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APPETIZERS, SOUPS AND SALADS

AWESOME PUMPKIN SOUP THAT MAKES YOU WANT MORE

Posted by Dina-Marie Oswald on

Pumpkin Soup with Dumplings is a recipe that is a great way to use excess pumpkins during pumpkin season. From the beginning of October until Halloween, pumpkins are relatively easy to find in the grocery store and farmer’s markets. But, on November first, well, pumpkins are hard to find – at least here in west Texas. Pumpkins normally grow very well in our garden. In fact, all winter squash do well! They are so prolific, that I would be unable to use them all! So, I freeze our pumpkins by slicing, baking and peeling the shell (see how-to details in How to Cook...

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TURKEY SOUP

Posted by Dina-Marie Oswald on

Soup – have you tried it? This turkey soup recipe helps you use up leftovers and save money! What do you do with your Thanksgiving turkey after you have carved as much meat off  as possible? You know there is still some on it. Do you give it to the dogs? Do you toss it? Before you do either – try this turkey soup recipe. Served with bread, rolls, or muffins, it is an after Thanksgiving tradition for our family. For my turkey soup recipe, I normally put the turkey carcass in the stockpot and cover it with water. Turkey...

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PEANUT BUTTER

Posted by Dina-Marie Oswald on

Have you ever tasted homemade peanut butter? Ooooh, it is so good! For homemade peanut butter you, of course, need peanuts (or any other nut you want to use). Sometimes you can get them farm fresh, at farmer’s markets or at your local health food store. When bought in bulk, the peanuts can be stored directly in a clean, re-sealable bucket or bagged and in your freezer. We usually start with full 5 gal. buckets and break down one bucket at a time into freezer bags to save space in our freezer. When we need peanut butter, I thaw and grind a bag. The...

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SALSA

Posted by Dina-Marie Oswald on

Our family loves chips and salsa. In fact, during the summer when it is hot and our appetites are not very big, we sometimes have salsa and chips as a light supper! Otherwise, it is a welcome snack anytime! When our garden produces tomatoes, homemade salsa is a great way to use them. If we have excess, I chop the tomatoes and freeze them. The following recipe works well with fresh, fresh frozen and even canned tomatoes. Don’t have fresh cilantro? Don’t worry, you can use dried cilantro to make some great homemade salsa! What about tomato paste? I rarely...

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HOMEMADE MOZZARELLA CHEESE

Posted by Dina-Marie Oswald on

This is just one of the recipes included in my Simple Cheesemaking ebook. Follow the link to find more wonderful cheese recipes with easy to follow instructions and much more! Having our own family milk cow means we normally have a lot of wonderful raw milk on hand. Besides drinking it and making kefir or yogurt an easy way to use the milk is the following mozzarella cheese recipe. Mozzarella is an Italian cheese which is quick, easy and fun to make. We enjoy eating it fresh, as well as on pizza and in lasagna. Be sure to try it on Homemade Wheat Thins! Made fresh,...

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