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Petty Crow has a Perfume Bar with 50 plus essential oils to choose from and make your own perfume blend, Christmas hand-made decorations, Abby will have her wonderful and popular plushies and other hand-made items, Robert will have his crocheted stuffed animals and so much more! more
’Tis the season for all the goodies of sweet and savory. This week we are going back to the good ole days when the simple flavors of the season were honored in a way. Gingerbread isn't just for making cute Christmas houses, there are thousands of other delicious recipes to explore. I like to make gingerbread pancakes or muffins during the holidays but pie is always a favorite. This no-bake gingerbread pie is easy, and quick and you can make it days ahead of time and freeze. I especially love the gingerbread crust which I've used in other pies. Gingerbread takes me back to a time when you didn't have all the fancy desserts, just plain and simple. We all can use some simple ways to get us through the holidays. Tis the season.  more
Hey there, fellow food enthusiasts, welcome back to my kitchen. Once again this week, I'm diving into a culinary classic that has comforted many of us through thick and thin: mac 'n' cheese. But this isn't your regular boxed mac 'n' cheese; we're elevating it to gourmet status with a medley of high-end cheeses, a punch of unique spices, and a crunchy topping that will take your taste buds on a delightful journey. more
November is almost over but the Christmas season has only begun, and with that notion comes the first holiday recipe. I've shared my Christmas pie before but wanted to balance the scales and share a cake recipe using cranberries, the berry of the season. I love all things cranberries, pie, jam, sauce, and muffins just to name a few. Too tart for some but cooked in sugar cuts the tartness leaving just enough for flavor. So, while these berries usually go on sale after Thanksgiving, they freeze well allowing you to stock up and try more recipes. Start with this easy upside-down cake, not just for pineapple anymore. I like to grate some orange peel on top for added holiday deliciousness. Tis the season.  more
Hey there, fellow comfort food connoisseurs! Today, I’m going to walk you through an epic, gourmet twist on the classic duo that’s comfort food royalty: the grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. Trust me, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill rainy day fare. We’re talking a culinary upgrade that'll have your taste buds singing and your Instagram popping! more
Editor’s note: Readers may enjoy this look back to deer season 2019 and the tasty selection of venison recipes passed along by You’vah. more
Hello fellow food lovers and welcome back to my kitchen. Thanksgiving is a time of tradition, family, and, of course, sumptuous food. But who says we can't spin the classics into something new and exciting? Enter the Thanksgiving Pizza: a playful and delicious way to enjoy all your favorite holiday flavors in one incredible dish. This recipe combines the comforting tastes of turkey, cranberries, green beans, sweet potatoes, and onions, all atop a homemade crust that's both crispy and chewy. Let's embark on this culinary adventure! more
We have a special Wednesday Farmers Market this week for your Thanksgiving shopping and holiday gift giving. There will be several vendors set up between 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with gluten free baked goods, fried pies, hot dogs, molasses, apples, fresh pressed apple cider, eggs, honey, jams, syrups, elderberry syrup, a perfume bar, jewelry and more! more
It's Thanksgiving week! I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful feast with family and friends. I thought I'd give you another pumpkin dessert recipe since you can't have too much pumpkin on Thanksgiving. This fudge is an annual treat in our home. We love fudge in general, the best I've ever had was made with goat's milk. When we had goats I was always looking for ways to use up the generous supply of milk and fudge was always a hit.  more
This week, I am answering reader requests for international recipes. Some of these even sound edible. more
Hello fellow food lovers, and welcome back to my kitchen. This time of year we’re all looking for comfort. As the leaves turn golden and the air gets crisp, there's nothing more comforting than a bowl of warm, hearty soup. Today, I'm thrilled to share with you my recipe for a Rustic Chicken and Vegetable Harvest Soup, a perfect symphony of flavors that embodies the essence of fall. more
The countdown is on, menus are being planned and supplies bought, all for the annual feast of Thanksgiving.  For me, it's all about the traditional dishes and the labor of love to feed my family. So many memories from the past, food keeps that connection with room for more to be made. My main menu remains the same each year but I like to play with the desserts and try something new most years while keeping at least one pumpkin pie present.  Since we eat mid-day, I like to have something to snack on while the dinner is being put together. This year, a warm crisp sounded good, full of fall flavors and seasonal spices. This pumpkin Pie Crisp is perfect for brunch or dessert, and better the next day if there is any left.  Served hot or cold, with or without ice cream the flavors blend well making it a perfect fall treat. Crisps aren't as popular as pie but I'm sure this recipe will change some minds. Happy baking! more
We have a new vendor, Melissa Magnotte, owner of Petty Crow Perfume Blending Bar, who has a collection of 50+ high quality pure essential oils used to create your own custom perfume blend. She also has a rack of Gluten Free baked goods including Honey Oat Sandwich Bread, Fruit Hand Pies, Peanut Butter Cookies, No Bake cookies and more, all made in her Gluten Free Kitchen! more
Before I begin with some unusual holiday recipes, let me direct a heartfelt thank-you to a great editor, Abby Hess! Even if I leave her with nothing, she makes my effort look great! Thanks, Abby. You are the greatest! more
Editor’s note: This is the conclusion of a two-part column. Part one was published in the Nov. 1 issue of the Quill. more
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the Farmers Market on Dec. 2 at 10 am via the Howell County Rural Fire Department and will greet the young and old alike until 12:30. He will have a treat for all the kiddos from our vendors. Pass the word!! more
Last Sunday we got dressed up and headed to the big city of Springfield with some old and dear friends who wanted to treat us to lunch at a fine dining establishment, somewhere new to us. I won't name names but the chosen restaurant was once known for an elaborate display of hand-craved meats, a generous salad bar, and an equally generous dessert display. Those are fond memories now. What we found was less of everything with a hefty price. Is fine dining not a choice anymore?  more
Hello fellow food lovers, and welcome back to my kitchen. There's nothing quite like the rustic charm and heartwarming flavors of a classic Shepherd's Pie. This staple of British cuisine has traversed oceans and etched its place in the hearts and menus of comfort-food lovers worldwide. Today, I’m going to share with you a very long, very detailed blog-style recipe to create the perfect Shepherd's Pie, complete with all the traditional trimmings and a few gourmet twists. So, roll up your sleeves, and let's create culinary magic! more
Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part column. The continuation will be published in the Nov. 8 issue of the Quill. more
Hello fellow food lovers, and welcome back to my kitchen. When the leaves start to change colors and there's a crispness in the air, you know it's time to bring out those recipes that warm your heart and soul. And what could be more fitting for this season than a bowl of rich, creamy, and utterly delectable sweet potato soup? This isn’t just any soup; it’s a hug in a bowl, a symphony of flavors that celebrates all the best parts of fall. Today, I’m beyond excited to share with you my all-time favorite sweet potato soup recipe that’s guaranteed to become a staple in your autumn culinary repertoire! more
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