• Cooking with Miranda

    Variations on a Theme: The Fresh Twenty Cookbook

    Before we moved into our current house, Everett and I had a subscription to a website called “Fresh 20.” The concept was amazingly simple. It was like a food subscription service where you bought your own groceries. You purchased twenty items, some pantry staples, and voila! You had five delicious meals, prepped and planned. I don’t know why we didn’t stick with it, but we and the Fresh 20 drifted apart. I think we cheated on them with Blue Apron and Hello Fresh. We didn’t really think about them, until recently, when I found that the blog’s author published a cookbook of seasonal meals that followed the Fresh 20 format.…

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    Cooking with Miranda: Grandma’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake

    I am ridiculously lucky. I had most of my great grandparents on my mom’s side of the family through my childhood and well into my early adulthood. I was raised surrounded large extended family of warm, wonderful, and loving people; my Grandpa Chuck’s siblings and their kids and grandkids. Great-Grandma Muhs fed them all. It’s what she did. You went to her house and she fed you. She was the embodiment of the “love people and cook them tasty food” magnet on my fridge. She had two entrances to her white farm house with the black shutters, one into her living room and one into her kitchen. We always came…

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    Cooking with Miranda: Biscuit Topped Chicken Potpie

    This spring my nephew came to stay at our house because he was bored. We put him to work. He helped in the garden, learned to feed the chickens and collect eggs. I taught him how to cook spaghetti and meat sauce so he could make dinner for his mom when she got out of basic training. I have to admit. I’m not used to cooking for almost teenagers. Everett and I tend to eat all sorts of things that twelve year old boys find weird. One dish was an overwhelming success. It got made a few times while he was staying with us; Biscuit Topped Chicken Pot Pie. He…