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Easy Summer Pickling

Pickling is one of those things that I’ve always shied away from in the summer. Mostly I feared that I would go through all kinds of effort, and then the jars would sit unopened, languishing until mid-winter, until someone would finally decide that they wanted the jars for another project and dump everything out. I [...]

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Making Lattice Top Pie Crust With Kids

There’s nothing like a summer fruit pie with a pretty lattice crust. But how much of a hassle is it to make? Here’s the good news: It’s not too hard at all, and it’s actually easier if you have a partner helping you (ideally a kid who has too much summer vacation time on his [...]

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Summer Watermelon Carving

It’s that time of year when the knives come out and the creative juices start flowing…If it’s July, it’s gotta be watermelon carving season! Each year we try to come up with something new to enter into the National Watermelon Promotion Board’s watermelon carving contest. In past years, we’ve done everything from a Shrek watermelon [...]

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Summer Garden Mince Pie

We try to mix it up around here and write about different foods every week… but something strange happened on the way to this week’s post. We got so caught up in making celery desserts that we couldn’t resist experimenting with one last pie… and it was so good we just have to tell you [...]

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Cherry-Rosemary Ice Cream with OXO

Summer and ice cream go hand in hand, which is why once school gets out, we break out our trusty ice cream maker. This year we got an extra burst of inspiration from our friends at OXO, the kitchen and household tool designers, who offered us a chance to test-drive their newest ice-cream-related gadgets. Since [...]

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Celery-Carrot Tea Cake

Celery…for dessert?!? What are you up to this time, Jolly Tomato? (It’s true, we have a tendency to put green things in desserts, like this one, this one, and this one. But there’s enough sugar and butter in all of these treats so that they don’t taste overly vegetable-y, so why would a anyone complain?) [...]

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