FOOD

Make Your Own Pesto

Make Your Own Pesto

Make pesto like a chef–for pennies–and have a taste of summer all year long!   Pesto costs fifteen bucks for a tiny jar in the store–enough for my dinner alone.  If  you knew how cheap it was to make, you’d be mad. Grow some basil. Harvest it. Put it in the...

Use Up that Cabbage: Make a Mock “Egg Roll”

Use Up that Cabbage: Make a Mock “Egg Roll”

What do I do with all this cabbage? Make a poser homestead mock egg roll one-pot meal! Every fall we're buried in cabbage. That's a blessing. Also a blessing: cabbage is one of the best root cellar foods out there. It will last until the first leaves of spring salad...

Stir Fried Rice from the Pantry

Stir Fried Rice from the Pantry

You can make stir fried rice. You don't need to order takeout. Save the earth. You don't need all the plastic takeout containers to get a taste of takeout Chinese.  This is a great meal if you've got some leftover rice. Rice is freezer friendly, so you can even make...

Beef, Barley, & Mushoom Soup

Beef, Barley, & Mushoom Soup

Beef, Barley, and Mushroom soup is a very simple soup for a cold day. I love to make beef and barley soup in the Instant Pot. This is an "I forgot to make dinner" meal or for one of those days when I've been doing my thing (I'm the vegetarian) and I really don't care...

Heart Attack Tomato Soup

Heart Attack Tomato Soup

This tomato soup is delicious...but don't count calories here! But you can make the "light version" if you want. It's healthy. But... not as tasty.  I recommend using some form of heavy cream, and making sure to saute the onion in high-quality butter. Serve this with...

To Everything There Is a Season (and a cheaper season, too!)

To Everything There Is a Season (and a cheaper season, too!)

Blueberry season waits for no man. Mother Nature is a tough customer. And, the deer ate my entire orchard again, so, time to pick berries. Today, I went to the berry farm over the border, through the backwoods, where only people who know go. Usually, I hop on seasons...

Dumping Jam on Unsuspecting Friends

Dumping Jam on Unsuspecting Friends

There is too much jam in my life... 'm making jam--because it's jam season again. I don't know why I make so much jam. I don't eat a lot of jam, but it's the first thing we all learn to preserve, so I make it year after year. It's hard to mess up...

Best Homemade Flavored Coffee Creamers Ever!

Best Homemade Flavored Coffee Creamers Ever!

I don't like store brand flavored coffee creamers. Store-bought coffee creamer is too sweet, and I can't spell the chemicals. When I make things at home, I can control the amount of sugar (or leave it out entirely), and they save the environment from making more...

This Thing Can Kill You! (Pressure Cooker Safety)

This Thing Can Kill You! (Pressure Cooker Safety)

The moment my pressure cooker exploded "So when you say, blew up, do you mean it exploded or it just quit working? They are pretty sensitive on a pressure cooker site about using the words 'blew up'." I'm not sure who "they" are or why they'd be overly sensitive that...

Diner Quality Pancakes

Diner Quality Pancakes

These might very well be the best pancakes in the world. It's my recipe, probably stolen in my twenties, but I changed it over the years to make it my own. I used to work in a diner, so I have an unnatural love for breakfast twenty-four hours a day. It's getting...

“This Toffee is $%#*&$ amazing”

“This Toffee is $%#*&$ amazing”

Chef Michael Pollan writes about health and food. In his book "Food Rules" one of his rules is particularly dangerous. He says that we shouldn't eat junk food unless we make it ourselves. And then we can have as much as we want. It's most definitely the letter of the...

Meal Prep Like a Chef (So It’s Actually Fun!!)

Meal Prep Like a Chef (So It’s Actually Fun!!)

Meal Prep will change your world. Done right, it's like God himself is in your kitchen. Done wrong, it's the opposite--stressful, expensive, and will turn out to be something you resent. Meal prep properly--with joy. 5 Reasons to meal prep  It saves you money So many...