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    FREEZER SUMMER SOUP Every year as the crops begin to ripen faster than we can eat them, or I can throw them in a jar, my counters become crowded with fresh vegetables and I start making Summer Soup. It is a blend of fresh vegetables with a tomato beef broth and lots of ground beef, ...
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    HONEY HERB BUTTER A few summers ago my sister and I went to a weekend of cooking classes at Laurel Run Cooking School on Lake Erie. Friday night class was the proper way to cut up and grill a whole chicken. (Who knew how easy that is to do with a handy pair of kitchen ...
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    PAN SEARED BUTTERNUT SQUASH W/ HONEY HERB BUTTER I can’t begin to tell you how GOOD this pan seared butternut squash w/ honey herb butter tastes. When I was catering it was one of the premier sides I offered and it was always a huge hit. I have served it for corporate executives meetings, at ...
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    MESQUITE GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD Mesquite grilled chicken is so full of flavor and is a great addition  to any garden salad.  I mix 1/2 cup of olive oil. 1/2 cup of water and one package of grill mates powdered mesquite seasoning. (The seasoning packet says use 1/4th cup of each – but use 1/2 cup ...
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    LOW CARB CRISPY PIZZA If you love pizza and are watching your carbs you will love these easy, cheesy crispy pizzas. I buy low carb tortillas and rub both sides with olive oil. The oil on the bottom makes the bottom of your pizza firm and crispy. The oil on the top side prevents the ...
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    THE PANTRY IS FULL…     The days here in Southern Ohio are long and cold and snow blankets both the rooftops and the ground. It has not been above freezing in weeks and the wind howls and calls out it’s warning for me to stay inside by the fire.  I am always thankful this ...
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    CAST IRON SKILLET FRIED TATERS There is an art to making good taters. You can’t rush them. You have to be patient. Let them get properly tender, properly browned and crunchy or properly creamy and smooth depending on the style you are making. My mom made THE best mashed potatoes in the world because she ...
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    HEARTY HARVEST CASSEROLE Super easy, cheesy and made from on-hand pantry ingredients make this dish the perfect winter’s day meal. Potatoes, corn, beef, tomatoes, cheese, onions, peppers all marry together to make this Hearty Harvest Casserole one of my family’s favorites. I serve it with homemade cheddar herb biscuits and warm homemade chunky applesauce. I ...
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    SEVENTEEN LAYER LASAGNA There is nothing better on a cold winter’s day than a steaming hot, saucy, cheesy plate of my Seventeen Layer Lasagna. Served with crunchy garlic breadsticks and a juicy pepperoncini it is a stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal. And how wonderful it makes the cabin smell while baking is just an added bonus. ...