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Do You Really Need More Stuff?

Filed in Real Food by on December 7, 2017 2 Comments
Do You Really Need More Stuff?

A Gift Guide for Those Who Have Enough Trinkets Have you ever wandered through the mall seeking a gift for your grandmother? Or for your mother-in-law who has everything? Or for your empty-nest parents who are trying to down-size? Have you been tempted to buy shiny baubles and trendy accessories? Do you convince yourself that […]

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Time to Make Fruitcake

Filed in Real Food by on November 18, 2017 2 Comments
Time to Make Fruitcake

Are you a fruitcake hater? You will change your tune with these recipes! Fruitcake is a delight. Or maybe I should say homemade fruitcake is a delight. After all, what’s not to like? Cake – Good Nuts – Good Dried Fruit – Good Candied Fruit – Here’s where we run into trouble. Some purchased candied […]

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Light and Lemony Fruitcake

Filed in Real Food by on November 2, 2016 4 Comments
Light and Lemony Fruitcake

Mini sweet-tart fruitcakes make the perfect gifts. Want to be especially popular this holiday season? Want to skip all of that “what do I buy for everyone” anxiety? Want a gift that’s easy, can be prepared this weekend, and is perfect for both your boss and your mother? I have the answer. Fruitcake. No, not […]

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Treats for National Chocolate Day

Filed in Real Food by on October 28, 2015 0 Comments
Treats for National Chocolate Day

Brownies, more brownies, and fruitcake – oh my! It’s a little late in the day for National Chocolate Day. But really, shouldn’t every day be National Chocolate Day? If you have a hankering for something chocolate, at least one of these recipes will be just what your taste buds crave: Zucchini Cake Brownies – moist, […]

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How to Dry Fruit Tutorial

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 13, 2015 1 Comment
How to Dry Fruit Tutorial

Don’t lose your dried fruit to insects or mold. Make lasting dried fruit using these 5 easy steps. There’s a little more to drying fruit than simply drying it. But…. not a lot more! If you have ever had a batch of dried fruit mold or get infected by insects, you know how frustrating it […]

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How to Make Easy, Flavorful Candied Cherries

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on June 13, 2015 6 Comments
How to Make Easy, Flavorful Candied Cherries

Candied cherries have real flavor when made this quick and easy way.   Every year I make candied cherries for fruitcake season. The process is usually long (see this older post). The cherries are candied, and they don’t have that fake neon color that you see in store-bought candied cherries, but they still have absolutely […]

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Candied Citron and Candied Quince

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on November 11, 2014 2 Comments
Candied Citron and Candied Quince

How to make your own candied citron and candied quince.   It’s almost fruitcake season. Whoa………stay with me! The word “fruitcake” often sends people running, but homemade fruitcake is sweet, tangy, and delicious. Of course, that is because we use better quality ingredients when we make something from scratch. Candied citron is a perfect example. […]

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4 Reasons to Start Canning and Preserving Today – Saving Grocery Money

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on January 31, 2013 0 Comments
4 Reasons to Start Canning and Preserving Today – Saving Grocery Money

As I have mentioned before, I am a thrifty Yankee at heart. I still adhere to the guiding principles of reduce, reuse, recycle. If I don’t need it, I don’t buy it. If I can make it myself, I won’t purchase it. Which brings us to the fourth good reason to start canning and preserving […]

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How to Make Spiced Orange Fruitcake – Step by Step

Filed in Real Food by on December 9, 2012 0 Comments
How to Make Spiced Orange Fruitcake – Step by Step

Fruitcake, much like Brussels sprouts, has received a bum rap over the years. And for pretty much the same reason. Because somewhere along the line, what was a wonderful, flavorful product became an overcooked, over processed mess whose only relationship to the original item was its name. Thankfully, just as Brussels sprouts are once again […]

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Make Your Own Candied Cherries

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 9, 2012 13 Comments
Make Your Own Candied Cherries

Earlier this summer I wrote about dealing with the cherries from my Bing Cherry tree. I made cherry preserves. I froze cherries.  I ate lots and lots of cherries. And I candied cherries – 4 pounds altogether.   Update: Looking for an even easier method to make candied cherries? See my new, updated post, Easy […]

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