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Coleslaw

There is a bar for perfect coleslaw, as far as I am concerned, and it is very narrow. It's been about 10 years since I last ate at KFC in the US, but their coleslaw was on the ball. I haven't had coleslaw that really hit that craving since,…
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Improving on a recipe

When I started making our homemade tortillas, I didn't have any lard in the house (post holiday pie baking wiped out my big tub), so olive oil it was, knowing they should be good, but maybe not as good as they could be. Still, they turned out…
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Apple Fritters

There is probably no tastier carbohydrate, than deep fried, sweet dough. Just my opinion, but it's probably a pretty popular one! The only way to make deep fried, sweet dough any better, is for it to be fresh out of the fryer. Bonus points for…
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Ham & Bean Soup

Soups are healthy, and easy, and super tasty, and make for great meals after long days, or lunches during the week. Just make a pot on the weekend, portion it out, freeze all but a couple, and take out what you need the night before. Soups often…
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Life with a Water Well

How much trouble can a water well be? Besides the cost, which can be 10s of thousands of dollars, you might have issues with water quality that has to be resolved to be able to use the water. If it's bad enough, it can damage your pipes. In…
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Keeping Chickens for Beginners

I am so impatient to start building up the farm part of our farm. A small part of that is because I know that we have a whole lot of work to do, and a very short season to do it in. What I can do for now, is learn. Pouring over websites and…

Alberta Gardening Calender

The wait for spring becomes almost a living thing for those of us in this climate. We dread the return of mud, but the return of green growing things and sunshine is too palatable to really be bothered by mud that much. We'll complain about…
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Knife Care & Storage

My mother in law gifted me a countertop magnetized knife block and I'm not going to downplay it, I was so excited. I can be a total cooking geek for the right gadgets. I use most of my knife sets every day, and it's a pain in the arse to open…
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Dinner Rolls

I love bread. Really love bread. A fresh loaf of bread takes a ham & cheese or pb&j sandwich from blah to yum. Just by changing the bread from storebought to fresh. A freshly made sub loaf turns a sub sandwich into heaven on a plate.…
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Garden Mentor: Grow Right Guild #3 and #4

The GWG #3 prompt is to describe your garden right now and since it doesn't exist, and all that is in the area is mud and snow, I'm going to move on to #4: write about your garden mentor or muse. The earliest gardener influence I had was…
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Spaghetti Sauce

I think for every established cook, there's a "perfect" spaghetti sauce recipe... there's just so many online! This is a somewhat classic recipe, with some modernization (like the hot sauce), and my family's preferred tomato based pasta sauce.…
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Dream Garden - Grow Write Guild #2

What do you picture when you hear the question "what is your dream garden"? What does the area grow, vegetables, flowers, trees, bushes? Is it tame or wild? Today's GWG prompt is "Describe your fantasy garden". If you'd asked me this 20,…