m not doing much world-traveling at the moment. In fact, other than acting as a nap caddy and personal milkmaid, I’m really not doing much of anything at the moment. And since I’ve been spending more time around the homestead tending to babies while attempting to keep my writing[…]

Shrimp Quesadillas w:Peaches, Caramelized Onions & Brie

Shrimp Quesadillas with Peaches, Caramelized Onions & Brie

Shrimp Quesadillas with Peaches, Caramelized Onions & Brie Serves 2-4 Ingredients: 1 cup of red onion, diced 2 Tablespoons butter, divided – stock 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided – stock Splash of balsamic vinegar – stock Salt & pepper – stock 2 peaches, sliced (you can also use frozen peach slices) – $2.99 4 sprigs[…]

Tomato-Braised Chicken Thighs w Olives & Capers

Tomato-Braised Chicken Thighs with Olives & Capers

Tomato-Braised Chicken Thighs with Olives & Capers Serves 4 Inspired by a recipe from Real Simple Ingredients: 2 teaspoons olive oil – stock 2 lbs bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs – $4.00 Salt & pepper – stock 1 medium onion, chopped – $0.50 2 large cloves of garlic, minced or run through a press – stock[…]

Whole Roasted Carrots w Chimichurri

Whole Roasted Carrots with Chimichurri

Whole Roasted Carrots with Chimichurri Serves 6-8 as a side Inspired by Food & Wine Ingredients for the carrots: ~2 pounds medium carrots, peeled – $4.99 1/3 cup water 6 large garlic cloves, whole – stock 1½ Tablespoons olive oil – stock 1½ Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks – stock Salt and freshly ground[…]

Wild Rice Salad Rosemary Maple Dressing

Crunchy Wild Rice Salad with Rosemary-Maple Vinaigrette

Crunchy Wild Rice Salad with Rosemary-Maple Dressing Serves 6 as a side Ingredients for the Salad: 3 cups cooked wild rice, warm (Avoid quick-cooking wild rice; I recommend Lundberg Organic Wild Rice, 8 Ounce) – $5.11 2½ cups peeled and chopped butternut squash – $2.29 1½ Tablespoons olive oil – stock Salt & freshly ground[…]

Beef Barley Soup

Beef Barley Soup with Mushrooms

Beef Barley and Mushroom Soup Serves 10 Ingredients: 1 cup barley, cooked according to package instructions – $1.59 3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided – stock 2 lbs. boneless beef Chuck steak, cut into small chunks – $8.70 the juice of 1 large orange (1/3 cup) – $0.50 2 cups diced carrots – $0.99 1½ cups[…]

Thai Curry Lamb Meatballs

Thai Lamb Meatballs with Coconut Red Curry

Thai Lamb Meatballs with Coconut Red Curry Makes 16-18 golfball-size meatballs Serves 4 as an entree Adapted from PicNic Ingredients for the Meatballs: 1-1½ lbs ground lamb – $7.99 4 Tablespoons Thai red curry paste – $2.49 2 Tablespoons breadcrumbs – stock 1½ Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped finely + extra for garnish – $.89 1[…]

Chicken & Chorizo Soup

Chorizo and Shredded Chicken Soup

Chorizo and Shredded Chicken Soup Serves 8 to 10 Ingredients: 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts – $3.99 1 lb. Mexican Chorizo sausage, cut into ½” thick rounds – $8.49 1 medium sweet potato, about 2/3 lb. – $0.89 3 Tablespoons olive oil – stock 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped – $0.99 ½[…]

Steak w_Turnip Puree & Toasted Quinoa

Sliced Steak with Turnip Puree and Toasted Quinoa

Sliced Steak with Pureed Turnips and Toasted Quinoa Serves 4 Note: When buying turnips, select the smaller ones. They are not only sweeter but also a whole lot easier to peel and dice before boiling. And the quinoa (a protein-packed grain, BTW) is actually crunchy as this recipe requires only a small amount of water[…]

