Fruity, Fiery, Smooth Habanero Salsa

Fruity, Fiery, Smooth Habanero Salsa like the Blue Iguana Cantina from foodiewithfamily.com

When I eat spicy food, I want to feel a sweat break out on my forehead. I want it to be an experience. But I also want it to taste good. I’m not one of those chile-heads who wants pain with no payoff. It has to be delicious to be worth it! Last week I…

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Maple Candied Bacon

Easy, homemade Maple Candied Bacon from foodiewithfamily.com

Ah, bacon. Is there anything you don’t improve? You’re great in baked goods, soups, stews, adult beverages, cookies, dip, on meatloaf, popcorn, dipped in chocolate, and much, much more. One of my guys’ best-loved ways to eat bacon is candied. In fact, my kids all have t-shirts that say “Bacon is Meat Candy”. Okay, I…

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Ginger Peach Preserves

Ginger Peach Preserves for serving on toast, in ice cream, alongside roasted meats, or just spooned straight to your mouth from foodiewithfamily.com

I am updating this post because like a dork, I forgot my Cook’s Notes with some crucial notes about WHY I choose Pomona’s Pectin and only that for my jam and preserve making. My stepmom said to me more than once, “There’s nothing wrong with toast and jam for dinner!” She was brilliant, I tell…

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Pickled Green Beans: Dilly Beans

Pickled Green Beans: Dilly Beans {a simple canning project} from foodiewithfamily.com

I learned to can from the best: my Grandma. I remember hours upon hours at Grandma’s house with Mom and the aunties sitting around peeling peaches, laughing hysterically, shucking corn, chewing the fat, shoving tomatoes in jars, and whatnot. The kids usually drew the simple task of snapping the ends off of green beans. It…

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Fire Cider: Health Tonic and Homeopathic Remedy

Fire Cider: Delicious Health Tonic and Homeopathic Remedy (and cooking ingredient, to boot!) foodiewithfamily.com

To anyone visiting for the purpose of discussing my use or perceived misuse of the word “homeopathic”: I am using a casual definition of the word supported by google, WebMD, and Merriam Webster: “That is, if a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same…

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Coconut Infused White Balsamic Vinegar

Coconut Infused White Balsamic Vinegar for fruit, fruit salad, and sipping in icy cold soda water! foodiewithfamily.com

Are you familiar with white balsamic vinegar? It’s pretty much heaven in a bottle. It is VERY, very similar flavour-wise to regular balsamic vinegar, but it’s a bit lighter in body and a little more clean tasting. When I turned forty last week, my sweet baby sister bought me a bottle of assorted infused oils…

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Russian Pickled Cherries {Simple Food Preservation}

Russian Pickled Cherries from foodiewithfamily.com

Cherry season is cruelly short, but we can preserve some of their sweet, juicy goodness for the winter months in jams, jellies, juices, pie fillings, and pickles. Pickles? Yes! Russian Pickled Cherries are a fabulous food preservation project for those who are intimidated by the canning process and veteran canners alike. There’s no boiling water…

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Strawberry Basil Infused Vodka

How to infuse vodka for cocktails, baking, and cooking.

I need to get a little science geeky here for a moment. Did you know there are flavour compounds in food that you absolutely, positively cannot release unless you hit ‘em with alcohol? It’s the truth. There are two reasons for this: Volatility: You know how you can smell whiskey or another strong alcohol right…

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