Make Your Own Peanut Butter

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Yes, you can quickly and easily make your own peanut butter. I learned this from Make the Bread, Buy the Butter, among a mirad of other fascinating things. It’s a great book. I highly recommend it. It is a fun read, not simply a cookbook. How to make your own peanut butter Put non-salted peanuts (roasted or not; I prefer roasted) in a blender with a tad oil (any neutral oil you have on hand) and a pinch salt. Blend. … Read More

Easy Pantry Dessert: Caramel Sauce

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I have discovered a too-good treat that is quick and simple, made from pantry items, and tastes like a gourmet dessert. I made caramel sauce for the weekend. I’ve made it before, but the recipe calls for heavy cream, which I don’t normally keep in my fridge. I love caramel and it was very tasty, but calling for heavy cream makes it a “special occasion” recipe, more because I would have to go to the grocery store with that specifically … Read More

Do-It-Yourself Iced Chai Latte Recipe

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Have you ever ordered a chai latte at a coffee shop? They are delicious! Perhaps you’ve tried the boxed concentrate? Many coffee shops are only using the concentrate anyway.   But there’s an even cheaper option, and you can decide how strong and how sweet you like your beverage. You can easily and quickly make a single cup or a whole jar of tea concentrate. Easy Homemade Iced Chai Latte Bring a pot of water to a boil, about 1 … Read More

Simplified Homemade Granola Recipe

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While oatmeal is the winter breakfast of choice in our household, we switch to granola when the weather warms up (or as soon as we hope it will start warming up). I have made innumerable batches of granola, and finally pared it down to a fast, simple process that I can knock out quickly on Saturday mornings. There are loads of recipes out there for fantastic, delicious granola. This, however, is a simple granola. It’s good, it’s tasty, but it’s … Read More

Fried Rice: A Great Way to Use Leftovers

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Fried rice is a tasty and easy way to make leftovers into a whole new dinner. Homecooked leftovers-based fried rice might not compete in authenticity with take-out, but don’t let that put you off any more than you are put off making homemade burritos. Leftovers to use: leftover rice (can be frozen for future fried rice use) leftover chicken, diced leftover roast (beef or pork), diced Other potential ingredients: frozen peas or peas & carrots shrimp (fresh, frozen, or canned) … Read More

English Muffins

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One of the recipes I was quick to try from Make the Bread, Buy the Butter was her recipe for English Muffins. On her English muffin experiment, she writes: English muffins are fun to make — they rise straight up in the skillet like the flat-topped towers of storybook castles. I’ve never been able to match the nooks and crannies of a Thomas’ muffin, but homemade muffins easily trump lesser brands like Orowheat. I love English muffins, toasted and slathered … Read More

Simplified Homemade Biscuits | Square Biscuits

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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

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

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

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