Making Bread Crumbs and Dried Bread Cubes

I like to make my own bread crumbs from bread that is at the end of it’s shelf life.  It is also getting close to Thanksgiving and we enjoy stuffed turkey.  It makes sense to find uses for stale bread.  I sometimes make French toast or bread pudding with the extra bread.  The breads I usually use…

Maple Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Maple apple cider vinaigrette is a light fruity salad dressing that you will love. It is made from apple cider or juice, apple vinegar, pure maple syrup, oil, and spices.  It blends up quickly and will keep a couple of weeks in the refrigerator. I bought a bottle of this in a discount store a…

French Salad Dressing

Really simple and easy French salad dressing made from ingredients you always have on hand.  It is a basic recipe that is worth adding to your recipe box to have on hand. The salad dressing is bold in flavor and is a cross between bottled French dressing and Catalina dressing. It will turn a simple…

Creamy Celery Seed Salad Dressing

Creamy celery seed salad dressing is made with vegetable oil, vinegar, sugar, onion powder, mustard and celery seed.  All items that normally are in the kitchen pantry.  This dressing has a sweet and sour taste that you will love. Making salad dressing is easy and inexpensive to make.  It is also a way to stretch…

How to dry Cilantro

I sometimes have fresh cilantro left over from cooking a Mexican dish.  I don’t like to let it go to waste after lingering in the refrigerator for a few days.  Cilantro dries very nice and stays green afterward.  Some herbs that are green can turn brown or black when dried but cilantro stays green. I…

Cake Spice Blend Recipe

A couple of Christmases ago, I was shopping in a discount grocery.  I ran across a small bottle of cake spice. That was it’s name just “cake spice.”  I looked at the ingredients on the bottle to see what was in it.  This was different then what I expected so I bought the little dollar…

Apple Pie Spice Recipe

One of things that is important when you have a low budget to cook with is to keep a good assortment of spices. Using spices and herbs can really add flavor to a recipe. Some of those spices you can find inexpensively in little cellophane bags or at the dollar store in small plastic containers….

Delicious Dried Cherries Salad Vinaigrette

    This vinaigrette is the best I have ever tasted. The dried cherries are so favorable that you will not go back to buying commercial fruit vinaigrette. The raspberry vinaigrette that you can purchase is weak in flavor compared to this thick rich salad dressing that clings to the salad. It will have your…

Beau Monde Seasoning

    In the 1950’s after the war people could enjoy entertaining and party food recipes where developed by companies to market their products. Herb dips of sour cream that used Beau Monde seasoning became popular.  These same recipes are still enjoyed today.  But finding the commercial Beau Monde seasoning can be hard because not…

Drying Celery and Pepper Flakes (DIY)

  I am getting ready to make Christmas gifts from my kitchen and this past year I needed celery flakes for a recipe I wanted to make. I have not bought celery flakes in a long time and this was a heirloom recipe. I had to look in several stores to finely find them. They…