Food and Drink

Homemade Chicken Stock

Homemade Chicken Stock

My mother would no sooner toss out a roasted chicken carcass than she would rob a bank. Consequently, neither would I. But I’m shocked at the number of roast chicken remains I’ve seen go in the trash over the years…

Five Ways to use Beet Greens

Five Ways to use Beet Greens

I pulled the first beets out of the garden the other day. I’m not a beet grower and have only just added beets to our dinner repertoire, so this is new to me. I cut off the greens and headed…

June Challenge – One Local Ingredient a Day

I’ve written about our goal of including at least one locally produced ingredient in each of our dinners. As farmers market season kicks off in the USA and gardens begin to offer up some produce, I invite you to commit…

Make Your Own Vanilla

I’ve been meaning to make my own vanilla for ages, but I keep forgetting. My husband (the baker in the family) sees that we’re low and picks up a big bottle at Costco, perpetuating a vicious vanilla cycle. Every bottle…

Reminder: Last Day to Enter to Win a PlanetBox

If you haven’t entered to win the PlanetBox lunchbox I’m giving away, there’s still time – but not much. Today is the last day! Full details on how to enter are on the original post. Contest closes at 6pm Thursday,…

Sticker Shock: What the Stickers on Fruit are Telling You

Sticker Shock: What the Stickers on Fruit are Telling You

If you still find yourself purchasing produce at the grocery store, you may wonder just where it’s come from and if it fits within your personal food requirements. I can’t help you with the origin of your fruits and veggies,…

PlanetBox Lunch Boxes

PlanetBox Lunch Boxes

I received a PlanetBox for review purposes. If you send kids off to school every day, you know just how hard it is to pull together a zero-waste lunch. And if you’re trying to skip plastic? That doubles the difficulty….

Homemade Refried Beans to Rival Rosarita

Homemade Refried Beans to Rival Rosarita

Over the years I’ve tried repeatedly to make refried beans from scratch, but my family has been only lukewarm about my attempts, preferring their old standby Rosarita brand refried beans. Rosarita beans are sold in cans that have bpa in…

Growing Carrots: A Tip from Grandpa

Growing Carrots: A Tip from Grandpa

Carrots are not guaranteed a spot in my garden, but when space allows, I utilize a little of my Grandpa’s wisdom. One thing that’s crucial when starting carrots is that they have constant moisture as they sprout. Seed your row…