Balsamic Salad Dressing

I love homemade salad dressings and Balsamic is my favorite.   Even though I’m pretty frugal by nature, I tend to splurge on balsamic vinegar. For years now I’ve gotten the “Antica Italia Balsamic Vinegar” from Modena, Italy at an Italian Market called Tony Caputo’s Market and Deli in Salt Lake City.  It’s slightly thicker and sweeter … More Balsamic Salad Dressing

Tomato Canning Party

Today was such an amazing experience.  My back-door neighbor and friend, Crystal, is super good at all kinds of canning.  She was raised on a farm in Idaho and learned from a young age how to can just about anything.  She’s such a country girl that she even makes her own laundry soap…but that’s a post … More Tomato Canning Party

Butter vs. Margarine

Which is the better choice, butter or margarine?  To clarify, I’m talking about everyday use, not baking.   I’ll do a separate post on butter vs. shortening in baking so stay tuned!  For years, we used trans-fat free margarine (although not for cooking).  But then, recently I decided that butter really is better… at least from the standpoint of pure ingredients … More Butter vs. Margarine

Homemade Croutons

Have you ever made your own croutons?  It’s really not that hard…in fact it’s rather easy.  I’ve been doing this for years and my family loves them.  They’re cheaper than store-bought and they don’t have a bunch of additives in them…well that’s if your bread is good.  I just use anything I happen to have … More Homemade Croutons