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Recipe: Jalapeño Popper Dip

Thinking about the big game?  Need an appetizer for the next potluck or euchre party?  This is a great dip with bagel chips, crackers, or tortilla chips and has just enough kick to be interesting, but not so much that it leaves your mouth on fire.  This recipe is courtesy of spendwithpennies.com. Ingredients 1 4oz […]

 Sara Swanson

Recipe: Parsnip Muffins

Looking for something new for breakfast? Tired of boring old blueberry muffins? Looking for something to do with those parsnips in the back of your fridge? Here is a brand new recipe invented this week to go with hot peppermint chocolate tea after playing outside in the snow with the kids (actually, mostly shoveling the […]

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New Year’s Eve Featured Recipe: Grand Champagne Cocktail

Looking for something special for your New Year’s Eve toast?  This recipe caught our eye.  Courtesy of Bobby Flay of the Food Network.       Ingredients 4 shots orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier) 4 teaspoons honey 4 fresh strawberries, tops trimmed 1 bottle Champagne, well chilled Special equipment: 4 chilled Champagne flutes Directions Add […]

 Anne Marie Miller

Mimi’s Molasses Cookies

My great-grandma Mimi’s molasses cookies don’t look like much. But once you start eating them, good luck stopping of your own volition. Now, they’re not really predominantly molasses — and if we described them more truly they might be called Shortening Cookies (I know, bear with me though) — but, as with many things, these […]

 Sara Swanson

Snow Ice Cream

For my kids, snow ice cream is associated as closely with snowy days as hot chocolate is. The most important ingredient for snow ice cream is a large amount of new-fallen snow. Thanks to this Saturday’s weather, and to the delight of my kids, we had more than enough to make it this weekend! The snow […]

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Not-So-Secret-Anymore Cheesecake Recipe

This cheesecake recipe was chosen as the best from all submitted entries during a Detroit radio contest back in 1999.  I still use this recipe with fantastic results.    Ingredients:  PART ONE: 3 8-ounce bricks of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (Let it sit out to soften) 4 egg whites 1 cup of sugar 1 teaspoon of […]

 Sara Swanson

Thanksgiving Storybooks to Check Out From the Manchester District Library

Thanksgiving is a time for family traditions and we have them just like every other family.  One of our traditions is library related. Every year when Thanksgiving rolls around, my family checks out Thanksgiving storybooks from the Manchester District Library. We keep them on a special shelf in our home and read them many times. […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Marsha’s Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. It’s a time to celebrate legendary memories and to spend time with those who mean the most to us. Sometimes that is family; other times it is friends. And either one of them are, as Martha Stewart is wont to say, A Good Thing. Here are […]

 James Miller

Why Did(n’t) My Power Go Out Last Sunday?

We had a long, severe thunderstorm last Sunday.  It hit most of the lower peninsula.  At it’s largest it stretched from Arkansas here to Michigan. (View an animation of the storm here: http://wxug.us/1a4us) Clearly, from the animation above, you see a large storm covering most of the state.  But we all know that the results were […]

 Anne Marie Miller


When I was a junior or senior in high school, I wanted to host dinner parties for my friends. The only problem was that I didn’t know how to make dinner. Or to host. My mother taught how to make ratatouille. It was the first thing I learned how to cook. This is more or […]