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Summer Savory, AKA the Bean Herb


By Becky Hoff

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
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Summer savory is a lesser known but useful herb traditionally used in bean dishes and meat dressings. It has the distinction of being the only herb (aside from dill) that was grown in my Grandma Raway’s garden. The holiday turkey dressing would not be the same without the addition of summer savory, which is referred to as ‘Bonnenkrautchen’ in the Raway family vernacular. This is German for ‘bean herb’.

I would describe summer savory as slightly similar to sage, though less pungent, and milder. (We are not fond of sage in my household.) My husband describes summer savory as tasting ‘a little bit like everything’ and indeed it is quite versatile.

Red wine vinegar infused with fresh summer savory is something that I make every year. This is added to roast beef in the crock pot, pasta sauce, and soup stocks. The dried herb is perfect for seasoning a roasted chicken, adding to a white bean soup (just a pinch!) and of course in turkey dressing.

My recipe for turkey dressing closely resembles my mother’s recipe, which resembles her mother’s recipe. Grandma no doubt got her recipe from her mother as well ... I imagine that the recipe has been passed down for countless generations, with variations being made along the way.

Cooks everywhere know that sharing recipes is a very real way to show love. When we use old family recipes, it seems we are almost able to reach back in time and visit with the past. It is a way to remember and respect our ancestors, and a way to share a small piece of those special people we have loved and lost with the next generation. Even if we put a new spin on old dishes, when we cook we remember the ones who came before us. We remember love, and pass it along.

I will always plant summer savory in my garden - and I will always use it to season my turkey dressing!

12-16 ounces seasoned breadcrumbs- the kind intended for use in stuffing

5 or so cups of cubed, toasted bread- I bake a loaf of basic white bread in the bread machine for this, or buy a loaf of Texas Toast at Harmony Foods. Cube the bread, put it on a cookie sheet, and broil until dry and toasty. Check it frequently- charred bread does not make for tasty stuffing!

Holiday Turkey Dressing

2 C finely chopped onion

2-1/2 cups finely diced celery

5 T butter

1 lb Italian pork sausage

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Thank You

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
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During this season of being thankful and reading all of the thankful statements on Facebook, I thought it would be good to recognize happy moments and give gratitude. Granted, this will be an abbreviated list because I only get so much space in thi ..... 
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Creamed Tomato Soup

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
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By now the garden is done producing for another year, except the carrots still in the ground. We did find out carrots don’t survive even when covered with straw, so we will have to dig them soon. It was really hard to let all of the green toma ..... 
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A little of this, a little of that

By Kathy Little

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
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“Happy Hallo-thanks-mas”! Remember when stores didn’t display Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving? Probably not, but in my youth that was the norm. Now Christmas decorations pop up around Halloween. Thanksgiving is a forgotten holi ..... 
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Pressing Cider

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
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My heart sank as I heard the news. The Amish family who had pressed our apples into cider for many years was not home. Indeed, nothing was left in the house at all, reported a friend who tried to reserve our pressing date. A neighbor reported that t ..... 
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Musings from the back porch!

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
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There once was once a lady who requested a ‘pie’ oh my, and not just any pie, not canned and not made with fresh peaches covered with glaze, but an old fashioned peach pie, thickened with tapioca! This lady is a very dear friend of mine and does ..... 
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Old Fashioned Apple Cake

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
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As I write this article, we are into the middle of October the 10th month of the year. Birthstone being the Tourmaline or Opal. Flower the Calendula and Zodiac sign Libra. There are many Holiday celebrations too numerous to mention all, but to menti ..... 
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The Ugly Green Pot

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
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An ugly, enameled green dutch oven sits in a place of honor upon my stove. It sits rather heavily, for it is made of cast iron. In this one cooking vessel roasts are seared, sauces stirred up, chickens roasted, soups simmered and on rare occasions i ..... 
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Tech Bytes

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
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Brace yourselves avid Twitter fans, this form social media is going through a sort of a rough patch. What all free social media sites depend upon for sustainability would be revenues from advertising. So, what happens when your advertising revenues ..... 
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