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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Creamy Mushroom Soup Risotto

I am a firm believer in the saying “necessity is the mother of invention”. Dinner is necessary. At least that’s what my family keeps telling me.

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Rendered Fat (Tallow, Lard, and Schmaltz)

No, I don’t live on some isolated homestead.  Yes, I could easily go to the store and buy some lard.  No, I don’t want to because making your own is easy enough to do, and why not save money and reduce waste in the process?

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Leek & Fennel Salmon Loaf

20190730_173122One of the greatest things about salmon (aside from all the healthy stuff… omega-3 fatty acids…blah, blah, blah… you know “omega” is a Greek letter) is the fact that it is the perfect medium for so many other flavors, yet is still strong enough to hold its own.

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Skordalia (Greek Garlic & Bread Dip)

20190326_143237I have known only one person in my life that has ever uttered the phrase “that’s too much garlic”.  Yes, I’m still friends with them.

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Ham & Pea Pasta

20190126_093937dtrfgEach year around Christmas I’ll buy a ham.  Ironically, we never eat it for Christmas dinner.  I just get it because I want ham and that’s usually the best time to find a good one.

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Almond

20190117_163855Just think, you could make almond butter, kourambiethes, seasoned snacks, and more from your own home grown almonds.  You’ll even get beautiful blossoms and feed the bees, to boot!

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Leftovers “Shepherd’s Pie”

20181226_200057It never fails, holiday meals around here leave us with a plethora of leftovers.  After a while, I begin to resent the space they take in my refrigerator, but they’re also too good to let go of.

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Wild Rice and Pumpkin Soup

20181101_160531aThis recipe was actually born from an epic fail of one of my earlier experiments in my cooking history.  I was *trying* to make a pumpkin infused rice by cooking the rice inside of a pumpkin inside of the oven.  It didn’t work.

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All. That. Candy. Ugh.

20180622_125336I know that not everyone dreads the Halloween candy leftovers.  There are some that I will sneak out of my kids’ stash for “sampling purposes”.  Eventually, though, something needs to be done about the rest.

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Don’t Toss That Pumpkin!!

20180122_192011Every year, millions of pounds of pumpkin gets tossed into the garbage.  It’s a massacre of epic proportions and the saddest thing of all is that it doesn’t have to happen.  Don’t listen to the lies!!!

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Freezing Berries

20180426_190454Every so often I manage to squirrel away some of our berry harvests when little boys (or the Old Man) aren’t looking.  I want to make sure my little treasure trove will be safely tucked away for later use.

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Fire Starter “Bombs”

18320441_10212687574287211_1463363137956079849_oWinter is on it’s way, for some of you sooner than others.  We are in the “others” category.  It’s almost Halloween and it was in the mid 80s today.  None-the-less, the night time temperatures are dropping, and the forecast shows that the inevitable is on it’s way…cold days.  I’m not complaining.

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