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Preserving the Bounty

In addition to traditional canning (which we do when there are lots of tomatoes!), there are several other ways to make the most of your bounty of produce, including pickling; drying and dehydrating; brining, curing, and smoking; and freezing. Today, we’ll talk about freezing. Freezing tips Here are the steps […]

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Zucchini, Zucchini, Zucchini!

Relatively inexpensive, readily available, and exceptionally versatile, zucchini is the most popular of summer squashes. It is most commonly found with a dark green rind, but at certain times of the year, you can find a variety with a striking bright-yellow-to-gold rind, referred to as Gold Bar squash. The gold […]

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Cooking with Kids: Tarts and Crafts

Pies are for every day, as far as we’re concerned. But, there are two times of the year that pies get their moment in the spotlight: Thanksgiving (apple pie! pumpkin!) and summer, when there are berries and stone fruit, like peaches and cherries with pits in the middle, perfect for […]

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An Apple a Day…

Apples are really healthy, and tradition says that one a day keeps the doctor away—which is an easy goal when it’s covered with candy! Sure, sure, we should eat apples that aren’t covered in caramel or a crunchy red candy shell, but it’s fall, isn’t it!? If you love those […]

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Spooky Cookies and Cupcakes for Halloween

Are you afraid of ghosts? Monsters? Zombies!? For Halloween treat inspiration, we look to the creepy crawlies, and this easy spider web design can be used to make creepy cupcakes, spoooooky coooookies, and cakes or pizza that will give you goosebumps! For these cupcakes, we rolled pre-made fondant (you can […]

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Rock Candy

You might get plenty of candy if you go trick or treating, but did you know you can make your own? Making your own candy is fun and easy! The simplest candy to make is rock candy, which is made with just sugar and water. Each tiny grain of sugar […]