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Rum Cake

April 9, 2014

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~ Mary ~

This cake gets better with age, so don’t be afraid to wrap it up tight and bring it out a few days later! Read more…

Bright Broccoli Soup

March 17, 2014

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~ Mary ~

Since moving to Minneapolis I’ve had a hard time finding quality produce at a reasonable price. My first forays were a disaster and I whined about it at length. Katy had suggested over, and over, that Costco was probably going to be my best option. I was hard pressed, as it’s just John and I and that’s some serious bulk that I’d have to use up in a short amount of time. I really missed my A&G grocery store! So much so that I googled my dilemma only to find out I wasn’t the first Chicago transplant that bemoaned the shortage of great produce in Minneapolis. Turns out, Chicago is a huge hub for transportation of many products, among them produce, which enables that city to sell a huge variety of beautiful and bountiful produce at such a great price to consumers. Read more…

Banana Praline Cake

February 28, 2014

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~ Mary ~

My cake obsession has been on hiatus for the past couple of years. Maybe you’re hoping 2014 will remedy all that – you never know – two cakes in under a month is a good indicator. The good thing about baking now, is that I can call Sam up and have him pick up the excess we don’t need. Case in point; Sam came over one Monday recently and asked what type of bread I had made. It wasn’t bread – it was a honey cake, we each only had a piece and didn’t dare eat anymore. Not because it didn’t taste good, but rather, the outcome was a deadly gaseous interruption of biblical proportions (who knew a cup of prunes could so so much harm). Next time you see John you can ask him to elaborate, my eyes are watering just thinking about it.

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Sweet Potato Soup

February 21, 2014

Tim's Sweet Potato Soup

~ Mary ~

We had an impromptu get together last month with Katy and Tim, and he brought over this lovely soup. Tim is our favorite realtor – ever! I spent a bazillion hours with him, this past summer, to find the perfect home. Those of you ‘in the know’ would speculate that I spent a bazillion hours with anyone without asking telling them to go fly a kite, but Tim is truly set apart from the rest of us mere mortals. Read more…

Honey Brined & Basted Chicken

February 13, 2014

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~ Mary ~

Once again we were gifted with some beautiful farm-raised chickens that topped out at 5.3 lbs.  What a treat from Patrick and Shannon along with pork goodies  and a whole quart of honey!  You may remember the last time we had one of these luscious birds.  Once again, I wanted to make these birds special – it’s funny how reverent I am when I know the time and energy it took to raise these birds – 35 years ago, when we raised them ourselves, I could’ve cared less. Read more…

Carrot Cake

February 4, 2014

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~ Mary ~

I’ve been making this cake for a number of years, and just never have gotten around to photographing it.  John calls it the ‘Steak of Cake’ due to its density and high level of satisfaction. My only advise is to be sure your spices are not old and stale, like mine were this last go around. Read more…

4 & 20 Blackbirds’ Salted Caramel Apple Pie!

December 29, 2013

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

~ Mary ~

This pie won us over the minute it hit our lips. I had to make it five times in one month. We honestly couldn’t get enough!

Literally love at first bite!

I’ll never make another plain apple pie again. Read more…


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