Category Archives: How To Tutorials

How To Make A “Can” of Condensed Cream Of Chicken Soup – A Photo Tutorial

If you are wanting to make a casserole that uses condensed cream soups, you are out of luck if you are dairy or gluten free.   Or maybe you just ran out, don’t want to run to the store, and would like to make your own.  Here is a step by step photo tutorial to help you out.  Making your own cream soups is much easier than one would think. 1.  Cook and cut up 1 to 1 1/2 cup chicken (use canned if you are in a hurry).  Using 1 1/2 cup chicken will give you a very chunky condensed … Continue reading

Produce Wash

It would be wonderful if we all could buy organic fruits and vegetables.  But for many it is not affordable or accessible.  Now I do not know if a produce wash is scientifically better than water for washing produce or not, but I do know that it eases my mind a little bit.      For strawberries, I usually mix a recipe of produce wash and soak the berries in it.  Then I drain them and rinse off with water.  I think I’ll start doing this for grapes as well. I also mix a “batch” of produce wash and keep … Continue reading

How To Know When Your Avocado is Ripe and Ready

Have you ever cut an avocado open and it’s just mush?  Or how about cut one open and it’s so hard you cannot scoop it out?  Do you struggle with knowing when an avocado is “just right” to eat?   I did until I found a great tip about avocado readiness.  I like to give credit where credit is due, but I have been using this tip for so long now, I am not sure where I read it or found it.  But it goes like this: Touch your index finger to your forehead.   If your avocado feels like that, … Continue reading

How To Make A “Can” Of Condensed Cream Of Mushroom Soup – Photo Tutorial

It took me two and half years to make Ranch dressing and it has also been that long since I ate a casserole that was made with a can of cream of mushroom soup.  I guess I did not miss it that much, as my cooking has changed and evolved into a healthier diet since those days. However, my sudden desire to make the classic Tater Tot Casserole had me hunting for a recipe to make my own “can” of condensed cream of mushroom soup.  I found these steps and customized them from a Living Without magazine. I thought it would … Continue reading

Allergy Free Grocery Shopping – Part 3

In this last post about Allergy Free Grocery Shopping, I will address some ideas for those of you who do not have access to a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.  Here is what I would do.  Scour the internet for anything that is not perishable.  If I did not have a Whole Foods, I would probably purchase all my flours and starches online and probably even pasta.  Here are several resources for you, although keep in mind I am not endorsing these per se.  Amazon is an obvious choice, but there is also Vitacost, Gluten Free Warehouse, among some others.   Vegan … Continue reading

Allergy Free Grocery Shopping – Part 2

The last post was a summary of my grocery shopping for allergy free foods.  (You may want to re-read it as I added some new information). Today I will talk about my weekly shopping and how I keep costs down.   I hit two stores each week.  I head to Aldi and my list is pretty long for there.   At one point I typed up a list of everything I buy at Aldi for a friend.  While I still have the list, it is much too long for a blog post.  Nevertheless, I buy a large portion of our groceries at Aldi.  One can … Continue reading

Allergy Free Grocery Shopping – Part 1

Allergy free eating is not cheap.  But that is okay; there are ways to make it more affordable.   By eliminating your food allergens you will invariably start cooking more whole foods and less processed food.  Processed food is expensive, so you will cut out that expense.  But you are also cutting out food that is chuck full of sodium, additives, gmo’s and so much more non-food food. Since allergy free cooking is not cheap, eating all organic is out of the question for a lot of us.  Oh, how I would love to eat all organic produce, meat and poultry!  … Continue reading

How To Cut A Pineapple-Photo Tutorial

Pineapples have been on sale lately.  I never used to buy them whole because cutting one up seemed daunting.  But I have been buying fresh pineapples (only when on sale)  for about two years now.  Here are some pictures on how to cut a pineapple. It’s that simple.  Buy fresh pineapple and you will never go back to canned!

The Whys and Hows of Making a Good Homemade Soup

I love making homemade soups; for so many reasons.  First, they are a great one pot meal.  Second, they are healthy.  Third, it is a good way to get vegetables into children.  Fourth, they taste so much better than a soup from a can, not to mention much lower in sodium. Fifth, they are fun and easy to put together.  Sixth, canned soups may contain food allergens.  Seventh, many homemade soups are naturally allergy friendly.  And lastly, they fill the house with a great aroma.   Since I make so many soups in the autumn and winter months I wrote a list … Continue reading

Why You Should Make Your Own Caramel Dip and How To Photo Tutorial

Caramel dip with apples is an autumn treat that the milk allergic cannot enjoy.  Store bought caramel dip is loaded with milk, butter, cream and the like.  But I have come up with five reasons that everyone, regardless of allergies or not, should make their own caramel dip. It is easy to make. It has only 3 ingredients. The store bought kind has 17 (I counted them at the store yesterday) ingredients. This same store bought kind is loaded with high fructose corn syrup and other unpronounceable ingredients. The homemade variety is free of any refined sugar. I found this recipe … Continue reading

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