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Springtime Salad with Crispy Prosciutto and Creamy Lemon and Herb Dressing

During the long, cold dark days of winter, my family leans on sturdy roots, sweet butternut squash, and hearty soups and stews, so by the time the snows recede and the green shoots and buds of spring begin to emerge in the warming light, we’re ready for something decidedly lighter, fresher and brighter.

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Shellfish Cioppino

  You want a bowl of this spicy, tomato-rich Shellfish Cioppino, seriously.

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Red Kuri Pumpkin Soup

German cuisine is wonderfully hearty and though certain recipes vary depending on each region, there are real staples to the diet, such are beautiful fresh bread, potatoes, soups and stews. Each area has their own home twist on the classics, such as the Russian influence of flavours within East Germany (my current home), to the… 

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How to Make Seasoning Salt

Sometimes it can be a struggle to put a wholesome dinner on the table.  While I spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen, developing traditional foods recipes for this site, I spend even more of my time in my office – hands on the keyboard, and eyes glued to the display.  Work, coupled with… 

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Pan-Roasted Chicken with Tarragon and Mustard Cream Sauce

It was a busy day, and I was up to my ears in emails.   As the afternoon wore on into evening, my husband and I desperately needed to figure out dinner.  That’s when I reached for a new book, Nourishing Broth, that was recently sent to me for review.  I thumbed through it, and… 

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Chai Spiced Butter Tea

I’ve never been one for breakfast.  My stomach doesn’t really wake up until mid-morning.  Sure, I try to take the time to make a hot breakfast for my little boy before he heads off to school, whether that’s fried eggs and fresh tomatoes, or homemade oatmeal.  For the most part, I sip something first thing in… 

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup with Crispy Bacon

At midday, my husband and I leave our computers and sit down to lunch.  Soup, hearty and rich and filling, is a mainstay on our lunchtime table.  Either one of us will toss the ingredients into a single pot around noon, and let it simmer until done, when we sit down to eat, supplementing lunch… 

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Traditional Wassail Recipe

Love and joy come to you, and to your wassail too!

I love a traditional wassail, and I make it three times  a year – on the first day of snow, on the longest night of the year and on New Year’s Eve.  And today marks the longest night of the year and the shortest day.  We’ll celebrate with wassail and by lighting a candle that… 

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Zingers

Jalapeno, Apricot and Bacon Zingers

I have a love of bacon.  No, really.  I love bacon.  All salty and sweet and meaty.  And that’s why I jumped at the opportunity to work with Applegate, the makers of amazing natural and organic bacon.  I’ve been known to skip a real dinner and head down with my husband to the local rum… 

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Homemade Sauerkraut

Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe

Homemade sauerkraut, in all its funky humility, is a favorite food in our home – particularly in wintertime when fresh, local produce is a rare treat and we rely on what we’ve put by over the summer and autumn months.  For us, this means lots of fermented foods and sauerkraut in particular. We grow cabbage… 

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