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Recipe for Homemade Finnish Mustard

How to make a homemade version of the famous mustard from Finland that come in toothpaste-like tubes labeled "Turun Sinappia". Finns can't live without this mustard and neither can I! But you needn't be Finnish to fall in love with this simple mustard made from scratch with just a few pantry ingredients and a quick stir on the stove. It's a personal favorite from the year I lived in Finland as an exchange student and a staple in my kitchen. Real Food, Fresh & Fast. Year-Round Kitchen Staple. Budget Friendly. Great for Meal Prep & Food Gifts. Easy DIY. Naturally Gluten Free.

Recipe for Lamb Stew with Sweet Tomato Jam

A Moroccan-style lamb stew, cooked in a savory “jam" (which really isn't a jam at all) made with onions and fresh summer tomatoes, seasoned with cinnamon, saffron and honey. One hand, it’s enough to count the times lamb has reached my plate, let alone my stove. But I’m learning! When you buy a whole lamb (or a whole hog or a whole steer or a whole elk, say), you fly through the chops, steaks and tenderloins. And then you’re left with a freezerful of the so-called ‘lesser cuts’ that need a little TLC to cook. (TLC? That would mean Time, Largess and Curiosity.) Confession: I so do not “get" cuts of meat, my eyes glaze over at those butcher diagrams showing the loins and hams and the sirloins and butts (which are actually shoulders, by the way, confusing me even more). Buying a whole animal for the freezer, it’s this former-vegetarian's, still-meat-squeamish cook’s attempt to learn my way through the less-expensive just-as-tasty pieces of meat. This is

Recipe for Calico Beans
aka "Alanna's Famous Cowboy Beans"

Nothing like a big ol' pot of great baked beans! Calico Beans are definitely hearty: meaty enough for supper but more often a popular side at potlucks and around campfires. Men, especially, love these doctored baked beans and no kidding, beg me to send the recipe to their wives. No wonder Calico Beans are now dubbed "Alanna's Famous Cowboy Beans"! Hint Hint: These baked beans are mostly "doctored" up canned beans! Potluck Favorite. Slow-Cooker Friendly. High Protein. Great for Meal Prep.

Potato Bites with Smoked Salmon

An easy bite-size appetizer with an elegant appearance, tiny potato halves stuffed with smoked salmon in a sour cream and horseradish sauce. If you love lox and bagels, you'll love this quick, impressive-looking bite-size appetizer! No Fork Required! Equally At Home for an Elegant Buffet or a Rustic Farm Table. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. High Protein.

Fried Bread

Everybody's doing it. And I'm doing it too. Won't you fry bread, too? (Hint: It's soo worthwhile!) This 'recipe' (can Fried Bread even be called a recipe?) is so quick and easy that I'm adding it to a special collection of easy summer recipes published throughout the summer of 2009. With a free e-mail subscription , you'll never miss a one! “Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it. Let's do it, let's fall in love.” 
 ~ Cole Porter So everybody IS doing it, frying bread, that is, and loving it too. Julia Child does it. In the new hit movie Julie & Julia , she sizzles bread in a heavy cast-iron skillet. Mattie Ross in True Grit does it. “The ‘corn dodgers’ were balls of what I would call hot-water cornbread. … [Rooster Cogburn] sliced up some of the dodgers and fried them in grease. Fried bread! That was a new dish to me.” Uncle Ronnie does it. “I never use a toaster anymore!” My own dad does it. “I d

Gum Drop Cookies

Are your kids back to school this week? Here's a way to give a after-school 'hug' – with homemade gum drop cookies, just the way like my mom did for my sister and me. They are sweet and chewy with jewel-colored chunks of spicy gum drops. The year my sister started kindergarten, my mom wrote here in Kitchen Parade, “It sure is quiet around the house these mornings. Even the dog looks forlorn now that the big orange monster has carried off both her children.” In her own childhood, Mom and her siblings often arrived home from school to a warm kitchen and fresh cookies. For her, after-school aromas of butter and sugar and spice were a sort of cookie hug that asked, “How was your day?" and made known "I’m glad you’re home!” Even as a working mom, she often baked cookies while waiting for that "big orange monster” school bus to spit us out at the end of the driveway. With flat, gummy rounds tucked like jewel surprises inside the dough, this old recipe f