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San Sebastian Sangria

March 5, 2015

San Sebastian Sangria
~ Mary ~
It has ‘San Sebastian’ in front of Sangria so none of you fans of Patty’s Sangria have any mis-conceptions. I’ve had this recipe ready to post for two years. I just needed the photo. This photo is not a good one, and I apologize for that. You see, it’s a major pain in the hieney when you have guests coming over, to haul out the photography equipment – lights, camera, camera stand, back drop –  and have ample time to craft a decent photo – those suckers take work! I finally decided to take an inadequate photo and just post this recipe, because I keep having to log into my account so I can make this sangria! Read more…

White Beans & Tuna

February 9, 2015

~ Mary ~

We love this salad and have made it multiple times in the past six weeks.  The flavors are subtle, clean and spectacular!  This is one of the absolute best ways to cook beans Ever!  And soaking them for two days really helped on the gas – Thanks for that tip Patty! Read more…

Pumpkin Risotto

October 30, 2014

~ Mary ~

Squash risotto usually doesn’t have a whole lot of squash flavor – so much so that this almost landed on the clunker pile.  At the last-minute I found this gorgeous recipe that uses Pumpkin Broth so it captures that elusive squash flavor in spades –  Genius I tell you! Read more…

Peanut Butter Pie – Oh My!

August 24, 2014

Peanut Butter Pie
~ Mary ~

My apologies these aren’t the quality photos I usually produce. It had been a looong day and my iphone  just had to do.

Yesterday we had a bit of a cook-over with Patty and Katy. Good times, good food, and good company!
We all walked away with a weeks worth of meals and a peanut butter pie! This recipe came from “Hoosier Mama Book of Pie” it’s a no-bake extravaganza that is extremely rich and satisfying.

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Strawberry Balsamic Pie

July 7, 2014

Strawberry Pie 2

~ Mary ~


Here’s another keeper from the sisters of Four and Twenty Blackbirds. We’re having a big festivus this summer and I’ve been testing out a few pies for the dessert. I would love to do their Caramel Apple Pie, but strawberries are much more apropo for this summer shin-dig. Read more…

Blackberry, Wild Rice & Barley Salad

June 19, 2014

~ Mary ~


Summer is a time for salads and instead of sticking with the same old, same old I do try to change things up from time to time.  Read more…

Grilled Vegetable Coponata

June 6, 2014

~ Mary ~

We bought a small charcoal grill last month so I could do some wood coal grilling – just on the weekends – it’s too much of a PITA for a quick week night meal.  I’ve grilled several things and have come to the conclusion – that the more natural your food (i.e. no strong marinades) this is the best cooking method.  There is a considerable difference.  Take for instance these veggies – I’ve always grilled veggies in the summer and love them.  But the wood charcoal really elevated the flavor! Read more…


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