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Stuffing

Thanksgiving Day Stuffing

I am not a stuffing person.

I’ve tried StoveTop stuffing and stuffing passed down from on high by the matriarch of a family or two. I’ve tried this stuffing and that stuffing and none of them appealed in the slightest.

I always try stuffings at Thanksgiving and Christmas but it never seems to work out. I’d take a spoonful and be lucky to make it through half. (Usually that half got pressed into some yams to disguise it.)

This…

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Poppy Filled Ring Roll… or something.

Poppy-filled ring loaf

My husband has really taken to baking. He loves it! I’m happy that I was able to introduce him to something he really enjoys and if our area had a baking class, I’d probably get him a term as a birthday present. Sadly, the only ones I’ve found are the community college campus that is almost an hour away, so that will have to wait.

He’s been in a super-baking mood lately, making all sorts of things out of his favorite…

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Stuffed Acorn Squash

I’m so happy that winter squash are making their way back into stores. Prices are low this year on them, so it must have been a good year for growing — I don’t remember acorn squash starting out at 68c each last year!

Winter squash store extremely well. If you find a sale, buy a bunch and put them somewhere cool and dry. Garages and laundry rooms often are good places to store squash. As long as the rinds are hard, you have nothing to worry about.

Preparing acorn squash is pretty straightforward – it’s just as with…

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On Peaches and Problems

Not every recipe will be successful.

This one was saved by the peaches and the vanilla that managed to bring it through even despite the problems. I don’t often talk about failures here, part because failures are only interesting to read for so long and part because I like to put recipes up that work, that I love and want to enjoy again with friends. But, I made a promise that I would talk about what happened to those peaches and this is that story.

A friend of a friend offered me some peaches from her mini-orchard of…

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

I cannot believe I haven’t talked about this yet. This is the first recipe that we made in our new slow cooker and it is absolutely fabulous. (Kudos to ArachneJericho who recommended it to us!) I’ve already made this three times and we haven’t even owned our slow cooker an entire month!

I love barbecued pulled meat. Chicken and pork especially. But I’ve never really attempted to make it myself because it seemed so complicated and involved lots of oven-time, which heats up our small kitchen incredibly. (However, in the winter, it makes for a nice room to play…

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Slow Cooker Chili

I promise it won’t be all slow cookers all the time, but I do have this nifty new toy. :D We’re working on adapting some of our favorite Latvian recipes to it, like plovs and šķovēti kāposti, which we think are very well-suited. (The plovs was made to my father-in-law’s recipe, which is braised in a sealed roasting pan in the oven. It worked well but there’s still some testing to do before I write the final recipe.)

One thing I really wanted to do with our new slow cooker was make a real chili. I’ve tried before on…

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Slow Cooked Pintos Picadillo

Recently, we gave in to temptation after we cashed in our change jar and bought a handsome new 5qt programmable slow cooker. We’d been talking about it for several months and after talking it over with a close friend of ours who loves her slow cooker, we decided to do it.

To go along with it, she recommended “Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker: 200 Recipes for Healthy and Hearty One-Pot Meals That Are Ready When You Are” by Robin Robertson. We had a lot to learn and while I know meat dishes are incredibly popular…

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