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Building a Baking Box

Many people find baking daunting. There are recipes to follow, ingredients to measure, sometimes-complicated techniques involved. “Its so much easier to buy cookies,” a friend told me. “The mix works just as well,” I often hear. And while yes, any baked good is a good baked good (say that three times fast), there are some [...]

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Cookbook Arsenal

I make a point to do a meal plan every Saturday, and then I grocery shop every Sunday. It took me a while but I finally have my go-to resources for recipes. I feel that we eat pretty healthy, and when I keep an arsenal of tried and true recipes on hand, it’s a lot [...]

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Slow Cooker Freezer Meals

While I consider myself a pretty good cook, I never really cooked very often until recently. Sure, we have our regular quick meals like spaghetti with jarred sauce and frozen turkey meatballs, but I’ve always found it a huge challenge to plan, shop, prep, cook, and clean up homemade meals. So when it’s a special [...]

baking with yeast

Cinnamon Rolls (Buh-Bye Cans, Hello Yeast!)

Ever tried to make a yeast dough? Had less than stellar results? Been too afraid to even attempt it? This is the beginning of a series on raised dough. I hope that this series will help take some of the mystery out of yeast dough, and introduce you to the wonderful smells and flavors that [...]

I even get them to help me make the dough.

Cooking with the kids: Make your own pizza

Meal time can often be a bit disastrous for our family.  What can I say — it’s a work in progress.  I have tried many different tricks to get them to behave at the table.  One of our most successful tricks has been to get them excited about the meal.  Sometimes I give them the [...]

This omelet was so easy to remove from the pan!

Cast Iron Chef

What cookware is cheap, produces magazine-spread worthy results, is nearly indestructible, and is beloved by little old ladies everywhere? Cast iron. This kitchen wonder combines the qualities of nonstick with the browning and searing power of stainless. It conducts heat evenly, and retains heat well — a great advantage to any cook (especially those with [...]

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Chore Swap: swapping chores for the weekend

Just as we get the hang of parenting, it seems like something always comes along that overwhelms us! Lately, it’s been making food for the kids. Olive started eating 3 meals of solids a day, and Mrs. Bee started making all the kid’s food from scratch. This meant no processed foods and no eating out… [...]

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