• Easter Eggs

    Easter is almost here, and I bet you’re about to dye some eggs… When I was a child we had Paas and vinegar and little wire dippers. Sometimes we colored on them with crayons first, so the dye wouldn’t go where the wax was. Those were our masterpieces. These days there are so many gorgeous options, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to create them. You may even be able to do some of these with things you have around the house!

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  • Easy Tablecloth Projects

    Tablecloths have been in use since the first century, at that time just used as napkins and to protect the table from scratches and spills. In medieval times, the white tablecloth became popular, the whiter the better. A pristine tablecloth was evidence of wealth, because they couldn’t just pop it into the washing machine with some bleach… snowy white cloths on your table showed that you could afford to have people focus on this one aspect of running a household.

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  • Functional Food: Sauerkraut, a Cultured Vegetable

    The Oxford Dictionary states a superfood is “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.” Sauerkraut is made from cabbage, which starts out as a nutrient-rich vegetable; cabbage is extremely high in anti-oxidants, vitamins B1, B5, B6, C, and K. It also contains potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Sounds like your daily vitamins, doesn’t it? Once fermented (made into sauerkraut), the cell walls of the vegetable open up to allow you to access even more nutrients, and billions of probiotics.

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  • Kombucha Tea: A Functional Food

    Kombucha is a fermented, lightly effervescent, mildly alcoholic beverage made of sweetened green or black tea, cultured with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, or SCOBY. This is the same substance that is “The Mother” in apple cider vinegar. It makes this drink a source of probiotics, which is why it is a ‘functional food.’

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  • Kefir: A Functional Food

    The nutritional benefits of ingesting kefir are astounding. When you look at the list, it’s no surprise people have been drinking this for two millennia. Kefir is a rich source of the vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and healthy bacteria that our bodies require for optimal health and healing. It is packed with protein, calcium, and phosphorus. Kefir has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, contributes to bone health, inhibits allergic response and soothes digestive issues.

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  • Functional Food-Intro

    Food is supposed to nourish us, and by nourish, I mean more than merely keep us alive. Most people are familiar with the food groups, and while I like fruits and vegetables, I admit I don’t get enough of either. And even when I have had access to a lot of fresh, whole foods, they didn’t magically make me feel great, or healthier, sometimes they caused more issues. So how can we choose foods that actually nourish, and maybe even heal us?

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  • Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year, Kitchen Dwellers! For me, this has been a year both amazing and trying… I guess that’s probably true for many people. I completed some things, left others unfinished, but I left very little untried. A wonderful thing begun this year was my work on this blog. I …

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  • Two Christmases

    I hope you had a joyous, delicious holiday season. I was blessed to be able to attend two Christmas dinners this year, very different from each other, but each one filled with love, friendship and memories.

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  • Chanukah Classics

    Did you know part of the celebration of Hanukkah is the eating of fried food? This is to celebrate the miracle of the oil, when one day’s portion of oil burned for all eight nights. Check out these great recipes; I found, both traditionally prepared and healthier alternatives. You don’t have to be Jewish to want to eat these goodies!

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  • Decorating for Hanukkah

    Whether you spell it Hanukkah or Chanukah, if you call it the Feast of Dedication or the Festival of Lights, it’s that time of year again. Hanukkah 2014 began at sunset on December 16. However you’re celebrating this holiday season, whether your home is festive or Spartan, I hope it’s heart-felt, I hope you feel warm and wonderful. Happy Holidays!

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  • A Christmas Kitchen

    However you decorate, simple or spectacular, you don’t have to spend a lot of money, or even a lot of time. Whether you are hosting a party or just like to celebrate the seasons, I hope you enjoy these simple, yet beautiful ideas. Happy Holidays!

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  • Apple Cider Vinegar

    Many of us have been cooking with apple cider vinegar for years. Its bright, acidic taste complements so many things. We use it in salad dressings, marinades, to perk up beans, to give just the right zest to potato salad…I never realized, though, what a panacea apple cider vinegar really is. After researching this article, I think everyone should be drinking this, daily!

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  • Sweet Potatoes

    Please don’t think sweet potatoes are just for Thanksgiving… that’s all I ever knew, and didn’t like them that way at all. But now there are so many ways to cook them, so many reasons to love them… I gave them a second chance and I’m so glad I did. Maybe you should, too!

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  • Sandwich Heaven

    A grouping of foods meant to be quick, convenient and handheld, the sandwich has shown up in different forms in countries all over the world. Whether you’re using tortillas, bread or pitas, if you can stuff it with ingredients and eat it with your hands, it’s some form of a sandwich. Quesadillas, burgers, hoagies and grinders… grab yourself a sandwich and dive into this delicious article.

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  • Cutting Boards

    It’s something we all have in our kitchens… a very necessary implement if you’re a home cook. The only way to protect your counter-tops AND prep your food safely. What are we talking about? Cutting boards, of course! Everyone has their own favorite kind, and their own reasons for it. So let’s examine what types are out there, and see which one survives the cut.

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  • Vintage Victuals

    Pronounced “vittles” (yep, just like Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies,) the word victuals means “provisions of nourishment, food; sustenance.” I rather like the word, I’m sorry it’s gone out of style. That doesn’t mean I won’t use it, though! This article is about the foods our mothers, and their mothers, made. Comfort food hasn’t changed a lot in America in the last couple hundred years; though some of the ingredients and techniques are different, the foods that fill us up with warmth and nostalgia remain largely unchanged.

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  • Come Into the Kitchen With Me

    If your family is like mine, they live in the kitchen. They sit, stand, talk, laugh and cry in the kitchen. The kitchen has been our ‘real’ living-room for years. It’s where we gather for all the real things in our lives.