How To Make Easy Cranberry Relish

About 15 minutes and a food processor is all you need to serve this bright, tangy, sweet but not too sweet easy cranberry relish this holiday season! This cranberry relish has been a staple at my family’s Thanksgiving table for as long as I can remember. It’s sweet, it’s tart, it doesn’t require the stove or the oven at all. … Read More

How To Make Pizza on the Grill

Finished pizza

Learn how to make pizza on the grill for a close replication of wood fired pizza right at home. Plus, you don’t have to turn on the oven! I love making pizza on the grill* in the summer. Homemade pizza is one of my favorite things, everyone can customize it how they want. Making it on the grill gives it … Read More

How To Make Walnut Basil Pesto

Walnut Basil Pesto

Learn how to make walnut basil pesto in mere minutes in your food processor. It’s perfect on pasta, pizza, and just on a slice of toast! Oh my good grief, this pesto is good.  I made it for the first time a few years ago and this year I planted three basil plants to ensure that I would have enough … Read More

Wicked Easy Garlic Toast

Wicked easy garlic toast

Ok, this is too too easy.  However, there is nothing like garlic bread to jazz up your weeknight dinner.  Simply take some bread, any bread will do (but I like a nice crusty bread), and toast it.  Then rub the warm toast with a peeled raw clove of garlic and then slather with salted butter.  Perfect weeknight garlic toast.  Basically … Read More

Guest Post: Grammee’s Sauerkraut

Editor’s note: Today’s post is from my sweet friend and former college roommate Marie who blogs about a little bit of everything at Life Beyond Silicon.  She’s a wicked smart engineer and lives in the Silicon Valley with her husband and Tillie, the cutest Australian Shepherd you will ever meet.  Thanks to Heather for graciously inviting me to write a … Read More

How to make Popcorn on the Stove top

Step-by-Step how to make popcorn on the stove

Step-by-step tutorial about how to make popcorn on the stove rather than in the microwave. Cheaper than buying microwave popcorn! When I was growing up, almost every time we came to visit, my grandpa would pop up a whole boatload of popcorn for a snack.  We loved it because it was microwave popcorn with a ton of butter and salt, … Read More

How to Can Tomatoes

how to can tomoatoes

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to can tomatoes from your garden to preserve them. This guide explains both the tools and technique for home canning. Once you have blanched your tomatoes, now is the time to can them. Canning doesn’t require a lot of equipment but it is somewhat specialized.  The good news is it is all fairly inexpensive … Read More

Trail Food Tip: Write Your Recipe On The Bag

A quick backpacking tip: write your recipe in Sharpie on the outside of the baggie that stores your ingredients.  That way you don’t have to rely on your memory in the woods and you don’t have to pack any paper.

How To Blanch Tomatoes

How to blanch tomatoes

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to blanch tomatoes. Blanching tomatoes loosens their skin for easy peeling so you can can or freeze them for the future! Is your garden bursting with tomatoes?  Mine seemed to get a slow start, but now every day I am bringing in 5-7 tomatoes from my 15 plants.  I like to can my tomatoes, … Read More

How to De-Pit an Avocado

How to De-pit and avocado

I learned this handy-dandy trick somewhere along the path and it has made getting the pit out of the avocado so much easier. Split avocado lengthwise and pull apart. With a sharp knife, confidently thwack the pit right in the middle. (I say confidently because if you half ass your thwack, it won’t work) Lift up on the knife and … Read More