Mar 19, 2017
by Inger
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Hot Pepper Jelly. Plus (Surprise) Syrup. Oops.

My first jelly.  Hooray!  And (for better or worse) another example of how an “oops” can become a win.  I set out to make Hot Pepper Jelly and (eventually) ended up with a delicious jelly AND a tasty syrup.   

How I made my first jelly (hot pepper). And fixed it when it didn't gel. And turned it in to a delicious hot pepper jelly cream cheese appetizer.

Hot Pepper Jelly

This all began with the Food in Jars online Mastery Challenge.  Every month challenge participants make a new kind of preserve—January was marmalade and February salt-curing. Hot Pepper Jelly was my March pick.   Continue Reading →

Mar 15, 2017
by Inger
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Grasshopper Ice Cream Drink

St Patrick’s Day is coming!  Full of droning bagpipes, bouncy dancers and everything green.  Plus some things minty, like today’s Grasshopper Ice Cream Drink.  

Satisfying & light, a Grasshopper Ice Cream Drink makes a perfect dessert--sweet, rich & minty. There's always room for ice cream!

Grasshopper Ice Cream Drink

With festivities everywhere, two of my daughters set out in search of a mint shake and came back complaining.  They had to go to two MacDonald’s to find a working shake machine.  Fast food?  No sympathies from me!   Continue Reading →

Mar 9, 2017
by Inger
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Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup

When I made my new Healthier Broccoli Cheese Soup a couple weeks ago, I didn’t realize I was starting a trend.  Requests for more came fast and furious–and each new batch disappeared even faster.  Then, far too soon, the broccoli was gone. 

Time for something similar, but with a character all its own–Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup.  

Flavored with rich cheese & cumin, then dotted with chopped red pepper & carrot chunks, this Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup tastes as good as it looks.

Cheesy Cauliflower Confetti Soup

In the back of my mind, when I decided to create this, was a beautiful soup I cut from a magazine years ago.  White as the driven snow, it turned out lovely—but had the flavor appeal of paste.  So my new goal was to do a nice white soup–that we actually wanted to eat. Accented with some nice reds and oranges from carrots and red pepper.

Eat a rainbow.   Continue Reading →

Mar 5, 2017
by Inger
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One Dish Chicken & Mushrooms

Where would I be without book club?  Just when I am low on blogging recipes, someone comes through with a great new recipe like this One Dish Chicken & Mushrooms.   

Super easy and delicious, this One Dish Chicken & Mushrooms proves that a simple, one-dish entree can be good enough for company.

One Dish Chicken & Mushrooms

This simple but elegant entree was one of the highlights of our annual book club Christmas party. And it gets extra points because it’s both super-easy and super-flavorful.   Continue Reading →

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