17 Easy Side Dishes for the Holidays and Beyond

17 Easy Side Dishes for the Holidays and Beyond

Try a new recipe during the holidays this year. Who knows, these easy side dishes could start a new family tradition that you’ll want to make all year. Many families have food traditions around the holidays, and it comforts us to bring those traditions forward...
Easy Ways to Begin Cooking with Cranberries

Easy Ways to Begin Cooking with Cranberries

Cranberries are essential to a holiday meal. They are a great accompaniment to turkey, duck, goose, and other fowl, as well as beef or pork roasts. That tang from a side of cranberries cleanses the palette and cuts through the fat. Cooking with cranberries is actually...
Eating Seasonally in October

Eating Seasonally in October

Eating seasonally in October is a mash-up of summer crops and cool weather favorites such harvests as broccoli, pumpkins, apples, and persimmons. The bright sun and crisp, cool air of October signals the end of harvest season in many places. However, fresh and...
Cranberry Pear Spoon Cake

Cranberry Pear Spoon Cake

When it comes to the holidays, cranberries are a guest star on the table. Yes, they are a favorite as a sauce or relish for roasted turkey, but why not give them a chance at dessert? These little beauties can compete with the best pumpkin or pecan pie, especially when...
How to Make Pumpkin Puree from Scratch

How to Make Pumpkin Puree from Scratch

Organic pumpkin puree can be pricey. Whole organic pumpkins and other local winter squash can often be found for a deal this time of year. Thankfully, learning how to make pumpkin puree from scratch is easy. This basic process is relatively hands-off and results in a...
Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!

Official pumpkin spice season might be limited to October, but I’m a big believer in stretching all that spicy goodness out as long as I can. Pumpkin spice flavored goodness may be a limited edition at certain retail outlets, but in my household, any day is a...
Fresh Strawberry Muffins

Fresh Strawberry Muffins

Make the most of juicy berries by whipping up these quick and easy fresh strawberry muffins for breakfast and snack time. Strawberry season is a glorious time of year. They’re great dipped in chocolate or served on shortcake. Fresh strawberry muffins are a great...
9 Ways to Preserve and Use Rhubarb

9 Ways to Preserve and Use Rhubarb

Rhubarb, that early rising perennial that you can completely ignore and know it will keep coming back in garden zones 3 to 8. With such a prolific producer, the more ways to preserve and use rhubarb you know the better! Rhubarb is so tart, it is usually mixed with...
Preserving Basics: When to Blanch Vegetables

Preserving Basics: When to Blanch Vegetables

Serious home preservers look for shortcuts to help create the best product that will last the longest on the pantry shelves. Learning when to blanch vegetables can help save money, save time, and give you the best-tasting food. I am a lazy preserver and will take...
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