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    Homemade Vindaloo Curry Paste

    Homemade Vindaloo Curry Paste ~ keep this easy recipe in the fridge so you can whip up authentic Indian curries in no time!…

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    Chocolate Marshmallows (Instant Hot Cocoa!)

    These fun homemade Chocolate Marshmallows will transform plain hot milk into a decadent treat ~ they’re super easy to make and impossible to resist! These chocolate marshmallows are the coolest things. …

  • All Natural Pomegranate Gumdrops

    All Natural Homemade Pomegranate Gumdrops are made with healthy fruit juice ~ this is an easy project to do with kids, and homemade candy makes a fabulous gift!…

  • How to Make Spiced Cocktail Cherries

    Spiced Cocktail Cherries are the ultimate gift for the cocktail lover in your life ~ make a small batch for the refrigerator, or can them for holiday gifting, these boozy cherries…

  • Easy Crock Pot Cranberry Butter

    Crock Pot Cranberry Butter is an impossibly silky, tangy fruit butter that is made right in the slow cooker ~ you’ll want to slather this easy cranberry jam on toast, scones,…

  • Homemade Steak Sauce

    Homemade Steak Sauce ~ a creative way to make your own custom steak sauce at home, in your own kitchen!  This diy steak sauce makes the perfect holiday gift.…

  • Red Chile Sauce

    Authentic Red Chile Sauce made entirely from scratch is a thing of beauty — you can’t get anything like this out of a can! I’ve been cooking and sharing from Meagan…

  • DIY Marshmallow Dollops

    Who says marshmallows have to be square?  These little DIY Marshmallow Dollops fit perfectly on a cup of cocoa, and look prettier, too! This experiment marks the kick off of a…

  • Pumpkin Spice Butter (from scratch)

    Pumpkin Spice Butter (from scratch) ~ a homemade sweet creamery butter with pumpkin and a hint of spice ~ your biscuits won’t know what hit ’em!…

  • Wild Porcini Salt Recipe

    Wild Porcini Salt Recipe ~ this simple homemade finishing salt will take so many of your recipes to the next level, it makes a great host gift, too!…

  • One Ingredient Maple Cream

    Maple Cream ~ this one ingredient wonder will blow you away ~ imagine a creamy, whipped maple syrup that you can spread like butter on everything from toast and biscuits to…

  • Everything You Need To Know About Sugar

    Sugar in all its glorious forms is one of the most important ingredients in baking, and I certainly couldn’t run my blog with out it.  Here’s an overview of everything you…

  • Quick and Easy Pickled Red Onions

    Quick and Easy Pickled Red Onions are a simple easy refrigerator pickle project to add to your repertoire ~ they’re not only beautiful, they’re a workhorse when it comes to jazzing…

  • Homemade Crème Fraîche

    Homemade Crème Fraîche ~ with just 2 ingredients you can make your own thick and creamy crème fraîche ~ no more last minute trips to the supermarket to buy one of…

  • Fresh Raspberry Vinegar

    Fresh Raspberry Vinegar ~ the intense fresh berry flavor of this homemade vinegar is going to wake up your salads, and so much more!…

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    Simple Bittersweet Hot Fudge Sauce

    Simple Bittersweet Hot Fudge Sauce is the classic thick gooey chocolatey sauce from your favorite ice cream parlor, made quick and easy at home.…

  • Vanilla Bean Pluot Jam Recipe

    Vanilla Bean Pluot Jam Recipe ~ this easy small batch refrigerator jam is made with flavor packed pluots with a hint of vanilla bean for depth ~ it’s going to become…

  • Layered Ice Cubes

    Layered Ice Cubes ~ aren’t these pretty?  They’re just ordinary ice cubes, made with layers of fruit juices.  And they’re not just pretty, they actually have a purpose— as they melt…

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    Cookies and Cream Peanut Butter

    Cookies and Cream Peanut Butter ~ a super quick and easy treat that puts plain old peanut butter to shame ~ slather it on toast, use it as a dip for…

  • Nutella Magic Shell

    Nutella Magic Shell ~ this rich chocolate hazelnut sauce hardens on contact with anything cold, and turns plain ice cream into a magical dessert for kids of all ages.…

  • Bitter Orange Marmalade

    Bitter Orange Marmalade is a sophisticated jam made with a shot of whiskey, Irish style!  It pairs perfectly with thick slices of toast, biscuits, and English muffins.…

  • How To Make Lavender and Rose Simple Syrups

    How To Make Lavender and Rose Simple Syrups ~ these easy homemade simple syrups can be made with all sorts of edible flowers for a romantic pop of flavor in drinks…

  • How to Make Homemade Sprinkles!

