Me being inspired about food when I was a kid is nothing new…I explored this in painful detail in my post about Frances’s coffee cake. I felt the same way about candy apples. Cinnamon candy apples. Shiny red candy apples, not the caramel apples that we kept eating at home (I mean, don’t get me wrong,…

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Autumn is in full swing here in Boise and it has been glorious.  Blue sunny skies, firey reds, oranges, and golds on all our trees and crisp cool air.  This is my favorite time of year and I wanted a salad that encompassed all of it!  Do you guys remember that Honey Cider Vinaigrette I…

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All of the soups, tomato soup will always be my favorite.  One of my earliest, and most frequent childhood memories is eating Campbell’s canned tomato rice soup with my Mom.  I must have been just a toddler, probably the age my little 3 year old is now, and I remember sitting down at the kitchen…

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I have a confession to make: I’m in the midst of a weather identity crisis. I’m a girl who grew up with 4 distinct seasons, who craves that change every couple of months. Well, now I live in a land where if it’s not too hot to go outside, it’s too rainy to go outside;…

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A lot of times, we get asked what our most popular recipe is. If we’re going by the recipes that people just love and are always talking to us about and write us emails about how this has become their new favorite family tradition or something, it’s probably going to be the Creamy Chicken Taquitos…

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So do any of you remember the Thanksgiving episode of Friends where Monica is cooking dinner and Chandler is feigning an interest in football, but all he really wants to do is eat and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Welcome to my life. In high school, I loved going to football games, but once…

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Cider season is upon us and there is nothing quite like fresh-pressed apples.  I live in an area with a lot of farms and orchards and this time of year it’s not uncommon to see coolers full of fresh cider next to a donation bucket to drop your payment.  We picked some up last weekend…

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  So the first year my husband and I were married, my sister-in-law Stephanie gave us a little box of homemade Christmas candy and I loved it. I also realized that I was suddenly in the realm of Christmas treat-giving. How grown-up. Turns out, however, that candy-making is hard and I was too poor to…

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At our house, we have a tradition of Sunday baking.  We love lazy Sunday afternoons, and since I try not to do any “work cooking” on Sundays, it’s a day where where I’m generally more relaxed in the kitchen and my kids love to take on projects and help out.  It’s something they look forward…

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In the world of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, there is a serious debate going on–Team Cake-y and Team Cookie-Like (clearly, these are very scientific names). I’m actually not strongly one team or another, but truthfully, one of the reasons pumpkin cookies so often come out cake-y is just the nature of pumpkin; it adds a…

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I have the softest of soft spots in my heart for pot roast. It’s one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. Every single week while my mom was alive, we had pot roast and baked potatoes on Sunday afternoon. Now that I’m an adult and the default pot roast maker, I love the smell while…

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I love this classic apple pie recipe because it’s simple and timeless, something I imagine grandmas were making 150 years ago. Butter. Apples. Cinnamon. Sugar. Nutmeg. It just takes you back to a different place and time and a happy place at that. Let it cool down for as long as you can stand it…

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