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Posted June 05, 2019in Recipes

Granny Smith spring salad

Hello fellow food lovers! I’m Carrie, and I invite you to take a peek into my tasty food creations that are inspired by my favorite cooks — all right here from my cozy Waukee kitchen! Whether it’s watching dozens of recorded cooking shows into the wee hours of the night

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Posted April 25, 2019in Recipes

Italian drip beef sandwiches

It’s the time of year when daylight lasts longer and we get into the house later — and hungry! To help with this, my slow cooker is my friend. However, this time of year we have tired of “comfort foods” and are ready for something a little lighter. This recipe

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Posted April 01, 2019in Recipes

Layered Refrigerator Salad

This layered salad was inspired by one that was an Easter tradition when I was growing up. The original called for iceburg lettuce and plain mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip). I have upgraded some ingredients and made the dressing much more flavorful. The beauty of the salad then and now is

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Posted March 01, 2019in Recipes

Ginger Creams

What a long and grueling winter it has been! The anticipation of spring makes the reality of the season even that much sweeter. We have had a record number of snow days to make up this year, which will extend our school days into the month of June. While deciding

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Posted February 01, 2019in Recipes

Electric pressure cooker chili

Chili is chili … right? Well, that’s what I used to think, but, over the years, I discovered that I was wrong. Very wrong! I have come to realize that there is about as much difference in chili preferences as there are people, or at least families. Some like thick

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Posted December 31, 2018in Recipes

Mini Beef Wellington Bundles

A party in each bite, these yummy bites are elegant and so worthy of New Year’s Eve. Ingredients Prepared piecrust 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, quartered 1 clove garlic 1 tablespoon parsley ¼ yellow onion, quartered 2 tablespoons butter 2 teaspoons olive oil ¼ cup cream 1 tablespoon red wine (optional)

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Posted December 01, 2018in Recipes

Cinnamon ring

Happy winter, everyone. As beautiful as it is, winter is not my favorite season, but lots of important events happen in this bone-chilling time of year. Christmas is one of those wonderful happenings, and I thought I would share one of our Christmas traditions that my family loves. Although my

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Posted October 26, 2018in Recipes

Caramel apple poke cake

A few weeks ago, I was asked to provide a dessert for an employee appreciation meeting. Why I don’t stick with something tried and true for these occasions, I’ll never know, but, once again, I began searching for an autumn dessert that sounded good. In doing so, I ran across

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Posted September 28, 2018in Recipes

Living with a reputation

I have worked full-time as an OB nurse, 3-11 shift, for the past 36 years. This includes working every other weekend, although lately we have been quite busy and short-staffed on weekends, so we’ve all been picking up extra shifts. However, one extra shift I refuse to pick up is

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Posted September 01, 2018in Recipes

Fried green tomatoes

By the end of the summer, you have surely eaten tomatoes prepared in almost every way possible. Perhaps you are a little bit weary of collecting them if you overplanted. The tomatoes that may otherwise go to waste can be used in this tasty way if you get them early.

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