Feb 262015
Updates This Weekend

Just so everyone knows, I plan to do some updating and making a few minor changes over the weekend, so if things look a little wonky, have patience. The goal is to add more content and make things more usable. It may look a little odd along the way, but eventually it will straighten out. […]

Feb 222015
Menu: Fiesta Lime Beef Stew

  ~MENU~ Fiesta Lime Beef Stew Polenta Garlic Spinach Pineapple Iced Tea, Lemonade or Fruit Drink   Zesty flavors make this Tex-Mex Meal a family favorite. Fiesta Lime Beef in a spicy sauce is spooned over creamy Polenta. Garlic Spinach and cooling pineapple serve side dish duty. Nutritious, filling and family-friendly, this pantry meal proves that […]

Feb 222015
Menu: Coconut Curry Beef Stew

  ~MENU~ Kerala Coconut Curry Beef Stew Hot Fluffy Rice Sunburst Apricots Iced Tea, Lemonade or Fruit Drink   Creamy, spicy Kerala-style Beef Stew is served over bowls of hot, fluffy rice. Sunburst Apricots, with a hint of citrus, contrast brilliantly with the stew. This is one of those meals that always makes people wonder […]

Feb 222015
Menu: Chicken Cacciatore

  ~MENU~ Chicken Cacciatore Hot Fluffy Rice Italian Green Beans Pears & Mandarin Oranges Iced Tea, Lemonade or Fruit Drink   The term cacciatore literally translates to hunter in Italian. It refers to game meat prepared hunter-style. Originally it was made from rabbit which was hunted down by Dad or Grandpa (or Mom or Grandma, […]

Feb 212015
Reader Request: My Best Granola

A reader requested an old recipe titled “My  Best Granola.” I searched my files and believe I have finally found it. This recipe uses both honey and brown sugar to sweeten it. To make it gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free rolled oats. I use regular rolled oats, because they don’t seem to affect […]

Feb 212015
Better Tasting, Cheaper, Milk Alternative

I was recently reading a library book published in 1981, titled The Egg-Free, Milk-Free, Wheat-Free Cookbook by Becky Hamrick. It’s a decent book for egg-free and dairy-free cooking, but a wee-bit lacking for wheat-free cooking. Many of the recipes do call for wheat flour, but lots of them don’t. It’s about 50/50 I guess. Anyway, […]

Feb 212015
Reader Request: Honey Granola

This is my favorite recipe for Granola. I’ve been making it since the early 1980’s. It’s cheap, sturdy, fool-proof and it always turns out. The only problem you might encounter is trying to cook the dry fruit with the granola. Don’t do that. It makes the fruit too dry to eat and makes it too […]

Feb 212015
Reader Request: Brown Sugar Granola

Most homemade granola is made from honey. Honey tastes good and is probably better for us than more processed sweeteners, but it’s become awfully expensive over the years. This recipe uses much more affordable brown sugar instead. If you prefer to use a more natural sweetener, then feel free to replace the brown sugar with Sucanat, Rapadura, Evaporated Cane […]

Feb 022015
What is a Processed Food?

In a previous post I explained why I have decided to reduce (and possibly eliminate, eventually) processed foods from my family’s diet. So the next step is to determine exactly which foods are processed and which are not. This post is a result of my deliberations. The first thing I’ve determined, is that, unless you […]

Feb 022015
Natural Foods VS. Processed Foods

I’ve spent all of January reading old-fashioned health-food books and it has been  eye-opening. As an old-fashioned, from-scratch-style, frugal cook, I’ve eaten a lot more unprocessed foods over the years than processed foods, usually because processed foods tend to cost more than their component parts. For instance, even the cheapest chicken nuggets or fish sticks […]

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