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Tropical Hot Dog Bar

Tropical Hot Dog Bar ~ seven exotic condiments to take your next barbecue to the tropics!

Tropical Hot Dog Bar ~ I admit it, I’m a closet hot dog lover, maybe you are too?  Today I’m sharing a slew of exotic toppings, including spicy kiwi relish and Maui onion slaw, that will turn your next barbecue into an island paradise!  Get ready, because it’s full-on summer just ahead……

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Quick and Spicy Refrigerator Pickles

Are you ready for some instant pickle gratification?  My Quick and Spicy Refrigerator Pickles are ready in under an hour ~ and because they’re not processed in a hot water bath, they stay extra crunchy! On this blog I’ve worked through most of the basic techniques and processes related to cooking and food prep: I’ve turned flour and water into bread with the help of yeast, I’ve harnessed enzymes to make cheese, and bacteria to make yogurt,  I’ve preserved, whipped,…

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Brats with Spicy Cranberry Relish

Brats with Spicy Cranberry Apple Relish ~

I highly recommend these Brats with Spicy Cranberry Relish if you’re ready to jump headfirst into fall ~ the sausages are briefly grilled, then gently simmered in the slow cooker while the cranberry/jalapeno/apple/onion relish waits patiently in the fridge.  Don’t miss out on this! Our daughter and her husband were here (from Madison Wisconsin) over the Labor Day weekend for a wedding, and it was a treat to have the whole family together, if only for a little while.  Since…

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How to Dry Herbs in the Microwave

How to Dry Herbs in the Microwave quickly and easily ~

I’ll show you exactly how to dry herbs in the microwave, it’s quick, easy and a lot of fun! — The microwave preserves color and flavor like no other method, and in minutes you can have months’ worth of herbs ready to go. I’m a huge believer in the power of fresh herbs, they make a big difference in the flavor of so many foods.  And because of that I’m forever buying them and, sadly, letting many of them got…

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Minimal Monday: Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing ~

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing – 5 everyday ingredients that add up to one powerhouse secret weapon in the kitchen – this vinaigrette wakes up almost anything with a blast of lemon flavor! Not many salad dressings merit a post of their very own, but this one is special.  Lemon is king here in TVFGI kitchen…I use it in sweet and savory recipes, and squeeze it in, or on, probably 75% of things I make, in fact I use lemon like…

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Wake Up Your Winter Cooking Tips & Giveaway

TVFGI custom designed O Olive Oil Gift Set

Happy Cyber Monday guys!  This weekend was fun and all, but today I’m buckling down and getting super serious.  I’m a type-A gifter and I need to get a handle on my list before December 1st.  (Hey, I want to spend my time baking, not shopping!)  I’m celebrating my new partnership with O Olive Oil with a special giveaway today, and I’m going to share some great gift ideas with you, so grab a pen, sit back and get comfy,…

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How to Make Homemade Old Fashioned Relish

How to Make Homemade Old Fashioned Relish ~ I say old fashioned, but of course this homemade pickle relish has been Great Island-ized with some hot peppers, and a little bit of extra spice.  You’re going to love it, and it’s so easy! I know everybody’s grilling this weekend, and thinking about burgers, and pasta salads, and maybe a pie or two.  But don’t forget that you can’t have a great barbecue without great condiments!  And there is something so…

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Minimal Monday: Authentic Caesar Dressing in 30 Seconds

30-Second Homemade Ceasar Salad Dressing

Authentic Caesar Dressing in 30 Seconds — this creamy, rich salad dressing comes together almost instantly using your immersion blender…it’s a real game changer! This is the thick, tangy, cheesy Caesar dressing of your dreams, and it turns a plate of lettuce and croutons into a sensuous feast.  You don’t have to buy the expensive stuff in the refrigerator case that’s made with additives and less than top notch ingredients.   This one is whipped up right in your own…

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White Grapefruit Vinegar

white grapefruit vinegar

I’m back from Florida and already missing my dad, his wife, and my youngest, Molly, who joined us for her spring break.  For me, spring break in Florida is a complicated mix of tropical paradise and emotional roller-coaster.  I’m missing the warmth of the beach, the hypnotic rustle of palm leaves, even the freakishly loud symphony of frog mating calls rising from the pond outside the house every night.  And there’s nothing like eating lunch overlooking the waves while an…

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