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Thanksgiving brings us images of turkeys and family gatherings with big feasts. While Thanksgiving is typically reserved for turkey, there’s plenty of space on the table for our favorite beef or pork dishes. These recipes are fairly simple and provide just what you need for a deliciously suc…

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I drove by a quick lube store a few days ago and noticed their marquee had a special offer advertised, “Pumpkin Spice Oil Changes.” It even encouraged us to get them before they were gone. It made me realize how much of a craze we’ve made all things that include pumpkin and spice.

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I was recently contacted by a reader who suggested I share a few easy recipes she could clip and send with her college-student son. Lean ground beef was on sale at the grocery store and is easy to incorporate into quick and satisfying recipes. Ground beef is one of the most versatile go-to s…

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I was thumbing through a pile of recipes over the weekend that had been stashed in a box for a good number of years. Some are hand-written, some are clipped from a magazine or book and a few are scrawled on a crumpled napkin or bit of paper. They have one thing in common however. They are al…

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A good friend and I were having coffee this past week and talking about recipes and what we’ve recently eaten that is comment worthy. Somehow our conversation soon ventured into our favorite desserts and what we’d make if that ever elusive resource called time would allow for it.

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A packed schedule often leads to fewer meals around the table. Between balancing family, friends, work and activities, it can be easy to reach for a pre-packaged snack on the go that lacks important vitamins and nutrients.

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Cucumbers have arrived in my garden, and I was looking for the traditional creamy cucumbers like my grandma made. This is it!

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Sorghum is the Whole Grains Council’s grain of the month this June. What better way to celebrate than to showcase sorghum’s wholesome goodness and versatility than in a parade of grain bowls. Grain bowls are a great option for any meal of the day because they can help save time in the kitche…

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Grilled Salmon Kebabs

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Can you believe I’ve been sharing recipes with you for four and a half years? That’s just over 1,000 recipes we’ve created and tested and in the Sutton Central kitchen and shared with High Plains Journal readers near and far. Of course that doesn’t include the flips, flops and definitely “no…

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 There’s something about the charbroiled flavor of barbecued food that makes it taste extra special. Maybe it owes part of its appeal to the fresh air that sharpens the appetite and makes that tantalizing aroma so totally irresistible. It’s even better when the aroma is coming from your yard…

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Enjoy this collection of soups, main dishes and sides this month.

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My kids love referring to these as “happytizers” because it likely means they get to eat them more quickly, and the “grab and go” eating style fits their energy. I like having appetizers like the cucumber bites handy in the refrigerator as well large bowls of cut up veggies to go with a home…

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Spring has sprung, and with that comes one of my favorite times of the year: grilling season! Outdoor cooking gives us the opportunity to spend more time in the backyard, and who doesn’t love a picnic? On the nights we prepare salmon we toss a few hot dogs on the grill for the kids. While th…

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Give me one sort-of warm day in the middle of winter in the Midwest and this gal gets spring cleaning fever.

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Spring is a time of renewal. I love getting into the vegetable garden for the first time and tilling up the soil after its long winter rest. The robins gather around and wait for an unsuspecting earthworm to appear on a dirt clod, making a nice afternoon snack. I sit for a moment on a tree s…

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I love experimenting with recipes and trying new combinations. Sometimes, however, it’s fun to make simple recipes and enjoy time at the dinner table instead of in the kitchen. These are a few of my favorite simple recipes because they are versatile for each diner to customize. Spice it up w…

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With today’s technology, photo taking is easier than ever. Most adults and teenagers are closely connected to their smart phone, making it quick and easy to grab unforgettable photographs to keep forever. With the ease of photo taking, it seems many of us, myself included, have become lazy a…

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Chicken breasts were on special this week, so I loaded my cart and have prepared a month full of fantastic recipes to share with you! Easy is the name of the game as we get a chance to spend a little bit more time outside this month when the time changes and we’re ready to break our cabin fever.

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Gourmet Chocolate Cupcakes with Cherry Preserves

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Do have a favorite singer or band that you own the “greatest hits” album for? Is it filled with songs that remind you of a special time or lyrics that resonate with how you’re feeling at the moment? For me it’s Don Williams. I regret not taking the opportunity to see him live in concert but …

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I don’t often need an excuse to bake. I love the smell of cookies or bread baking in the oven. It seems to draw everyone in the house to the kitchen island and away from their phones, computers and electronic-pad-thingies. I grab a mug of milk for each of us and we test each batch as it come…

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We love soup. Really, we could eat soup every day of the year. A good soup is hard to top. Perhaps it’s the ability to mix tons of ingredients to come up with a satisfying fusion of flavor that we enjoy the most. 

