20 Foods You Don’t Need to Refrigerate

easter eggs

Refrigerators are modern marvels that have greatly expanded the life and safety of many different foods. However, our culture has this odd idea that everything should go in the fridge; that it's this magical box that will keep everything good forever. Well, that's far from the case! Here are 20 foods that, while you can put them in the fridge (and even I sometimes do) it's totally not necessary: Bananas - Banana skin will become a really gross color in the fridge (although they will taste ... [ Read More ]

14 Tips for Baking The Best Cookies Ever!


There are few things as delicious and homey as warm, homemade cookies fresh out of the oven. When I was a kid, chocolate chip was the family favorite, and there were always homemade cookies in the house whenever we came in from playing outside. It's absolutely the best smell and taste in the world! However, baking is just as much (probably more) of an art as a science, and if you're looking to make the best cookies ever then here are some tips and tricks to make your sweet tooth say ... [ Read More ]

Freezer Tips, Tricks and Expiration Guides


If you are a frugal shopper or grow/make a lot of your own food, then chances are you've probably got a whole lot of things in your freezer to be eaten later. At my house, whenever the grocery store has some meats or certain veggies that we eat a lot of on sale, I try and purchase some extra to throw in my freezer for later. But, contrary to popular belief, food actually doesn't stay good in the freezer forever. So, here are some tips, tricks and guides to consider the next time you're ... [ Read More ]

Old Fashioned Cooking Substitution Chart


I think everyone's been there before. You're in the kitchen, in the middle of cooking the most amazing meal ever, when suddenly you realize you're out of one (or more) ingredients. Instead of running to the store or trekking all the way to a neighbor's house to borrow a cup of whatever it is you're missing, check out this substitution chart and make do the old-fashioned way! ... [ Read More ]

Eggplant Pizza Recipe

Eggplant pizza

One of my best friends is unable to eat gluten, so I'm constantly on the lookout for healthy, gluten-free food that we can both eat and enjoy. This weekend we experimented with eggplant pizza for a pizza/movie night and I have to say I was startled at how good it was! We actually overcooked one batch a little bit (which made it mushy but not inedible), but overall the taste was excellent. I mean, just look at that picture! Doesn't it look yummy? Here's our recipe so you can try it yourself: ... [ Read More ]

Edible Flowers Dos and Don’ts


Nothing brightens up a yard or table like a bunch of bright, fresh flowers. But what about your dinner table? While not every flower is edible, there are actually several that can be consumed, and many that are actually quite tasty! Of course, edible flowers are by far a new thing: the Victorians used flowers in their cooking extensively, and the trend made a firm resurgence in the 60s and 70s as well. Flowers can be scattered in salads, placed on top of cakes and desserts, used with ice ... [ Read More ]

Staying Hydrated with Infused Water

Strawberry Splash

When it comes to water, I am spoiled. I grew up out in the country, and my parents get their drinking water from one of the purest wells I've ever tasted. I never understood what people meant when they said they didn't like drinking water because of how it tasted. I mean, it's water--it's not supposed to taste like anything! And then I went to college and had to drink city water for four years, and I really realized how awful water can be. No matter how many filters I used or what brand of ... [ Read More ]

7 Seasoning Mixes to Make At Home


I clearly remember the first time that I made my own taco seasoning. I had some friends over for a fun evening of movies and I had intended to make this yummy taco dip in the crock pot. A few hours in, I slipped into the kitchen to put the crock pot ingredients together and discovered I had forgotten to purchase a taco seasoning packet. Disaster! Ok, well not really. Fortunately I remembered that my mother used to make her own taco seasoning and dug the recipe out of a cookbook she had given ... [ Read More ]

Irish Soda Bread


St. Patty's day is tomorrow, so to celebrate I thought I'd include a yummy recipe for Irish Soda Bread! I found this recipe online, but it's not only pretty easy but one of my favorite simple bread recipes. It is beyond yummy when made with stew or Welsh Rarebit!! ... [ Read More ]