So many quick bread recipes are often too sweet for us but this one is simply outstanding with the nuttiness of the rye flour and using olive oil instead of butter. Visit to learn more.

Pumpkin Rye Bread

The danger (?) of buying ingredients at stores like Costco is now you own A LOT of whatever. This year I came home with a goodly amount of organic canned pumpkin. A very tasty pumpkin, I might add. So I went in search of some new ways to use it and I found this recipe.

And as you know, I love using rye flour! This is similar to my banana bread recipes too.

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Gratin Dauphinois (Scalloped Potatoes au Gratin) is the side dish that says you’re the kitchen cat’s pajamas when you show up bearing gifts at Friendsgiving. Easy, affordable, and old-fashioned delicious. Visit to learn more.

Gratin Dauphinois (Scalloped Potatoes au Gratin)

It can be quite confusing. What I grew up with as scalloped potatoes or even sometimes (for those higher-end-posh pot luck suppers) potatoes au gratin are basically variations on the same theme. My personal favorite is a simple Gratin Dauphinois. The kind Grandma would have made (except she wasn’t French).

So, I don’t want breadcrumbs or cheddar cheese or bacon or fennel or wild mushrooms or bay leaves or heavy cream or reduced-fat anything. Those are wonderful in their place and time just not here and now.

I want simple. I want affordable. I want easy. And I want delicious. Is that too much to ask?

You know, a side dish that says you’re the kitchen cat’s pajamas when you show up bearing gifts at Friendsgiving.

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One Pan Hamburger Stroganoff

One Pan Hamburger Stroganoff

Growing up we ate a ton of ____ Helper (substitute your favorite protein in the blank). Remember the dancing white glove with the red clown nose? Good times.

So, clearly, we need a one pan hamburger stroganoff recipe in our back pocket that’s quick and easy — especially on a weeknight. Hold the box.

(Is this expensive restaurant beef tips and fresh-made pasta? Um… no. We could do that but see previous one pan quick and easy.)

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