fourth of july

Bread and butter pickles

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Welcome to Day 10 of What have I gotten myself into? (aka NaBloPoMo). I’m actually surprised that I’ve found something to post everyday without struggling. Then again, I did have a lot to share from the 4th of July which helped. But I woke up this morning and thought “I got nothing”. What to do? […]

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Sour cream ice cream

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Me: I’m making sour cream ice cream to go with the pie. Dan (face scrunched up into the “ew, yucky” face): Huh? Me: I think it will be good with the sweetness of the pie. Dan: I don’t know… I win. The proof is in the pudding, er, ice cream. Though it does sound a […]

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Peach Pie. It’s what’s for dinner.

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That’s right, I had a slice of peach pie for dinner last night. Was it weakness or inspiration? The chocolate chip cookies for dessert… well, maybe that was weakness, but the pie… the pie was inspired. Fresh-baked on Saturday for the fourth of July, I knew the moment I saw the recipe on the pages […]

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Cool, refreshing and festive: Watermelon margaritas

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When planning our fourth of July party, I knew I wanted to offer a cocktail. I expected most of the guys to drink beer, but that the ladies would appreciate something light and refreshing.  I was looking for something that said summer. I found inspiration flipping through the latest issue of Gourmet: Watermelon Margarita Ice […]

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Rosemary lemonade spritzers

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Last month, with some skepticism, I tried the rhubarb rosemary lemon spritzers from Simply Recipes. I wasn’t sure what rosemary would do to my fruity drink but it was really good. The rosemary added depth. It was a perfect foil to the tart and tangy rhubarb and lemon. So when I found these rosemary lemonade […]

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Happy 4th of July!

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I hope you are having a wonderful summer Saturday wherever you are. I made some little red velvet cakelets to celebrate Independence day. I only cheated a little… I had a couple of layers in the freezer from the last time I made red velvet cake (I made extra to save). This is the first […]

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bbq chicken with corn and avocado salad

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When I was a kid, my parents owned a fried chicken restaurant for a couple of years (“TJ’s Fried Chicken”… I don’t know who TJ was, they bought the business with the name).  I ate a little too much chicken during those years.  I would go to the restaurant after school to help out cleaning […]

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