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Jen Ruple
I'm a writer, blogger, columnist and cowgirl at heart.
I'm a writer, blogger, columnist and cowgirl at heart.


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Mexican Grilled Corn (Elote Asado)
Coated in a cream and rolled in crumbled cheese, Elote Asado is a popular way of
serving grilled corn at festivals and markets in Mexico. Soaking the corn in
their husks prior to grilling keeps them from burning. Plus the steam that’s
produced inside the hu...

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More to Dundee than meets the eye
Oftentimes, the first thing that comes to mind when you hear
the words Dundee, Mich. is Cabela’s, the behemoth retail outlet for all things outdoors, visible from U.S. Route 23. Located just 17 miles from the Ohio –
Michigan border, this small town has real...

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Zoodles with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Basil and Pine Nuts
Eating your veggies has never been easier. It’s that time
of year when farmers markets are in their full glory with piles upon piles of corn
on the cob, tomatoes and zucchini just waiting for you to snatch them up and
make something magnificent with them. S...

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Back to the Bay
It’s funny how perceptions can change over time. Could it
really have been 20 plus years since we had visited Put-in-Bay, The Key West of
the North as it’s nicknamed? Considering we've been married for 20 years, it had been at least that long. View of the h...

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Hot Pick for Cool Summer Nights
And just like that, it's summer in the Midwest, roaring in with hot and humid temperatures well into the 90s. To help you beat the heat, here are some of my favorite finds this week to help you stay as cool as a cucumber.  Lighten up with blush wines. A fav...

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Get Grilling!
Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, bringing with it the
unofficial beginning of summer. And that means it’s time to get serious about
grilling. I am fortunate to work with a very talented local chef, Liz
Donaldson, who creates menus for a food column I...

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In Mint Condition... Celebrating the Kentucky Derby
The most exciting two minutes in sports is just days
away. On Saturday, May 6, horseracing’s finest thoroughbreds will take their
post positions during the 143 rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Woodford Reserve is the official bourbon of the Kentucky De...

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Eat Your Spinach...Morning, Noon and Night
There seems to be a special day for everything these days. You know where I'm going with this... Sunday is National Spinach Day! That’s
a good thing because it gives me the opportunity to share a few recipes for
using this glorious green. Spinach Breakfast ...

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Host the Perfect Pasta Party
When it comes to feeding a hungry crowd, there aren’t a lot
of foods that fill the bill as well as pasta. Loved by kids and adults alike,
pasta is one of those versatile foods that can be customized to satisfy all
tastes including meat lovers and veggie lov...

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Cooking with Flavored Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars
Flavored olive oils are becoming increasingly popular –
showing up in tasting shops, boutiques and specialty grocery stores. That’s
good news for home cooks as well as the health conscious. “Olive oil is good
for you, and it is extremely versatile in cookin...
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