Apple Cinnamon Streusel Baked French Toast

Cinnamon Streusel Baked French Toast

Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 loaf of stale bread (I use Challah or a baguette) – $2.49 8 large eggs, lightly beaten – stock 2 cups of buttermilk (click here for buttermilk substitute) – stock ½-cup applesauce – $2.19 ½-cup sugar – stock 2 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract – stock Streusel[…]

Vegetarian White Bean Chili

Vegetarian Chili with White Beans & Wild Mushrooms

Vegetarian White Bean Chili with Mushrooms Serves 6 Note: Don’t use canned beans for this dish as the lengthy cooking time will cause the beans to lose their integrity. Additionally, if you don’t want to soak the beans overnight follow these directions for the quick-boil solution: Using a large pot, cover the beans with about[…]

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Christmas Dinner Recipe Ideas

Over the years I have experimented with an inordinate number of Christmas dinner recipe ideas. Past favorites have included Turkey with all the trimmings and Roast Beef with Yorkshire pudding, but the all-time winner in our house is my Herb and Honey Marinated Filet of Beef. After the economy crashed in September of ’08, which[…]

Red-Wine-Braised Brisket with Dried Fruit

Red-Wine-Braised Brisket with Dried Fruit

Red-Wine-Braised Brisket with Dried Fruit Serves 10 Ingredients: 2 cups robust red wine (I use Cabernet) – stock 5-6 lb. beef brisket (aka bottom round roast or pot roast) – $40.00 Paprika, kosher salt & pepper – stock 3 large onions (about 2 cups), chopped coarsely – $1.49 2 bay leaves – stock 3 sprigs[…]

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Makes 12 Ingredients for Muffins: 1½ cups old fashioned rolled oats – stock 1¼ cups whole wheat flour – stock ½-cup packed light brown sugar – stock 1 teaspoon baking powder – stock ¾-teaspoon baking soda – stock ¾-teaspoon ground cinnamon – stock ½-teaspoon salt – stock 2 Tablespoons[…]

Braised Chicken & Fig Tagliatelle

Shredded Chicken & Figs with Marcona Almonds and Thyme

Shredded Braised Chicken & Figs with Marcona Almonds & Thyme Serves 6 Adapted from Food & Wine Ingredients: 2 teaspoons canola oil – stock 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (you can also use skin-on/bone-in, just discard bones & skin after cooking/before shredding) – $5.00 Salt & pepper – stock 1 large carrot, chopped –[…]

Hot Crab Dip with Old Bay Seasoning

Hot Crab Dip with Old Bay Seasoning

Hot Crab Dip with Old Bay Seasoning Serves 10 Ingredients: 8 oz. whipped cream cheese, softened – $2.19 3 scallions (about ¼ cup), chopped fine – $0.99 ½ of a red bell pepper (2/3 cup) , chopped – $1.07 a heaping ½ cup grated Monterey Jack cheese – $1.09 ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese –[…]

Cinnamon & Sugar Pumpkin Donut Muffins

Cinnamon-&-Sugar-Dusted Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

Craving other pumpkin-spiced delights? Check out our Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes, Pumpkin Seed & Spinach Pesto, Pumpkin Risotto, Pumpkin & Ricotta Lasagna, and Curried Pumpkin Pie Soup Cinnamon-&-Sugar-Dusted Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins Makes 18 NOTE: Buttermilk Substitute (I never keep any on hand and always use this substitute): In a glass container, whisk together 1/3 cup milk[…]

Black Rice Salad with Roasted Beets & Goat Cheese

Black Rice Salad with Roasted Beets, Montrachet & Pistachios

Black Rice Salad with Roasted Beets and Montrachet/Chevre Cheese Serves 4 Note: I wrote this recipe as though the reader plans to enjoy the salad over the course of several days. Obviously, if you are planning on dining with friends and family, all of the assembly is done at once, separating any leftovers as directed…if[…]