Why I Make My Own Seasoning Blends (You Can Too!)

Why I Make My Own Seasoning Blends (You Can Too!)

I fell in love with seasoning blends when I was a teenager, maybe younger. I couldn’t cook yet, but I loved food, experimenting and helping my mom come up with new stuff. To give you an idea of my ignorance at that point, I thought that making spaghetti sauce from scratch, instead of just adding a jar of sauce to the meat, was a very original idea. So, when I saw “Italian seasoning” for the first time I thought it…

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Dr. Mark Hyman: Here’s How the Food Pyramid Should Look – EcoWatch

Dr. Mark Hyman: Here’s How the Food Pyramid Should Look – EcoWatch

  Dr. Hyman came up with his own Food Pyramid, to help you make healthier food choices. Source: Dr. Mark Hyman: Here’s How the Food Pyramid Should Look – EcoWatch The Food Pyramid may be the single worst thing to happen to health in America. As Dr. Mark Hyman explains, At the base of the pyramid were carbohydrates, particularly refined carbohydrates like breads, pasta, rice and cereals, of which we were told to eat six to 11 servings a day. These…

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Grilled Cheese on Roasted Garlic Sourdough and Microgreens from the Farmer’s Market

Grilled Cheese on Roasted Garlic Sourdough and Microgreens from the Farmer’s Market

This weekend we did a big grocery trip. I picked up a beautiful loaf of roasted garlic sourdough bread at the farmer’s market, and I got some kale microgreens at the store. The microgreens were something new for me. For my grilled cheese sandwich, I decided to try something new. I spread homemade ranch dressing on the bread. I know some people use mayonnaise, and I’ve never done it that way, but this sounded too good to pass up. Oh,…

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Lemon Mustard Roasted Potatoes

Lemon Mustard Roasted Potatoes

I like to watch cooking shows while I’m doing other things. I put them on in the kitchen while I’m cleaning up or cooking, and sometimes I have them on while I’m working. The result is, I miss a lot. Sometimes I notice that I missed the one thing I wanted to see and I rewind and play that part again. And, very often I still miss it and have to repeat the process several times before I finally catch…

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Beautiful and Tasty: Fresh Herbs Instead of Flower Arrangements

Beautiful and Tasty: Fresh Herbs Instead of Flower Arrangements

Fresh cut flowers brighten up the room, but they are expensive and then they wilt and die. Fresh herbs, on the other hand, are both useful and beautiful. Storing fresh herbs used to be a challenge for me. They don’t do so great in the fridge. They get slimy. Or I forget I have them and then they get really slimy! And I don’t use them nearly as much as I could. When I discovered that I could keep them…

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You Can Make Your Own Cultured Buttermilk

You Can Make Your Own Cultured Buttermilk

Why Am I Making Buttermilk? I’ve had a buttermilk issue for a few years now, and from what I hear I’m not alone. The problem is that I can’t find it in small amounts, and I almost never use up the whole container before it’s out of date. I have many uses for it, and I need it all the time, but I only use small amounts for all the uses. I have been told that you can freeze it….

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Homegrown Tomato and Stir Fry Chicken Salad

Homegrown Tomato and Stir Fry Chicken Salad

A few fall-like days that had me making chili and then the temps went through the roof and now I’m on a hot weather food kick, and really getting back into my salads. I was able to make this salad thanks to a friend who gave us a bunch of homegrown tomatoes. I’ll have to post my stir fry recipe later. It was a real hit this summer. Ingredients: Stir fry chicken Spinach Medium tomato Mini bell peppers Goat cheese Red…

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

I love my Homemade Ranch Dressing, but it’s a bit of a PITA to make because you have to measure out all of the ingredients. My solution is to mix the dry ingredients ahead of time and store them in a little jar. I like to combine enough for six batches, so that’s what this recipe makes, but you can do the math and make more or less if you want. Ingredients for the mix: 3  teaspoons dried chives3  teaspoons dried parsley3  teaspoons…

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Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Dressing

Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Dressing

Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Dressing. This is one of the easiest dressings ever! It only requires four ingredients, and it is so good. It’s a lot like Alfredo sauce, but cold, so it is great for pasta salad if you are in the mood for a creamy one instead of one dressed with a vinaigrette. And if you love left-over chicken Alfredo, but hate the way it gets all congealed when it’s cold and then doesn’t really get a good…

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Chateau La Paws: Wine that Supports No Kill Shelters

Chateau La Paws: Wine that Supports No Kill Shelters

Chateau La Paws™ Red Wine Blend | Chateau La Paws™ I tried this yesterday and I liked it a lot. What got my attention was the statement on the label: WE PROUDLY SUPPORT NO KILL SHELTERS When I saw that I had to try it! I knew right then that if I liked it, I would be buying this brand from now on. I did, and I will, and I am going to try their other flavors soon! From their…

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