It really is a must-have for every home cook. Bacon fat is an incredible way to add a TON of flavor to a dish with just a teaspoon or two of something that would normally be discarded anyway!
I keep a small half-pint mason jar of bacon fat in my fridge. Any time I [...]
I have been wanting to get on the homemade tortilla bandwagon for a very long time. I’ve tried so many recipes over the years, and while I thought each one was good in its own way, none of the recipes I tried really recreated the tortilla I was looking for. I was looking for [...]
I never would have thought it possible, and yet, I did just that last night.
Cooking Light magazine was the magazine I cut my cooking teeth on. It taught me how to cook- and how to cook healthily. I have so many recipes and cooking methods in me repertoire thanks to that magazine, and [...]
So yesterday I posted about the crackers that I was making to keep my Always-Hungry-And-Growing-Boy satisfied. The crackers help, but after a while, he does get tired of the same old snacks. There is one thing though, that he will always be happy to eat- and it does a fantastic job of making his [...]
There are days where Zander is just your typical normal boy. He eats normally, plays normally, and is just an all-around kid. And then there are days where I wonder if he’s hiding a homeless boy somewhere in the house and is squirreling away food to share with him. But nope. He’s not hiding [...]
Who doesn’t like tacos? Very few people I’ve come across, that’s for sure! So when we had a family get-together this past weekend that included kids of all ages, I decided that tacos would be the ideal solution to a “please-most-palates” dinner. We did it simply, with basic taco toppings, an extensive array of [...]
Here I was, all excited and proud of myself because I kicked off the month of February with a bang as far as posting frequency goes. And then the Super Bowl was over, and team Green Bay won Tomato Bowl 2011 by a landslide. Then, I had a week of eating up all those [...]
Stock making is one of those very basic kitchen skills that seems to have been lost along the way. I think the advent of readily made stocks and broths on the grocery store shelves have made stock-making a less desirable thing. For one thing, stock making does take time- although most of it is [...]
On New Year’s Eve a few weeks ago we were lucky enough to make last-minute plans to spend time with some very good friends. We got together for dinner and conversation, and dinner included some amazing homemade noodles. I could have eaten those noodles all day long, and as I ate them, I wondered [...]
This last week I heard some of the most wonderful words from my son… “Mommy, could you make some oatmeal for breakfast today? With red raisins?”
Be still my heart. Was he actually asking for something extremely nutritious for him- and something that I absolutely love? I love a good bowl of oatmeal, and [...]
Two years ago, the idea of canning pears was a revelation. My parents have a pair of pear trees in their backyard, and year after year, they’d get picked, many eaten, but many discarded once they got overripe. I was flipping through my trusty and indispensable Ball Blue Book when I spotted the section [...]
Pronounced keen-wah, quinoa is something that I only pull out every once in a while, and that’s a shame, because it is a nutritional powerhouse, and it’s super quick to cook. Quinoa is a grain with the rare properties of being very high in protein- this makes it a great choice for vegetarians and [...]