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Freezing Chicken Stock (and other ingredients too!)

Freezing Chicken Stock (and other ingredients too!)

I was so excited to get silicone muffin pans, and muffin cups… They seemed like such a good idea. Well, I use the cups for actual muffins, on occasion, but I’ve not been happy with the muffin pans at all. But I’ve found an even better use for my silicone muffin pan, rather than baking in them. They make a fabulous container for freezing small portions of liquids that I want to use later. One of…

How to Make Homemade Yogurt

How to Make Homemade Yogurt

Yogurt is a staple around our house – vanilla yogurt is one of the picky child’s favorite foods, and I’m a big fan of thick and creamy plain Greek yogurt. Yogurt is one of those foods that’s quite easy to make at home, but rarely attempted.  You don’t need a yogurt maker (although I think I spent maybe $10 on mine, and it makes it even easier, so I recommend it).  It does take a lit…

How to make almond milk

How to make almond milk

Easy (step by step) almond milk recipe, perfect for dairy-free and vegan recipes. Get the Recipe: How to make almond milk

Top cupcakes with fondant (valentine's version)

Top cupcakes with fondant (valentine’s version)

Many people are intimidated by fondant, but it’s really not that hard to make really lovely cupcakes with fondant and a few simple techniques.  Hello Naomi did this great tutorial on making these simple cupcake toppers, perfect for valentine’s day.  The technique could of course be used for all sorts of occasions– you’re only limited by your cookie cutters and your imaginati…

How to peel ginger root

How to peel ginger root

If you ever cook with ginger, you know how much of a difference it can make to use fresh ginger root instead of that dried powder stuff. The tricky part about using fresh ginger, though, is peeling it. It’s so bumpy and irregular that if you try to use a knife to cut away the skin and knobs, you’ll end up left with a small rectangle of gingery goodness and a lot of waste on the cutting board. That is, of c…

How to Make Tamales

How to Make Tamales

Hi, I’m Emily! I’ve been inspired by Foodwhirl’s recipes so far, and am excited to contribute to it! My husband and I made tamales for Memorial Day, so I thought it would be a great recipe to share. We make tamales about once a year. They’re certainly time consuming, but making 6 dozen is as easy as making 12, so it’s a great meal to make and then freeze. Tamales are also a great p…

Creamy Avocado Smoothie - Perfectly Paleo & Vegan

Creamy Avocado Smoothie – Perfectly Paleo & Vegan

I’ve never really been a big smoothie fan. It just seemed like a quick way to drink a whole bunch of calories, and i’m not really into sweet drinks. But I’m doing a Fall fitness challenge this month at FitWit, and I’m trying to eat healthy and get all my fruits and veggies in. So I figured why not come up with a good smoothie that gets your veggies in, with minimal fruit and extra sugar, a…

Baked Bacon

Baked Bacon

Easy clean up Bacon! Just as crispy as frying over the stove top! From the original site: I love bacon, and really who doesn’t! But frying it can be a bit messy and you can easily burn it. To be honest, my Grandma made the best bacon on the planet. It was in a pan on the stove, low and slow for what seemed like hours. I’ve tried to duplicate her methods many a times, but never succeeded. Nothing will ever compare to her…

Pantry Friendly Tomato Sauce

Pantry Friendly Tomato Sauce

Delicious Homemade Tomato Sauce! From the original site: Being Italian and married into an Italian family, sauce is a topic of much debate. Too sweet, too acidic, don’t add this, add that…so many variables and everyone has their own preference (and by preference, I mean the right way of doing things ;) ) Enter Alton Brown’s Tomato Sauce. Looking over the ingredients I knew this was probably not going to be t…

Taco Seasoning

Taco Seasoning

DIY Taco Seasoning-Skip the Store-Bought Stuff! From the original site: I love making my own seasonings at home. You never need to worry about not having them on hand, thus avoiding running to the store like a maniac last minute :o, and they always test better in my opinion. Making your own seasonings can also save you some money. I highly recommend giving it a try. Here’s my version of the store bought Taco Se…

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