Pumpkin Maple Pie with Fresh Pumpkin

Pumpkin Pie

Every year, my husband starts to ask for this as soon as the pie pumpkins come to the produce stand, so I adapted their recipe to include fresh pumpkin. I adore cooking with fresh ingredients in season! Last year, I used an heirloom pumpkin called a “candy roaster” and it was HEAVENLY! Definitely ask for it at your local produce stand. So how do you make a pumpkin pie from…

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The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg!

Just in time for Easter, you’ll have beautiful (and yummy) Easter Eggs.  If you still need some Easter ideas, check out this post with some great Easter books and ideas! OK, Folks! After years of perfecting the hard-boiling of eggs, I am officially going to share THE way to do it, avoiding cracked eggs, sticky shells, and green yolks! 1. Start with fresh eggs, but actually, the slightly older ones…

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Friendship Soup Mix, an Inexpensive Christmas Gift Idea

Friendship Soup Mix is a gift idea that I originally saw in Taste of Home magazine many years ago. You can layer these ingredients in a jar as shown, or in a regular quart size mason jar. The recipient can make the soup anytime using a few extra ingredients. A friend and I sold these at the Farmer’s Market a few years ago for $7 each and made some great…

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Easy “Sweet” Sourdough Bread

I first tasted this bread about 4 years ago, and I had to get the recipe. It is actually a little bit sweeter than traditional sourdough bread, however it is the best bread I have ever tasted! This bread is great alongside soups or chili, as a snack with butter, or as agift. To Make the Starter: Dissolve 1 packet of yeast (2-1/4 tsp) in 1 cup of warm water.…

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White Bean Chicken Chili

This warm and healthy recipe is perfect for these long winter nights we’ve been having lately. (and if you live in Hawaii right now, you’re not allowed to read this!) This particular recipe was originally from Cooking Light magazine, but I’ve added some alternatives and tips! Let me know if you like it! Ingredients: 3 cups cooked chicken, shredded (leftovers from rotisserie or baked chicken, or boil a chicken, use…

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The Best Guacamole Ever

We had a really fun Super Bowl Party this year! Some long-time friends, and some new ones, came over to watch the game projected on the wall, 9′ x 6′. Of course, the highlight of the night for me was the food and fellowship. I thought I’d share my recipe for the best Guacamole ever. Mix these ingredients together for the perfect guacamole. Remember to watch the video for tips…

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Friday’s Frugal Feast: Chicken and Dumplings

Warning: This recipe will not be appearing in “30 Minute Meals.” This Chicken and Dumplings is definitely food of love. It takes a total of about 90 minutes to cook. However, that also has some boiling time built in, so you can work in other tasks. It’s not fast, but it is cheap! I used some leg quarters that I got on sale at Harris Teeter for $.29 per pound!…

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The Best Barbecue Chicken Ever

I guarantee this recipe is the easiest and yummiest barbecue chicken you have ever tasted! My mother-in-law introduced me to this recipe. I purchased chicken breasts this week for $2.50 / lb at Harris Teeter, so I made this for a friend who is going through a hard time right now. Barbecue Chicken (6-8 servings, about $.90 each) 3-4 boneless chicken breasts1 bottle of barbecue sauce1 12-oz can of Dr.…

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The Perfect Salisbury Steak Recipe

So you found a great sale on ground beef? Do you have some in your freezer, but you don’t want tacos or meatloaf any more? I have the perfect recipe for you! My husband and friends rave about this recipe, and it’s great for freezing, or providing meals for others. I learned this recipe from my dad, who is an amazing cook! Salisbury Steak (8-10 servings, roughly $1.00 each) 2…

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Friday’s Frugal Feast: Turkey Corn Chowder

I had planned to post a cheap and delicious Christmas gift today, Friendship Soup Mix, but I realized that we need to do something with the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving! So I’m going to stick with the soup theme (because soup is usually cheap!), and share what I will be cooking this weekend! Turkey Corn Chowder To make thicker chowder, blend or process half of the corn until smooth before…

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