Posts in In the Kitchen
Gather: Mama's Strawberry Pie

I don’t know where this recipe originated from, but it’s one that has been in my mama’s recipe arsenal for as long as I can remember. Strawberry pie has to be the crowning glory of berry season. There’s nothing like flaky pie crust piled high with sweet, red strawberries and fluffy whipped cream. This recipe is simple to make and bursting with flavor. As crazy as it sounds, don’t omit the dash of salt and pepper. Somehow they both enhance the flavor of the strawberries!

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Gather: Classic No-Bake Cookies

Many of us are probably familiar with no-bake cookies, and for good reason. They are simply to whip up, don't require baking time, and best of all, they taste delicious! This classic recipe is perfect for school lunches or when you need a quick snack, but don't want something that requires a lot of effort.

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Gather: The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Every cook needs a chocolate chip cookie recipe. One that is delightfully full of chocolate chips and with just the right texture. If you enjoy chewy cookies with slightly crisp edges then this is the recipe for you. These gems are perfect for school lunches or a mid-day coffee break. This particular recipe is best prepared in advance to allow plenty of time for chilling. Enjoy!

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Bohemian Picnic Recipes

My cousin Christy and I have been away from our home base of Kansas for most of last year, but we both came back for the summer. We both had busy summers, but we wanted to do something before we both headed to Faith Builders in the fall. On our family trip this summer, we had the most amazing charcuterie boards at Olympia Provisions in Portland, so my sister and I started brainstorming about a gypsy picnic with charcuterie boards as the centerpiece. Unbeknownst to me, Christy was also dreaming up a bohemian picnic and she wondered if I would want to do the food. I was delighted.

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The Basics of Sourdough (ft. Trista Beachy)

I have a passion for food. More specifically, I have a passion for food that is prepared and consumed the way our ancestors prepared & consumed it. Don't get me wrong, I love a good all-American meal of burgers & fries, but there's something that gets my blood pumping when I read about and taste food that my ancestors may have prepared and eaten, whether that be sauerkraut, kombucha, cheese, raw milk or butter, carefully prepared (or not!) meats, or soaked grains.

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Real Life Survival During a Kitchen Renovation (with small children)

There is very little that is glamorous about any type of home renovation that you are living in the middle of. Except for the picture, the vision that you have in your head of the end result. But the process of getting there is pretty messy and very unsophisticated. Re-doing a kitchen involves things like washing your dishes in a cruddy utility sink in your equally cruddy basement and thawing chicken for the next day in your bathroom sink. (Don't worry, the chicken was contained in a freezer bag and it seemed like a better alternative to thawing the chicken outside overnight and risking some wild animal carting off our supper.)

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To GMO or Non-GMO?

Walk through the produce or meat sections of the grocery store, and you'll notice the dizzying array of labels and food packaging. It's enough to frazzle anyone.

"ORGANIC. ALL-NATURAL. NON-GMO. GRASS FED. CAGE FREE. HORMONE FREE."

These and other labels are everywhere.

If they confuse you, you're not alone. Many of these phrases can be tricky to understand. Some don't mean what you might think. There is a chance you are paying more for a product with buzzwords that have a loose meaning, or a label that is not even defined or regulated. Some key words are misleading and some are actually what they say they are, and it can be hard to tell the difference.

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