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Kool-Aid Pickles

My husband came home from work one day going on about a pickle that he had from a mobile food vendor.  It was a dill pickle that had been soaked in Kool-aid…a Kool-aid pickle.  When I coordinated a fall fair at my church earlier this month, he was adamant that we make Kool-aid pickles to sell […]

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Barbecue Gravy

Why barbecue gravy?  Can’t use just use barbecue sauce?  Barbecue gravy has a rich and muted tanginess that still packs enough of a zing to liven up while complementing mashed potatoes, meat, and whatever else it is poured on.  On the other hand, barbecue sauce has a stronger, no-apologies profile and has its own role as a […]

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Christmas Pickles

Christmas Pickles were one of the items that my mom would make most every year around Christmas that I never really understood. They were called Christmas Pickles, but I did not see anything particularly “Christmas-y” about them. I assumed for a while the name was a reference to the fact that Mom often gave them […]

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Making Guacamole: Quick and Easy

I knew that every time I mentioned buying avocados to make guacamole my husband turned up his nose. It wasn’t until last year when we went to a Ovelle’s, which is known for really good guacamole made table side, that he finally confessed to never eating freshly-made guacamole and did not like any that he […]

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Dad’s Pimento Cheese

My love of pimento cheese started long before I moved to the South.  My parents would raise pimentos is their garden for themselves and my grandmother to pickle and can.  In fact, my grandmother was well known for her pickled pimentos. Although my dad rarely cooked, he usually helped my mom use the canned pickled […]

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Taco-in-a-Bag a.k.a. Walking Tacos

Summer brings fairs and festivals and the foods that you may only ever eat during those events. They are often foods that are relatively easy to eat as you walk/stand. Growing up in West Virginia, one of my favorite fair foods was the Taco-in-a-Bag, also known as the Walking Taco. I was a little surprised […]

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Homemade Sugar Cubes

To be quite honest, cubed sugar is something I have only purchased a couple of times in my entire life. When I did, it was for my college students to use to pull the carbonation out of soda pop as part of a demonstration for middle school students. I never wanted to pay extra to […]

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