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Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup – Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup with Sherry

Brimming with the flavors of sherry, fresh leeks and sweet fresh butternut squash, this crockpot butternut squash soup has an elevated taste that is worthy of any special occasion. Fall and winter are the times of the year when I normally make soups, so I am always on the lookout for new crock pot recipes …

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Green Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone – Hearty Crockpot Split Pea Soup

Cook up a pot of this Green split Pea Soup with ham bone easily in a slow cooker, and enjoy a hearty and comforting soup. It is the perfect way to use up leftover ham from Christmas or New Year’s. Is there anything more satisfying than a bowl of homemade soup? Crock pot soups are …

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Vegetable Beef Barley Soup – (Slow Cooker) – Hearty Winter Meal

Are you looking for an easy slow cooker hearty winter meal? This flavorful vegetable beef barley soup is chock full of vegetables in a delightfully seasoned broth that will warm you to the bones. The soup cooks for hours so you can get on with your day, and makes the kitchen smell amazing, to boot. …

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Curried Carrot Tofu Soup with Scallions

Curried Carrot Tofu Soup makes a wonderful and luxurious starter to a healthy meal.   The recipe uses tofu and vegetable broth and is easy to make. Healthy Curried Carrot Tofu Soup This is a great soup for vegans.  There are many things that you can substitute for normal diet ingredients to make a recipe suitable …

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20 Creative Uses for Silicone Ice Cube Trays – How to Use Ice Cube Trays

These 20 creative uses for extra large silicone ice cube trays show that they are not just for making ice! If you eat and drink out much, you may have noticed a new trend that has taken over the food and drink industry. The ice cubes are getting larger and larger. Large ice cubes are …

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Easter Egg Hunt Clues for an Older Child – Teenage Easter Basket Fun

These Easter egg hunt clues for an older child will help your teenager enjoy a more challenging Easter hunt than a typical one where you just hide Easter eggs. A fun thing to do at Easter is to have your child build an Easter basket with clues. It turns an ordinary holiday egg hunt into …

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Knucklehead Pumpkins – Why do Pumpkins Have Warts?

Knucklehead pumpkins, as the name suggests, are covered with warts that are reminiscent of the knuckles on your hand. This type of pumpkin, along with heirloom pumpkins of various colors and shapes, are all the trend right now for decorating. Have you ever headed to to pumpkin patch to get your pumpkin to carve only …

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Decorating with Natural Elements for Autumn – Fall Greenery Ideas

Fall greenery is perfect to use when decorating with natural elements.  It’s both bold in color and rustic in texture and gives a calming look to any home decor project. I love the feel and look of fall. There is nothing like cool days when the garden starts to die down for winter.  It may …

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Growing Swiss Chard – Cold Hardy Cut and Come Again Vegetable

Swiss chard is one of the easiest and most versatile of vegetables for home gardens. Its colorful stems and big, crinkly leaves are packed full of nutrients. Read on for tips on growing Swiss chard. What is Swiss Chard? Swiss Chard – beta vulgaris subsp. vulgarisis a leafy vegetable in the beet family, but it …

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Growing Dill – Planting, Storing and Harvesting Dill Weed

The flavor dried dill just can’t compete with that of the fresh herb. Let’s check out some tips for growing dill. Fresh dill is a very popular kitchen herb. It is highly aromatic and really easy to grow. Fresh herbs are something that I grow year round, both indoors and outside, either in pots or …

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Growing Tarragon – Planting, Using, Harvesting Tips – French Tarragon

Tarragon is a perennial herb with an anise-licorice flavor that is often used in French cuisine. Follow these tips for growing tarragon in your kitchen herb garden. What is tarragon? French Tarragon, artemesia dracunulus, is also known as estragon.  It is a member of the asteraceae (sunflower) family.  Tarragon is a type of perennial herb …

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Growing Spring Onions – Tips – Trimming – What is a Spring Onion?

Growing Spring Onions is a garden project that starts early in the year.  You’ll end up with small bulbous onions that have a much milder flavor than a normal yellow onion but can be used in the same way.  I use them all the time in my recipes, and fortunately for gardeners, they are very …

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Southern Cornbread Recipe – Old Fashioned Easy Buttermilk Corn Bread

This recipe for Southern cornbread is one that I have made many times and it never fails to please my guests.  It is moist and just delicious with a slight tang from the buttermilk that makes it a great accompaniment to any meal. Before we get started on this cornbread recipe, I have to tell you that my …

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Storing Fresh Coconut – How to Purchase, Open and Use Coconut Meat

A single coconut will give you 3 or 4 cups cups of fresh, flaked coconut.  But now you have the problem of storing fresh coconut. How do you keep that delightful, flaky bit of goodness in a state that will stay edible for as long as possible? The tasty coconut is so versatile that it …

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Shallots vs Onions – What is the Difference? and How to Use Them

This guide to shallots vs onions will answer not only this question but will also show how shallots are different from other onion types. There are many onion varieties so it’s easy to get confused about them. A common question that I get asked is “are shallots and onions the same?” Shallots are somewhat of a trendy vegetable …

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Vegetable Steaming Times – 4 Ways to Steam Veggies

A steamer basket is a great way to cook a single vegetable or several of them at once by cooking them over boiling water. But to do this correctly, you need to have a good idea of vegetable steaming times. One of the joys of summer is cooking fresh vegetables from my vegetable garden.  The …

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Onion Varieties – Types of Onions and How to Use Them

There are dozens of onion varieties and as many uses for the different types of onions.  How many types of onions are you familiar with? Most of us are familiar with the common yellow onion that is so prevalent in grocery stores.  You may also have eaten red onions or white onions, but there are …

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Easy Crustless Bacon Quiche – Broccoli Cheddar Quiche Recipe

This easy crustless bacon quiche is brimming with flavor. It is ready to cook in just minutes and is sure to become one of your family’s favorite breakfast recipes. The history of quiche recipes Although we think of quiche as a French dish, this type of dish was cooked much earlier in many other countries.  …

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List of Perennial Herbs and How to Use Them in Cooking

Growing herbs can be expensive, particularly if the plants that you choose are annuals that will only grow for one year. Try choosing from this list of perennial herbs instead. They will give long lasting value, year after year. Hands down, the best value for your dollar is a perennial plant.  I’ve noticed that many …

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25+ Food Replacements – Get the Skinny on These Heart Healthy Food Substitutes

I am always looking for ways to make my favorite recipes healthier without sacrificing their flavor. Heart healthy food substitutes are one of the first steps in managing heart disease and improving overall general health. January is the time of the year for resolutions and many make a plan to eat in a more healthy …

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