Thirty Days of Food

Welcome to my Thirty Days of Food blog series! 

It is common for many bloggers across the nation to participate in a Thirty Day Blogging Challenge. Holly of Dakota Farmer & Farm Progress took the challenge up a notch.. Agricultural blogging for thirty days. Since I love food and I love agriculture, I figured.. Why not put the two together? 

For the entire month of November, I will be sharing 0ne recipe a day which will highlight a feature ingredient. Along with the recipe, I will also feature a farmer, rancher, or producer who grows that featured ingredient. I’ve got dairy farmers, nut farmers, pork producers, and everything else in between! 

Below you will find all the recipes and features from both 2014 and 2015. ENJOY! 

Thirty Days of Food Introduction

It is common for many bloggers across the nation to participate in a Thirty Day Blogging Challenge once a year. Holly of Dakota Farmer &…

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Creamy Broccoli & Cheddar Soup featuring Mackinson Dairy

So if you've followed me for some time, you may remember how I recently found how much I love broccoli. I hated it as a child and never gave it a try…

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Whisky Lemonade with Honey Syrup

I don't think it gets much better than homemade lemonade. I love the tartness of the lemons mixed with the pulp. Add a little whisky? And you're got…

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Butternut Squash Risotto with Hazelnuts featuring Tiffany Marx

For years of my life, I lived with no clue how much I loved butternut squash. Now, I can't get enough of it. Pairing two of my favorite things…

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Almond Crunch Cookies with White Chocolate Chips featuring Sohnrey Family Foods

I am SO excited about this next feature, not only because I hailed from the land of almonds in California, but also because I grew up with this…

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Spinach Gorgonzola Edamame Salad featuring Philip Shaw

I know mostly around here the ladies dominate my readership, so I appreciate it even more when the gentlemen give me support. One of those…

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Pumpkin Muffins featuring Shannon Latham of Enchanted Acres

Food is something that is very emotional for us. Many of us have fond memories of spending time with grandma in the kitchen while we made cookies or…

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Red Beans and Rice featuring Adam Stromberger

I don't know about you but I LOVE me some red beans and rice... A little spicy sausage, some beans, and rice, perfection! It makes me want to break…

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Whisky Peach Pork Chops featuring Wanda Patsche

I was overjoyed when I got a couple pork producers to agree to be featured because honestly, we eat pork once a week at our house. My husband loves…

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Peanut Butter Cake featuring Seaton Farm & Vine

Pretty sure I wouldn't make it without peanut butter. Secret: peanut butter cookies are my favorite, hands down! So I was delighted when Katy Jane…

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Sweet Potato Sausage Spread featuring Heather Barnes

Sweet potatoes are another one of those things I never knew I liked until recently... And holy moly, did I find out I like them! Honestly, they are…

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Asian Meatballs featuring Crystal Blin of Crystal Cattle

For those of you who don't know Crystal, you are missing out! Over at Crystal Cattle, Crystal blogs about, of course, cattle but also loves makeup,…

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Ham and Navy Bean Soup featuring Szymanski Seed and Grain

I am loving all these dry bean producers I've had the pleasure of featuring! I honestly didn't even think of the many varities of beans we have on…

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Barley Pilaf featuring Heather Maude

I was very excited to get a fellow Dakota lady in this series! Heather is originally a Wyoming gal, but now calls our lovely neighbors to the South,…

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Roasted Beet Salad featuring Nathan Ashcraft

So another one of those things I recently found I liked is beets. How did I go this far in my life without finding out how delicious beets are!? I am…

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Beef and Lentil Soup featuring Farver Farms

One of the reasons I am LOVING this Thirty Days of Food series is the fact that I am getting to cook and try all sorts of new things! Lentils are…

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Honey Garlic Chicken featuring Lauren Arbogast

If you don't know Lauren, let me tell you, this gal is a whole ton of fun! She blogs over at Paint the Town Ag and she's always full of energy and…

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Sour Apple Pork Burgers featuring Cristen Clark of Food and Swine

Cristen has very quickly become one of my new favorite bloggers! Honestly, her recipes are simply divine and she makes food look so PRETTY! Me... not…

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Lamb Chop Marinade featuring Charlotte Schwanke

Being that I am from California, I ate a lot of lamb growing up. Fast forward to North Dakota, finding lamb in a grocery store is few and far…

