Browsing category: Cooking & Baking from Scratch

A Really Good Veggie Burger

I like the idea of a non-meat burger… not burgers made with beans or chickpeas or lentils… but burgers made only with vegetables. I have been trying to find a recipe that will make burgers like the ones we used to be able to buy several years ago.

It Seemed Like a Good Idea…

It seemed like a good idea… small individual pies baked in muffin tins.
I made an oil crust, following the instructions to press the dough into the pan with my fingers instead of rolling and cutting it. In this case the pan was twelve muffin cups…

How To Make Your Own Apple Pie Spice Mix

Reader question… “Thank you so much for the quick response and the recipe for pumpkin pie spice mix. I made some and used it and it worked beautifully. Now I have another question.”

My Mom’s Gingerbread Recipe

This wonderful gingerbread recipe, like so many of my favorites, came from my mother. She was an exceptionally good cook, so the recipes she shared with me were always something special. This gingerbread is no exception… it’s incredibly light and moist with a great flavor.

Coleslaw — Is It Part of Your Thanksgiving Tradition?

For me, coleslaw is a part of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner… I can’t remember a single Thanksgiving without it. My mother was “famous” for her coleslaw, and the aunts, uncles, and cousins always requested it.

The Petite French Lady’s Italian Minestrone Soup

This recipe for the minestrone soup came from a petite French-Canadian lady who cooked for her own Italian restaurant. And no, the Italian is not a typo! Here is her recipe…

Dill Refrigerator Pickles

This is a very easy recipe from the booklet Favorite Pickles & Relishes. I have made these pickles several times and it takes only a few minutes to mix up the pickling liquid and prepare the cucumbers… the pickles are crisp and have a wonderful garlicky dill taste.

How To Freeze Cakes — Frosted or Unfrosted

Reader question… “I absolutely love your delicious mix in the pan cake recipes. I make them all the time now. I have a question.”

How to Make Chocolate Pudding From Scratch

Reader question… “Can you turn this [banana pudding] into chocolate pudding by adding cocoa? How much do you think you’d need to add?” –Susie You sure can! Start with the banana pudding recipe.

Tips for Baking Better Bread at Higher Altitudes

Reader question… “We recently moved to a location that has a higher altitude and all of a sudden I can’t make a good loaf of bread any more even though I’m still using the same recipe I always use.”