Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Add one more "I'll make it myself, thankyouverymuch" with this easy barbecue sauce from my aunt, and feel free to adjust the sweetness and spice.  You're in control! [print_recipe] Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce 2 cups ketchup 1½ cups brown sugar 2 tablespoons liquid smoke 1-2 cloves garlic ¼ cup finely chopped onion (optional) 1-2 teaspoons chili powder if … [Read more...]

Ranch Dressing Mix

We're a ranch dressing family. It goes on salads (of course), steak and chicken wraps, baked potatoes, and sometimes even in cheesy potato casserole.  It's also a dunkin' must for the snack lunch tray. Ranch dressing mix is one of those DIY cooking projects that can be thrown together so quickly and tastes so good, you'll wonder why you ever bothered with the bottle! … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

Confession.  I buy cheap vanilla. You know, the 99¢ imitation bottle?  Yeah.  Not cool, or so I've heard.  I simply haven't been able to talk myself into shelling out the cash for the real stuff.  There can't be that much difference, right? Okay, so I know there's a big difference, and considering I likely pour in 3 times the amount of vanilla I should (who needs a measuring … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Croutons

I enjoy a good lettuce salad, especially if it boasts more than just lettuce and other veggies:  shredded cheese, hard-boiled eggs, perhaps some leftover meat from the grill, and some crunch.  Gotta have the crunch. In the "what can we sucker people into paying for" convenience category, croutons have to rank right up there with the top embarrassingly overpriced items.  I … [Read more...]

Blueberry Pomegranate Syrup

My pancakes and waffles will never be the same. Made with POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice and some frozen blueberries, this is a morning treat that you can feel good about serving your family! Blueberry Pomegranate Syrup 16 oz. POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice 1 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 c. sugar 2 T. corn starch 2 T. water In a sauce pan, bring … [Read more...]