“If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

-Percy Bysshe Shelley

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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…

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    In the Kitchen

    My Favorite Apple Crisp

    The fall signals apple-picking time to me, and we have some wonderful orchards here in the Midwest ripe with a variety of scrumptious baking fruit. My mom’s group has visited Schweizer’s Orchard near St. Joseph, Missouri, the last couple of years for some delicious apples; plus, the children love to start their morning with the apple tree book before a tour and love to end it with a picnic and time on the playground. If you live close, and want to pick some fresh fruit,  I recommend a visit. Okay, so you know where I pick my apples, but how about the fun part — the eating of it all?  There are…

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    In the Kitchen

    Two Ways to National Chili Day

    Tomorrow (Feb. 25) is National Chili Day; and since that’s one of my favorite meals to make and eat, I thought I might celebrate by sharing two great chili recipes. The first one is my own traditional recipe and the second is from last month’s Real Kitchen mom. Katie’s chipotle chicken chili is a great alternative to the regular stuff I’ll be cooking up in my kitchen tomorrow; so if you’re looking for something new to try, you might want to give it a go. Of course, if you want to share your own favorite chili recipe, e-mail me or leave it in the comments. I would love to see…