    How to Make Homemade Sprinkles ~ This is one of those projects you might just want to keep to yourself.  At the very least you’ll probably get a quite a few…

  • How to make Homemade Coconut Milk Yogurt

    How to Make Homemade Coconut Milk Yogurt ~ since it’s one of the world’s healthiest foods, I think it’s worth the effort to make it yourself.   This yogurt is creamy,…

  • DIY Tagalong Girl Scout Cookies

    These DIY Tagalong Girl Scout Cookies are just as delicious as the originals…no green uniform required!…

  • Pink Grapefruit Habanero Jam

    Pink Grapefruit Habanero jam is a unique hot pepper jam with an irresistible sweet hot flavor…pair it with some cream cheese and crackers for the best appetizer ever.  …

  • How to Preserve Lemons

    How to Preserve Lemons ~ Moroccan preserved lemons is a unique condiment that brightens up a lot of Middle Eastern recipes but can be hard to find in stores ~ I’ll…

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    DIY Virgin Coconut Oil Lip Balm

    Easy DIY Virgin Coconut Oil Lip Balm – make your own luscious and soothing lip balm with healthy coconut oil and stay beautifully hydrated all winter long! We’ve got central heat,…

  • Homemade Habanero Hot Sauce on eggs

    Caribbean Habanero Hot Sauce

    Homemade Caribbean Habanero Hot Sauce ~ this homemade hot sauce is the real deal, and easy to make in your own kitchen, if you dare!…

  • Hazelnut Fig Seeded Crisps

    I know you’ll get a kick out of these Hazelnut Fig Seeded Crisps if you’re a fan of those fancy store bought crisps.  Even more so if you’ve been intrigued but…

  • Chocolate Almond Butter Throwdown

    I know, Trader Joe’s has already done it.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t do it better.  For instance, the first ingredient on TJ’ label is sugar.  The second is palm…

  • How to Make Pomegranate Molasses

    How to Make Pomegranate Molasses ~ an easy method for making this authentic classic Middle Eastern condiment right in your own kitchen with pomegranate juice!…

  • Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

    These festive little chocolate covered marshmallows are so easy to make even the kids can get involved. They turn plain hot chocolate into a decadent treat. Remember the HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS  from…

  • Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

    Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows ~  these plush, pillowy marshmallows are amazing, and so easy to make.  They’ll take your hot cocoa to a whole new level!…

  • Minimal Monday: A Trio of Finishing Salts

    A Trio of Finishing Salts makes a super fun diy project for the holidays ~ who wouldn’t want these vibrant flavor boosters in their kitchen? Do your friends a favor, put…

  • How to Make Your Own Yogurt

    How to Make Your Own Yogurt ~ making yogurt is a simple thing.  It involves heating milk to just below the boiling point to kill off bacteria, cooling it down to…

  • Root Veggie Kettle Chips

    Root Veggie Kettle Chips ~ You know those expensive bags of specialty chips, the ones that are about 90% air when you open them up?  Well, here’s your chance to even…

  • Hot Pepper Honey

    Hot Pepper Honey

    Hot Pepper Honey ~ an easy recipe that infuses the hot kick of spicy peppers into sweet honey for a fabulous pairing with cheese and crackers.  This spicy honey is an…

  • How to Make Homemade Mustard

    How to Make Homemade Mustard ~ my version is hot, sweet, and smokey!  This is a homemade recipe for one of the most beloved condiments…and you can customize it in endless…

  • Super Easy Homemade Gnocchi

    Super Easy Homemade Gnocchi ~ this light pasta dumpling recipe is made with fluffy baked potato in the dough and is the only homemade pasta I’ve found that is actually easy…

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    How to Dry Cherry Tomatoes

    How to Dry Cherry Tomatoes ~ we’re blessed with an abundance of amazingly sweet ripe tomatoes every summer, almost too many to eat!  This easy method for preserving tomatoes will keep…

  • How to Make Fresh Tomato Sauce

    It takes just 15 minutes to make a vibrant, healthy, fresh tomato sauce — make this simple tomato sauce once and you’ll never go back to cans or jars again!…

  • How to Cut a Mango

    How to cut a mango ~ mangoes are one of the most luxuriously delicious fruits, but if you’ve never dealt with one, they can be perplexing.  I’ll show you how to…

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    Minimal Monday: Grapefruit Infused Rum

    I’m not a fan of flavored alcohols.  You can keep your blueberry, bacon, and gummi bear vodkas.  I’d rather drink a shot of NyQuil than some of those concoctions.  A pumpkin…

  • (To Die For) White Chocolate Pecan Butter Cups

    (To Die For) White Chocolate Pecan Butter Cups ~ everybody’s favorite chocolate peanut butter cups get a delicious makeover with white chocolate and pecan butter.  This homemade candy is fun and so easy…

  • Roasted Pecan Butter

    Roasted Pecan Butter is absolutely dreamy, and so easy to make, all you need are pecans and a little salt! My sister has been toying with the idea of going vegan,…

  • Green Goddess Dressing

    Don’t you just love the name? Green Goddess dressing was invented in the kitchen of a San Francisco hotel in the 1920s.  It’s a creamy dressing with a base of mayo…

  • Pink Grapefruit Curd

    Pink Grapefruit Curd ~ this curd tastes like fresh grapefruit, only a whole lot creamier. It’s the perfect refreshing end to a meal.…

  • Minimal Monday: Homemade Ketchup!

    Ketchup is a complex and venerable old sauce with a ton of fascinating ingredients — no one is quite sure where it originated, but everybody agrees it’s an absolute necessity in…

  • Habanero Peach Jam

    Habanero Peach Jam ~  This epic hot pepper jam isn’t for your morning toast, it’s for the cocktail hour — with some fluffy cream cheese and a crisp cracker,  it’s positively…

  • Marinated Goat Cheese

    This Marinated Goat Cheese multi-tasks.  It tops and dresses a salad.  It can be an appetizer, part of a cheese plate, or top homemade pizza or bruschetta.  It’s the perfect host…

  • Copycat Pepperidge Farm Brussels Cookies

    These Copy Cat Pepperidge Farm Brussels Cookies  are dead ringers for the originals…they take a bit of effort, but the result is well worth it!…