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Beef Stir Fry featuring Kellie Gregorich

I must say, it warms my meat loving heart to know I've got three beef producers in this Thirty Days of Food series.  If you haven't met…

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Beet and Carrot Muffins featuring Teresa Falk

Moving to North Dakota has opened my eyes to several new crops I had never been exposed to before... Canola was one of these crops. We don't grow it…

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Almond Crusted Chicken with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce featuring Jenny Holtermann

Want to hear a small world moment? I stumbled upon this blog one day and had to say the gal in the photo looked familiar. Come to find out, she was!…

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Roasted Red Potatoes with Lemon Thyme Butter featuring Leah Brakke of Black Gold Farms

So I always loved red potatoes. I mean, you can't go wrong. But it wasn't until North Dakota, I realized how amazing red potatoes can be... I don't…

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Roasted Turkey featuring Lynn Meschke of Meschke Poultry

It wouldn't be a Thirty Days of Food in November without a turkey recipe! Well here it finally is... just in time for Thanksgiving! Luckily we have a…

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Traditional Stuffing featuring Michael Antle of Tanimura & Antle Produce

My next guest totally went above and beyond just being featured. They sent me a whole freaking box of their featured ingredient! It was extremely…

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Beef Wellington featuring Megan Brown of The Beef Jar

I have Megan to thank for getting me involved in this thing we call blogging and social media. It was over three years ago, she told me "you need to…

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Maple Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies featuring Heather Kessler

Maple syrup is something I enjoyed pretty regularly over my waffles or pancakes, but I never really think about where it comes from or how it is…

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Apple Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Champagne Cream Sauce featuring Val Plagge

So excited to have another pork feature on here! We covered pork chops and ground pork, so this time it's all about pork tenderloin! Pork tenderloins…

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Veal Dumpling Soup featuring Doreen Barker

I've always loved veal, especially in my Italian dishes. It wasn't until Doreen I learned of Rose Veal. Doreen works hard to provide their cattle and…

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Green Beans with Walnuts and Blue Cheese featuring Candace Gallion

I've known Candace and her family for years. They are wonderful people who have a passion for what they do. I was so delighted to know Candace was…

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Chili Verde Rice featuring Marc Breckenridge

I got the opportunity to meet Marc through my friend Megan last time I was visiting California. We immediately found common interest in Agriculture…

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Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese with Darleen of Guernsey Dairy Mama

If you love adorable Guernsey calves and learning more about where our dairy products come from, you'll love Darleen of Guernsey Dairy Mama! Lucky…

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Thirty Days of Food 2015 Introduction

Last year I participated in my first ever Thirty Day Blogging Challenge. As a blogger I've always seen many other of my peers do it and while I think…

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Butter Pecan Ice Cream featuring Larrabee Farms

Social media makes the world such a small place... When I put out a call for features during this series, I was put in contact with Keith of Larrabee…

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Veal Cannelloni featuring Landwehr Veal

My dad's friend makes this amazing veal cannelloni. Honestly it is the stuff dreams are made of... I've always wanted to try my hand at making it.…

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Honey Peach Whiskey Sour featuring Sweet Cheeks Honey

In 2014, Mark & Sara Hewitt set out with a passion and an idea. The passion, to find a means to help pollinators on their farm. The idea,…

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Grandma’s Sloppy Joes featuring Kellie For Ag

Kellie and I met via social media several years ago now (I think!? Time flies!) and from the beginning I could tell Kellie had a heart of gold. She's…

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Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip featuring Ashley Kennedy

This last summer, I attended the National Festival of Breads in Manhattan, Kansas. Everyone said I just had to make it to the So Long Saloon for…

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Onion Tart featuring Roberts Family Farms

If there was one thing I use in my kitchen the most (besides black pepper and garlic) it would have to be onions. I go to the store almost weekly and…

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Buckwheat Beet Salad featuring Oaknook Farms

It is no secret, I am a big proponent for whole grains and love to test recipes that encourage us to include more whole grains (versus refined…

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Chocolate Bread Pudding featuring Heins Family Farm

Chris and I connected via social media several years ago now (Really? That long!?) I've always enjoyed Chris' love for dairy, his sense of humor as…

