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From scratch cooking. DIY kitchen projects. Home food preservation. Recipes from my kitchen due west of Chicago's Loop.

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Member Since: Jan 22, 2016


Last Posted Recipe: Aug 5, 2016

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole wheat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies have the goodness of whole grains and are bursting with flavor!

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Apricot and Blueberry Galette

A rustic, free form galette is the perfect showcase for summer fruits like blueberries and apricots.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry rhubarb pie with the perfect lattice top.

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Fava Bean and Pea Spread

Fava bean and pea spread topped with a mozzarella pearl and sprig of mint is the perfect summer bite.

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Banana Split Smoothie

A healthy, protein-packed smoothie that tastes like a banana split! Vegetarian, gluten-free and kid-friendly.

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Quick Pickled Asparagus

Make asparagus season last a little longer with these quick pickled asparagus seasoned with shallot and tarragon.

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Asparagus Rice Bowl

Asparagus rice bowl with soy-sesame dressing and topped with a poached egg. Delicious and vegetarian.

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Matzo Ball Soup

My grandma's recipe for the lightest, fluffiest matzo balls ever. Perfect for your Passover Seder.

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Chocolate Teff Cake

A fudgy chocolate cake made with teff flour. Gluten-free and kosher for Passover. You won't miss the wheat!

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Raspberry Lemonade Virgin Mojito

Raspberry lemonade virgin mojito made with sparkling water for a low-calorie refresher.

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Salmon and Snow Pea Rice Bowl

A perfect one-dish springtime dinner with salmon and snow peas in a soy-lime dressing over rice.

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Homemade Sourdough Bread

How to make artisan-style sourdough bread at home: complete tutorial and instructions on how to maintain a healthy starter.

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Quick Pickled Cucumbers

Thinly sliced or spiralized cucumbers quick-pickled in a sweet vinegar brine makes a refreshing and light Swedish-inspired salad.

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Venetian Spritz

A Venetian Spritz made with Prosecco, Aperol and a homemade blood orange rosemary syrup.

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Greengage Plum Crumble

An easy fruit crumble made with luscious greengage plums and an streusel topping.

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Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Rich and creamy without the cream: this cauliflower soup is dairy-free and can be made vegan by using vegetable broth. Seasoned with ras el hanout.

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Chocolate Orange Cake

A yellow layer cake with chocolate orange frosting is perfect for winter birthdays.

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Butternut Squash and Kale Quiche

A meatless dinner or brunch idea: butternut squash and kale quiche. Recipe makes two quiches. Perfect for entertaining or freeze one for another day!

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Blood Orange Curd

A sunny and not too sweet blood orange curd perfect for swirling into yogurt or ice cream, spreading on toast or filling a layer cake.

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Chocolate Orange Yogurt Truffles

Replacing cream with yogurt makes these chocolate orange truffles less sinful but no less delicious. Made with 70% dark chocolate loaded with antioxidants.

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Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Red velvet whoopie pies filled with a marshmallow buttercream are the perfect treat for your Valentine.

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Tropical Smoothie Bowl

Vegan tropical smoothie bowl with soy yogurt, bananas, mango chunks and some pineapple bowl tastes like breakfast on a tropical island.

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Cookies 'n Cream Ice Cream Cake

A DIY ice cream cake with vanilla and cookies n' cream ice cream, crushed cookies and fudge and whipped cream frosting.

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Kreplach

These meat-filled pasta dumplings are traditional Eastern European fare for the High Holidays or Purim. Lots of work but so worth it!

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Bucatini with Corn Crema

Bucatini with corn crema, roasted green chiles and cherry tomatoes is the best of summer in one bowl.

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Homemade Hummus

Hummus is delicious with soft, warm pita as well as crunchy crudités. This recipe makes a generous amount, enough for two bowls. So serve one bowl with pita and another with your favorite raw vegetables.

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Tandoori Yogurt Dip with Naan

Tandoori-spiced yogurt dip topped with herbed grape tomatoes and served with naan breadsticks.

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Pumpkin Apple Bread

Instead of the usual cinnamon and cloves, I flavor my pumpkin apple bread with garam masala, a northern Indian spice mix that includes cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, coriander and black pepper.

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Chile Smoked Salt Caramels

A sweet, salty, spicy, stick-in-your-teeth caramel flavored with ancho chiles and smoked sea salt that may, in fact, blow your mind.

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Peach Pie

A can't miss recipe for peach pie with an extra-flaky, all-butter crust.

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Fall Vegetable Soup

With some crusty bread, this vegetable soup is a satisfying, vegetarian meal for a chilly night – and the beans even give it protein.

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Homemade Pecan Butter

This pecan butter contains nothing more than pecans, a little salt and a hint of cinnamon. That is all you need to make this absolutely delicious, rich, buttery spread that is heaven on toast or a slice of apple.

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Baba Ganoush

Baba ganoush, a smoky spread made with roasted eggplant, is one of the classic starters or mezze in Middle Eastern restaurants. It’s related to the French caviar d’aubergine but turns toward the Levant with the addition of tahini.

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Sweet Potato Pie

Deep-dish sweet potato pie cradled in an all-butter crust and topped with maple whipped cream.

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Apple, Fennel - Cheddar Quiche

This apple, fennel and cheddar quiche is the perfect centerpiece for your brunch, lunch party or vegetarian dinner entree.

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Apple Cranberry Mincement

A vegetarian mincemeat recipe with apples, cranberries, golden raisins and lots of spices. Perfect winter canning project!

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