Lemon Dill Cream Cheese to Top Your Morning Bagel

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Our dill is in. Not only is it in the spots we planted last year, but I had let it go to seed in our container herb garden last year. We then spread the dirt from that pot into our new raised garden beds, and now there are tiny dill plants coming up everywhere. Not that I mind. I am going to move them once my large dill goes to seed, and then … more

Weekly Dinner Menu: 6/21/10

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One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. As we move into summer, … more

Real Food on a Real Budget: A Giveaway

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This past February at Blissdom I met Stephanie from Keeper of the Home, and I instantly realized that we had a few things in common, the least of which being we both strive to raise our families on a diet that consists of real food. In Stephanie's book Real Food on a Real Budget: How to Eat Healthy for Less she starts by taking a look at your … more

Ginger-Soy Beef Tenderloin Kebabs

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Frequent readers of this blog should be well aware that during certain times of the year our local grocer marks down the beef tenderloin to a price more representative of sirloin. When this happens, we stock up. We have shared a few ways we prepare this: on the grill as bacon-wrapped fillets or in a pan with a rich cognac cream sauce and plenty … more

Weekly Dinner Menu: 6/14/10

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One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. It's still very much … more

Spring Vegetable Fried Rice with the Kids

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I've shared fried rice before, only that time there was chicken involved, and this time I turned to whatever the farmer's market would supply me with. I came home with a mesh bag full of sugar snap peas, baby bok choy and beautifully twisted garlic scapes. I've always been fascinated by the garlic scapes, shooting up in the spring from what will … more

Weekly Dinner Menu: 6/7/10

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One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. Last year I planted … more