Browsing category: Cooking & Baking from Scratch

Freezing Batter for Quick & Easy Muffins Anytime

Having ready-to-bake homemade muffins in your freezer is so convenient. The process is simple. Use any muffin recipe, mixing the batter as usual. Portion the batter into individual paper or foil baking cups in a muffin tin… but freeze the muffins instead of baking them.


My Recipe for Quick & Easy Sandwich Buns

These wonderfully soft sandwich buns have become a huge favorite in our family. I usually make them with white whole wheat flour… sometimes the all-purpose flour the written recipe calls for. I always mix this dough in the bread maker and then shape the buns by hand.


Mock Maple Syrup — Made From Potatoes

Recently I have been looking through some books I hadn’t read in a while, and in a little book about their life in the wilderness by Bradford and Vena Angier, I came across the chapter where they write about making a realistic tasting maple syrup from potatoes and sugar.


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.


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.


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.


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.


How To Make Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Reader question… “I’ve noticed that a lot of recipes list pumpkin pie spice mix as an ingredient. I almost bought a jar of it when I was grocery shopping but I don’t think I will be using it very much, it was expensive, and I wondered was it something I could make myself.”