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Five Foodie Ideas

I’ve been a little swamped lately — between deadlines at work, re-doing our porch roof, and the flu hitting our house — leaving my blog empty for almost a week. With apologies and promises for more original recipes soon, a quick list of the food-related things I’m excited about this Fall:

The Austin-Boston Food Swap

I’m taking part in this food blogger cross-country package swap for the first time in 2012! This annual food swap matches Boston and Austin food bloggers, who trade foodie care packages highlighting the best of their region’s cuisine. There’s a $30 limit, and you can see what other bloggers have traded in the past while reading more about the swap here. I’ve been matched with Christy Horton of Epicuriosities, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’ll blog more about this when the packages come in!!

Read a great article about how the swap got started.

Preserving the last of my tomatoes

I read this great post about quickly preserving your last batch of tomatoes before the garden dies out for the winter. It doesn’t involved any canning or processing, and it’s a snap — you won’t be running out for cans of diced tomatoes all winter long. I’m going to do this tonight.

Homemade Christmas Gifts

As I may have mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of DIY gifts — but they take a lot of advanced planning. In years past, I’ve made knitted items, hand-crafted gift boxes, canned goods, and one year I even set up a blog for someone’s business. This year, I’m going to try my hand at infusing liquor, after getting an awesome present last year from a colleague who crafted her own bourbon. Check out this recipe and this recipe for cayenne-infused vodka (yow!) Oh, and this place is great for finding gift-worthy decorative bottles.

McMuffin Casserole. Recipe & Photo Courtesy of http://www.PlainChicken.com.

Fun breakfast

As soon as I saw this McMuffin Casserole, I knew my husband would have to have it. And, I was right. The catch? I made it with vegetarian “ham,” which he promptly ate anyway (covered in maple syrup to mimic the flavor of a McGriddle … oy). How come I never thought of this??

A new blog to visit

Finally, I came across this great blog called Clean Green Cuisine the other day, and I just wanted to share it. I only poked around a little, but I already know I’m going to try the Pasta Bolognese, the Butternut Squash & Kale Barley Risotto, and the Root Beer Stove-Top Beans. Yum! Love getting new food inspiration.

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