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Indoor Basil Harvested

This weekend I harvested my indoor basil that I have been growing over the winter. I brought my plants indoors last fall and while they don’t grow all that great inside in the winter, they do produce. Here is my harvested basil I cut off the two plants I had over the winter. I left some base in the pots so they can regrow again this spring once it warms up.

I am now drying these leaves and hope to have a bounty of fresh dried basil to use over the next few months. I should add that I have been cutting off leaves from these plants throughout the winter. I have used the fresh leaves in spaghetti, pizza sauce, and lasagna recipes over the last several winter months. It is always wonderful to use fresh cut-up basil in my cooking.

So as the weather is warming, I will soon re-pot and transfer my basil outside where it can really thrive. Until then, Continue Reading →

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Lemon Kefir Water

I have been making kefir water for several years now. Lemon kefir water has become my very favorite. Here is the link to my recipe for making kefir water. You use the basic steps shown in the receipe but instead of adding apple juice, you use a fresh lemon for flavoring.

Lemon Kefir Water

Cut a few slices of lemon and add it to the jar after you remove the kefir grains.
Lemon slices for kefir water

After adding a few slices of lemon, I will squeeze the rind end to add some extra juices. Then put the lid on the jar tightly and leave it for a few days to ferment. Then Continue Reading →

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Freezing Cabbage

I discovered this useful idea for storing fresh cabbage. I cut up this garden fresh cabbage and froze it in freezer bags. A half of a cabbage head fits nicely into a quart sized freezer bag.

Roll up the freezer bag with just a small opening left in the zip lock so the air can escape. Roll the bag up towards the zip lock opening and push out all the air you can.

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Warming Pizza in Cast Iron Skillet

We enjoy our leftover pizza warmed up. The problem is that most people microwave it to warm it up. Microwaving leftover pizza tends to leave it soggy and the crust limp.

If you read this blog occasionally, you will know that I love and use cast iron skillets and pots for cooking and baking quite often. I love my cast iron pans and find new uses for them all the time. So… I figured I would try putting a few pieces of leftover pizza in my big skillet to warm it up. In my first attempt, I scorched the bottom of the pizza crust. I found you want to keep the heat lower and allow extra minutes to warm the pizza slowly.

My 2nd attempt warming pizza in the cast iron pan turned out wonderfully. Not only does the crust stay nice and crisp but the topping heats up and everything turns out great. Tasted almost like freshly baked pizza. So here are the details for successfully warming pizza in a cast iron skillet.

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Cast Iron Skillet Rolls

Sometimes I just need a few bread rolls and don’t want to bother with a large bread recipe. This is a small recipe for rolls baked in an 8 inch cast iron skillet.



Cast Iron Skillet Rolls

Ingredients:
1-2 cups of flour
1 package of yeast
1 tsp of sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp wheat germ (optional)
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning (optional)
Butter if desired to brush on top of risen rolls
Water as needed for dough ball

Proof yeast with 1/3 cup of warm water (115 f degrees) with yeast and 1/2 tsp of sugar.

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Homemade Yogurt in Quart Jars

I have been working on honing my skills at making things that I might ordinarily purchase at the grocery store. My next experiment was to make homemade yogurt.

I researched several different homemade yogurt recipes on-line to come up with my own small-size batch recipe. I wanted to make my yogurt in Mason quart jars for easy processing and storage. Plus I only wanted to make a few quarts of the homemade yogurt so this is the ingredients and recipe I used:

2 Quart glass jars
1 half-gallon of Whole Milk
1/2 cup of plain active cultured yogurt

Bring milk to boil slowly over medium to medium+ heat until it reaches Continue Reading →

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