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Zucchini Cupcakes

My dad’s Aunt Zella used to grow zucchini. And lots of it from what I understand. This recipe is based on hers, with a few tweaks, and of course converted out to be GF since I can’t eat wheat anymore. If you do not eat gluten-free, simply use your regular all-purpose flour instead. The results are delicious and a great way to have a fresh homemade “quick bread” without resorting to the old...

Praline Apple Crisp

Apples are a staple in our household. We eat them almost daily. They are a quick and easy snack that can be prepared in seconds to quiet the whining of children who are genuinely convinced that they are going to starve to death when 12:05 rolls around and their lunch isn’t yet on the table. But apples are so much more! When baked, they are a delightful comfort food which can invoke fond memories from childhood....

Jalapeno Artichoke Party Dip

This dip has many uses. Most of the time, it is an appetizer, served with tortilla chips. However, it is equally good served with carrot and celery sticks, makes a lovely burger spread, and really jazzes up a wrap sandwich. I’ve even mixed it into plain rice with a handful of leftover chicken tossed in. For this reason, I make BIG batches. Of course, you can scale it down for your needs. But if you make a small batch,...

Take Two

I almost always make too much food. This isn’t because I am wasteful or because I don’t know how to plan how much to cook. It’s actually quite the opposite; If I can cook once and have several meals just minutes away from ready, I am a happy camper. But not everyone gets as excited as I do at the thought of leftovers. It can be hard to think beyond “reheat and serve,” but I promise you, there are...

Crocking up

Slow cookers are great. But I do find that if you over-use them, everything that comes out of them starts to taste the same and it gets really boring, really fast. I probably only use mine once or twice a month. Most often, I put a chicken or turkey carcass in overnight with some water and wake up to chicken stock to freeze for later use in recipes. It’s also my favorite way to use up a ham bone for split pea soup and a...

Super Slaw

My kids love salad. Yes, I know, they are weird. Jeremiah is particularly fond of coleslaw, and this one is a lot like the side dish you find at that fried chicken place. Obviously, cheaper and fresher made at home. It’s also a great way to use up the other half of that head of cabbage if you’ve made shrimp or fish tacos recently. Goes great with barbeque. Delicious on sandwiches in place of lettuce and mayo, even...
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