Braised Chicken with Kalamata Olives & Capers

Despite the quantity of sugar-filled recipes I have on this blog, my tastebuds are fully addicted to sour and salty flavors. I’d like to believe that this is in direct contrast to my sweet personality. No laughing allowed!

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Pomegranate Jam

There are few things from the kitchen as pretty as a perfectly set jar of sparkling, jewel-toned jelly. However, those “less attractive” jars of jam deserve some love, too.

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Jam & Jelly Making Basics

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As I have added more recipes for making jams and jellies, I began to realize I was repeating myself. A lot. I already do that as a teacher all day long. It’s not fun.

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Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)

I’m generally not a huge fan of yellow flowers, especially the very bright, lemon-yellow kind. However, the petit blossoms of Golden Current have become a much anticipated exception to this each spring.

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Rose Petal & Pistachio Revani

Whoever discovered that roses taste as good as they smell… thank you. You’ve helped me justify having so many different roses in my garden. Not that I felt I had to have an excuse, but there’s nothing wrong with having one ready, you know?

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Vegetable Scrap Broth

I have to admit, I’m both saddened and embarassed at the amount of vegetable scraps that I have let go to waste in my lifetime. They deserved so much more respect than I gave them. Yes, scraps.

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Buttery Roasted Baby Potatoes with Carrots

Once upon a time, the only potatoes you could find in the grocery store were baking potatoes. These potatoes were good. But remember the old saying “variety is the spice of life?” Yeah.

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Lady of Shalott (Rosa ‘Lady of Shalott’ or Rosa ‘Ausnyson’)

To say that I like roses would be a bit of an understatement. There are over 30 different varieties of roses currently growing in our garden, and we are always on the lookout for more. I see nothing wrong with this.

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Saying Our Goodbyes and Helloes

A few months ago, one of our fur babies dissappeared. I’ve written about her before. She was a bit of a pain and a bully. But she was still our fur baby, none-the-less. We don’t know exactly what happened to her, but there are multiple possibilities.

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Garlic & Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

I’m a comfort food type of person. While I can fully appreciate a gourmet meal, there is just something to be said about those “simple” foods that taste like home. But simple doesn’t have to mean boring.

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