Erin Fife

Erin Fife

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You say granita, I say delicious!

July 2, 2017

In this post, I mentioned strawberry granita as a way to use up your fresh strawberries in season. Today, I will wax poetic about granitas in general and how they are the perfect summer dessert.

What is a granita?

Granita is a frozen dessert, originally from Sicily, made by freezing liquid of your choice and fluffing the heck out of it as it is freezing. The end results falls somewhere between a sorbet, an Italian ice, and a snow cone. It's..

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How to Entertain: Crackers and Fruit Edition

June 25, 2017

So you're hosting a party, and you've chosen your cheese. Now what do you add to your plate to round it out? With so many options to choose from, here are a few things we like to serve that can add to your guests' experience, but still lets the cheese shine through.

 

Crackers

There are a huge variety of crackers out there. Start with just three kinds of crackers — one plain, one seedy or wheaty, and one with a flavoring (cheese or olive or..

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Mushy banana? No problem. It's ice cream time!

June 25, 2017

Now that it's summer, I find my bananas are ripening quicker than I can eat through them. Which means I'm left with a choice — eat the bananas faster, buy fewer, or figure out something delicious to do with them once they hit that mushy stage of over-ripeness.

Generally when people think of overripe bananas, they immediately think of banana bread. In the summer, though, I only want to turn on my oven when I absolutely have to. These days, my..

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Baked donuts: all the deliciousness, none of the mess

June 4, 2017

June 2nd was apparently National Donut Day, and I can't believe I missed it. I never pass up a chance to enjoy a doughnut! So make up for it, here's my favorite recipe for baked pumpkin doughnuts from King Arthur Flour. All the doughnut goodness, without the mess of frying. My in-laws gifted me a doughnut pan and pancake pen last year for my birthday, which are both helpful to have when making doughnuts at home. But if you don't have doughnut..

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A family-favorite, easy dessert: Congo Bars

May 28, 2017

Growing up, my mother baked all the time. We always had cookies or bars or some other sweet treat in the house. When you ask my friends from home what they remember about me, they say, "Congo Bars!" which was our favorite treat, and most likely to be served at any and all gatherings. Today, my kids request Congo Bars just as often as I did, and their grandmother never says no.

The term "congo bar" means different things to different people; to..

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Start an indoor herb garden using kitchen scraps

May 27, 2017

There is a huge list of food that can be regrown from kitchen scraps. Potatoes are the first that spring to mind — plant an eye from a store-bought potato in your garden just like you would any other seed, and you'll have a new crop of potatoes in a few months. Sprout avocado trees from their pits, grow new onions and celery from their root ends, and get more carrot greens from old carrot tops. You can even grow yourself a pineapple plant from..

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Tired of cold-brew coffee? Try some cold-brew tea!

May 21, 2017

When I was young, a sign that summer had finally arrived was when my mom started making sun tea. She'd pull out a half gallon canning jar, throw five Lipton tea bags into it, fill it with water, screw on the metal top, and put it outside in the sun. It would steep all morning... or longer, if she got busy and forgot it was out there.The tea was light and delicious, and we drank it warm from the sun or, later, cold from the fridge.

These days, a..

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Rethinking (and re-purposing) canning jars

May 21, 2017

Canning jars have been around since 1858, when John Mason invented the first Mason jar. Originally developed to better preserve food, lately the concept of the Mason jar has undergone a renaissance. Still used for canning, these glass jars can now be found throughout your home, holding flour and spices in the kitchen, cotton balls in the bathroom, lights in your garden and, of course, actual canned food. Here are some companies who are helping..

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The best snack mix ever

May 12, 2017

I don't often make snack mix, because then, well, I'll eat the snack mix. All of it. In one sitting. And that's not good. But every once in a while, I'll get a craving I can't ignore and I'll have to eat some snack mix. 

My household is nut-free, so purchasing store-bought snack mix is challenging. Most mixes have nuts in them or are processed in facilities that use nuts, both of which is a no-go for us. So I'm left to make my own. A few years..

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Rhubarbariffic: Whip up this compote to celebrate Spring

May 12, 2017

Every year around this time, I start looking for rhubarb each time I'm in a grocery store. The first few times I see it, the stalks are generally limp and unappetizing. But then suddenly one day I'll find it: a basket of beautiful maroon and green stalks... and I've fallen in love all over again.

One of the first things I make when I get home with some rhubarb is a simple strawberry-rhubarb compote. My husband says the word "compote" turns..

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