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Potluck Pasta Salad

Last week, I got the phone call.. Someone in our community had passed away and it was our turn to show love in food and service.  Serving at events like funerals in the basement of our local church always gives me a renewed sense of faith in our small towns. I don’t know about where you live, but in small town America, we show love in food. There are many salads and bars that are brought to nourish the hearts of…

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Recipes Sides Thirty Days of Food

Jalapeno Cream Corn featuring Marybeth Feutz of My Fearless Kitchen

I had the pleasure of meeting Marybeth during our Taste 15 tour with Best Food Facts. Marybeth is a jill of all trades: she is a veterinarian, she and her husband raise beef cattle, they grow a very large garden full of produce like tomatoes and sweet corn, and she’s mommy to a very active little boy. Marybeth shares her love of food and farming over at her blog and online community My Fearless Kitchen. She answers common kitchen and food…

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Sweet Corn Jalapeno Mac and Cheese featuring Ashley Kennedy

For those of you who know me well, you know my ultimate comfort food is mac and cheese… OF ANY KIND! Honestly, if there is Mac and Cheese on any menu in any fancy form, you know WHO is ordering it! I decided to try this whole idea of putting sweet corn into your mac and cheese, but upping the game with jalapenos… And in true dairy feature form, I used PLENTY of dairy in this recipe! Don’t eat this…

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German Hot Potato Salad

One of the things I love about small town Midwest is that whenever there is a need, whether it be a wedding, funeral, or just a significant event in the community, people come out in the droves with food. Small town America shows love in food, and especially small town North Dakota.  There are certain dishes you’ll always find in the lineup during any community potluck. I’ve shared the recipe for my favorite Potluck Taco Salad and one of the…

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Broccoli Salad

Last week our local store Ashley Supervalu celebrated its’ golden anniversary! Fifty years in business is quite the accomplishment and all of us here in Ashley are so thankful for their continued hard work to provide groceries, meats, and produce for our small town.  As part of their celebration, they had lots of great events as well as lots of great sales. And I think I almost shrieked when I walked in and saw fresh broccoli was on sale. The…

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Mexican Rice

Growing up in California, I pretty much grew up knowing what authentic, traditional, and incredible Mexican food is supposed to taste like. Basically, I was spoiled because now I have standards. And meeting those standards when living in North Dakota isn’t easy!  Most of the time, I resort to finding my own authentic recipes and making them. I’ve found a couple gems that I keep making time and time again. Mexican rice is one of those gems. I often find…

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Stovetop Mac & Cheese

Before I moved in with my husband, I had never come in contact with that “fake cheese” substance called Velveeta. It freaks me out it’s shelf stable, that ain’t right. However, that handsome husband of mine has since woo-ed me with his bachelor cooking charms. And I gave in to Velveeta. If we are in a pinch and need a last minute side dish, we make what we call “cheesy noodles”. Essentially, elbow macaroni and Velveeta. I refuse to call…

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Breakfast Desserts Recipes Sides Thirty Days of Food

Apple Cheddar Galette

I’ve always been intrigued by pairing cheddar cheese and apple together in a dessert. I had never made a galette before but I love the idea. It is perfectly rustic and super easy to put together. It is similar to a pie but without the intimidation factor. So if you aren’t too sure about making a pie, try this galette!  This galette was perfection. It wasn’t too sweet and contrasted by the sharpness of the cheddar. The cheddar pie crust…

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Cranberry Bean Ragout featuring Erica Brown

Until Erica Brown (a fellow North Dakotan too!) got in contact with me to feature Cranberry beans, I had never heard of them! Cranberry beans are popular in Italian, Portuguese, and Greek cooking and are often known as borlotti beans. They are similar in taste to a pinto bean or kidney bean, but are much more beautiful. Cranberry beans are light colored with cranberry colored speckles. They are perfect for salads, soups, casseroles, stews, rice, and other whole grain dishes. You can…

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Creamy Potato Salad featuring Gray Girl Farms

I am so excited to feature this next farmer! Kylie has incredible tenacity and passion to pursue a dream of farming all while being a mom to (soon-to-be) three boys! Through hard work and a little faith, Kylie established Gray Girl Farms where she currently farms potatoes and forage crops, but hopes to expand as the years go on. I decided to share a classic potato recipe, but it is also one Kylie can appreciate. My mother-in-law raised three boys…

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