Saturday, March 28, 2009


Sorry no new posts lately. I am healing from Pneumonia and am taking it easy for a while. I will try to post some new recipes and info soon. Hope you all have had a wonderful Spring Break!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Back to Basics

Back to the Basics is all I've seen this week in grocery ads, commercials, online... Whether it is my local grocery store's new sales gimmick to get you in their store for their sale items or the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten's cookbook "Back to Basics" using simple ingredients with fabulous flavor, quick and easy recipes and cooking techniques or on Headline News or CNN only buying the necessities to live on and quit spending our money frivolously.

We need to get back to the basics with our ingredients that we use or shall I say should use. Back in the day Pioneer women didn't run to their mercantile or Trading Post to purchase prepared packages of cake mixes, pancake mix, corn bread mix, biscuit mix and boxed things like Hamburger Helper or Kraft Macaroni and Cheese or canned things like Condensed Soups or bottled Salad Dressings. They used simple ingredients they had on hand and made them themselves also known as "From Scratch."

I have been trying to save money by making my own homemade prepared items and either canning them, freezing them or storing dry goods in airtight containers. This is economical for my family and I enjoy doing it. Being in the kitchen and knowing that I am nourishing my family with good food is so rewarding as a wife and mother.

Here are a few of the "From Scratch" foods that I have made from Back to Basic, Simple Ingredients. I'll post a few recipes soon.

Pancake Mix
Pizza Crust
Yeast Rolls
Pie Crust
Cheese Biscuits
Spaghetti Sauce
Pizza Sauce
Corn Bread Mix
Graham Cracker Crust
Seasoned Bread Crumbs
Garlic and Herb Croutons
Loaded Vegetable Beef Soup
Scallop Potatoes
Homemade Noodles
Caesar Salad Dressing
Asian Salad Dressing
Thousand Island Salad Dressing
Tartar Sauce
Barbecue Sauce
Hoisin Sauce
Hot Chocolate
Beef and Chicken Broth/Stock
Homemade Hamburger Buns

Be Inspired to get Back to Basics and live the simple life.