How To Poach An Egg In The Microwave

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If I’d known how easy it is to poach an egg in the microwave, I’d have eaten a lot better in college. For that matter, I’d have been eating a lot better the last couple of weeks. Instead, I’ve been surviving on what we’ll call “grief food” — creamy soups, snack-filled gift baskets, and cheesy […]

How To Make Homemade BBQ Sauce (Recipe)

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I promised earlier this week I promised to share my homemade BBQ sauce recipe, and here it is! I’m lucky enough to near one of the great BBQ capitals of the world, Kansas City, which means there’s no shortage of restaurants offering amazing ribs, burnt ends, and briskets. Even with all of the wonderful dining […]

How To Make Homemade Ketchup (Recipe)

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If you’re looking to eliminate high-fructose corn syrup and commercially-processed foods from your family’s diet, knowing how to make homemade ketchup is a real boon. Lately I’ve made a concerted effort to ditch processed foods but, as much as I hate to admit it, I’ve only recently looked into making condiments from scratch. (I blame […]

Homemade English Muffins

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My family is so wild for homemade English muffins that I’ve learned to double, and sometimes triple my recipe so we always have some on hand. They freeze beautifully, which means I usually have a couple dozen stashed away for lazy mornings or sudden Eggs Benedict cravings. If you plan to make a double or […]

Banana Bread Without Sugar Recipe

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Recently, my sister-in-law asked if I had a recipe for banana bread without sugar. I didn’t, but since I’m the kind of person who loves a good cooking challenge, I decided to give it a try — make that several tries — until I came up with a winner. Shortly after my husband’s cancer diagnosis, […]

How To Make Homemade Cottage Cheese

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My son absolutely loves homemade cottage cheese, which I started making but after reading the ingredient list on a carton from the grocery store. Instead of the “lactose, salt, guar gum, mono and diglycerides, xanathan gum and carob bean gum” that come in the store-bought stuff, homemade cottage cheese has just a few simple ingredients […]

Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe

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Poor planning led to me to try a homemade enchilada sauce recipe the first time. I’d had one thing on our dinner menu, but at the last minute got a craving for Mexican food and we were out of enchilada sauce. Now, I’d never tried the freshly made stuff before, so I was surprised at […]