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When the temperature takes a nose dive and you’re finishing chores after dark, the glorious smell of a hot comforting meal is a welcome greeting as you return home. Let the slow cooker do the work for you, grab a big bowl and put your feet up by the fireplace.

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If you’ve had a teenage boy growing up in your home, you’ll connect with what I’m about to say. They eat. They eat a lot. They eat non-stop.

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During our last winter weather blast I was searching for projects to do with my little ones. I spied a stack of magazines that I’d read, dog-eared and clipped recipe ideas from over the past few months. I told the girls to meet me at the table with several sheets of clean paper. I grabbed th…

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It started out with my annual year-end pantry clean-out project. Checking the dates on the spices and mixes and tossing out those that are past their best-if-used-by dates. Then I took stock of and organized the canned vegetables, beans and fruit. Next up were several boxes of dried pasta li…

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With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season wrapping up and cold weather finally setting in, my family has gravitated toward the slow cooking process. There’s nothing like a good soup when you’re tired of eating fast food or have little time in between the end of your work day and dinne…

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As I sit here on a Sunday morning with coffee in hand and warm fuzzy blanket tucked around me, I’m reflecting upon recent activities and looking forward to the Christmas celebration and festivities. A few days with family gathered, fantastic food and great conversations warm my heart with memories.

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Whip up these easy treats for your holiday trays or Christmas gatherings. Save a few green, red and gold wrapped Rolos to sprinkle around the tray or add a few small plastic tree ornaments to add color.

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Complete your Christmas cookie tray for Santa Claus with these fun and festive cookies.

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Don’t let a last-minute party invite throw you into a panic this holiday season. Keep a list with simple homemade and semi-homemade recipes handy with a few basic ingredients you can pull together quickly.

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Thanksgiving brings us images of turkeys and family gatherings with big feasts. While Thanksgiving is typically reserved for turkey, there’s plenty of space on the table for our favorite beef or pork dishes. These recipes are fairly simple and provide just what you need for a deliciously suc…

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Whether your home is the gathering spot for Sunday afternoon football or you’re enjoying the simple rustling of the huge Maple tree leaves blowing in the evening wind, soup seems to in order. This week’s recipes are courtesy of Mr. Apron Strings (a.k.a. hubby Jeff), who has mastered the art …

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I drove by a quick lube store a few days ago and noticed their marquee had a special offer advertised, “Pumpkin Spice Oil Changes.” It even encouraged us to get them before they were gone. It made me realize how much of a craze we’ve made all things that include pumpkin and spice.

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Whether you’re following the Friday night pigskin or celebrating at the Saturday afternoon party in the parking lot, your mouth is likely watering for something sweet and salty. Food and football go hand in hand. Tailgating, or gathering around a pick-up truck tailgate or a car trunk to eat,…

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Parenting is a privilege albeit a daunting one. I recall my mom occasionally referring to “when she was growing up.” It was usually when we were dining on fried chicken and she recalled in great detail the process of having fried chicken on the farm where she grew up. It always started with,…

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October is National Eat Better, Eat Together Month and when families eat together, meals are likely to be more nutritious and offer a greater variety of healthy foods. Beyond eating nutritiously, family meals provide a valuable opportunity for children and parents to connect and talk about t…

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Hearty, healthy and totally satisfying is a great description for a weeknight dinner of soup! Brimming with nutritious ingredients, each bowl will fill you up. The deliciously creamy flavor of the Mushroom Wild Rice Soup is pleasing to the palate. I found a lovely mix of cremini, oyster and …

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Cooking these go-to meals is a snap with the instant pressure cooker. Readers provided positive feedback last week and asked for more recipes! These soups and stew are fantastic keepers for your menu plan.

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One of the most amazing things about craftsmanship in the kitchen is the timeless nature of being able to use core ingredients in creating masterpiece meals. A great chef doesn’t necessarily need extra special tools to make tasty food.

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Here are three recipes you’ll want to clip and save for September meal ideas! 

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Fall in a pinch of Friday night football and sprinkling of baseball. It is a time when soup just seems to hit the spot. These soup recipes are nutritious, delicious time savers!

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Ahhh, the relaxation of summer: pools, ball games, flip flops, sweet corn, vacation and…wait. Relaxation? OK, so maybe summers aren’t so much relaxing, but just when it seems you’re getting in the groove and getting the hang of the summertime routine, August hits and all of a sudden it’s bac…

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If you’re looking for meal ideas that are easy and the whole family will love, then these recipes will hit the spot. They are delicious and simple to make.

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The kids are heading back to school and Friday night football games will soon be the gathering place in many communities. We sat down as a family to make a list of several meals we enjoy and created a menu we could all contribute to.