Homemade Mascarpone

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A Tale of Two Mascarpones: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was…

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Homemade Cultured Buttermilk

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I use a lot of buttermilk.  And by ‘a lot’ I mean a ton.  Many of my baked goods contain buttermilk.  Much of my salad dressing uses buttermilk.  And The Evil Genius?  He drinks buttermilk. *  We go through a lot of the stuff.  And I may have mentioned that I live in the middle…

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Homemade Essential Oil Air Fresheners

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Have you ever noticed that males of all species have a tendency to (How can I put this delicately?) be malodorous? I’m talking from a position of knowledge and experience here; I have a husband, five sons, and two male dogs.  We also have chickens and a cat. My boys tromp all over the yard…

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Homemade Laundry Soap

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Laundry has never been my friend. I need to make this perfectly clear.  I’ve never liked it; emptying pockets, washing clothes, drying clothes, folding and sorting clothes and putting them away.  Ugh.  I am not naturally inclined toward good housekeeping.  I’d much rather sit down with a cup of tea and a good book or…

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

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Can we talk for a second?  I feel the need to tell you something. I love you.  Really, I do.  Let this soup stand as proof.  Because, baby, it is cold outside and this soup is going to warm you from your inside out.  From your toes on up to your nose.  If I could…

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I feel the need to explain myself.

Today’s post is Part II of the ‘Saving Money in the Kitchen’ series which started yesterday. When I sat down to write about saving money in the kitchen I expected to knock out a quick post with a few hints.  As I carried on I realized quickly that I had too much material to cram…

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Better Than Yesterday Pizza

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I want to give you all a gift.  It’s that time of year, after all.  Taste, beauty, aroma, thrift; this gift has it all.  As a big thank you to keeping me company on the big old internet for this past year I want to give you all the gift of… Leftover pizza. It’s more…

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Roasted Crispy Cheese Potatoes

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  Just look at the potatoes in that picture.  Those spuds are the embodiment of everything a potato should be; mahogany and crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, blanketed with nutty brown butter and crusted with toasted cheese.  Those potatoes are good enough that they would’ve made Dr. Atkins repent of his low-carb…

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Pumpkin Pots de Crème

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I’m exceptionally fond of combining my obsessions. Sometimes it’s not so great.  Take Homer Simpson’s fabled “Nuts and Gum”,  par example… Sometimes, however, it works great. When you put together dark chocolate ganache and pie crust you get Dark Chocolate Truffle Tarts.  A happy accident if ever there was one… I might’ve mentioned that I’m…

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Homemade V-7 (not 8) Garden Vegetable Juice Blend

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A few weeks ago, my mom made the trek out to Michigan to visit her sisters (my aunties) and my Grandma. One night while Mom and my baby sister were out there, the Shaffer girls (because that’s what they become when they’re all together again) and Grandma gathered around the kitchen table to talk food…

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