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When The Student Surpasses The Teacher & Blue Apron Sumac-Spiced Salmon

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Sumac-Spiced Salmon
Sumac-Spiced Salmon

Last February my son, Cory, and his wife, Ann, began using Blue Apron, a meal delivery service.   Both Cory and Ann work outside the home and so they share the meal preparation. But Cory enjoys cooking much more than Ann does and so he is the primary cook (and she does the clean-up!)

Cory blue apron boxBlue Apron is a nationwide delivery service (for the most part) that sends a box of pre-packaged meal ingredients, farm to table fresh, with the recipes and complete step-by-step “how to” instructions. For a price of $59.99 Blue Apron delivers three meals serving two people each. So, for less than the price of a meal out, a really nice gourmet-type meal is prepared at home. Like so many 30-something’s, my kids are very busy between their work schedules and the school and activity schedules of two growing boys!

Blue Apron Recipe Cards
Blue Apron Recipe Cards

There are several different companies that are now delivering this type of pre-portioned, ready to cook meals. Cory chose this one because of its reputation for high quality, fresh ingredients and good reviews from those who are using the service.  The day we arrived their Blue Apron box was sitting at the front door.  The box is packed with ice and everything comes out very cold and fresh.  I took some pictures as Cory unpacked the box. But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

My Nephew’s Family-Favorite Pepperoni Bread

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Homemade Pepperoni Bread
Homemade Pepperoni Bread

After a full-on Thanksgiving week of turkey, baked sliced ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, and a zillion side dishes I am usually “over-it.” Toss in a couple of holiday parties featuring turkey or ham and when Christmas dinner rolls around I am designing a menu based on pasta sauce or even meatloaf!

I don’t think it is all that unusual for families to choose lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs for their holiday get-togethers.  For our family, a pasta meal means one more thing … pepperoni bread!
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Grandma’s Sweets Shared By Her Grandsons

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Grandma Paulsen
Grandma Paulsen

My Grandma Paulsen was a lovely, gentle, funny lady. No matter who or when someone stopped by her home there were always cookies.  And sandwiches and treats.  And so much more.  My Grandfather was a Nebraska farmer and some of my best childhood memories took place romping wildly with my cousins through the barn, the playhouse, and even the outhouse!  I never lived in the same community as my grandparents, but I know without a doubt my Grandma influenced my love of creating “home.”  Cooking, quilting, cleaning (okay not cleaning).  Writing.  My Grandmother left us a couple of beautiful journals and when I read her handwritten stories I hear her voice.  The lilt, the love, the laughter.

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Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

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Upon arriving home from a lengthy vacation this summer this casserole and fresh homemade bread awaited us! Our friends John and Maribeth came to the airport to collect my sous chef dish-washing mother, my Chief Traveling Buddy and I. That in itself was a lovely gesture on their part because we live about 1 1/2 hours from the airport!  Oh, but what a surprise when we arrived home and Maribeth had our first meal already prepared and waiting for us.

Maribeth is a very good cook and I often ask her for recipes after eating in their home.  This was no exception.  I’ve never made this type of casserole and to say we flipped over it would be a bit of an understatement.

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