Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I recently ran across a new (well, new to me) website of recipes.  Tasty Kitchen is full of yummy recipes.  One of the recipe categories is Homeade Ingredients.  I have really been trying to make as many things from "scratch" as I can.  Not only is it healthier, but often times, cheaper.  Now, I do only try to only make those things that won't take me hours to do. Saving time is important too!  One of the main reasons that I like things homeade, is that I know exactly what goes into it.  No funny stuff, nothing I can't pronounce.  I want to keep my family as healthy as possible.  Now, that's not to say that we don't ever eat processed/convienence foods.  I just try to cut out that stuff where I can. 

A few things that I already make homeade:  taco seasoning, cream of "whatever" soup mix, enchilada sauce, chicken broth and applesauce.  I also cook my own dried beans rather than buying the canned stuff.  I am excited to try my own breakfast syrup soon, too!  I love knowing what is going into my children's bellies!  A few things that caught my eye that I am planning to try:  Homeade Ricotta Cheese (who knew it was so easy!), Edible playdough and Ranch dressing just to get me started!

This site has everything from dog biscuits to air freshener.  If you are at all interested in making things homeade, go take a peek at this site!  You can get to it here!  Another thing I like about this site is that the recipes come from real kitchens and real people (and it's part of The Pioneer Woman!).  It's not full of recipes from a labratory kitchen that no one "real" has ever even tasted.   Don't worry, this is not a paid endorsement, just my honest opinion.  Go check it out!

Anyone have any homeade recipes you'd like to share? 


  1. Send me your recipes for cream of....soup and taco seasoning mix! Please!

  2. Sure! Here you go!

    Taco seasoning:
    Equal parts of the following: I usually mix up 1 T. each at a time.

    chili powder
    garlic powder
    onion powder

    Add salt when you cook.

    Cream of soup: (I use this in place of cream of chicken. You can add mushrooms to use it as mushroom soup. I haven't done that yet. I don't use mushroom soup very often.)
    2 c. dry milk
    3/4 c. cornstarch
    1/4 c. chicken boullion granules
    1/2 t. thyme
    1/2 t. basil
    1/4 t. pepper
    1 t. onion powder
    garlic powder (your call)

    Mix all together.

    To make one "can": Mix 1/3 c. with 1 1/4 c. water in small saucepan. Heat until thickened, stirring often. Makes 9-10 cans worth.

    The ingredients for this are a little pricey when you first start. They last a long time, so it's still cheaper in the long run. I think I paid about $6.50 for the milk at walmart but I can make this recipe 10 times from that box. The rest of the ingredients, you probably already have on had.

    Store both in airtight containers.