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.

Safely Pressure Canning Homemade Broth

Canning chicken stock or turkey stock means that you’ll be able to get meals ready in a hurry using real, homemade ingredients. Plus? It’s like free food!

Fresh Garden Salsa for Summertime Flavor

This fresh garden salsa is a summertime treat. Memorize these five ingredients; you’ll never need a salsa recipe again. Nothing makes salsa as good as fresh ingredients from the garden. This fresh garden salsa will become your favorite way to use up the summer abundance of fresh tomatoes.

Quick & Easy Hummus Bowls

Hummus bowls are a delicious and healthy meal with endless variations. Make up a batch of hummus and serve it with your favorite toppings.

Home Canning Recipes for Beginners

If you’re a novice at food preservation, these easy canning recipes are a good place to start. They all use a simple water bath method.

Cookies in a Jar for Easy Gift Giving

For an easy-to-make gift, cookies in a jar can’t be beat. Everyone loves homemade cookies! Make a bunch of these for gift giving & hostess gifts.