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I’ve decided peaches are now my favorite fruit. I don’t like anything overly sweet, and peaches have just amount of tang to offset the sweetness. Nectarines are pretty similar, and are preferred by my older daughter, because she is adverse to the fuzz. Apparently, she isn’t the only one. Unable to develop a fuzzless peach, the peach industry created a machine to mechanically brush off most of the fuzz. After this, the sale of peaches rose 50 percent. And although Georgia is known as “the peach state,” they don’t have anything on Washington State peaches.

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Turkey Noodle Soup Casserole

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I recently cooked up a turkey I bought around Thanksgiving. I always get an extra turkey or two, and use it to can soup, meat, turkey stock, and to use in recipes. At 39 cents a pound, I get a lot of food for a great price. Thinking ahead like this, is a perfect example of thrifty homemaking.

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When I was a little girl, every Valentine’s Day my dad would buy me a box of chocolate covered cherries. One bite, and a soft cherry encased in sweet white filling would come pouring out. You had to plop it in your mouth quickly before making a mess on your shirt. As an adult, I’m enjoying a new version, employing my dehydrator and fresh cherries.

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Broccoli Cheese Tots

 

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My daughter Katelyn and I love dipping all kinds of food in ketchup, including tacos. Now we have one more food to dunk in that tomatoey goodness – – broccoli.

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Canning Ground Beef

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Some of my favorite home canned convenience foods are ground beef, turkey and chicken. People tell me they are too afraid of killing someone to can meat. I inform these cautious canners death is just as certain from an improperly canned slice of carrot. More people get sick on packaged foods and grocery store produce than home canned goods. You almost never hear of home canned goods causing illness. You just have to follow instructions, like you would cooking with any method.

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