Browsing category: Cooking & Baking from Scratch

Our Other Favorite Banana Nut Bread

This is the other banana bread that my family always asks me to make. The ingredients for this bread are slightly different than the ingredients in our favorite whole wheat banana nut bread..

Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread

My family asks me to make this whole wheat banana nut bread every year for Thanksgiving. It’s a light, cake-like bread with a great banana flavor… it is very easy and quick to make because all the mixing can be done by hand.

Super Delicious No-Butter Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

I have been experimenting lately with using olive oil instead of butter in some of our favorite cookie recipes… with, as you might guess, varying degrees of success.

When Did the Correct Method of Measuring Flour Become So Controversial?

It’s a good question. When DID measuring flour become such an issue? It seems that there are three methods of measuring flour in common use… the spoon, sprinkle and sweep… the scoop and sweep… and measuring by weight.

Barley, Bean, Chickpea & Vegetable Soup

My family used to have two favorite soups… my versions of my father’s “famous” potato soup and the “French Italian” minestrone that my youngest son likes so much, he always requests it for his birthday dinner. Over the last several months we have added a new favorite…

A Quick & Easy Yogurt Ice Cream

This yogurt ice cream is incredibly easy to make… and quick, too. And if you use purchased yogurt, there are no bowls to wash because all the ingredients can be mixed right in the yogurt container.

Our Favorite Cucumber Refrigerator Relish

This refrigerator relish is very easy to make, even if you have never made pickles or relish before. It does not need to be sealed and will stay crisp and delicious in the refrigerator for a limited time. (For longer storage, process as you would any other relish.

The Easiest Crackers I Have Ever Made

This recipe is wonderful for anyone (like me) who loves homemade crackers but not the time it takes to roll out the dough and cut out all the crackers. These crackers are made with a batter that is mixed in the food processor and poured into pans.

My Favorite Methods for Cooking the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

Reader question… “I’ve been asked to make a large quantity of potato salad for a family reunion this weekend. I’m not looking forward to cooking so many hard boiled eggs because I usually have problems getting the shells off cleanly.”

How To Make Your Own Chili Powder

It’s as easy to make chili powder as it is to make the other spice mixes I have written about previously. Most of the commercial chili powders contain anti-caking agents or perhaps fillers… most of them also contain unnecessary salt.