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.

Delicious Pumpkin Custard Cups

This pumpkin custard recipe is a perfect holiday dessert, but serve it up whenever you’re dreaming of pumpkin spice season!

Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe

Preserve the flavor of summertime berries in a jar! This homemade strawberry jam recipe is easy for beginners, sweetened with honey, and delicious! 

Canning Nectarines in Light Syrup

Canning nectarines preserves the flavor of this summertime stone fruit. These canned nectarines feature fresh ginger and blueberries for a flavorful pop of summertime that you’ll appreciate having in your pantry.