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    In the Kitchen

    Auntie E’s Cool Pea Salad

    It feels like fall is in the air, and I can hardly wait for this favorite time of year. I love the cooler temps, the changing leaves, the clothes, football and pumpkin spice. But before I put summer completely in the books, I wanted to share one last warm-weather recipe courtesy of my Aunt Eyvon in Blue Jay Hollow. While we were visiting Arkansas this summer, my Auntie E brought over a cool pea salad that was completely addictive and insanely easy to make. Last week while I was grocery shopping I suddenly had a hankerin’ for the yummy green stuff so I gave her a call in the middle of…

  • In the Kitchen

    Banana Nut Bread Begging to be Baked

      When you and your preschooler are cooped up on a cold winter’s day with really ripe bananas and leftover Christmas pecans (yep you guessed it), it’s as if banana nut bread is just begging to be baked. If your little ones are anything like my son, they probably love to be in the kitchen. After all, it is one of the few places where mess making is expected, especially when you let them do the ceremonially mushing of the bananas (we used a fork and a cutting board for that one, and it brought big smiles). So if you find yourself in our shoes on a cold winter’s day (of…

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    In the Kitchen

    Tastes Like (Hamburger Dill) Pickles!

    This one is for all you Wednesday night Bible study ladies, because my homemade hamburger dills actually taste like pickles and I promised to post the recipe here at Small Talk Mama. Yes, my husband and I actually got the first taste of our maiden pickling project and we both gave it a thumbs up. I don’t know why we’re always so surprised, when we try a new recipe or grow a new vegetable, to find that it tastes exactly as it should. I remember our first harvest of broccoli years ago — it actually tasted exactly like broccoli. Imagine that! That being said, we haven’t yet opened the dill spears,…