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Bacon and Caramelized Onion Marmalade

So ... I jumped on the bacon jam bandwagon ... finally ... and at the request of one of my best friends. He loves bacon. I mean really loves bacon. He kept sending me text messages with recipes of bacon jam. Many text messages that said things like "I just ran across this again," and "this looks interesting." I took the hint and spent a few hours in the kitchen test driving a few bacon marmalade recipes. I wasn't exactly sure what we would use it for ... spread in on crackers? eat it with ...

Chili’s Favorite Hot Chili

  Chili has been a staple in my life for as long as I can remember. Every September, as soon as the temperature hit the mid 60s, my dad would whip up a big batch. We'd eat chili all autumn and winter long. We'd feed it to the Pumpkin Patrol and our town's police officers on Halloween Trick-or-Treat night ... always made in the very large fish fryer in the driveway! We went through a lot of chili ... chili pie ... chili mac ... chili and corn bread.  When I fix chili, I ...

Chili’s Hot Chili

This is a simple chili recipe that will feed a crowd, or family with some leftover!

Apple Jack Rumtopf in the Midwest

My mom frequently talks about rum pots that the old German women made in the summer months when she was growing up. The traditional German Rumtopf (rum pot) is a concoction of fruit - berries work great - soaked in sugar and rum. The fruit is then used to top ice cream or cakes and the rum is ... well ... consumed. Apparently, in mom's neighborhood, the rum was consumed, then more was poured over the berries ... and repeated all summer long! I like rum, but I like whisky more. I've been ...

Potluck Vegetable Salad Recipe

A simple combination of vegetables, sugar and cider vinegar, this colorful salad recipe is the perfect addition to potluck or picnics.  The recipe was given to me by a close family friend about 10 years ago and it's been a favorite ever since.  It's also healthy ... baring the sugar, I suppose ... but an easy way to get a big dose of vegetables.    I love cider vinegar. I use it for pickles, relishes, sweet and sour green beans, salad dressings, marinades, and anything ...

Date Butter Sandwiches

I love old cookbooks, especially from the 1950s and 1960s ... the decades just before I was born ... the decades devoted to Leave it to Beaver, Bewitched, and I Dream of Jeannie ... the decades of economic prosperity and back-yard BBQs ... the decades of Tupperware parties and very awesome Pyrex designs. Party food from this era is one of my favorites, and I still use a lot of the old, simplistic recipes when I entertain. Sandwich spreads are one of the easiest things to make ... ...

Strawberry pie made from fresh local berries

I love when our orchard markets open up in late spring because it means I can make strawberry pie!  Almost every weekend finds us on a trek to Flamm Orchards to retrieve strawberries, then peaches, then apples as the summer gives way to autumn.  Strawberries are in season now, and we've been eating them by the quart ... lots of quarts! I ended up with way too many this past weekend, and had to use some that were barely hanging on. So ... strawberry pie was in order! Now, I'm ...

Raisin Pie

If you were to ask me what my favorite pie is, I'd say raisin ... or strawberry-rhubarb ... or raisin. It's a toss-up between the two! Raisin was also my grandpa's favorite pie. I don't recall my grandma ever making it, but I certainly remember my mom baking one at least once a year so he'd have some. He loved it ... and would talk about his mom, Grandma Phoebe, making it when he was a kid. Grandpa was 14 when is mama died ... that was the early years of the Great Depression. I've ...