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How to Make a Seedling Tray Out of Recycled Products

Here in the Midwest, there is still snow on the ground, but temperatures are on the rise, and it's time to start thinking about gardens and, more importantly, getting seedlings started. We'll be starting our seedlings indoors because the temperatures still drop below freezing at night, and to do this, we'll need to build a box to grow them in. … more

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Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Bread Pudding

What to do when you have food that needs to be used in short order? In this case, the obvious solution was to whip up a bread pudding with a few extra lemons, ricotta, blueberries I'd planned on feeding the kids but then forgot about and a loaf of bread with a forgotten purpose. (I loved this recipe so much, I ended up including it in my … more

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Weekly Dinner Menu Plan: 3/8/10

Can you guess what we're doing? If you guessed that we're starting seedlings, you're right! Our yard may be completely covered with snow still, but we're getting our plants going so they'll be ready when the thaw comes. We'll be going through the process here, so be sure to check back to watch our garden grow! One of the things we strive for … more

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Leek and Potato Gratin as We Bid Farewell to Winter

Today, the sun is shining. The icicles that adorned my house have all melted. The snow that covered my backyard? Well, it's still there, but the forecast says it won't be there forever, which is how I felt about it last week at this time. Yet the nights still dip below freezing, and I find myself curled up under an afghan my mom crocheted 13 … more

Weekly Dinner Menu Plan: 3/1/10

March? Really? I couldn't tell by looking outside. 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 … more

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Stocking Your Pantry for Home Cooking: The Basics

If you've ever started dinner only to realize that you're out of one thing or another, then you'll know how easy it is to give up on dinner and just head for the nearest eating establishment. I mean, you're going out anyway, right? A well-stocked pantry is one of the first keys to successful home cooking. Why Stock Your Pantry? ::As I stated … more

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Weekly Dinner Menu Plan: February 22, 2010

It has been a busy weekend. I started it out by working a lot and getting ready for my mother-in-law's 60th birthday (Happy birthday, Kathleen!). On Saturday I had the privilege of photographing Hearts for Haiti downtown with Anne followed by church and basketball tournaments and a long overdue top-to-bottom cleaning of the entire house … more