Browsing category: Cooking & Baking from Scratch

How To Make Homemade Ketchup (and It’s Soy & HFCS Free)

Unfortunately the same brand of ketchup we have been using for years has started causing me to have a soy reaction each time I eat even the tiniest amount. Although the label hasn’t changed and soy is not listed, it’s obvious that this ketchup does now contain soy…


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.


Easy To Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

If you’ve ever struggled to peel a hard boiled egg or ended up with a greenish yolk, try this… Start with eggs that have been refrigerated for several days (more than a week is best). NEW EGGS WILL NOT PEEL EASILY.


Crockpots, Slow Cooking Dried Beans & Phytohaemagglutinin

Reader question… “A neighbor told me this morning that I shouldn’t be using my crockpot to cook dried beans.”


Making Gingerbread Boys

This recipe was sent to me by a reader who lives in Germany. She wrote that she always makes these gingerbread boys every Christmas, not for her children, but for her husband of forty-three years.


Oatmeal Apple Crisp

I have tried many apple crisp recipes, but I think this one has an especially nice blend of flavors. My apples were rather tart, so I tossed them with a small amount of sugar before I put them in the pan.


How To Make Sweet Pickles One Jar At A Time

Reader question… “I am wondering if you have a recipe for sweet pickles that I can make and keep in the refrigerator like with your dill pickle recipe.”


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.


Our Favorite Blueberry Cake

This light and delicious blueberry cake is quick and easy to make, and it is different from most blueberry cakes because the blueberries are baked inside the cake instead of added as a topping after the cake is baked. This cake also freezes well.


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.”