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What’s the Deal with Pumpkin? Other Squash are Cool Too!

Before I get completely carried away, a word about the classification of pumpkins: From a botanical perspective pumpkins, and other squash, are fruits, because we are talking about the fleshy meat surrounding the seeds of the plant. From a culinary perspective, and for the purposes of this article, I am calling squash

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My Great-Grandmother’s Unorthodox Life in the Kitchen

  Author and real-food activist, Michael Pollan, isn’t known for comedy, his work is generally very serious, but his frequently quoted mantra always gets the corners of my mouth twitching,“don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” He intends for people to avoid modern processed and engineered food products, but you

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Hands-On Dinner Parties and Apple Muffins

I made a batch of apple muffins because I was wallowing. I thought about lying and telling you I made them because the air is crisp and the leaves are changing. Perhaps I should say the smoke from my neighbor’s fireplace was tickling my nose and making me think about cable knit sweaters

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Cooking Classes are BACK!!

Warning this post contains approximately 700 exclamation marks – I’m not sorry. I am so stinking excited about this I might burst if I don’t say it again! Cooking classes are back!!!! Register Now! This fall I am formally stepping into a role that I have been circling for the last couple

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Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs

 I can’t believe we are more than halfway through September. Today is the first wet day we have seen in weeks. If it wasn’t for the earlier sunsets I would guess we were still fully ensconced in July. I totally forgot to mention celebrating Scoop’s first birthday at the end of August!

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Crispy Baked Fish Sticks

  Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach him how to make fish sticks and he can impress the heck out of his kids. My dad is an outdoorsy guy. His favorite way to relax

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6 Great Peach Recipes

Peaches, Peaches, Peaches! I am dubbing this the summer of the peach! We have had a steady supply of peaches in our kitchen since the end of July. If I had to guess I think we have eaten, baked, frozen, or canned over 70 pounds of peaches so far this year. The

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Cheesy Grain Stuffed Peppers & A Going with the Grain Giveaway!

The FTC would like you to know: Bob’s Red Mill has generously provided all the grain featured in the Going with the Grain series. Thank you Bob’s Red Mill! You can find all the grains from the series in the Second Helpings Shop. Scroll past the recipe to find out how to snag a

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Toasted Peanut Butter Tortillas

Back-to-school time puts me in the mood to collect some new family friendly food ideas. If you are also looking to jazz up your recipe box I’ve got a good one for you. We eat this for lunch be it would also make a terrific after school snack, you could even toast a few

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Blackberry Balsamic Reduction

Noxious, thorny, and destructive Himalayan Blackberry vines are everywhere. For most of the year they are the bane of gardeners, property owners, and even pedestrians whose ankles have been attacked strolling past a vacant lot or hillside. People have gone to dramatic, and even deadly lengths to eradicate this persistent weed but to no

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Rustic Peach-Raspberry Galette

Last week Mr. introduced me to a new word: procrastibaking. I feel the word alone says it all but just in case you are wondering, the Urban Dictionary has provided a definition, “the practice of baking something in order to put off doing something else you need to do.” This Peach-Raspberry Galette is pure

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Teaching kids to eat takes more showing than telling

Pop Quiz!  Your child has made up their own recipe. Now it is time for a taste test. What do you do?   “Look! I put jelly on my peas! Want to try it?” Answer: YES! Enthusiastically and emphatically! Open wide and get ready for the choo-choo it is time for an Adventure
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