Quick Black Bean Soup Recipe

A bowl of quick and easy to make black bean soup

If you need to throw together a quick lunch or fix an easy weeknight supper there’s nothing better than this quick black bean soup recipe. By using canned black beans, the cooking time is greatly reduced. Compare this to fixing a black bean soup from dried beans like this recipe here. This is a hardy […]

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French Onion Soup Recipe

A bowl of homemade french onion soup with cheese crouton

There’s just something special about a good pot of homemade french onion soup with it’s complex mixture of deep flavors. I usually make a big pot of this delicious soup on New Year’s eve and we all enjoy it with a hunk of homemade bread after coming inside from watching the fireworks at midnight. There’s […]

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Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Bowl of pumpkin soup with tomato

To me, fall doesn’t start until I’ve made my first batch of this pumpkin soup recipe. Keep your PSL and give me a bowl of this soup any day of the week. You can use canned pumpkin for this or make your own pumpkin puree. Either way you end up with a delicious pot of […]

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Simple Split Pea Soup

A simple bowl of delicious split pea soup

When it comes to making homemade soup, it doesn’t get much easier than this simple split pea soup recipe, or more frugal. The soup is made from dried peas with just a handful of ingredients. It comes together quickly and always tastes great. The end result is a filling soup that’s great for lunch or […]

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Homemade Buttermilk Pound Cake Recipe

A tasty homemade buttermilk pound cake topped with powdered sugar..

It all started around Thanksgiving. Each year I buy a half-gallon of buttermilk to make the biscuits and cornbread that go into my homemade cornbread dressing. The rest of the year I use regular milk in those recipes, but for Thanksgiving and Christmas I “splurge” on some buttermilk. It tastes richer I think and it’s […]

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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

A bowl of perfectly cooked steel cut oats prepared in the instant pot

If I had to limit myself to only one electric pressure cooker dish, this instant pot steel cut oats recipe would be it. It’s by far my most prepared dish and a breakfast favorite around here throughout the week. It’s simple, inexpensive, and filling. Don’t let the length of directions intimidate you. Since this is […]

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BBQ Ribs

These old-fashioned barbecue ribs made with homemade sauce are hard to beat.

My daughter’s birthday is coming up and one of her favorite meals is bbq ribs with fries and coleslaw. With that in mind, I thought it was high time to rework and revisit this old recipe from way back when. Old-Fashioned BBQ Ribs From Scratch  1 cup ketchup 1 cup apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup […]

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Pickled Leeks

A reader question about canning and pickling leeks. Lots of suggestions and advice from fellow readers in the comments.

Reader Question About Pickling Leeks A friend of mine recently asked me if I had a recipe for Pickled Leeks. He says his aunt used to make them using the wild leeks from her yard and they were very good. She told him they were easy to make “just pour brine on the clean leeks […]

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Why I’m Growing Tomato Plants In My Yard

Why we grow our own tomatoes each year and how we do it.

I just came in from planting 35 little tomato plants in the garden. I love being able to grow my own tomatoes each year. We started growing tomato plants a few weeks ago from seed and they finally grew big enough to be planted outside. And now the hard part starts… waiting for them to keep […]

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