Category: Make It Yourself

Artichokes, Northern Beans and Orzo Salad Video

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Artichokes, Northern Beans and Orzo Salad Video

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Northern Beans, Sun-Dried Tomato Salad Video

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Watch How to Make a Quick Ratatouille for Lunch

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Make Chocolate Syrup from Scratch

  HERE’S ALL YOU NEED makes 2 1/4 cup syrup 1 1/2 cup table sugar 1 cup cocoa powder 1/8 teaspoon table salt 1 1/4 cup boiling hot water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional) In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, stir the sugar, cocoa, salt, and water together in the pan.  Allow the mixture to […]

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How to Make Fluffy Long-Grain Rice

I used to go by the bag when it came to cooking rice.  The problem I kept running into was not getting the same consistency.  It’s very frustrating to want fluffy rice for dinner and end up with sticky rice. Then, try making a fun stir-fry dinner and end up with fluffy rice.  I’m good […]

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Caramelized Onions the Whole Week Long

Caramelized onions are great to have on hand.  They’re lovely as a pizza topping, with burgers, chopped and stirred into sour cream for a quick onion dip… just about anywhere you can think to eat an onion, there’s a place for caramelized onions. I’ve learned to make more than I could use in one meal, […]

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Watch How Easy it is to Use a Pressure Cooker

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How to Cook Fresh Purple Hull Peas – SUPER FAST

When you don’t have a decent covered backyard of your own, it’s a blessing to have friends that do.  Our next door neighbors left a bushel of fresh picked, summer vegetables on our doorstep the other day.  I can’t tell you how blessed I felt when I saw that basket.  God is good that’s all […]

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Cooking Fluffy Quinoa

For years, actually all my cooking life, I have followed the cooking directions on the packaging of rice.  Quinoa is not rice, but the directions on the package are pretty much the same; “Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add grain, cover, simmer til liquid is absorbed…” The problem I’ve ALWAYS lived with […]

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How to Cook Sweet Potatoes Quickly

A quick way to have cooked sweet potatoes is to prick them with a knife or fork several times, then pop them into the microwave.  Small sweet potatoes (5-inches long, 2-inches in diameter) take about 3 to 4 minutes to become soft in the microwave.  A bigger sweet potato (8-inches long, 2-inches in diameter) takes […]

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How To Prepare Tomatoes For Cooking

For most recipes, washing, coring, then slicing or cutting the tomatoes into chunks is all the preparation needed.  Peeling is not always needed if you are using tomatoes in salads or salsas. I recommend to vacuum seal tomatoes after they are prepared, tomatoes stay fresh. If you haven’t tried vacuum sealer then definitely try it, […]

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Homemade Organic Applesauce

Don’t be afraid to make your own organic applesauce at home.  It’s SUPER easy and costs a great deal less than the stuff at the store, not including the costs of the recyclable jars and lids, of course.  If you’ve never ventured into the art of home canning, I’m here to tell you that it’s […]

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How To Cook FRESH Pinto Beans

Last Summer, I bought 2 bushels of pinto beans in the shell from my local farmers market.  Knowing full well that my family loves pinto beans and we eat them often, I couldn’t go wrong buying them in bulk.  Also, pinto beans have a short harvest time, I have to stock up on them when […]

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How to Dry Parsley in the Microwave

It’s very easy to dry herbs using the microwave; it’s almost magical.  Carefully lay out the leaves, slide them into the microwave, nuke, beeeep, beeeep, beeeep… VOILA! Dried herbs. Microwave-dried herbs retain excellent color and potency.  Start by laying the herb foliage in a single layer on a paper towel, either on the oven rack […]

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