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The Farmer’s Market Bars

 

 Take all my favorite foods and put them into a bar and is it any surprise that my new favorite food is this Lara Bar look-a-like? I have not ever actually tasted a Lara Bar since I refuse to buy a purchased granola bars but I did taste a wonderful […]

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Making Pickled Banana Peppers at Gracie’s

 

 The best ever banana pickles have to be those from your own garden.  And the best ever day of canning is when it is done with a friend. Gracie and I took an afternoon to do just that. Some canning takes lots of long, hot work or time consuming, tedious […]

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Prickly Pear Cactus at Your Local Farmer’s Market?

 

 I have traveled across the United States visiting Farmers Markets this summer, and they all have such wonderful regional specialties.  I really enjoy the produce that is unique to each area,  such as prickly pear cactus. It is a delicacy found at most of the large city markets.  I thought […]

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Cupcake Wars Are Not For The Timid

 

 My food science students had  a blast with our version of cupcake wars. We started with all types of bases for the cupcakes and added layers of flavors. Culinary experts from William Sonoma did an excellent job of judging. At the end, the judges graciously gave feedback on each of […]

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Juneberries and Lemon Curd

 

 My hands are blue, my face is sunburnt, and  there are a couple of rips in my jeans  but I have a bucketful of juneberries! This year our hillside is awash with these little beauties. The blueberry-look-a-like is so flavorful and grows wild in large sections of the great plains.  When […]

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Mango, Spinach Salad with Fresh Mozzarella Drizzled with Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

 

 Mallory brought me a bottle of Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar when she visited and I had to create  a really special salad to showcase it. I had perfectly ripe mangos and blackberries that were just begging to be paired with fresh Mozzarrella and spinach.  Mangos are have a big seed in […]

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Micro-Greens For Salads

 

 Growing your own Micro-Greens can be as easy as spreading seeds on a wet, folded paper towel. I soaked a mixture of lettuce seeds overnight and poured them over a napkin. Add in cilantro and basil seeds that have bee soaked overnight for a spectacular taste in a salad. Within […]

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How to find Morel Mushrooms

 

  I traveled over 1520 miles to find these precious gems and it was worth every mile. My sister called on Wednesday and said she had been out walking on my Dad’s farm and found some morels. I was in the car the next day heading to Iowa. I picked […]