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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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Going with the Grain: Sorghum and Lentil Salad with Mint (and 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 score

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Easiest Slowcooker Chili

  [Update: Share this recipe between 2/3/2014 and 2/7/2014 for a chance to win wheat berries from Bob's Red Mill - Details Here] In the quest to get to know all of the grains in Bon Appetit’s January 2014 Cooking School Issue, I am ahead of the game! I have been sitting on

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Cinnamon Granola Clusters

The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play… Actually it was raining sideways and Mr. Second Helpings had to go out and prop up part of our aging back fence with a spare 2×4. The fence was not the only thing that needed attention. The Little Helping was awash

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Wild Blackberry Sorbet

A few days shy of my birthday in early June I opened a large Amazon box and yipped with glee. I was now the proud owner of an ice cream maker! Leave it to my sister to pick out just the right gift. She later confessed that the gift was given with

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Roasted Strawberries

Roasting produce is a terrific way to take the usual flavor and turn the volume way up. Boosting the volume of flavor is one of my top tips when it comes to lightening your cooking. We tend to read a lot about roasting vegetables such as potatoes, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Roasting

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Maple-Cranberry Granola

I use the word granola is a loose sense with this recipe. It contains neither oats nor nuts. It does have a generous helping of dried cranberries and some very hearty cereal flakes. Erewhon Buckwheat & Hemp cereal provides the base for this alternative granola. This fiber and protein filled cereal is

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Coconut-Almond Granola

This week I’ve got some quick and easy granolas for you to try. Granola ranks among the cooking projects I often think about tackling but for whatever reason I make it a much bigger deal than it needs to be. In reality, homemade granola is super simple. These are even easier because

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Stir-Fry to the Rescue!

Here’s the scenario: You go to the store full of resolve to eat healthier. In the produce section you load your basket with fresh vegetables grabbing something in every color and a few extra green things for good measure. Back home all those pops of color transform the refrigerator into your personal farmers

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Cashew Romesco Sauce

Romesco “(Catalan pronunciation: [ruˈmɛsku]) is a nut and red pepper-based sauce from Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain.” – Wikipedia I’ve been up to my elbows in a home improvement project. We have been wishing, hoping, and planning to replace most of our well worn wall-to-wall carpeting with wood laminate for several years. Last fall we picked the flooring company and

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Tomatillo-Apple Guacamole

We are on the verge of an absolutely stunning weekend. I am itching to soak up as much warm sunshine as possible before the weather remembers it is only the beginning of May and the clouds make their way back over our corner of the globe. At this very moment Pacific Northwesterns are busy

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Zesty Black Bean & Brown Rice Salad

I went to the grocery store with half a list, half a menu plan, half my usual energy, and half way through I got really hungry. Not the best senario for food shopping. The little voice in my brain started nagging at me to go over to the deli counter and pick
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