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Whatever Happened to Birthday Cakes?

What ever happened to homemade birthday cakes? I remember helping my mom make cakes for my brothers’ and my dad’s birthdays. That tradition carried over to baking cakes for my own son and husband. There is so much more of “me” in the cake when the flour is measured and the mess is made at …

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The Lemons Are Ripe!

It is harvest time! The lemons are ripe and need picking. .  There are two on my dwarf Ponderosa lemon tree this year, each the size of a softball. I’ve decided to try a new Lemon recipe this year. I’m going to use one of the lemons to make Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. I’m glad …

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Winter Gardening

I find that one of the hardest things to accept about winter is that I can’t go out to the garden and pick fresh herbs and vegetables. All summer long and well into the fall basil grows by the shed in a tossed-together herb garden.  I’ve often stopped to pinch off a leaf just to …

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Lucky to Live in Michigan

Sometimes I have to take a minute, look around and remember how lucky I am to live in Michigan. For one thing, there are no sharks in our in-land oceans. Earthquakes – on the rare occasion when there is one, are mild tremors at most. They elicit comments such as “What was that!” and ‘Wow, …

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Ratatouille

I woke up to the sound of a soft steady rain. A perfect day to play in the kitchen. I’d found an Emeril Lagasse recipe for Ratatouille that I wanted to make. It was chock full of vegetables – my favorite. I’d never cooked with eggplant before but any vegetable that pretty had to be …

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Fresh Lemon Cookies

I had a craving for cookies. I don’t keep them in the house because I have no self-control when it comes to sweets, but I couldn’t get them off my mind. I usually walk right by the cookie aisle at the grocery store, but on my last shopping trip, I could hear a package of …

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The Art of Canning and Freezing

This time of year, at the end of winter, my thoughts wander out to the garden. I’m already thinking about what vegetables I will grow in my raised beds. The other day my green thumb got to itching and I planted some basil and dill in pots on the kitchen counter.   I’m one of those …

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To Kill a Mockingbird’s Lane Cake

I’ve never made a layer cake in all my days of baking, but I talked myself into giving it a try. I belong to the Addison library book club and we were just finishing up reading To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Our monthly meeting was coming up and …

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The Day I Drove 50 Miles for 1/2 Cup of Coconut

My contribution to the family’s Thanksgiving dinner was a batch of cherry bars. I found the recipe that was originally my sister-in-law’s, in my binder of favorite recipes. Seeing her handwritten cards brought back images of holidays past, when we were all living in Michigan and the cousins were still children. Now the cousins are …

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Butternut Soup

A variety of Squash Soup recipes were recently featured in my column, The Recipe Exchange. I’ve never tasted squash soup – I’m not a fan of squash – but one recipe caught my eye and I decided to give it a try. There is only room for three recipes in the column and often some …

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