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Sweetlife Hot Shot Chex Mix

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Need a snack for a Sunday afternoon football crowd? This fits the bill! Our friend Lynn came up with this version of an iconic recipe, and it goes fast every time we put it out.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Pumpkin Vinaigrette

Natural apple cider vinegar is touted by many to have significant health benefits. Some are simply anecdotal, while others are backed by scientific research, A simple Google search will lead you to sites like this one. The bottom line: apple cider vinegar tastes great, may have health benefits, and is not likely to hurt you....We have [...]

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Spring is for making Nettles Sing instead of Sting!

Nettles--a common weed--are the superfood of springtime, boasting high levels of protein and plant-digestible iron, and are also high in vitamins A, C, and D as well as calcium, potassium, and manganese. To eat nettles, you have to know how to identify and where to find them, and then how to render them stingless. It's also [...]

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Crispy Cheddar Bites with Smoked Poblano Pepper Jelly

Combining sweet, salty and savory components creates a tasty treat that pairs equally well with a pre-dinner cocktail or an afternoon tea break. These miniature jam tarts with a cheese crust are be a big hit in my house, and can be prepared through step 7 and frozen to bake off when you need a [...]

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Hot Shot Salmon Chowder

My friend Elliott loves his annual fishing trips to Alaska, and returns home with a rich bounty every year. We are frequently the lucky beneficiaries of his efforts. His wife and my dear friend Lynn had the idea to incorporate Dr. Bob's Hot Shot Grilling Rub into her favorite salmon chowder recipe. Here's my creamy, [...]

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Lentils+Radishes

I'm an inveterate saver of recipes, and the type of cook who riffs off an idea or ingredient or the contents of the refrigerator and pantry to dream up dinner. Cookbooks abound in our house, to the point where we are forced to periodically purge and donate a bunch to the library. I find that [...]

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That summer veggie that just keeps on giving: Summer Squash Fritters

Turns out the squash fritters I made for dinner last night are pretty awesome reheated for breakfast as a base for farm fresh poached eggs...Ingredients8 cups shredded summer squash (a combo of yellow and green is pretty); no need to remove the skin before shredding2 jalapeños or 1/2 cup bell peppers, shredded1 onion, shredded1 cup [...]

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Savory Spinach Bread Pudding

My friend Lynn asked the other day if I ever make savory bread pudding. I hadn't ever thought about it, but it sounded like a good idea. Usually when I have stale bread that I don't want to go to waste, I turn it into either bread crumbs or croutons and freeze them for later [...]

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Sunday Supper, Kitchen Slavery, Quince

Sweetlife Sunday Supper(make that supper with friends on Sunday, lunch on Monday and dinner on Tuesday)Eating well is a passion, but I'm not a slave to my kitchen. In fact, I can be pretty lazy about cooking. One good outcome evolved from a lifetime of doing it is that I am pretty good at making [...]

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Cooking for a weekend crowd: keep it simple and tasty

Last weekend's summer celebration at Sweetlife Farm included planning meals for a crowd, since several of the artists who joined us, and my brother who came out for a visit and to help out all weekend had long travel times and were staying over. One even brought his bed with him, in the form of a [...]

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