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Hooray for ham

By VALERIE BOESEGrit MagazineBaked ham is a popular main course, but don't forget its versatility when added to everyday dishes. Its succulent flavor can quickly turn ordinary fare into extraordinary meals. Ham can jazz up a variety of foods, including soups and stir-fries. Ham added to a ...

Ag egg saved is an egg earned

By KRISTI COOKGrit MagazineWhen my family started our first tiny flock of laying hens several years ago, I quickly learned the meaning of "feast or famine." Within months, we were eating golden, delicious eggs until we couldn't stomach the sight of another omelet or quiche. In desperation, I ...

The pressure’s on

By CHRIS COLBYGrit MagazineVersatile and useful cooking gadgets, electric pressure cookers make wonderful braised meats, will cook beans without soaking, and are great for stocks and most one-pot soups and stews. Dishes that traditionally take a long time to cook can be made in substantially ...

Going whole hog

By JASON HERBERTGrit MagazineTwenty years of marriage has taught my wife not to expect a lot out of me when it comes to event planning. At our wedding, my only jobs were to show up and get the beer. I'm often trusted with preparing the meat too. I'm a pretty simple guy.Months before my oldest ...

A bittersweet love affair

By KAREN KEBGrit MagazineThis time of year ushers in snowfall and mittens, leafless trees and blazing woodstoves, and, of course, mountains of recipes for comfort food. Everything from mac and cheese to pizza, pot pies and beef stew is heralded as comfort food. And they are. But really, when ...

Pizza perfection

By KAREN K. WILLGRIT MagazineIf you live rurally, you probably haven't "enjoyed" the convenience of home pizza delivery in years. But there's no sense crying over lukewarm, mediocre pie-make your own right at home! Homemade pizza is not only delicious, but it can be an adventure. Deciding on a ...

Kitchen gems

By KAREN KEBGrit MagazineWhen asked about the one item they'd grab on the way out of their burning house, people usually cite the family photo album. For me, it'd be a cookbook. Not just any cookbook, but my Great-Grandmother Pansy Van Loan's handwritten recipes in an aged, olive-green, ...

Homemade bread the easy way

By JEAN PICARDGrit MagazineNothing says "home" like the aroma of fresh baked bread wafting from the oven, and nothing pleases guests or family members like the taste of that bread when it hits the table. Oven fresh bread is difficult to resist, but it doesn't have to be difficult or ...

Warm and cheesy made easy

By SUSAN BELSINGERGrit MagazineA creamy, delicious aroma wafts through the house as a pan is taken from the oven. Family members and guests eagerly tuck in their napkins. The awaited dish couldn't be more humble, or more scrumptious: homemade macaroni and cheese, enhanced with just enough ...

Soups for every occasion

By JEAN TELLERGrit MagazineCool fall days and cold winter nights demand a hot meal on the table, and your family will not be disappointed with the sight of a stockpot or slow cooker full of savory soup, a loaf of homemade bread, a simple side salad, and a freshly baked apple pie for dessert. ...