How to Chop Onions

How to Chop Onions

Onions add such great depth of flavor to so many dishes. I use them constantly when I cook. I’ve noticed though that many people do not know how to chop onions. Chopping onions is an important cooking skill to know because it is used often in recipes. Even if you think you do not like onions, most of the time it is a texture thing for people, when you learn how to chop an onion you can really get rid of the texture issue and enjoy the flavor it brings to your recipes. When I first got married and started … Continue Reading →
Infographic: Produce Shelf Life Guide

Infographic: Produce Shelf Life Guide

For this week’s infographic I found a very useful guide to the shelf life of produce from Cooksmarts. This gives you a general idea of how long the fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs you buy will last once you bring them home. There are several products and tricks for keeping things a little longer – for instance I use a Ball Fresh Herb Keeper in my fridge that helps my herbs last for over a week often. Do you have any products or tips on keeping produce longer that you can share? Infographic Source: Cooksmarts Continue Reading →
How to Save Money with Your Freezer

How to Save Money with Your Freezer

Last year we finally bought a small deep freeze and it has been great. Our refrigerator is a side-by-side so the freezer space there is limited, but with the extra freezer we have a lot more room now. As much as 30 to 40 percent of all food in North America is wasted, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. That’s about 20 pounds per person every month! In terms of money, that’s an alarming $165 billion in wasted food annually, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. A smarter freezer storage plan, coupled with buying in bulk, saves time, … Continue Reading →
INFOGRAPHIC: Cooking Oils Guide

INFOGRAPHIC: Cooking Oils Guide

I don’t know about you but cooking oils sometimes mystify me. I generally use olive oil when I cook. This infographic is a great guide to cooking oils courtesy of Tamil-Recipes. What cooking oils do you use most often? Continue Reading →
INFOGRAPHIC: Salad Dressing 101

INFOGRAPHIC: Salad Dressing 101

May is National Salad Month. I love a salad and have been making them more often on my own at home. Dressing is one area that is actually much easier than we think. This week’s infographic shows you the basic formula for making a homemade salad dressing and options you can try. Get creative and mix up ingredients from your basic recipes. What is your favorite type of salad dressing?   Continue Reading →
Making Homemade Deer Sausage

Making Homemade Deer Sausage

  Homemade deer sausage is a must have item for the guys in our family. Hubby is a hunter, so are many of the other men in my family. They process their own deer when they get them which allows them to save money, get exactly the cuts they want and I think they enjoy the whole process. Out of the group that hunts, Hubby is in charge of making homemade deer jerky and homemade deer sausage. He recently made the first batch of deer sausage for the season using the kit that Hi Mountain sent us to try out. … Continue Reading →
Home Preserving Cookbook Review by Hubby

Home Preserving Cookbook Review by Hubby

Today’s post is from Hubby! He is the canner in our family so he was the perfect one to review this cookbook here on my blog. When I was a little kid I remember helping my grandma can things like beets, green beans, carrots, apple butter, and jellies. As an adult I thought it would be cool to try and relive some of the memories I had with Grandma by learning to can myself. My grandma is not with us any longer to learn from so I have relied on the internet and books to help me along. Recently I … Continue Reading →
Cooking With Your Kids #Infographic

Cooking With Your Kids #Infographic

This week’s infographic was delivered straight to my inbox by one of my favorite brands, Cabot Cheese. This one is great because it shares ideas on how to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Not only does this create family time together but you also are teaching skills everyone needs and getting kids involved with meal preparation can make them far less picky eaters. There are ideas for preschoolers, elementary, and tweens and teens included even. Do you cook with your kids? I would love you to share an example of what it looks like in your family kitchen. … Continue Reading →
Really Helpful Basic Wine Guide Infographic

Really Helpful Basic Wine Guide Infographic

For this week’s infographic I found a really helpful guide about wine. Be sure to click on the infographic to see the full size to make it more readable as there is a lot of info on this one but in small print. This infographic is from Wine Folly and their site has an assortment of other helpful tips too. Even if you do not ever plan on becoming a connoisseur of wine, having a basic understanding of the terms and types can be useful. This simple chart has provided me those basics that I still did not know even … Continue Reading →
Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything

Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything

I am always amazed at the clever and creative ways that folks come up to use items in a non-traditional way. My friend, Tara Ziegmont of Feels Like Home, is great at this and has written an eBook filled with amazing ideas. When she asked if I would like to be an affiliate I said yes because a. Tara is brilliant and wrote a useful book and b. Tara is a dear friend of mine. Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything (that’s my affiliate link by the way), contains hundreds of ideas on how … Continue Reading →