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Avocado and Tomato Frittata featuring Double H Avocado Ranch

Since I grew up in California, I had the joy of being close to where avocados thrive. And consequently, I love avocados. Moving to North Dakota has…

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Vanilla Pear Vodka featuring Double M Farms

A while back I found myself with an abundance of pears... Not wanting to make a bunch of baked goods, I did what any logical woman would do... I made…

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Salted Caramel and White Cheddar Popcorn featuring Pilot Knob Comforts

When I visited Chicago several weeks ago, I was gifted a bag of Garrett Popcorn. Inside the bag there was a mixture of cheddar popcorn and caramel…

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Edamame and Rice Casserole featuring Parsley Farms

I added edamame and soybeans to my regular cooking when I was challenged this summer doing my Crop of the Month series when I featured soybeans. I…

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Cajun Stuffed Pork Loin featuring Thomas Titus

My husband is a meat and potatoes guy.. What this means is that on any given evening we have to have some sort of animal protein with our supper.…

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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…

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Steakhouse Marinade featuring Zenker Cattle

One of my favorite cuts I've introduced to my husband for the grill is tri-tip. Back in California, my parents make a House Marinade that is to-die…

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Cream of Asparagus Soup with Ham featuring Carilynn Coombs

Nothing like the farming community to come out in full force when you need them. I've had an overwhelming response from dairy farmers this go around…

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Blackberry Buckle featuring KV Farms Inc.

If you're like me and wondered, what the heck is a buckle? Here's a little tid bit of information: "A buckle is a cake that gets its name from the…

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Whole Wheat Roasted Strawberry Muffins featuring T.E. O’Toole Farms

I've written a lot about eating and incorporating more whole grain foods into our diets on my blog. Unfortunately, I think most people don't enjoy…

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Leg of Lamb Marinade featuring Agricultural with Dr. Lindsay

I was super excited when I had a lamb producer, Lindsay of Agricultural with Dr. Lindsay, get in contact with me. Lamb is something that growing up…

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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…

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Cinnamon Maple Bacon Waffle Cookies featuring Hillcrest Family Farms

I met Brad of Hillcrest Family Farms during an American Soybean Association event earlier this year. Brad and his wife Nicole operate a family farm…

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Beef and Rice Hot Dish featuring Cody & Abbie Smith

Today I am excited to feature another North Dakotan! Abbie and Cody live about 50 miles from me and they raise beef cattle. Abbie shared with me…

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Pumpkin Goat Cheese Raviolis featuring Kyle Wasson

Just recently I had the pleasure of attending the U.S. Durum Associates International Durum Forum. It was incredible to learn all about durum…

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Cajun Boiled Peanuts feautring Woodham Cattle Co.

I've lived in California and North Dakota, neither of which are the South. Apparently boiled peanuts are a thing in the South…

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Beer Cheese Soup featuring Renee of Eat Farm Love

I can't think of something that suits a dairy feature better than Beer Cheese soup. To go along with this delicious comfort soup, I have Renee of Eat…

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Beef Pot Pies featuring Trista of Cattle Empire

Who doesn't love a good pot pie? Honestly, it's one of the standards of comfort food. Most of the time, chicken gets the spotlight. But this beef pot…

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Chocolate Mousse Crepes featuring Jenni of Flood Brothers Farm

Several years ago, I frequented a restaurant in Chico, CA called the Kramore Inn. It specialized in crepes and other pasta dishes. But they served…

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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…

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Pickled Peppers featuring Ellen Way

When I was in Chicago, we ate at the amazing Girl and The Goat. One of our side dishes was roasted cauliflower with pickled peppers. It was such…

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Thirty Days of Food 2016 Introduction

For the last two years I've participated in a  Thirty Day Blogging Challenge during the month of November. As a blogger I’ve always seen many…

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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…

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Peach Whisky Meatballs featuring Jeff Hoogendoorn

 One of the reasons I often love hearing from the people who produce the food we put on our table is that a lot of them are what I call straight…

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Southwestern Quinoa Skillet featuring Andrew Dalgarno

Quinoa has been the hype for some time, it seemed like it just exploded into the health food scene and is here to stay. I honestly had never heard of…

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Red Wine Sauce featuring Farmhouse Vineyards

This next feature is a new one to the Thirty Days of Food ingredient list and it is a favorite of mine, WINE! I was excited when Katy Jane from…

