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How to boil an egg: perfect hard-boiled eggs

Today I am honored to have as a guest blogger, my lovely daughter Hannah from Horse Crazy Bookworm. It’s almost Easter! And one of the most popular signs of Easter is the Easter egg. So I’m here to tell you how to make the best hard boiled-eggs ever! You know what I mean by “the best”? I mean a perfect bright-yellow-yolk-minus-the weird-green-color, easy-to-peel, and superbly delicious…

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St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Recipe: Shamrock Eggs

Did you know that the British-born St. Patrick was kidnapped and enslaved by the Irish?  Eventually he escaped.  In later years he became a missionary, and whom did he serve?  The Irish, his former enslavers. Pause for effect. In honor of St. Patrick’s selfless love, here is a recipe for shamrock eggs.  I don’t see a connection either. (Shamrock Eggs are adapted slightly from this…

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Easy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

This easy scalloped potatoes recipe is a classic dish to fit any budget. The original recipe which we adapted slightly to make our own creamy potato goodness is from Modern Alternative Mama’s cookbook, Wholesome Comfort: Whole Foods to Warm & Nourish Your Family. These potatoes are comfort food bliss served alongside Italian chicken in cream sauce with apple spice cake for dessert, all from the same…

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Wholesome Comfort Giveaway

Meatloaf is my comfort food.  In fact, I am somewhat of a meatloaf connoisseur. You can keep your gourmet meatloaf.  What I love is a great big slice of homestyle meatloaf and a heaping mountain of mashed potatoes.  Gravy?  Yes please! You can imagine my culinary enthusiasm when I found a meatloaf recipe in Wholesome Comfort, the just-released e-cookbook by Kate of Modern Alternative Mama.  There is…

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Ever since I delivered baby number seven, I’ve been craving j-u-n-k, JUNK!  I’m talking “bake me a batch of cookies so I can eat them ALL.”  I’m talking “give me a handful of corn dogs with non-organic, nitrate-laden dogs inside and corn syrup-saturated ketchup on the outside.”  I’m talking “break out that chocolate we bought LAST Christmas.” We don’t have corndogs, and chocolate does not…

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Brining a Turkey via The Simple Homemaker

My husband Steve makes an amazing turkey.  Juicy, flavorful, beautiful, and with drippings that make the perfect gravy. The secret is in the brine. brine [noun]: water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt Brining turkey can be as simple or complex as you wish it to be.  When we first began brining turkey, we used a somewhat involved recipe from Alton Brown’s Good Eats.  Over…

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Excalibur Dehydrator Review

I love a multi-tasker.  Not the burning dinner while accidentally tying a small child’s shoes together and helping a teenager mess up an algebra problem kind of multi-tasker.  I love the kind of multi-tasking kitchen tool that can manage numerous tasks with efficiency and style. One of the great kitchen multi-tasking tools I have is the Excalibur Dehydrator.  If this thing did laundry and I…

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