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How-To: Creamed Honey

A simple trick for dealing with crystallized honey.

How-To: Creamed Honey

I love honey. It’s one of my go-to treats for a sweet tooth, and the first thing I’ll pour in my tea when I have a sore throat (or just because). I like it whether it’s raw and rich with enzymes, or pasteurized and packaged in a bear container. I even like the way it tastes and spreads over toast after it has crystallized as honey inevitably does after a few months on the shelf. Although I don’t mind the texture of crystallized honey, it can be a bit tricky to work with, so I often … [Read more...]

Browning Sauce Recipe


A perfect gift for cooks. Browning sauce is something I love for one very simple (and important) reason. It makes gravy beautifully brown. Beef, pork or lamb gravy becomes a rich dark brown, and surprisingly it also makes turkey or chicken gravy a lovely golden brown when you use it sparingly. Add a very small amount to cream sauce or cheese sauce to add depth and richness to the color. Browning sauce was always difficult to find at the store, but after a while it became impossible to find. … [Read more...]

Recipe: Sunflower Seed Butter


Sunflower seed butter is my favorite seed butter to make at home. I like to prepare small batches for my friends and family who are intolerant to peanuts because it replaces the flavor of peanut butter so well. Plus, you can add all sorts of ingredients to the basic recipe to enhance the flavor. For instance, sometimes I like to add a few dates, cocoa powder, or scraped vanilla bean into the food processor along with the seeds. It also tastes amazing with a pinch of cinnamon. You can use … [Read more...]

Hari Chutney


While most places are transitioning to wetter and darker skies, Central Florida is hitting the sweet season. Gone are the days of midday rainstorms, and turbulent tropical weather, making way for dryer breezes and days full of sun. My office is throwing a barbeque in our parking lot, as a last hurrah of summer. I’m bringing a big bowl of Spicy Cilantro Chutney (Hari) along with a few bags of pita chips, to share with everyone, as well as a personal batch to take home! Hari … [Read more...]

Homemade Mayonnaise

Homemade Mayonnaise from My Own Ideas blog #recipe

Mayonnaise is one of the most basic, versatile condiments used in American kitchens, and it’s also one of the easiest to make from scratch. If you have an egg, some oil, salt, and lemon juice, you’re good to go. The best part is that you can hand-select your ingredients to make your homemade mayonnaise healthier and tastier than anything you’d find at the store. For my homemade mayonnaise, I like to use farm fresh eggs. Not only are they super rich, but they’re also higher in … [Read more...]

Honeyed Cream Cheese


I’ve experimented with adding herbs and onions to cream cheese for a savory spread, but it didn’t occur to me to try a sweet mix. Inspired by the Panera cream cheese we had at a work meeting, I came up with my own honeyed cream cheese recipe. I plan to present it at our next meeting—just a little thank-you! Honeyed Cream Cheese Makes Approximately 48 Ounces. • 32 ounces of fat free cream cheese (I prefer to use the un-whipped variety) • 1 cup non fat Greek style yogurt • … [Read more...]

Sriracha Hot Sauce

Sriracha Hot Sauce from My Own Ideas blog #homemade #recipe #garden #gift

I’ve been really lucky with my chili pepper plants this year, so I’ve been looking for ways to preserve my ripe chilies and/or use them up in recipes as much as possible. Recently, I came across this post for homemade sriracha sauce, and was immediately intrigued. First, as a huge fan of Huy Fong’s sriracha (also known as ‘rooster’ sauce), I knew that if I could make a version at home that was half as tasty as its bottled counterpart, I’d be happy. Second, homemade sriracha sauce … [Read more...]

Creamy Avocado Dressing

Creamy Avocado Dressing from My Own Ideas blog #recipe #homemade #salad #summer

I’m a big fan of salads as a main course, especially in the spring and summer months when I’m able to grow all the vegetables I need in my own garden. And I love that salads don’t require any cooking, which is perfect for those hot days when I don’t want to turn on the oven, or slave over the stovetop. You might think eating salad every day would get a little boring, but because I’m able to spice things up with different toppings and salad dressings, it’s always a new experience … [Read more...]

Garden Fresh Pestos


Pesto is one of my favorite all-purpose sauces, and it’s also one of the easiest to make at home if you have a food processor. I grow basil in my garden each year just so I can make loads of pesto to freeze for the winter, and I use walnuts instead of pine nuts to keep costs down. The taste difference is negligible. Luckily, basil isn’t the only green that can be used to make a pesto. You can use all sorts of herbs and greens, like parsley and cilantro. This year, I grew two different … [Read more...]

Slow Roasted Tomato and Jalapeño Ketchup


(Used in this project: Circle Labels and Diamond Tags in Rustic Style.) Homemade ketchup is a recipe that shines best when made using flavorful homegrown tomatoes harvested straight from the garden. I’ve prepared it using both fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes, and tomatoes I’ve skinned, de-seeded, and stored in the freezer. Both methods work to create a delicious condiment that’s perfect for warm weather picnics and barbecues. Regarding spiciness, you can make this ketchup with or without … [Read more...]