October 19, 2016

Simple DIY Yogurt

Easy DIY Homemade Yogurt

A big jar of homemade yogurt is something I always like to keep on-hand in the fridge. It not only makes great snacks and breakfast smoothies, but is versatile for lots of other cooking and baking purposes, too. It can be used to make baked goods a little lighter, and also as a lower-fat substitute for mayo and sour cream in certain recipes. (Let’s not forget, too, that yogurt can be chock-full of those healthy bacteria known as probiotics.)

September 20, 2016

Easy Beer Bread

Easy Beer Bread Recipe
”If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
 – Thorin Oakenshield, The Hobbit

Beer bread is seriously delicious and so easy to make. It has a crispy, buttery crust with a soft, tender inside, and it takes only 5 minutes or less to prepare the batter. And while the recipe calls for only a few, simple ingredients, you can easily dress it up - I often add some grated sharp cheddar to the batter, or some dehydrated onions, dill or caraway seeds. If you use a small Dutch oven or a cast iron bread pan to bake this bread, all the better for getting a really crispy crust (although any bread pan will work just fine). My family’s favorite way to enjoy beer bread is served with a big pat of butter, alongside a hearty stew or chili.

September 12, 2016

Turkey Chili Soup with Garden Vegetables


I’m very big on any kind of soup, stew or chili, especially in the fall. Nothing says home and hearth to me more than a big, steamy pot of goodness. Rich broth and slow-cooked vegetables are comfort in a bowl, and perfect to warm you right up on a cool autumn day. 

September 1, 2016

Classic Sloppy Joe's

Classic Sloppy Joe's Sandwich

A simple combination of ground meat, tomato sauce or ketchup, and some seasonings, this sandwich is a classic that may just remind you of childhood (and for good reason - it seems like almost all kids love it). The Sloppy Joe’s sandwich is also perfect for back-to-school season because it is just so quick and easy to prepare after a long day at work or school, and is also so warm and cozy for the cooler weather.
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