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Balsamic Fig Lamb Chops featuring Jeremy Geske

Since moving to the Midwest, finding a lamb lover is few and far between. So I am always excited to have another excuse to cook lamb here in the ole…

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Iowa Ham Balls featuring Jennifer Bieber

Being a transplant Midwesterner, the food culture of the Midwest is something I've very much loved getting to know and cooking through. I wasn't…

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Southern Tomato Pie featuring Katie James

I am new to this whole Southern food culture, but holy... let me tell you! The South has some amazing food! I had some garden tomatoes left from my…

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Honey Buffalo Popcorn featuring Brian Scott of The Farmer’s Life

Today I welcome a familiar face to Thirty Days of Food. Brian of The Farmer's Life has cultivated a presence for himself and his farming operation…

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Hot Pepper Burger featuring Alison McGrew

One of my favorite places in the whole country is the Black Hills of South Dakota. The hubby and I typically make several trips there a year, most of…

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Honey Goat Cheese Crostini with Pickled Blueberries featuring Stephanie Rovey

I, personally, love goat cheese. But I've found that goat cheese for most is an acquired taste. It can be tart and not everyone enjoys that.…

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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…

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Cherry Cola Pulled Pork featuring Amanda Carlson

Is there anything better than pulled pork?? I love a good pulled pork plate or sandwich and will order it on almost any menu. One of the reasons…

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Homemade Berry Pop Tarts featuring Lorin Fahrmeier

Ever come across a food that takes you back to childhood? Pop tarts are something I think as a kid I could have eaten every morning, if only Mom…

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French Dip Sandwiches featuring Katelyn Dynneson

Our next feature hails from the land of wide open spaces, gorgeous mountain views, and of course cattle. In case you aren't putting two and two…

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Cauliflower and Chestnut Soup featuring Theresa Freund

I always love when I can find unique ingredients that have never before been featuring during Thirty Days of Food and today I have one of those:…

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Honey Sage Whisky Cocktail featuring Neale Family Farms

This summer was my first time growing a garden and with that garden I also grew a patch of various herbs. Some of the herbs did really well and some…

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Cranberry White Chocolate Scones featuring Cassander Gilmore & Ben Richards

There are these white chocolate and cranberry scones that are my favorite when I go to my favorite fancy coffee shop in the city. So, when…

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Pork Burgers featuring Janae Mogler of Pig Hill Farms

Being that I didn't grow up a Midwesterner, pork burgers weren't something I was ever exposed to. I know, my Iowa friends are thinking I am crazy! My…

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Butter Pecan Cookies featuring Jennifer Wammack of Berdoll Pecans

I am always happy to feature nuts of any kind here on this blog, mostly because I grew up in Northern California where they are grown. I use nuts…

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White Cornmeal Pancakes featuring Randall Anderson

White corn is often the preferred corn variety for use in Mexican-style and other corn-based foods including tortillas, corn flakes, corn meal, grits…

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Chipotle Bison Chili featuring Angela Jones

Bison is a great lower fat red meat alternative that is rich in flavor and can be utilized in any most any recipe that calls for beef! I was so…

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Pan Fried Steak featuring Natalie Heim

Usually the hubby and I grill our steaks, but we've always wanted to try our hand at the steakhouse style of pan frying steaks. Unlike grilling, pan…

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Blueberry Crumble Bars featuring Kassie Grasmanis

I am always looking for quick and simple bar recipes to take to potlucks or other community meals. You know you live in the Midwest when you are…

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Turkey Cranberry Melt featuring Daniel French

If you are needing a recipe to utilize that leftover turkey and cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving, this is a great one to try. It is simple but…

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Baked Taquitos with Queso featuring Kent Hanawalt

Need another great quick and easy recipe for potlucks, picnics, or any other gathering? These baked taquitos with queso are perfect and a crowd…

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Chicken Broccoli and Barley Casserole featuring Alaska Flour Company

Barley is a great versatile grain that can be utilized much like rice or quinoa. With my pressure cooker, I've enjoyed a quick and simple way to cook…

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Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes featuring Durrer Dairy

I honestly couldn't live without dairy. At any given time you're likely to find milk, several kinds of cheese, sour cream, and often heavy cream and…

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