Why Homemade Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole is Better Done Yourself

Why Thanksgiving causes high blood pressure Thanksgiving is fast approaching. We each have our favorite side dishes–dishes that we only get to make and eat on Thanksgiving and we look forward to them as we look forward to the first snowfall.  Sweet Potatoes topped with Candied Nuts (or marshmallows), Creamed…

Continue reading

How to Make Probiotic Sour Cream with Real Dairy

Delicious Full-Fat Sour Cream Like everything else that you make for yourself, homemade sour cream is delicious! And it’s super easy to make! So, click on the picture to watch the YouTube video and follow along as I show you how to make your own sour cream at home. I…

Continue reading

Lacto-Fermented Pickles

Spices Used in Kosher Dill Pickles

How to Make Lacto-Fermented Pickles The cucumbers are in season! What to do with so many cucumbers? Planting that extra hill of cukes seemed like a good idea last May. Here’s an idea: make pickles! Or, better yet,  make lacto-fermented pickles! Cucumbers USED TO be fermented to preserve them. The pickles…

Continue reading

How to Make Fermented Onions

Believe it or not, pickled onions are actually quite delicious. During fermentation, they lose their sharp, acidic character and mellow quite nicely. Make these for use as a salad topping or to stick in sandwiches, or just to nibble on. Check out the video, above.

Continue reading

Ferment Your Own Homemade Ketchup

I don’t eat a lot of ketchup but when I do it seems way sweeter than it needs to be.  Hmm. Nutritional Label: Serving size: 1 tablespoon. 3.7g of sugar per serving. uh-oh. I usually eat a couple of ounces of the stuff at a time. 2 T / oz…

Continue reading

Time for Homemade Sauerkraut

I love sauerkraut.  I love it on hot dogs.  I love to cook pork chops in it.  I can get other people to eat it if I make reuben sandwiches and pile on lots of kraut.  But I don’t like the crap from the store.  Sometimes I wonder if that…

Continue reading

Brewing Kombucha At Home

Bottling Homemade Kombucha

I’ve been drinking Kombucha with my lunch lately.  I buy it at the local cafe for $3.95 a 12oz bottle.  Just today I realized I was breaking my own rules!  This crap is expensive and mine would most likely taste better, be better for me, and fun to make!  SO,…

Continue reading

Cookbook Review: Cooked by Michael Pollan

Cooked Michael Pollan

In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth— to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan…

Continue reading