Crockpot Pumpkin Soup

With the plethora of pumpkins available year-round here and missing the taste of Panera’s Autumn Squash soup that I got hooked on last fall, I couldn’t resist finding a way to make my own version with the ingredients available here. Of course, Sundays are best when they are lazy and this last Sunday was no…

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Hamburger Buns | Make It Yourself Series

During the first week after arriving in Rwanda, right before Christmas, I found myself searching through the local grocery stores to find ingredients for recipes that I wanted to make and bring to the parties we had been invited to. I quickly understood what everyone had prepared me for…be ready to have to go to multiple…

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Basil and Spinach Pesto | For Now or Later

Since we arrived in Rwanda, I have been dying to make pesto from scratch to have on hand for pasta. With all the basil you get at once from the market, I thought this would be a perfect way to use it all before it goes bad. I splurged for pine nuts at the local…

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Beet, Orange, and Fennel Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Normally in February I would be loading myself up with soups, stews, and oven-roasted root vegetables to warm me up from the cold weather and snow outside. But this year, I’m enjoying 70 to 80 degree weather here in Rwanda and it leaves me craving fresh, light, and citrus ingredients. This salad is one that…

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Garlic, Rosemary, and Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

One of the first things I noticed after arriving in Rwanda was how often potatoes were served as sides for meals here. In fact, “chips” or fries seem to be served with the large majority of meals. After getting my fill of fries in the first few days, I started asking for substitutes and began to think of other…

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Rustic Italian Bread with Rosemary Butter

With my snow day today, I decided to make a recipe I found on the bag of my bread flour for Rustic Italian Bread to go with homemade stew leftovers my husband and planned on eating for lunch. This recipe was perfect to do in the morning after we eat breakfast to be ready just…

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Steamed Asparagus | Microwavable Trick

There are always those times when you do not have enough stove space, do not feel like dirtying more dishes than necessary {I have a huge issue with dirtying as many dishes as possible even when making something that doesn’t require more than two!}, or have the time to sit and watch water boil. This…

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Butternut Squash Salad with Cranberries and Toasted Pecans

This weekend my husband and I spent the weekend touring around Northern Neck, Virginia, checking out West Point’s crab carnival, having Eggs Chesapeake for brunch while watching the boats on the Rappahannock River, and eating goose our friend made us. The theme of the weekend was surely crabs, crabs, crabs which was fitting because not…

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