I’m lucky. I learned to embrace home cooking at the hands of an excellent cook – my mom. Not everyone has that kind of knowledge to fall back on, though.

If you’re aiming to live a more self-reliant lifestyle, my vote for the number one place to start is the kitchen.

Instead of counting on Campbell’s, learn to make your own soup. Instead of falling back on prepackaged spreads, learn to make your own.

How to Dry Parsley (4 Methods)

Dehydrating fresh parsley is an easy way to stock your spice cabinet with this versatile herb to add flavor to a variety of recipes.

Canning Plums (Water Bath Recipe)

Canning plums fresh from the orchard preserves the flavor so you can enjoy it all year round. This is an easy recipe for beginning canners!

Easy Green Onion Dip Recipe

Made from fresh ingredients, this green onion dip recipe is a healthier stand-in than store-bought flavor packets. Mix up a batch and serve it with fresh veggies or your favorite chip for your next football party or holiday appetizer buffet.

How to Dry Green Onions

Keep the flavor of scallions at your fingertips when you start drying green onions. It’s a great way to preserve them and eliminate waste.