healthy | Recipes | Soups | Vegan

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

I know I’m not alone in loving the cooler weather and warmer flavors and colors of fall. Many people don’t realize that the Midwest has some of the most extreme weather–ridiculously hot summer days and bitterly cold winter days. Add in the element of incessant wind and our weather can be downright inhospitable. So, when […]

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Desserts | Recipes

Simply Tiramisu

I was out of town shopping with my girls last week and came across a package of ladyfingers which reminded me that it was my sister-in-law’s birthday and so I picked them up and came home and made her one of her all-time favorites–tiramisu. I delivered another plate of tiramisu deliciousness to my friend Carol […]

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Appetizers | Recipes

Refried Bean Dip

I don’t know about you but I am one of those people who like most versions of bean dip. It might be a recipe based on pintos or garbanzos or black beans or another type of bean. Its origins might be Middle Eastern or Mediterranean or South American but no matter, I will probably enjoy […]

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Desserts | Recipes

Strawberries and (Ice) Cream Cake

My brother and his wife were in town for the week and he had a birthday coming up. We are never together on his birthday so I thought it would be fun to make him a proper birthday cake. Why do we stop making birthday cakes for adults as they get older? I mean, does […]

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healthy | Local Food | Soups

Roasted Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Remember my post on Roasted Chicken? And the following one about making bone broth from that same chicken? Well, here’s where it all starts to come together in beautiful ways after the fact. Let me set the scene. It’s a rainy day and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up anytime soon. You […]

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healthy | Recipes | Soups

DIY Chicken Bone Broth

Our grandmothers were onto something when they made chicken noodle soup or beef and barley soup for friends and family who were under the weather. They knew that bone broths are basically just good medicine, full of warmth and nutrition. Chicken bone broth is foundational to any cook’s kitchen and I have been making my […]

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healthy | Local Food | Meat

Roasted Chicken

Living in an area of the country where there is a lot of farming, I support the local food scene, if not in producing, then at least through my purchasing power. I love that there are people out there who are committed to growing food and raising animals in a sustainable way. It is evident […]

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