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Taco Tot Casserole

Taco Tot Casserole

Ground beef, black beans, corn, and green chilies are mixed with cheese and taco seasoning then baked under a layer of crispy tater tots in the easy-to-make Taco Tot Casserole.  Served with avocado, tomatoes, sour cream, and pickled onions this old school style dish might easily become one of your families favorites.   (more…)

1975 Heinz Guide to Successful Pickling

1975 Heinz Guide to Successful Pickling

1975 Heinz Pickling Guide

It’s that time of year when our gardens are really starting to pay us back for the many hours we have spent tilling and watering, weeding and staking.  Blooms are turning into prized produce, and we are thankfully enjoying the fruits of our labor.  Even in you are not is a position to have a garden, the farmers markets are in full swing and the grocery stores have good pricing on mounds of beautiful fresh vegetables and fruits.  It is time to think about preserving some of these treasures for the cold winter months to come.  (more…)

Hickory Smoked Almonds

Hickory Smoked Almonds

Smoked Almonds recipe

Smoked almonds would have to be one of my favorite snacks, and while there are many good options available with lots of different flavors ranging from simple sea salt to spicy habanero, they tend to be pricey.  Frequently one of our local markets runs sales on bulk raw almonds which usually I purchase to add to my yogurt and fruit for breakfast, but the recent sale got me to thinking.  Since I have an electric smoker instead of paying six dollars for a twelve ounce bag of nuts I could buy a pound for about half the price and make my own.  I don’t know why this had never occurred to me before, but there you have it.  I never realized how easy and fun it would be to make my own snack choosing which flavor of wood to use and which spices to add.   (more…)

Baking Powder Biscuits

Baking Powder Biscuits

There is something very special about breaking open a fluffy biscuit steaming hot from the oven and smearing it with butter or jam that takes us to a happy place.  I think the biscuit would fall into the category of comfort foods reminding people of childhood. Over the years I have heard many people say that their mother made the best biscuits.  While most everyone agrees that they love a good biscuit, there seems to be a bit of discussion over what constitutes the perfect pastry.  Geography does play a key roll determining shape and size as well as sweet verses tangy, but the one common attribute that everyone seems to agree on is that a good biscuit should be light and fluffy. (more…)


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Spicy Pickled Garlic

Spicy Pickled Garlic

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Tender cloves of mellow sweet garlic take on a bit of spicy heat when pickled. Great on sandwiches and burgers, tossed in salads, served with antipasto, or used to spice up a Bloody Mary, these pickled cloves are a garlic lovers dream.

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