Veggies on Ice: the best sides to freeze for later

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One week ago today, I had the honor of helping Joan of Angel in the Kitchen cater an in-home dinner buffet for 35 people. We had so much fun cutting, chopping, mixing and fixing… lots of love went into those dishes and we had a great time preparing together… I am very thankful that I […]

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Rhubarb- it can be sweet, and it can be savory

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My rhubarb plant is going crazy, and it’s all I can do to use it or lose it! If you have a rhubarb plant in your backyard, you know that those large leaves are hiding a deliciously tangy stalk underneath that is the sure sign of the first harvest of spring.

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Easy Pico de Gallo Salsa recipe

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Was it already two years ago that I hosted my first class?

It was Cinco de Mayo and we enjoyed homemade margaritas, salsa, guacamole, and other Mexican-inspired yumminess.

Today I whipped up some pico de gallo and thought I’d share the recipe as we get closer to the weekend, May 5, and the […]

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Enjoy Fall! Quick Homemade Applesauce Recipe

What to do with those ugly-but-good apples? Get a great piece of pork and make some applesauce to go with it!

I went to my friend Rebekah’s last week to finalize the new Catalyst Cooks mark and design. I can’t wait to share a new, action-oriented, fun logo with you in the near future… […]

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Cabbage au Gratin (or, Fall is Officially Here)

What grills are to summer,

The oven is to fall.

I’ve officially started the “let’s turn on the oven so we don’t have to turn on the heat, yet” season.

Let’s begin with Cabbage au Gratin… a great way to use the late summer produce and have oven heat at the same time!

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And What to Do with that Homemade Pasta? (a Quick Recipe)

If you’ve experimented with the Homemade Pasta Recipe I posted yesterday, you probably want a quick sauce to go with it.

I got up this morning and prepared my lunch for this afternoon:

I took some bacon out of my freezer and ran it under cool water. While it quickly defrosted, I put a […]

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Squash Soup (a pantry favorite)!

Looking for an easy lunch or dinner recipe? Squash soup is just the thing. And very flexible based on what you have in your pantry.

And a way to use my favorite tool that I never knew I had to have, the Immersion blender. (more on that later)

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Jenny Hot Sauce (homemade Green Tabasco)

Are you looking for a little heat in your life?

Need to spice up your long winter nights with a little kick?

Jenny Hot Sauce is your answer!

Beautiful fruit and veggies are tough to find at this time of year. But the bin of jalapenos always seems to be bright, green and shiny… […]

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Can your own Apple Butter

(Chef Ron, this one is for you!)

‘Tis the season- I’ve been collecting beautiful leaves, bought a humongo pumpkin to put on the hay bale out front, and have a bowl of squash sitting in the middle of my table.

I bought beautiful apples- SweeTango, Honeycrisp, and Haralson.

We ate the first two, but […]

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Canning Tomatoes: Step by Step

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Today, I canned a few of the summer harvest tomatoes.

If you find a farm where the sun has been hot, the rain just enough to keep the tomato plants happy, and the farmer rocks (like at Deardorff Vineyards for example!) then you have some great tomatoes on your hands… the perfect time to explore […]

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