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Vegetable Soup

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My husband’s grandma Katie makes this delicious Vegetable Soup. It’s seriously the best on a cold winter day. She even adds little ring noodles to the soup, perfect addition! While I haven’t gotten the recipe from her, I did take to my kitchen to re-create it. And I must say, it’s pretty spot on. So I give you… Vegetable Soup! Just like grandma used to make!  This one, as with many of my recipes, is easily adaptable. Sometimes I include lima…

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Desserts Recipes

Strawberry Cheesecake

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Besides chocolate chip cookies, my husband’s favorite dessert is hands down cheesecake. Now usually I make my Grandma Nonny’s easy cheesecake because quite honestly the idea of a regular cheesecake seemed like too much work. I mean, it requires a special pan and everything!? Well apparently I got a wild hair the other weekend and decided to make a New York Style Cheesecake… What makes it New York Style? I have not a clue. But this was the real deal…

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Canning Cooking Resources Recipes

Intro to Canning: Tips, Tricks, & Tools

Intro to Canning

For years I have always been terrified of canning. I am not sure if working in the meat industry had me leery about botulism and other bacteria or what my problem was. To me, canning seemed like this daunting task left to the best housewives and homemakers. So I let my fear get the best of me and shied away from ever canning… Until last year. I had several friends on social media sharing their bounties from canning and I got…

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Appetizers Main Courses Recipes

Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Dip

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It’s summer and usually for most people that means attending bbqs, pot lucks, parties, and other get togethers. The weather is great and people enjoy being out and about. And usually that means food, fellowship, and a few tried and true recipes…  Add some excitement to your party by reinventing some tried and true favorites and of course adding a little homemade element.  My husband and I, mostly my husband, LOVES buffalo chicken wings. I enjoy the flavor, but I…

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Recipes Sides

Cucumber Salad

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Summertime has FINALLY hit North Dakota… although this week it cooled down significantly! BUT we experienced some summer weather for a few days! It counts! 🙂 I don’t know what screams summer to you or what your favorite parts about summer are… But I love summer because of the food. The fresh fruits and vegetables and of course all the bbq’s, picnics, and potlucks!  My husband and I have been enjoying lots of summer meals complete with salads, grilled meats,…

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Main Courses Recipes

Chicken Fried Steak

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If there is one food I can’t say no to besides macaroni and cheese, it is chicken fried steak. I am not sure if you can get much more comforting than a battered and fried cube steak with creamy gravy over the top.  Just when I’m trying to be good, the idea to make chicken-fried steak takes hold in my brain and doesn’t let go until the deed is done. So last week I finally gave in. I made this chicken…

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North Dakota Recipes Sides

Lazy Cheese Buttons

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I have a confession to make… I have an addiction. An addiction with old cookbooks. Whenever I come across a used book store or book section in an antique store, cookbooks are the first thing I look for. I have found some awesome treasures throughout my searching. There’s honestly nothing better than a cookbook that begins with explaining my duties as a wife during the 1950’s. 😉  It is no secret that we don’t cook like we used to. And…

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Desserts Family Recipes

Rhubarb Cheesecake Bars

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Until I moved to North Dakota, I am pretty sure I had never had anything rhubarb before in my life. In fact, I am pretty sure that I didn’t even know what rhubarb looked like or how it grew. Rhubarb was not a thing where I was from in California. So when I moved to small town North Dakota and summer just began to hit, everyone started buzzing about rhubarb. You see in a small town it is common for…

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Desserts Family Recipes

Nonny’s Cheesecake

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Well since last week I shared a recipe from my grandma Betty, I figured this week I would round things out and share a recipe from my Nonny. I don’t really know how or why we started calling my Dad’s mom Nonny. But that is what we all called her. Even people that weren’t in our family called her Nonny. Nonny and I were very close. I spent nearly every summer as a kid at her house. She lived up…

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Betty’s Baked Beans

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When I think of summer cookouts, bbqs, and pot lucks, I always think of my Grandma Betty’s Baked beans. Honestly, they are what I look forward to at family get togethers. For years I have tried to replicate her recipe until I come to find out, my mom has had the recipe all along. This weekend for Memorial Day, I decided to channel my inner Grandma Betty and made a pot of her beans. They are super easy and honestly,…

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