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Posted at July 5, 2011 by 0 Comment

Homemade Cider Vinegar

Vinegar, in general, tends to get a bad rap, at least as far as sayings go. Take “full of piss and vinegar,” to describe someone who’s crabby. Or “You’ll catch more flies with honey than vinegar” for when you want ...

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Homemade Peanut Butter

Sigh. I had high hopes for homemade peanut butter. Really, I did. And I blame the Des Moines Downtown Farmer’s Market. There’s this vendor there that sells fresh veggies and also, over to one side, peanut butter and other nut butters: ...

Posted at June 28, 2011 by 8 Comments
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Cheez-Its

ReadyMade, the magazine (side note: Oh, Ready Made, how I miss you!), did a cheese cracker taste-off recently. They compared two types of commercial cheese crackers (Cheez-Its® totally included) and a homemade cracker, and compared them on price, taste and ...

Posted at May 31, 2011 by 2 Comments
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Olive Tapenade

Is there anything better in the world than olives? Yes. Tapenade. This salty, briny, capery mixture is pretty much the best thing ever invented. According to CliffordAWright.com, tapenade is French, from Provence, which helps explain why it’s ...

Posted at May 24, 2011 by 1 Comment
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Eggs! (Or, Are Backyard Chickens Worth It?)

In May of 2009, I made the grave mistake of showing my husband an article about backyard chickening in Portland. I had either forgotten or had not yet realized how tenacious Rob is when he decides on a New Hobby, ...

Posted at May 17, 2011 by 6 Comments
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Homemade Vanilla

You know, the more I do this DIY stuff, the more I realize how many things I buy out of sheer laziness and lack of planning. For example, vanilla. It’s absurdly, laughably easy to make. I saw this post over on ...

Posted at May 10, 2011 by 5 Comments
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Homemade Chicken Stock/Chicken Broth in a Crock Pot

I don't know why I started making homemade stock (or broth... we'll discuss the terminology in a moment). I think it was something that I grew up seeing my parents make — after any meal that involved large, bone-in portions ...

Posted at February 01, 2011 by 2 Comments
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Focaccia

Focaccia. Why Rob decided to do this this week, I'll never know. He and I are going on a cruise in a little under 12 weeks to witness some friends of ours getting married, and so we're both suddenly very ...

Posted at January 25, 2011 by 1 Comment
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Beef Jerky

You ever decide to try something new, and the whole adventure seems ill-fated from the start? Like, one thing after another just refuses to turn out right? Welcome, my friends, to… Challenge: Beef Jerky So, I wrote a draft of this blog ...

Posted at January 04, 2011 by 3 Comments
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Pie Crust

Keeping with the holiday theme, this week I’ve turned my attention to pie. Holidays are the perfect time for pie – lots of people, celebrating, socializing, ready to consume dessert. Which is part of the reason I look forward to ...

Posted at December 14, 2010 by 4 Comments
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