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Ultimate Guide to Using Foraged Spruce Tips: Teas, Syrups & Preserves

Living in rural Minnesota has given me access to a wide range of spruce trees. In early Spring the tender tips can be harvested and made into teas, infused sugars, syrups and even baked goods! Check out this guide to harvesting and using spruce tips in delicious, creative ways. Jump to: RECIPE: Spruce Tip Tea …

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Savory Rhubarb Sauce on Salmon Filets

This tart ginger rhubarb sauce combines with tender, flaky salmon filets for a quick and easy Spring dinner. The rhubarb compote is balanced between tangy and sweet with the ginger and balsamic vinegar giving it more nuanced flavor. The salmon itself can be roasted, baked or grilled and the rhubarb topping can be served on …

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Rhubarb Custard with Nut Streusel Topping: No Water Bath

Rhubarb season is brief and there are so many delicious sweet and savory rhubarb dishes to make. This tangy-sweet dish can be enjoyed as a sweet-tart custard or as a sweeter rhubarb crisp. I’ve also added whipped cream to the leftovers and made it into an adapted “Eton Mess”. Try it in all three versions! …

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The Masters: Pimento Sandwiches & Azalea Cocktail

With the Masters Tournament coming up, I thought I’d highlight two iconic menu items to recreate during this time of Green Jackets: the Classic Pimento Cheese Sandwich and the Azelea Cocktail (with a peach twist). The history of the sandwich is fun, and the sandwich itself is actually quite good! Jump to: RECIPE | History …

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Creamy Egg Salad Sandwich with Soft Boiled Eggs

This classic egg salad sandwich mixes mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and a little lemon zest with perfectly cooked soft-boiled eggs. The recipe includes a method that not only makes perfect soft boiled eggs (or hard boiled eggs) but also shows you how to achieve no-fuss, easy peeling every time. Thoroughly and repeatedly tested!! Jump to: RECIPE …

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Easy Carrot Tart with Goat Cheese & Ricotta Filling

This vegetable tart featuring carrots, a puff pastry crust and a tangy lemon-ricotta filling is perfect for easy spring celebrations, and the ingredients are flexible enough to suit a range of tastes. Make ahead and keep in the refrigerator. It will keep perfectly for several days. Jump to: RECIPE | Best Veggies & Dough to …

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Low Carb Side: Asparagus with Eggs & Capers

While the macronutrients of protein and fat hold star status on low carb diets, the vegetable side dishes are often what make the meal more interesting and complete.  The asparagus recipe below is not only low carb, but offers a lot of protein from the egg garnish. And it’s quick and easy to boot! Jump …

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Lamb Chops with Red Currant Sauce (Cumberland Sauce)

A traditional fruity piquant sauce made with current jelly (called Cumberland sauce) is a classic for pork chops, lamb, venison or wild game. The recipe below is an easy version with no alcohol and is served up with seasoned lamb chops or seared pork chops. Jump to: RECIPE | What is Cumberland Sauce? | Substitutions …

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Homemade Dandelion Jelly: with Elderflower Liqueur

Even though they are considered weeds, dandelions are a quintessential sign of summer.  Once popular as a food (or wine) item, dandelions have seen a surge in popularity as an edible treat for salads, wine or jellies. This recipe for dandelion jelly (infused with elderflower liqueur) is the perfect combination of floral, sweet and slightly …

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Culinary Herb Combinations for Growing in Pots: Small Space Gardening

There are so many different uses for herbs, ranging from cooking, to healing, to making craft cocktails. This post (and video) offers ideas for how to successfully combine herbs in containers around themes. The garden design themes are focused on six different culinary uses: Mediterranean cooking, Mexican cooking, cooking with seafood, herbal cocktails, herbal teas, …

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Low Carb faux “Meyer Lemon” Pie

Meyer lemons taste like a cross between a lemon and an orange, but they are quite expensive. This faux “meyer lemon” pie has a low carb nut crust and a no-bake lemon-orange filling that mimics Meyer lemons. Perfect for celebrations where there are guests that are watching their carbs! Jump to: RECIPE | Changing Pies …

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Limoncello Blondies for Spring Celebrations

This blondie (a non-chocolate brownie) is a lemony, tender bar with a Limoncello-spiked frosting. Perfect for easy Spring baking, Easter, Mother’s Day or to ward off the Winter doldrums! Citrus is always a refreshing flavor in Spring, and the Limoncello frosting really enhances the citrus flavor. Jump to: RECIPE | What is a Blondie? | …

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