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The Holiday Pantry Basics

The Holiday Pantry Basics

At our house, it usually means the season for snacking. It seems that as soon as December hits, all the snacks and munchies start appearing, sometimes even replacing regular meals. It’s as if we’re saving up for the big meal to come at Christmas and New Year. It also that time of year when people drop by for visits more often, sometimes unexpectedly. So we’ve gotten to keeping a few staples around for the just-case-company-drops-in moments. Here’s a few ideas on what to stock up on and some recipes to keep in mind if you need fresh ideas.

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The Best Way to Cook Bacon

The Best Way to Cook Bacon

Bacon is one of our favorite breakfast items and we’ve had a love/hate relationship with it over the years. Some people in my household likes them extra crispy and some like them ‘just cooked but still soft’. Over the years, we’ve had more like burnt, too hard, or not cooked enough instead. There were bacon…

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Pearl Tapioca Pudding with Coconut Cream

Pearl Tapioca Pudding with Coconut Cream

The girls have been into bobas or pearl tea drinks lately so they’ve been having me cook pearl pearls for their concoctions. I had cooked a little too much tapioca pearls for their needs one time so rather than having them sit in the refrigerator, I decided to make tapioca pudding. But since they are…

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Grilled Chicken with Pesto Marinade

Grilled Chicken with Pesto Marinade

Oh it’s grilling time again, and if you’re blessed with lots of basil from your garden, it’s probably pesto time also. We have been blessed with pesto for the second year in a row but as much as I love it, we just can’t eat enough pasta and pesto to use it up. So we’ve…

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Cooking Tip: About Wild Rice

Cooking Tip: About Wild Rice

Some commenters to the last post on Baked Chicken with Wild Rice asked what wild rice is, so here is some information about this grain. According to this source, wild rice (Zizania Palustis L)is of the grass family and is native to North America. It is known by many names: indian rice (by early English…

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Cooking Tip: What to do with hardened brown sugar?

Cooking Tip: What to do with hardened brown sugar?

With summer’s rising humidity, I’m sure I am not the only one who has encountered this problem. Upon opening this not too airtight container, I found this block of brown sugar that is so hard, I probably would have had to have a chisel to break it up. Luckily, I remembered this tip from one…

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Cooking Tip: Make Your Own Buttermilk

Cooking Tip: Make Your Own Buttermilk

I noticed from the comments to the herbed buttermilk fried chicken recipe below that many cooks do not have access to buttermilk. No worry, sometimes due to my own laziness to go to the grocery store I don’t have buttermilk in my ref either. I have used this substitute for buttermilk before, and have not…

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