Longing for Summertime (Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake)

See that beautiful wooden plate?
Ya, my amazingly talented Papa made that for me!

I was born and raised in NH. Needless to say I have some pretty thick blood from these cold NH winters. But this year has been abnormally cold! Yes, winters are usually very long…but something about this year seems even longer. I am so ready for summer! So for my mom’s birthday I decided to make Strawberry Shortcakes to help bring a little bit of summer into our day. The strawberries were frozen from dad’s garden last June. And boy were they delish! Buttermilk shortcakes with fresh whipped cream and a few sprigs of mint from my window herb garden…yum yum!

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Updated: Video Quick Tip: How to easily peel tomatoes

The other day I did a little bit of spring cleaning in my chest freezer. And boy did I hit the jackpot! I found all sorts of goodies from my dad's garden: blueberries, raspberries, peaches, and a large bag of Roma tomatoes. I never have time in the summer to make big batches of marinara sauce, so I freeze the Roma tomatoes to turn into sauce in the winter. After washing the tomatoes I just cut the stem end off and thrown them in gallon bags. That's it! No blanching or peeling. Because….

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Happy Pi Day (Recipe: Pie Crust)

I love trying a new recipe. I really do. Just recently I printed 4 different recipes for chocolate chip cookies. I plan on baking them all and see which one my family likes best. But there are some recipes that I just won’t mess with.

Take for instance my grandma’s flaky pie crust recipe. Old fashioned, made with shortning, nice and flaky…oh yes. This recipe even calls for a splash of vinegar (don’t worry! you won’t taste it!) which helps make the crust even more flaky!

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Kitchen cure for damping off

Nothing is more disheartening when starting seeds then seeing those glorious little leaves pop out of the dirt one day and whither back the next.

Damping-off.

You know, where it looks like someone pinched the stem of your seedling. Ugh.

Well, I found a remedy that you most likely have right in your kitchen.

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