Instructions for easy chicken broth

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Chicken bone broth is so easy that you can hardly call it a recipe. All you do is dump your bones into a crockpot, fill it with water, and let it sit on high or low all day or overnight. Strain out the bones, and you have the best chicken broth available – way better than anything you can buy in the store and so much more healthy! Here’s what I use to make chicken broth: Easy chicken broth instructions … Read More

How to make homemade bread, the easy way

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by Tracy Grossman There’s something about fall that makes me want to put on some soup and bake homemade bread. We live in the middle of Iowa, where sultry hot summers make July and August baking unreasonable endeavors. So when that crisp air starts to linger through the mornings and socks are a source of comfort (and not suffocation) for your feet, it’s time to start up the oven once again. I did not grow up making bread, but I … Read More

Whole wheat cinnamon rolls – a recipe for Sunday breakfasts

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Off and on now for a couple years, I’ve made cinnamon rolls on Saturday to have for Sunday breakfast. I wanted a way to have a special, set-apart breakfast, but one that didn’t leave the kitchen in shambles Sunday morning or add more things to do before we get everyone spiffed up for church. I’ve tried a lot of recipes over the years, and my favorite is actually The Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls. But, in my mind, those are Holiday … Read More

Creamy White Balsamic Dressing Recipe

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My favorite salad kit is Costco’s kale mix that comes with pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and a creamy white balsamic dressing. So, of course, I had to try to replicate the dressing at home, with my basic pantry staples. I did have to buy white balsamic vinegar and poppy seeds, but now I’ve added those to my master pantry list because I absolutely love this dressing! I searched online and only found white balsamic vinaigrettes; however, I wanted the creamy version. … Read More

A hot, filling breakfast recipe: Oven Puffed Pancakes

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The quest for a simple breakfast that is filling enough to keep the kids satisfied until lunch is an endless one. Oatmeal is a good stick-to-the-ribs breakfast, but eggs are also so healthy for little growing bodies and brains. Scrambled eggs or Egg cups are good, but my kids need some additional carb to go alongside it. What I needed was an all-in-one breakfast that had both protein and carbs, but that didn’t make much mess on the counter and … Read More

Yummy Whole Wheat Cheese Muffin Recipe

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My kids have been loving these cheese muffins. They are not sweet cheese muffins, but they pack a punch of cheesy goodness. They are fluffy and soft, keep well, and freeze well. If you use soft white whole wheat or pastry whole wheat flour, you will hardly be able to tell they’re whole wheat at all. They make a tasty dinner side dish that is quick to whip up and then the leftovers can be lunch the next day. The … Read More

Easy Dinner Ideas: Sweet Potato Hash

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It’s inevitable. It happens to all of us. We head into the afternoon not knowing what we’ll make for dinner. But we can’t avoid it. Our people need to eat. That’s why I keep my few easy dinner methods up my sleeve and add variety and creativity based on what I have on hand. The other day it was 4pm and I didn’t know what would be for dinner, but my husband was doing yard work so I knew he’d … Read More

Simplified Caesar Dressing

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I often buy the 6 pack of romaine hearts at Costco. That’s a lot of romaine. And salads are a lot of chopping. One evening I was tired of the vinaigrette dressings I generally make, and searched the internet for easy Caesar salad dressing recipe that used only what I had on hand. I read 4 or 5 versions, made some substitutions and whipped up a quick version that serves nicely. Simple Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe Into a bowl, scoop … Read More

DIY Roasted Garlic Paste

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Garlic is a ubiquitous ingredient in most dinner recipes. Whether you just add a dab or like to triple the amount, fresh is always loads better than the jarred stuff. But you can hardly beat the convenience of the pre-minced garlic. One day I saw in the gourmet section of the grocery store, a product called garlic paste. It appeared to be garlic puree, which seems like it would be a step above the jarred stuff. But, it got me … Read More

Summer Side Dish: Flatbread Cooked on the Grill

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Winter has its soups served with bread and salad, and summer has its grilled meat and salad and…what? Who wants to heat up the oven for potatoes or bread? Our latest summer staple has been bread cooked on the grill. It’s incredibly delicious! And, now the whole meal – meat, veggies, and bread – can be cooked outdoors by my husband. Score! It’s very simple and does not require kneading or fancy equipment. Grilled Flatbread Recipe This recipe serves about … Read More

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