Main Dish

Venison Stew

Venison Stew

If you are lucky enough to access venison this year, you have got to try this venison stew.  We were gifted a deer shoulder this fall from our patient Lowell (thanks again Lowell, you’re the best!).  Check out what I did with the backstrap he gave us, too!  I’ve still got a few more roasts…

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How to Brine a Venison Back-strap

How to Brine a Venison Back-strap

Growing up in “God’s country,” the Keweenaw Peninsula in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I’ve eaten my fair share of venison.  My family didn’t hunt, but I had plenty of friends who shared their scores with me over the years.  You’ll find some of the healthiest, largest bodied whitetail deer in the U.P. In the…

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Spice Mix Party + 3 New Recipes

Spice Mix Party + 3 New Recipes

Take a gander at what a few girlfriends and I made at a Spice Mix Party we threw last month: I’m not sure if we created the idea of a Spice Mix Party, but it sure was fun!  It all started with the realization of two Maximized mommy friends, Rachel and Jess, that pre-made spice…

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Homemade Hamburger Helper

Homemade Hamburger Helper

We are back!  Austin and I took about a month off from our normal routine and spent a lovely couple of weeks in Houghton and L’Anse, Michigan.  So refreshing to relax and put all our cares away for a little while.  And a few of you asked how Austin enjoyed the water…well, he loved Lake…

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Sweet Potato Chicken Casserole

Sweet Potato Chicken Casserole

It’s summer, but does that mean we can’t enjoy a good One Pot Wonder?  I didn’t think so!  This is a super easy casserole that takes all of 15-20 minutes to mix up.  You can prepare it the night before, and pop in the oven in the evening when you get home from work.  This…

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Sushi Salad

Sushi Salad

This is a yummy fresh salad that I’ve been having for lunch lately, as I had been given a huge bag of brown rice to use up.  And who doesn’t love sushi!  This is a play on the California Roll, minus the surimi.  You get all the sushi flavor, in a simpler form!  I’ve just…

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Leek, Asparagus & Herb Soup

Leek, Asparagus & Herb Soup

This Leek Asparagus and Herb Soup is the perfect fresh lunch or dinner for spring!  It is a Core Plan meal, because it uses potatoes.  To make it Advanced Plan, replace the potato with cauliflower or white beans.  The soup will still be delicious! Leek, Asparagus & Herb Soup Makes About 6 Servings  1 Tbsp…

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