Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli cheddar soup is the taste of an efficient workday. It’s the taste of being in a place without obligations, surrounded by the hum of conversations that have nothing to do with me. That’s because broccoli cheddar soup is the lunch I usually order at Panera Bread when I clear out of the house so […]

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Tomato, Fennel and Mozzarella Skillet Dish

Rediscovering best-loved recipes and trying new ones. That is what I have been doing for the past month. Before that, for about a year, my husband and I lived with his parents. Most of our belongings went into storage, and my routine of cooking daily meals got tucked away too. When we moved into our […]

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Fresh Mozzarella, Sausage and Summer Veggie Pasta

If you’ve been a Conebella Farm Cheese customer for a while, you know that Don and Pam Gable like to keep things fresh. When you come to their farm store, see them at a farm market, or find them at a festival, you can often find new flavors in addition to the classics. Now they’re […]

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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 […]