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Chili with Bison and Beans

Living in the eastern half of the United States, what used to be called buffalo is almost always referred to as bison now. However, I discovered while traveling in the western half of the United States several months ago that bison is still often referred to as buffalo. This difference has totally confused my six-year-old […]

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Beer Cheese Dip

I have been trying to recreate a beer cheese dip/sauce that one of my favorite German restaurants serves. My latest version turned out to be very tasty! The mixture of the different cheeses along with a light flavor of an ale really worked. One of the keys to a smooth cheese sauce is to slowly […]

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Pretzel and Honey Chicken Tenders (or Nuggets)

This recipe is a result of my planning to enter a chicken recipe contest.  Although I never got around to actually entering the contest, my work on  the recipe was not lost as it is a big hit with my family. These are on my Super Bowl day menu. When served with beer cheese dip […]

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Cranberry and Mushroom Stuffed Pork Loin

I must say I am very happy with my first spiral stuffed pork loin roast. I usually don’t take as much pride in my work, but I can’t help but be a little elated at the results. Sure, I could use a little more practice in cutting the roast so that it is a more […]

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Homemade Rice-a-Roni

As I stared at a huge stockpile of rice and pasta in my pantry, I wondered two things. First, I wondered how I let myself amass such a large amount even if they were on sale and I did have coupons. Second, what should I do with all of it? It had been a rather […]

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Simple Poached Pears

Until recently, the only poached pears I was familiar with were poached in wine.  The one time I had them did not turn me into a fan.  I guess I do not like wine enough to enjoy my dessert fruit poached in it. However, I recently read about pears poached in just a simple syrup […]

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Hot Fudge Sauce

I must be insane. It is mid-January and I am making hot fudge sauce. I should be concentrating on healthy foods, budget-friendly meals and warm soups, but I want peppermint hot fudge sauce. What makes me question my sanity most is that I am not the biggest chocolate fan. I like it every once and […]

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Cabbage Salad and Freezer Slaw

In my continuing effort to save money and still feed my family well, I bought a lot of cabbage while it was on sale. I started by making my standard dishes of cooked cabbage with bacon and coleslaw. I decided to make another favorite, cabbage salad. It is almost a cross between the cooked cabbage […]

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Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Bacon-wrapped scallops are among those snacks/appetizers that are always popular, never left over and easy to make. Despite this, the only time I used to ever have them was at large, semi-formal to formal occasions (anniversary parties, cocktail receptions, holiday events).  In fact, I found that I had never had any that were homemade.  They had […]

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Yummy Ham Loaf

Although it is a great way to use leftover ham,  I always made ham loaf from a “ham loaf mix” that I purchased at the meat counter at the grocery or meat store before we moved to our current home.  The mix was simply ground ham and ground pork in the correct proportions to make […]

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