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Berry Colada Smoothie

This post is sponsored by the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission.  I received a gift card and accessories as reimbursement for ingredients and time. I told the story of my berry-filled history on Monday when I shared my recipe for Raspberry Poppy Seed Dressing.  I spent a lot of time around them, and should probably…

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Raspberry Poppy Seed Dressing and Marinade

This post is sponsored by the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission.  I received a gift card and accessories as reimbursement for ingredients and time. My grandfather owned a raspberry farm when I was a kid.  We used to go pick for him when the berries were ripe.  It was always hot, the raspberries vines were…

Barbeque Macaroni and Cheese

Dutch Oven Mac and Cheese on the BBQ

A couple of weeks ago, it was hot here.  We not only live in northwestern Oregon, but also basically on the side of a hill over a river.  Hot is rare.  I should probably also add that hot is anything above 80.  When you’re done laughing at me, come back and I’ll tell you about…

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Baked Parmesan Pickle Dip

I always think anything that involves cooked pickles sounds weird.  And yet, I’ve never tried anything with cooked pickles that I didn’t like.  Go figure.  This dip is a modification of a version I’ve been taking to parties for years.  Without fail, someone tells me how much they love it and asks what’s in it. …

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Pretzel Hot Dog Buns

In one of those “Why have I never thought of this before?” moments, it dawned on me how amazing pretzel hot dog buns would be.  I used to make homemade soft pretzels once in a while, but haven’t for a few years, probably because it would make my gluten-free daughter cry.  However, she doesn’t live…

Creamy Red Hot Dipping Sauce

With New Year’s Eve parties planned for this week, I thought this would be the perfect time to share my new favorite dip recipe.  I originally made this as a dipping sauce for meatballs, but we’ve tried it on just about everything.  It’s a great sandwich spread.  It makes Sauerkraut Balls even better.  I’ve even…