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Grilled Cheese: One kind for me, one kind for the kids

Grilled cheese makes me think of my five-year-old niece. Since I am living with my husband’s family right now, I often get to see this sweet bundle of energy when she comes over a few times a week for one-on-one schoolwork time with her “Grammy,” my husband’s mom. Around noon, they take a break from schoolwork […]

Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

This is a tried and true recipe from our friend Jodi Gauker of Gauker Farms, a 9th-generation Berks County beef farm. Save Print Cheesy Ranch Potatoes Author: Jodi Gauker Recipe type: Side Dish   Ingredients 4 medium russet potatoes, cubed 1 t. salt 1 package dry Ranch dressing mix ½ c. milk ½ container sour cream ½ […]

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Spinach Cheddar Potato Pie

“My England money.” That’s what my five-year-old niece calls the handful of pence my husband and I brought back for her from a trip across the pond last month. She loves seeing the images of the queen on the coins and sorting the coins by size. I will think of my niece’s charming phrase whenever I […]

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Southwest Egg and Jalapeno Cheddar Casserole

There are two styles of recipes. There’s the kind you follow with absolute precision. You go out and buy the special ingredients they require. Maybe an unfamiliar cut of beef, or some fresh herbs and fancy olives. You measure out the ingredients with care. And the recipe rewards you by turning out well every single […]

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Cheddar-Bruschetta “Irish” Pizza for St. Patrick’s Day

My husband has very strict definitions of what counts as pizza. He questions the notion of a “dessert pizza” because, to him, pizza must have tomatoes and cheese. In fact, such an intense debate once arose among our group of friends about whether a “dessert pizza” counted as pizza that we walked to a corner […]

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Chimichangas with Jalapeño Cheddar and Smoked Colby

In the first year after I got married, I had to build up a recipe collection. I had cooked now and then during high school, and had somehow managed to feed myself when I moved into my first apartment after college. (Mainly, I existed on omelets.) But daily meal prep for two people? This was […]

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Bacon Cheddar Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Early this morning, I watched the sky turn as red and dappled as a Gala apple. Yesterday my mother warned me about a coming ice storm, and now the sky foreshadowed it, too. I had cancelled today’s plans based on my mom’s predictions, and right now the day ahead looks like one for staying home, bundling […]

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Whoa, Nelly! This Corn Dip is Amazing.

Imagine a summer supper in southeast Pennsylvania. The smell of fresh-cut hay wafts up to the screened-in porch. Light begins to fade into a hazy orange. Fireflies pulse. What’s a night like this like without corn on the cob? Would the meal be the same without this fresh Pennsylvania delicacy… so sweet, buttery and crisp? What […]

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Easy Cheesy Flavorful Chicken

It’s not just your imagination. Studies have shown that time really does feel like it is flying by as we get older. Some have thought that this is because, when we’re kids, our hearts beat more quickly, and this functions as a natural timekeeper, making it feel like more time has passed. Or that we’re receiving […]

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Cheddar, Apple & Pepper Jelly Toasts As An Easy Appetizer

I’ll make a really easy blog recipe this month, I told myself. A quick appetizer you can throw together in about five minutes. So that’s what we have this month. These cheddar, apple and pepper jelly toasts really are so easy you might as well add them to your list of appetizers to have at […]