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Gluten-Free Sausage Balls

Heather says Let’s just go ahead and get this out of our systems right now. It’s Saturday Night Live, so if you’re easily offended don’t click. The rest of us will embrace our inner twelve-year-olds. Better now? Yeah, me neither, but hey I know two things: The sausage balls are highly entertaining, I’ve been giggling…

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Gluten-Free Chicken Gumbo

Heather says: I am ridiculously happy. I was recently doing my weekly shopping and found Pillsbury Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix near the regular flour at Publix. It isn’t the fanciest of grocery stores, but it’s generally a step above of say Food Lion. Long story short, this gluten-free flour mix already contains xanthan gum which…

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Lasagna: The Company Dinner

The hearty sauce for this lasagna recipe is made from scratch and provides enough for a very large pan of lasagna. However, if you’re going to go the trouble of preparing a pan of lasagna, double the recipe and freeze one to bake at a later date. Also, don’t get overwhelmed looking at the ingredient…

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Sweet Potato Risotto with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Heather says: As many of you know, I’ve moved. I now live in a house with a tiny kitchen that is more fixer-than upper. I spent the whole day working on the yard and wanted needed some serious comfort food. I’ll warn you, the kids did not approve, the blue cheese was too much for…

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Homemade Pasta – Fettuccine Noodles from Scratch

Heather says: Here is an updated recipe for making fettuccine noodles from scratch. I should do this again very, very soon. Or maybe I shouldn’t look at this when I’m hungry. Homemade Noodles A (Very)Basic Tutorial It won’t be long before someone whose traditional, Italian grandmother taught them how to make noodles chimes in and…

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How to Fry an Egg

Heather says: Today we’re covering fried eggs -as new projects to procrastinate develop- I’ll also address: scrambled eggs, omelets, frittatas, quiche, and my as yet unnamed hybrid of the three techniques that feeds my family on a busy evening when I have no interest in effort.     So what is a fried egg? Well…

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Lowcountry Boil

It’s Memorial Day weekend in the US. Spend time with your loved ones and remember those who sacrificed so we could spend this time together. The recipe below is a classic great for get-togethers with the framily [sic]. Heather says: Making Low Country Boil is a time honored tradition in the South. Remember how leery…

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Shrimp Quesadillas

Heather says: I promise you, that if you can make grilled cheese, you’ve got these shrimp quesadillas in the bag. In our house as the weather gets warmer we find ourselves reaching for lighter and lighter fare. Shrimp quesadillas are a perfect main dish item for spring and summer. Don’t go too heavy on the cheese,…

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Chicken Wings in the Oven

Dear Home Ec 101, I am having a dinner party and I want to have chicken wings as part of the meal. How long should I bake them for to make them taste perfectly tender? Signed, Winging it in Wyndham Heather says: Actually I have a couple of answers for you depending on how you…

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Garlic and Soy Chicken Thighs

Heather says: The humble chicken thigh certainly doesn’t get as much attention as its counterpart the boneless skinless chicken breast.  In my area, boneless, skinless chicken breasts have been running in the neighborhood of $5 a pound on sale, which makes thighs much more attractive. This recipe is flexible, substitute low-sodium soy sauce if you…

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Gluten Free Shrimp Etouffee

Heather says: I love to have people over for dinner; opening my home and sharing my table is my favorite way to show people I care and want them to be a part of our lives. As that circle of people expands -and ages, heh- I’m finding that more and more often I have friends…

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Homemade Challah

Heather says: see the end for a note   Michele says: Now that September is nigh, relief from the insanity of summer is in sight.  Kids go back to school, vacations cease, and life gets back to normal until the seemingly just around the corner winter holiday season.  Assuming you’re not Jewish, that is.  And…

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French Onion Soup

Michele says: I’m not a fan of summer; it’s hot, sticky, and—for someone as pale as I—sunburny.  I spend most of the summer indoors, hoping for a cloudy day.  For reasons probably related to my aversion to summer, I long ago decided that August is, in fact, autumn.  And what does autumn mean?  Soup, of…

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Gluten-Free Chicken Marsala

Heather says: Like many people, I love chicken marsala. If you’ve gone gluten free, no worries, you don’t have to leave chicken marsala behind. This version is a simple variation on the classic, all you need is brown rice flour to use in place of wheat. I made this for company the other night and it…

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How To Make Mayonnaise

Michele says: If you’ve ever made your own creamy salad dressings from scratch, you may have been shocked by the inclusion of up to a cup of store-bought, chemical filled mayonnaise.  Since when does a “from scratch” recipe call for “sauce from a jar”?  Moreover, can a salad dressing, potato salad, or tuna sandwich qualify…

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