Gingersnap Cookie Butter

Gingersnap Cookie Butter from foodiewithfamily.com

Ah, the holidays. A time for getting together with long lost and far flung family members, running thither and yon and to Grandma’s house whether via the river and woods or not, and eating your emotions. Sweet, sweet, self medication. There are those times when the line between functioning at a holiday level and locking…

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Coffee Jelly

Coffee Jelly {the ultimate hostess gift} on Simple French Toast from foodiewithfamily.com

My husband lives, breathes, sleeps, drinks, and eats coffee. I mean REALLY.  We tea drinkers often get a reputation as being high maintenance, but my husband takes the cake with his coffee rules. The guy opts to drive rather than fly on all business trips under 12 hours so he can take HIS coffee and…

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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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