Category Archives: How To Tutorials

About Gluten Free Oats, How To Make Quick Cooking Gluten Free Oats, and How to Cook Oats Fast For Breakfast

While oats are technically gluten free, they are often not gluten free due to farming practices and processing. Therefore, for anyone wishing to avoid gluten, (especially those with Celiac disease), it is imperative to buy “certified gluten free oats.”  This means they were grown on fields dedicated to oats only and not on a rotation with wheat or barely and processed in a gluten free facility. I used to buy Bob’s Red Mill certified gluten free oats in bulk and kept the extras in the freezer.  However, about 2 years ago, Trader Joe’s started selling gluten free oats and they … Continue reading

Make Your Own “Canned” Salmon

If you ever prepare salmon patties or a salmon loaf the recipe almost always calls for canned salmon.  I don’t know about you, but I find canned salmon really gross.  There is black skin in there and bones and you have the added worry of the can being lined with BPA and it is likely not wild caught. So I set out to see if I could make it myself!  And I like to share easy cooking tips now and then.  Follow the pictures below to see how it’s done. First, buy a package of wild caught salmon fillets.  The … Continue reading

Make Your Own Cherry Pie Filling

Part of eating “free” is making your own food, a lot. And we’re better for it…less chemicals, preservatives, food dyes, fake sweeteners, and high fructose corn syrup, what have you. So today it’s another “make your own post.” Enter: cherry pie filling. I did not use this to make a pie, so I’m not sure how it works in that application. However, I used this pie filling in a salad/dessert type dish. And it worked wonderfully. I love it because it’s easy and free of the bad stuff. I adapted it from Carol Fenster’s Cooking Free cookbook to be refined … Continue reading

How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds – A Photo Tutorial

We carved a pumpkin yesterday.  It was a project that drew neighbor kids.  Everyone enjoyed it. We saved the seeds. Time to roast them.  First, you need to get all that stringy goop off of the seeds. Place them in a bowl of coldish water and let set for awhile. After 5 minutes or so, use your hands to scoop up seeds and use your hand as a strainer.  Do this over and over.  Then let set for a few more minutes. After resting a bit, scoop up seeds and let the water and stringy stuff fall off into the … Continue reading

Make Your Own Can Of Condensed Tomato Soup

Fall is knocking on our door and I’m ready to start making soups and stews again. In fact I made this stew last night and it was good. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should. One of my favorite soup recipes from childhood is a chili recipe that requires a can of condensed tomato soup. I started making my own condensed version about 4 years ago. I took these pictures back in 2012 and am just now getting around to sharing it. You’ll need oil, starch, spices, milk (dairy free or not), and tomato paste. Heat oil on stove … Continue reading

“Can” of Cream of Celery Soup

The “can” of cream of mushroom soup post continues to one of my most popular.  And while it doesn’t get the same kind of attention, there is also a “can” of cream of chicken soup post.  One can also make a “can” of cream of celery soup.  This is for using in casseroles or slow cooker recipes.  It is not meant to be eaten as is.   All the steps are the same as the cream of chicken and cream of mushroom recipes.  Simply replace the mushrooms or chicken with 1 ½ cups chopped celery.  Make sure to sauté it … Continue reading

All Natural Anti-Bacterial Kitchen and Bath Cleaner

I have been making my own kitchen and bath cleaner for years now.  It is so simple, very cost effective and all natural.  And it is anti-bacterial to boot!   Start with 2 cups water.   Add 3 Tablespoons of regular (not anti-bacterial) liquid hand soap.   Add 20-30 drops of 100% pure tea tree oil.    Pour into a squirt bottle.  (This is not my squirt bottle I use for my all natural kitchen cleaner.  That bottle is too ugly to take a picture of.  This bottle actually contains water and vinegar to clean my wood floors; another natural … Continue reading

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning

Do you ever start a meal only to find out you do not have an ingredient?  That’s what happened to me that had me scrambling to make my own taco seasoning.  It turns out it is pretty easy and honestly, it’s probably healthier without hidden wheat, additives or MSG lurking in there.   I adapted this recipe for taco seasoning from The Everything Food Allergy Cookbook.    I use one tablespoon at a time which is equivalent to about ½ of a packet you could find in a store. Also shared at Whole Foods Friday. Gluten Free Friday. Real Food Wednesday. … Continue reading

How To Make Cashew Butter – A How To Photo Tutorial

Have you ever made your own nut butter?  I have made this chocolate spread and this one, but not just straight nut butter.  Until now.  And have I been missing out!  And so are you if you haven’t tried it. Making cashew butter was so easy and it so delicious!  And what’s better?  It only has ONE, that’s right, ONE ingredient.  That’s healthy folks.  No added oils, sugars, emulsifiers, and other food-like stuff.    Granted, you do need one piece of equipment and that is a high powered food processor.  If you do not have one yet and think you … Continue reading

Grilled Pineapple – A How To Photo Tutorial

Have you ever eaten at a Brazilian barbeque restaurant?  We went to one a few weeks back for our wedding anniversary.  Oh. My. Goodness.  Okay, if you are a vegan or vegetarian this is NOT the place for you.  But meat lovers…this is the place to go!  (By the way, I don’t consider myself a meat lover.  I eat meat, but it’s not my first food love).  However, we LOVED this place from everything to the atmosphere, to the staff, to the meat!  Servers walk around in festive clothing serving any and all kinds of meat off of huge skewers … Continue reading

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