Cheating Little Duck!

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Each morning, after breakfast and before school, the kids go out and do their morning chores, which includes feeding the chickens, gathering eggs, watering the garden and feeding the ducks. We started out with 2 ridiculously handsome Pekin ducklings and 1 Khaki Campbell duckling but lost one of the Pekin to either an eagle or hawk. We can now tell that Nibbles …

Thai Hot and Sour Chicken Soup

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I’m overwhelmed by all the Internet love! You all have made last week so much more bearable, and the healing over the sudden loss of Buster easier. I think the one most affected by Buster’s passing was Coco. There were times when we came home, and Coco would greet us and then immediately looked behind us to see if Buster …

Buster Blue: May 27, 2012 – August 26, 2013

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Our sweet Buster Blue passed away yesterday. May doggie heaven be full of big bones to chew…. ….big fish to catch… …fluffy down pillows to sleep on… …baby ducks to sniff… …no baths…. …and new best friends… *** Pythiosis: Swamp Cancer Buster’s death was sudden. We didn’t even have a chance to say our goodbyes. For the past few days, …

Steamy Kitchen Triple Whammy

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In any normal situation, I wouldn’t take a photo of myself right after an hour’s worth of tennis playing in 95F Florida heat, where the air is so muggy, thick and humid you practically chew every breath. I think one of my eyelids melted off. (Don’t ask my why I live in South Florida until January, when I’m in my …

Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs: 2 Secret Ingredients

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The key to the greatest meatballs, unfortunately, is using tender, fatty ground meat….which is why many of the best recipes include both ground beef and ground pork (and sometimes ground veal). All that fatty richness goes straight to my backside and sometimes I just want a lighter version of meatballs. My first several attempts at healthy-tizing meatballs were all just …

Product Review: NexTrend Garlic Twist

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  Garlic Press Review I recently bought the NexTrend GarlicPress and was really impressed with it. I found out later that you can easily smash the garlic with the press to easily take off the peel, and then grind it in the press. A more detailed review of what I think is in the video below. And click here to …

Sweet and Sour Chicken with Cherries

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Growing up in Nebraska, the closest family was nearly 8,000 miles away in Hong Kong and so our “family” was made of neighbors and co-workers of my Dad at the city utility offices. On the weekends, the adults would play cards, mah-jong (my parents taught everyone!) and have grand potlucks. We spent many weekends with one of Dad’s co-workers, Walt …

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Chili Sauce

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For the past 5 years, Ree (The Pioneer Woman), Elise (Simply Recipes) and I have hosted big parties for our food blogging community. It’s sort of a tradition now, anytime the three of us are in the same city at the same time, we just have an urge to get people together, eat, dance and have a merry time. This year’s …

Tofu Prosciutto Panini

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You probably did a double-take on that recipe title. Tofu? In a Panini? Just try it and you’ll be surprised at how well it does work. Tofu is one of the most versatile foods out there, it plays nice with other foods and just blends in. I’ll be creating a series of tofu recipes, as I’m working with an American …

Chicken Satay with Peanut Noodles

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It was just last week that I confessed to wasting a lot of food in my line of work during the process of recipe creating and testing. It’s horrible, I know, but at least you’ll have the comfort of knowing that each recipe IS tested and not just made up randomly in my head AND that the food scraps either go …

Spiralizer Comparison

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My new obsession: vegetable spiralizers! My friend Cheri from The Watering Mouth introduced me to this amazing recipe for Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce and ever since we’ve been pulling out all my different spiralizers that I’ve collected and we’ve finally done a really thorough comparison. You can get a great idea of what they all do and which …

Grilled Shrimp with Cantaloupe Lime Salsa

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I’m a horrible grocery shopper. I’m compulsive, obsessive and spontaneous all packed into one short human form, pushing a shopping cart. In short, I’m every advertiser’s dream. Grocery shopping and farmer’s markets are my absolute favorite activities (next to petting yarn and fabric, as an avid knitter and new quilter). Some of my most creative time is walking back and …