Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Black Bean and Corn Salsafrom Elizabeth

Summer is my favorite time of the year to try new recipes with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. One of my favorite summer recipes is for black bean and corn salsa.

This is a recipe that you can get creative with. Sometimes I will dice up an avocado or a jalapeño and add that. You can also get creative with how you serve it. Tortilla chips are great, but I have also eaten it with pita chips, …


All-American Eats

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We’re all getting ready for the 4th of July with our family and friends, so we wanted to share with you some easy all-American recipes–with some unique spins–to make your holiday even better.

Make your lemonade with a little twist by added some sweet raspberries and blackberries plus fresh mint with this Berry Lemonade recipe.

Try this answer to cure any summer craving with Burger ‘n Fries Foil Pack.

You have to have corn on the …


Slow-Cooker Apple Cider–Mmmm Mmmm!

Photo courtesy: The Recipe Rebel

Photo courtesy: The Recipe Rebel

from Elizabeth

Now that Halloween is over, everyone is getting in the spirit for the holiday season! Most of us in the office at the Ridge love this time of year and everything it brings over the next couple of months.

As the temperature drops, here is a delicious slow-cooker cranberry apple cider recipe to try this month or for upcoming holiday parties. I promise: it’ll make your house smell amazing! The recipe is courtesy …


Pumpkin EVERYTHING, Please!

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from Elizabeth

At the stroke of midnight on September 1, it seemed that everyone (once again) started going crazy for pumpkin everything! You have pumpkin cereal, creamer, air freshener and even OREOS! Yes, I am one of the pumpkin spice lovers, too, so I’m as excited as most of the world.

Gail always makes us little treats whenever she can, so one of our favorites this time of year is her pumpkin-spiced dip with gingerbread cookies. …


Irish Soda Bread

from Elizabeth

Even though I am not Irish, for St. Patrick’s Day I try to make something Irish to go with this lucky day. My attempt to make soda bread was definitely an experience! We enjoyed it for dinner with cabbage and corned beef.

The tradition of this bread began mainly for poor people with the most basic of ingredients of flour, baking soda, soured milk, and salt. Before baking, a cross was cut on the top of the loaf …


Some of Our Thanksgiving Traditions

Chris's pumpkin pie fixin's

Chris’s pumpkin pie fixin’s

Earlier this week, Erin talked about the cranberry-and-sherbert punch that her family makes every year for Thanksgiving. Here are some of the other traditions folks at the Ridge have for the holiday:

Sipping mimosas and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

A few years ago, when my son and I were having Thanksgiving for just the two of us, I made my first pumpkin pie. I followed the recipe on the can, and Jackson …


Grandma Cawley’s Awesome Pineapple Bread Pudding

from Chris

I’m hitting the kitchen for Thanksgiving this year. While I’m not responsible for the entire meal, but I am contributing a favorite dish that my mom’s mother used to make: pineapple bread pudding.

The recipe actually comes from my mom’s sister-in-law, my Aunt Kevin, who—I’m told—brought the recipe with her to the family as part of her dowry. But for as far back as I can remember, it was my Grandma Cawley who served this up at special …


National Bake & Decorate Month


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from Elizabeth

Maybe it’s the cool, crisp air, but over the last week or so, I’ve been a baking queen! I’ve made an apple pie, s’mores pancakes & dip, delicious brownies, and apple bread pudding. Or it might be because October is National Bake & Decorate Month!

October is the perfect time to take a step back and enjoy the seasonal ingredients and flavors that only come around once a year (yes, I have …


A Recipe for Applesauce Cookies

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from Bettina

Having just wrapped up our very successful Second Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium, it got me thinking about what kind of food and nourishment the officers and soldiers had during the Civil War. Though most of the soldiers’ living and eating conditions were terribly rough and basic, many of the baked goods they commonly ate are surprisingly scrumptious.

Here is a recipe for a sweet treat that has been adapted for modern kitchens. Give …