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Cajun Spice Mix…great for black bean soup

Handy Cajun Seasoning Mix

I enjoy spices. In another life, which would involve a certainty of more taxes, red tape, leases and the not entirely remote possibility of bankruptcy…as these brick and mortar things often do, I will own a spice shop. So it is a short lived fantasy that ends in despair but the shelves will be …click to continue Cajun Spice Mix…great for black bean soup

Of Mountains and Marmalade

Marmalade jars

If there is a stove, and if there is a washing machine, I am not truly on vacation. I’m merely doing my thing somewhere else. Yet, getting out of your day-to-day environment gives you perspective. And it keeps you from doing all, or enough, of the mundane tasks of a typical day, so that …click to continue Of Mountains and Marmalade

Easy Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Ketchup close

Ketchup. This is one of the recipes that I needed to make because I think it is something handy for my kitchen. It is a self-sufficiency recipe.

Ketchup is funny. It packs a lot of baggage for a condiment. For one thing, it is just about the simplest condiment to be found, and also …click to continue Easy Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing MixUP

You have to have a few tricks up your sleeve. You have to have some magic shortcuts in the pantry. Because you, one day, will come running around the dining room table in a mad search for someone’s swimming goggles and kick a chair with your pinkie toe and look down to find it …click to continue Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix

Curry Chickpeas & Polenta

Photograph of Curry and Polenta Dish

Curry is a mystery to me. It is not one of my native foods, so to speak. I don’t think I ordered a meal containing curry until I was in my 30′s, and I surely never cooked with it. It was simply not in my view. My mother-in-law used to mix bottled curry powder …click to continue Curry Chickpeas & Polenta

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