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Broccoli Cheese Soup and Giveaway Winners as Promised

It just so happened that I'd been dreaming of broccoli cheese soup just as my daughter was demanding I make that dream a reality. You see, along with warmer climates and water parks, Kiwi had a long list of food items she requested for over spring break. I laughed when I saw the list, not because of the food items themselves, but because when … more

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When to Start Your Seedlings Indoors

Gardening can be difficult if you aren't familiar with it. I mean, when do you start seedlings from seeds, and when do those seedlings get put in the ground, and what is the frost date for my hardiness zone, but first, what is a hardiness zone? This year we are starting most of our plants as seedlings. Then there are still a few plants we … more

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Weekly Dinner Menu Plan: 3/29/10

Spring has sprung, complete with puddles to splash in. 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 … more

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Maple-Glazed Steak Salad with Blue Cheese

Maple and blue cheese meet in a perfect pair, on a bed of greens and a sweet, maple-glazed steak. This happens to be my favorite "meal" salad, and it needs nothing else. It's sugaring season, when the sap in the maple trees is running, and while we do notice our maples in the backyard running, we don't actually tap our own. However, down on the … more

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Weekly Dinner Menu Plan: 3/22/10

Spring makes me feel like a kid in a candy store, so do giveaways. Be sure to enter mine to win 3 cookbooks and a Pioneer Woman t-shirt! 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 … more

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Blog Birthday Cookbook (and t-shirt) Giveaway!

My blog had its first birthday, and to celebrate, I'm giving away cookbooks to you, the readers, the ones that keep me coming back. It all started with a post on carrot cake, and 219 posts later, here I am, one year into this not-as-new venture and a crash behind me even! As I was writing this post (the first time) my host updated a few things … more

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Ganache-Topped Mint Brownies with the Kids

I enjoy cooking with my kids. I believe that teaching them how to cook and bake and feed themselves is an important part of the child rearing process. So, I set out to do that this week. First, we made brownies, but not just any brownies. We made brownies with a mint cheesecake layer, and then we topped them off with a simple ganache. I mean, … more