Monthly Archives: February 2015

Lasagna Showdown!: Homemade v. Store-bought Ingredients

I try to make as many of the foods that my family eats as I can. Breads, bagels, yogurt, crackers, snacks, cheeses, dinners, desserts… The first time that I made a lasagna from scratch – really from scratch, making all … Continue reading

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Homemade Ricotta

The first cheese I ever made was mozzarella. I then made almost-ricotta from a failed batch of mozzarella. (The curds didn’t come together to stretch, but it was still useable cheese… just not mozzarella!) I decided I should try to … Continue reading

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Weekly Menu Plan #14

Katie’s plan: Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas, homemade tortillas, salsa, shredded cheese, and sour cream; sliced apples Lumberjack Hash, homemade bagels, salad, peach cobbler Carryout pizza, mixed vegetables, sliced apples Leftover pizza, steamed crinkle-cut carrot coins, salad, clementines Creamy broccoli soup, … Continue reading

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I’ve had good meatloaf and bad meatloaf. Scratch that: great meatloaf and terrible meatloaf. I think that the key to great meatloaf is remembering that it is not a loaf of bread. That may sound obvious, but if you cook … Continue reading

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Twice-Baked Potatoes

This week marks ten years that I’ve been an (official) part of my husband’s family. I’ve been around for baby showers, births, Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, graduations, bridal showers, weddings, and birthdays. I’ve been there for St. Patrick’s Day, the … Continue reading

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