Simplified Homemade Biscuits | Square Biscuits – Easy Recipe

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Biscuits make a lovely side dish for dinner. Sometimes, however, the mess and effort involved seems a bit much. Over the years, I’ve developed a streamlined biscuit that reduces the time and mess. Quick buttermilk substitute Buttermilk makes the best biscuit, but I pretty much never have real buttermilk on hand. Instead of buying separate buttermilk, adding a splash of lemon juice or vinegar to the milk and letting it sit for 3-5 minutes yields a perfectly acceptable substitute. Personally, … Read More

Making a Convivial Home: Lighten Up

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I don’t know if this has ever happened to you, but it has to me often. A parent relates a disobedient or otherwise disciplinable antic of their child, and comments, “I had to leave the room because I couldn’t help laughing.” Nine times out of ten I simply can’t relate; I find myself giving a blank stare or a forced “Heh, heh, yeah.” I almost never have that problem. With a small toddler who is cute but testing defiance, perhaps … Read More

Easy Recipe Variations on Basic No-Knead Bread

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The essential recipe for no-knead artisan bread can also be the base for several delectible variations. Proceed with the base recipe as directed, but make the following additions when stirring together the dough. Whole-Wheat Use up to half whole-wheat flour in the dough. Cranberry-Walnut Whole-Wheat Substitute 1/2-3/4 the flour with whole-wheat flour Stir in 1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts & 1/2 cup dried cranberries This is a great breakfast bread! Roasted Garlic or Caramelized Onion Roast a head of garlic … Read More

Essential Kitchen Tool: Whisks

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I have a thing for whisks. I love them. I collect all kinds and all sizes. Did you know there are multiple kinds? Balloon Of course there is the traditional balloon whisk. Everyone should have a couple sizes of this essential. Sauce But have you ever seen this kind of whisk? It is a sauce whisk. It is best for incorporating something into a liquid — concentrates into water, chocolate into cream, cornstarch into melted butter, jello into water. Flat … Read More

Easy Recipe: Not-Spaghetti

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My husband doesn’t care much for spaghetti. I think it’s the tomato sauce that puts him off. Then one night we went to a friend’s house for dinner and she served a tomatoey pasta dish. He liked it. “It was spaghetti,” I pointed out. “No, it wasn’t,” he countered. So, now it’s one of my go-to easy family dinners and I call it: Not-Spaghetti A recipe for people who think they don’t like spaghetti. In a skillet, brown: equal parts … Read More

Essential Recipe: Simple Artisan Bread

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Jim Lahey’s bread recipe, featured in the NY Times in 2006, swept home kitchens and persists in popularity. For good reason. If you still haven’t tried no-knead artisan bread, if you still buy 99-cent grocery store French bread, you really must give this recipe a shot. If you take both the electricity to run the oven and the gas to go to the grocery store out of the equation (I wouldn’t know how to calculate either), this bread costs approximately … Read More

Convivial Home: Now & Later

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Hitting a decade birthday is a good time to pause and reflect, and though mine is still a few months away, I am pausing and reflecting. While I am in the midst of raising children, my parents, in-laws, and their peers are reaching milestones of their own: caring for their parents. It is now not an uncommon conversation to overhear at church functions: the 50’s crowd swapping stories and encouragement about helping their particular parents’ situations. So many different ailments, … Read More

Why simplify your pantry?

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I started creating this system four years ago after I gave birth to our third child. I enjoyed cooking, and shopping frugally was one of my hobbies, but after baby three was born, I no longer had the mental energy to page through recipe cards, cookbooks, bookmarks, keep track of ingredients needed, and remember it at the right time. While I used to be able to keep information in my head, now I found myself lacking the brain power and … Read More

Easy Recipe: Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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After eliminating Crisco from my pantry, the first great dilemma to solve was how to achieve the perfect chocolate chip cookie with an all-butter dough. Not only did I solve this dilemma, but my solution made whipping up the dough even faster! I can now get three sheets of cookies into the oven in less time than it takes to preheat my oven to 375-degrees! Browsing around, looking for what the internets had to say about non-flat all-butter cookies, I … Read More

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