Easter Preparations: Raspberry Orange Ham Sauce ~The Thankful Heart

Hi there– Just pulled the last of the Easter ham leftovers out of the freezer. The thing about leftovers is that they don’t seem so sad if you give them a little extra trimmings to make them seem not-so-leftover. Do you know what I mean? So to wake up this dish, we splashed on a […]…

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Lemon Christmas Cake — Simply Made Kitchen and Crafts

A couple of years ago, I was invited to an afternoon luncheon where a gathering of friends would celebrate the coming of Christmas. When I arrived, several women were happily chatting as they placed holiday favors at each place setting. An assortment of Christmas chocolates, candy canes, and holiday ornaments were individually wrapped for each […]…

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Mini Asian Meatballs with Sweet Chili Glaze — GROW TASTE CREATE

Last night, I was craving our favorite peanut noodle recipe from Ellie Krieger, a light and healthy version of the classic. Her recipe calls for an assortment of steamed veggies on top, which we normally love as a vegetarian meal. Yet as dinner time approached, I couldn’t let go of the idea of a huge…

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Pacific Northwest Glazed Smoked Salmon: The 30 Minute Marvel

Get to know your food: Did you know that salmon is considered anadromous: born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean, and then return to fresh water to reproduce? They maintain one color when living in fresh water, then change color when they are in salt water. Good to know and makes me tired just…

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Balsamic: Real Deal or Carbon Copy?

Did you know that real aged balsamic vinegar actually costs anywhere from $75 to $400 or more? Here are a few reasons why: Balsamic vinegar is NOT like other vinegars. What defines vinegar is the fermentation of alcohol — typically wine but also beer or cider — into acetic acid. Red wine vinegar, white wine…

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