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Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Homemade barbecue sauce is really easy to make. And you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry to make your own jar right now. We like our barbecue sauce a little on the spicy side. A heaping dose of minced chipotles in adobo adds just the right amount of heat and smokiness to the [...]

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DIY: How to Make Homemade Dulce de Leche

Homemade Dulce de Leche

Making homemade dulce de leche (which I never seem to pronounce correctly) is super easy and so much more economical than buying it at the store. And you have a number of options when it comes to method. A quick Google search will yield recipes that can be baked, cooked over double-boiler, microwaved, and even [...]

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Vanilla Wafers

Homemade Vanilla Wafers

Growing up, Nilla Wafers were a big hit snack in our house. They went into mom’s banana pudding and dad’s chocolate pudding. They were smeared with peanut butter and made into sandwich cookies. They were eaten plain, straight from the box, and enjoyed just as much! I make Homemade Vanilla Wafers and graham crackers (recipe [...]

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DIY: Homemade Hot Dog Buns

Homemade Hot Dog Buns

I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a couple of months. It seemed a little silly to post about homemade hot dog buns around Thanksgiving… even though I made them around Thanksgiving. We swam, grilled hot dogs, and had frosty mug beer for dinner. Gotta love “fall” in Texas. March seems like fair game, though. [...]

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Homemade Mango Chutney

Homemade Spicy Mango Chutney

When I was putting our weekly menu and shopping list together, I wrote “mango chutney” on the list… and then I crossed it off. Fruit chutneys (chutnies?) are super easy to make – you need fruit, some vinegar, sweetener to offset some of the vinegar, and seasonings of your choice to compliment the flavors. I [...]

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Homemade Granola

A few weeks ago, Project Pastry Queen made homemade granola. And the first thing I thought was, “I might never have to buy granola from the store again!” And the second thought was, “This would be great in our Christmas baskets.” Homemade granola takes only minutes to stir together before tossing in the oven, it [...]

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12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Homemade Vanilla Extract

Tahitian Vanilla Beans

Another staple in our holiday goodie baskets are bottles of Homemade Vanilla Extract. Each bottle contains homemade vanilla extract and a fresh, split vanilla bean pod. Good vanilla is expensive and for good reason – vanilla beans are the second most expensive spice in the world. And vanilla extract is ridiculously easy to make. I [...]

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DIY: Homemade Chicken/Turkey Stock

The worst thing about making chicken pot pie is de-meating the rotisserie chicken. It just might be the worst cooking-related task ever. I hate it more than I hate unloading the dishwasher. And that’s really saying something. The best thing about making chicken pot pie is the chicken pot pie. (Duh.) The second best thing? [...]

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