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Susan’s name is scribbled at the top of this family legend. She is married to my older brother, and they live on the same farm in Indiana where I grew up.

Susan is a skilled cook, gardener, and farmer’s wife, but the cooking part hasn’t always been so. Back in the sixties, she married my brother a week before he was shipped off to Vietnam. She found a job teaching music at my little country school (only a couple steps up from a one-room schoolhouse), so my parents invited her to live with us for a year until my brother returned home. Can you imagine living with your in-law’s and their pre-teen daughters, in your first year of marriage, without your husband? Click here for the rest of the story and recipe…

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Our kitchen as it looks after our recent redecorating frenzy– July 2014

While I wait for inspiration to cook and take pictures of food again, I thought it would be fun to chronicle the changes we’ve made to our kitchen since 1991 when we bought this house, built in 1979. I love to redecorate almost as much as I like to cook.

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Circa 1997  –  Best picture I could find

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It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy, they say. Well, livin’ may be easy, but hanging out in the kitchen on a hot Texas day is not so much. If I’m going to turn the oven on, it has to be before 9 o’clock in the morning. That means these scones are good for breakfast–even in the summer, especially when you’ve made them ahead of time and can pull them out of the freezer. Recipe and more after the jump

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Cornmeal Dinner Rolls (1 of 1)

The shape of these rolls takes me back to the brown-and-serve rolls my mother-in-law used to serve on holidays. She liked to split them straight out of the oven, just enough to cradle a big hunk of butter (probably margarine now that I think about it).  The melty and messy butter made those cheap grocery store rolls memorable…and sinful beyond redemption.  Click here for more.

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Do you like to make your own pizza at home? If you tried and weren’t entirely happy with it, here are six tips I learned from working in research and development for a national pizza chain a few years ago. Click here for more.

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