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how to make homemade pizza

How to Make a Homemade Pizza

I’ve been making pizzas for years and thought I’d share a few tips for how to make a homemade pizza.  Before I had a pizza stone, I pressed the dough into a jelly roll pan or patted it into a circle on top of a cookie sheet. (You can also use the back of a…

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kayden our border collie

Introducing Kayden

Apparently it’s National Puppy Day so I thought I’d take a break from sharing recipes and introduce you to one of the animal residents here!   I’m down to one cat, one dog and one chicken at this point. Our border collie Kayden is always happy to hang out in the kitchen when I’m cooking, hoping…

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mocha walnut pudding cake

Mocha Walnut Pudding Cake

This mocha walnut pudding cake is sort of magic.  What’s the magic? Pour a lot of water over a thick batter and bake it. When it comes out, you’ve got a cake on top and a rich pudding-like sauce underneath! This is another old favorite that got lost as I redesigned the site.

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how to make chicken broth

How to Make Chicken Broth

Learning how to make chicken broth can save you lots of money over the years. You can make chicken broth from a whole chicken, from cut up parts of a chicken, or even from just the bones leftover from that roast chicken you made. You can also collect bones in the freezer until you have…

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Growing Dill

I’m growing dill this year in the garden and am planning on trying my hand at some pickles! I’ve got cucumbers too. But I also like other pickled things and just bought a set of Pickl-It jars.  Has anyone else tried these out? Right now I’ve got a Euell Gibbons “dill crock” like thing going…

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bread crumbs

Waste Not, Want Not: Making Bread Crumbs

The other day we had two families over for dinner.  As part of the feast, we had bought a couple of baguettes to serve up with spinach dip. We didn’t eat them all up of course. I ate a few slices toasted with sliced tomatoes for breakfast the next day but  baguettes go stale fast! …

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Black beans with carmelized onions

How to Cook Dried Beans

Dried beans are a great money-saver, but using them means you need to plan ahead a bit and have a few hours to cook the beans. If you make your menus ahead of time, you can plan this out fairly easily and just cook them on the weekend or start a pot of beans while…

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