One Hour Sandwich Bread

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Can you think of any scent more bewitching than that of fresh bread baking in the oven?  It is nearly impossible to concentrate when I smell it. While the bread bakes my brain rummages through its box of all my favorite ways to eat a loaf hot from the oven; Should it be blueberry jam?…

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Basic Chicken Stock and Asian Chicken Stock

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Let’s talk chicken stock. Do you keep it handy?  Having chicken stock around is like owning a black dress or a pair of red shoes; it’s just something you have to have to have and it makes you feel good. The best chicken stock is made in  your own kitchen.  You can control the final…

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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 Hummus

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I spent nearly seven years as a vegetarian; those years were spent subsisting mainly on hummus, cheese and big green salads. I long ago enthusiastically re-entered the omnivore world* but still spend a great deal of time conveying hummus to my mouth on various crudites and pita chips. Hummus is the first rite of spring…

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Risotto

Some basic risotto ingredients

We’ve been enjoying a lot of the foods that go along with this season, hot teas and cocoa, soups, homemade breads and muffins, and I’ve been coming up with some interesting combinations as I work through my pantry.  In one of my ‘what will I find in here today’ searches, I found a lonely cup…

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Just something I wanted to S.H.A.R.E. with you all

Fortunately I remembered to do this before putting everything away!

Well, it’s been a while since I last posted; some of you may remember a posting from Beccy back in June when she shared I’d been diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, I’ve had a couple of surgeries, some chemo, and radiation, which is now ongoing, and except for the cancer, I’m in really good…

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Sausage Baked Beans and Grandpa’s Baked Bean Sandwiches

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I’ve talked a great deal about frugal foods and menu planning in my last few posts.  There’s no doubt about it, one of the most budget-friendly foods you can make is beans!  But that’s not why I’m posting this recipe today.  I’m posting it because it’s STINKIN’ AWESOME!  And because it’s cheap.  I thought you…

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5-Minute Homemade Creamy Tomato Soup

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Today’s post is Part IV of the “Saving Money in the Kitchen” series that began Tuesday.  You can read Part I here ,  Part II here and Part III here. Wowza!  Who knew the response to being frugal would be so excellent?  I’m thrilled that so many of you are excited about stretching your food…

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Savoury Rice and Egg Pancakes

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Looks tasty, doesn’t it?  It’s crisp around the edges with the perfect balance of saltiness and creaminess in the center.  It’s nourishing.  It’s delicious.  It fills you up.  It only takes five minutes to make from start to finish. But you know what else dings my chimes about this dish? It costs $3.42 for four…

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