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marinated skirt steak & an All-Clad giveaway

The pot rack in my kitchen might be the one thing in my house that we installed a week after we moved in 10 years ago and hasn't moved an inch.  It's never even been under threat of being moved.  I love, love, love my pot rack.  That's an odd thing for me, because it's not an antique, but it is so functional and I honestly like having all of my pretty pans and copper pots on display. And yes, I  (read more …)

baked potato soup recipe

I shared a couple of weeks ago that I made a full-fat, no-skimping-on-the-good-stuff baked potato soup as a treat.  I love creamy soups and casseroles, but I don't make them very often anymore, because they are just so calorie-laden. But it was a dreary day and both Jeff and I were in the mood for soup. And a baked potato soup recipe that I used to make came to mind and I couldn't shake it.  So,  (read more …)

farmhouse holiday series | red wine risotto

This year, I was invited to be a part of a farmhouse holiday decor series with an amazing line-up of bloggers, so how could I say no to that?!  Over the next few weeks, we'll be sprinkling in some seasonal farmhouse-style blog posts to (hopefully) inspire our readers. This week's theme is "farmhouse kitchen and fall recipe". I've shared this before and I'll share it again that other than  (read more …)

my first foray into canning & $150 Ace Hardware Giveaway

I bought a book on canning years ago.  I liked the idea of gardening, growing, harvesting and preserving.  Well, that book was about the extent of my efforts at canning until last week. If you have read my blog for a while, you may have picked up on the fact that I love cherries.  I rejoice when they first hit the stores in May and feel like there should be a moment of silence when they are no  (read more …)

Rosa’s Fruit Salad Recipe

I've mentioned my great-grandmother Rosa's fruit salad many times on this blog over the years.  It's a must-have at Thanksgiving and Christmas in my family.  It is citrusy and sweet and we all look forward to it each holiday. I only make it twice a year, but Rosa used to make it once a week in single-serving aluminum molds to keep in her fridge for when the grandkids stopped by.  I just love that  (read more …)

Basil Pecorino Corn Recipe

I shared this picture of one of our Plated dinners a couple of weeks ago on Instagram and a few people asked for more details on the corn side dish.  This Basil Pecorino Corn was so delicious and easy, that I decided to make it again with the summer's last corn and share the recipe. Hello dinner... #platedpic #dinner @plated A photo posted by Marian aka Miss Mustard Seed  (read more …)

10 minute ideas | cherry chocolate ice cream

It's time for another 10 minute idea!  My previous 10 minute ideas were teacup topiaries and making an "antique" bread board. This month, the challenge was to share a 10 minute no-bake dessert. I immediately knew what I was going to share, because it's my very favorite summer treat... ...homemade cherry chocolate ice cream. I love cherries and look forward to them with great anticipation  (read more …)

eating well made easy | chicken avocado burgers

I shared on my Facebook page a couple of weeks ago that dinner is usually one of the first things to "go" when I'm busy.  I actually like cooking, but planning is my downfall.  I like to be "in the mood" for what I make and eat, so I don't like to plan out a menu.  This becomes problematic at the grocery store when I buy things that I think I might be in the mood for, but then again, maybe I  (read more …)