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Homemade Peach BBQ Sauce for Canning or Freezing

Peach BBQ Sauce for Canning or Freezing

Here where I live in the mountains of western North Carolina, our home is located just about 30 or so minutes away from the border of upstate South Carolina. And right now, SC peaches are in full swing. Freshly plucked from the tree, these peaches are sweet, juicy and abundant, and I’ve been making sure…

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15 Old-Fashioned Garden Tips from Our Grandparents

15 Old-Fashioned Garden Tips from Our Grandparents

Although I was trained as a biologist, and I am truly a bit of a science nerd, I still believe it’s worthwhile to keep the old ways alive and to honor the wisdom of previous generations (whether it’s to put into practice or just for the history of it). And in that spirit, I’ve put…

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Juicy and Flavorful Pulled BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken

Now I know that there are BBQ purists out there who might be a bit offended by me calling this BBQ. I know this, because I happen to live in the Carolinas, one of the meccas for everything BBQ (seriously, BBQ is everywhere here and folks here are serious about it). But sometimes, ya just…

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Cottage Pie - Homemade Cottage Pie with a Rich Gravy and Topped with Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Cottage Pie

This cottage pie is a rustic and homey one-pot meal. It’s filled with beef and vegetables in a rich gravy and topped with a thick crust of buttery mashed potatoes. A very old kind of dish, dating back to the 18th century British Isles (when the potato was just being introduced there), the cottage pie…

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