Taco Seasoning

Homemade taco seasoning is so easy to make – make up a bulk batch and keep it in your pantry for whenever you need it. The nice thing is that you can not only pronounce every ingredient, but you can also control how much salt goes into it.


2 tsp. dry, minced onion 1 […]


Vincotto is a “cooked wine” and from what I understand it’s made from overripe grapes and can be a lengthy process. This is a quicker method to obtain similar results. I used it in a duck recipe, and the remaining bit was so tasty I slathered it over a pan seared chicken breast.

You basically […]

Pie Crust – Sweet

I have found this pie crust recipe to be perfect for sweet pies like pumpkin pie and apple pie. It turns out flaky and delicious – a perfect compliment to a sweet pie. You can make this dough ahead of time, even freezing it if you make it well in advance of “the big day” […]

Puffed Quinoa

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I was searching recipes for quinoa peanut butter balls recently. Almost all the recipes I found were […]

Pie Crust – From Scratch

I thought I had some great step by step photos of pie crust somewhere in my photo storage. Apparently they are buried pretty deep because I couldn’t find them – but that’s alright. Making a pie crust is very simple. Making them pretty takes practice, but even if they don’t look perfect they will still […]

French Onion Soup Mix

If you have a recipe that calls for a dry onion soup mix, this is a great one to have on hand. This can mix in with sour cream to make french onion chip dip, and we love mixing it with olive oil and tossing potatoes in it, roasting them until soft in the center. […]

Homemade Boursin-style Cheese

Boursin cheese was something I had never heard of until we asked the lady behind the deli counter what that delicious cheese was in our sandwiches. We wanted to replicate the sandwich at home, without paying the $7 per sandwich. That cheese was the only thing we were stumped on. When I found that cheese […]

“Cream Of” Soup Multi-Purpose, Bulk Mix

This is the best mix I have ever used when it comes to the creamy condensed soups. I keep it in a mason jar in my pantry and makes about 8-1 can servings. I am not too wild about the bouillon it contains so we don’t use it too often. I try to splurge for […]

Steak Seasoning

While this is of course awesome on steak, we also love it on chicken and pork chops! When just salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder won’t do….


1tb ground mustard 2ts garlic powder 2ts salt 2ts black pepper 1ts paprika 1/2 ts thyme 1/2 ts cayenne 1ts onion powder


Combine seasonings in […]

Blanched, slivered and sliced almonds (At home)

We normally buy whole almonds, but use the sliced and slivered variety so seldom that I never keep them on hand. I was making our favorite oriental chicken salad and instead of just crumbling almonds in the food processor like I sometimes do or making a run into town for a little baggie of slivered […]