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Ranch Dressing Recipe – On The Fire

Ranch Dressing Recipe – On The Fire

Ranch Dressing Recipe This Ranch Dressing recipe is the other half of an episode of On The Fire. Rather than try to put two recipes with a long list of ingredients together on one entry I decided to separate them. Simple is good. Ranch dressing is great on salad and as a dip. I like a little on baked potatoes. Do you love a fresh tomato or cucumber sandwich? Try this dressing instead of mayo. You’re welcome. Really. It’s that…

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Hazelnut Crusted Trout – On The Fire

Hazelnut Crusted Trout – On The Fire

Hazelnut Crusted Trout One of the best parts of spring, at least for me, is open-water fishing. The only place we’re finding open water this year in early April is streams and the outlets of lakes and ponds. They’re great places to find brookies and salmon. We like to make the best of cold water fishing now since the salmon will head down to deeper water when the temperature rises. I like trout best but I don’t say no to…

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Lemon Marinated Feta Cheese – On The Fire

Lemon Marinated Feta Cheese – On The Fire

Lemon Marinated Feta Cheese Kristin brings a wonderful marinated sheep and goat milk cheese to me when she comes to visit. I stretch it out as long as possible by eating only one one-inch cube at a time. I use every drop of the olive oil, usually on Crostini, to get every last bit of goodness. This lemon marinated Feta cheese isn’t the same but it’s just as good in its own way. Preheat the oven to 400┬░. You’re going…

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Ham Salad – Basic Recipe & Ways to Mix it Up

Ham Salad – Basic Recipe & Ways to Mix it Up

Ham Salad Cooking a huge Rosemary Mustard Crusted ham for two people on Easter weekend gave us a lot of leftovers. I chose a large ham so we could have ham for breakfast and summer as well as to make ham salad. I start the salad with this basic recipe and then add to it to give it a lot of variety. Traditionally, ham is ground before mayo is added. I’m not a fan of that texture, and I think…

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Chicken Capri

Chicken Capri

Chicken Capri Oh winter pudge. We can’t be friends anymore. I’ve been eating healthier, cooking new dishes, trying new methods, and losing a few pounds. This low-carb, Keto, South Beach, healthy, delicious, you-name-it recipe works well with wild turkey, domestic turkey, chicken, pheasant and most likely quail, woodcock, ruffed grouse and other upland game birds. Ricotta cheese is seasoned and tops the chicken. When baked, it makes a creamy, flavorful cheese sauce. You can serve this with rice or pasta…

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Lazy Shrimp Creole – Easy One-Pot Meal

Lazy Shrimp Creole – Easy One-Pot Meal

Lazy Shrimp Creole Let’s be honest. This Maine girl doesn’t know much at all about Shrimp Creole. We’ve been eating healthier lately so I can get rid of winter pudge before summer gets here. I’ve been craving something different. Soup and stew is getting old and there’s still too much snow to bring out the grill. This dish is as hot as you want it to be so it’ll warm you up if it’s still winter where you live. Lazy…

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Mac n Cheddar Cheese

Mac n Cheddar Cheese

Mac n Cheddar Cheese Baked Mac n Cheddar Cheese is a favorite for lots of us. I never tire of it. This is nothing like the bright orange powdered cheese mac that comes in a box. I used Clothbound Chedder from Grace Hill Farm in Cummington, MA. I found the cheese at Boston Public Market on a weekend trip with Taylor to visit Kristin. You should use your favorite cheddar. Or, use Gouda. If a cheese melts well and you…

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Chicken Marsala – Great with Upland Game Birds, too

Chicken Marsala – Great with Upland Game Birds, too

Chicken Marsala Recipe When I mentioned to a friend that this week’s recipe is Chicken Marsala she said, “I thought you weren’t going to get complicated.” It sounds a little fancy, doesn’t it. This is a simple recipe. It takes a little time but it’s worth it. The Marsala is wine. There are a few steps to Chicken Marsala but they’re more time-consuming than complicated. It’s worth the effort! Read the recipe a couple of times if you haven’t made…

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Homemade Italian Sausage Recipe

Homemade Italian Sausage Recipe

┬áHomemade Italian Sausage Recipe When I look for recipes for sausage I find recipes using sausage, not making sausage. It took me quite some time to come up with our homemade Italian sausage recipe a few years ago. It takes trial and error, and we have to consider the freshness and quality of the herbs and spices we use. I tucked this recipe away two years ago after we raised a couple of pigs out near the orchard. At that…

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Chicken Brown Rice (Grouse) and Vegetables

Chicken Brown Rice (Grouse) and Vegetables

Chicken Brown Rice (or Grouse) Working full time, running a homestead that produces most of our food, hunting season and home renovations make for exhausting days. Having a simple one-pot meal like Chicken Brown Rice that requires very little preparation time is a life saver some days. This recipe works well with chicken, grouse, turkey, woodcock and other upland game birds. I used to make this with duck but have decided I like duck prepared in other ways much better….

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