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Sourdough – The Yeast That Keeps on Growing

I spoke with my friend Joan about the everyday products that are hard to find at the grocery store these days. The last time I went shopping I expected there would be empty shelves in the paper aisle and there were. But no yeast? No flour? A couple cans of off-brand shortening? These are items …

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Old-Fashioned Skills

I thank my mom constantly for teaching me what some would call old-fashioned skills. She taught me how to sew – I don’t remember ever not knowing how. I didn’t have store-bought clothes until the year I went into the 7th grade. I asked her if I could have some ready-made skirts, blouses, dresses and …

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Rich and Hearty Potato Chowder

The dead of winter is dark. The days are short and the temperatures are cold. The potatoes from last summer’s garden have grown strange alien-looking sprouts.  That is a sure sign to get out the soup pot. It is a perfect time for a hearty bowl of rich creamy potato chowder. Sometimes I picture myself …

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Zucchini Explosion

I discovered Bush Zucchini several years ago. And, even though the plants do get large, they take up less room in the garden than the vining varieties. The blooms and subsequently, the squash, originate at the center or heart of the plant. But WOW! This year the plants got enormous and the zucchini squash are …

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Gardening Dreams

I start thinking about gardening when the calendar says it’s mid-February. The days are getting longer and the temperature reaches into the forties and on the rare day into the fifties. It’s hard not to daydream about the smell of rich loam, my hands in the warm soil and seedlings lifting their heads reaching for …

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Bones to Soup – Recycling in the Kitchen

There’s nothing like a second-hand ham bone. It is a sure sign of a true friend when they know how excited I’d be to get one. Some might see skeletal remains, but I see good ole bean soup.  This particular ham bone had more than one stop on its journey to my Dutch oven. It …

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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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