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5 Fabulous Ways to Hack a Boxed Cake Mix

If I didn’t know better I’d swear that cake mixes reproduce in the dark of night on the shelves of

Readers Comment on Everything From Soap Scum to Homemade Yogurt and Heated Mattress Pads, Too

It’s reader response day when I take the opportunity to report back with a few of the comments I get

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How to Make Your Own Highly Effective Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Every year, says the Center for Disease Control, nearly 48 million people become ill from foodborne contamination,

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The 4 Make-Your-Own-Mixes You Asked For!

They’re convenient and tasty, but the high cost of your favorite prepared mixes and spice blends is enough to make

Einstein Bread—So Easy to Make You’ll Feel Like a Genius

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Turn Leftovers into Soup

Soup is a great frugal, potentially delicious meal that can successfully be made from leftovers. It’s a great way to

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5-Minute Artisan Bread: The Master Recipe, Tools, Resources

The year 2007 was a good one for me for lots of reasons. Here’s one: It’s the year I got good

Favorite Egg Recipes for Instant Pot

I’ve been using Instant Pot for a couple of years now. Somedays I wonder how I ever got along without

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Rules for Leftovers

If a trip to the supermarket doesn’t make you sick, you may not be paying attention to prices. Food costs

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Finish Off a Great Meal With Cake

There’s nothing like following a great dinner with cake. It’s an exclamation mark on a meal. I love to bake

Just Maybe the Best Homemade Holiday Gift Ever

When the holiday season arrives, the best gifts just might be from your kitchen. And when those gifts are extra

Stay Calm and Make Your Own Mixes

Checking one of my email inboxes this morning (I have several) made my heart race and my head spin. Hundreds

Christmas Gifts From My Instant Pot: Candied Lemon

I’ve never gotten into the whole Black Friday retail extravaganza. Might be because I’m not a fan of crowds, chaos,

How to Make Fabulous Meals Using a Formula, Not a Recipe

Ever feel like kitchen klutz? Wish you could take that odd assortment of stuff in the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer

Fabulous Solution to the Breakfast Dilemma

Mom was right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Recent medical research says we

Holiday Baking on the CHEAP!

Look up the word ‘impulsive’ in the dictionary and prepare to see my face. In my basement pantry, I have at

Soups to Soothe the Soul and The Budget

Loyal readers of this column know by now that I love to cook. And I prefer to make things from

How to Get Started Roasting Your Own Coffee Beans

Clearly, a recent post where I mentioned that my coffee roasting hobby has taken on a new dimension now

Make It Yourself: Beef Jerky, French Salad Dressing, Steak Sauce 

If your family loves beef jerky, French salad dressing and A-1 Steak Sauce as much as mine, you definitely need

Bake Bread, Save Dough: Basics for 5-Minutes-a-Day Bread Bakers

You may recall a post from a few weeks ago on baking bread—specifically, artisan bread in five minutes a day!