Five Tips for Choosing High Quality Olive Oil

For the past several years, extra virgin olive oil has been revered as a healthy fat and a superfood that can reduce the risk for heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and a plethora of other ailments. The market for olive oil has taken off and, unfortunately, opened the doors for misleading (and sometimes dishonest) branding and…

How to Make a Well-Balanced Smoothie

Let me go ahead and preface this post by saying that I am not a licensed dietitian or nutritionist. I am a mere mortal, who has learned a lot about making well-balanced smoothies through the wisdom of dietitians, reputable podcasts, and reading over the past few months.  As a result, I’ve been able to experiment with a lot of different ingredients and discover the…

DIY Crème Fraiche

Aw, yes, crème fraiche (pronounced KKKREM FRESH in the most obnoxious French accent possible.) It’s the snooty, more sophisticated cousin to sour cream. Crème fraiche is thicker, less tangy, slightly nuttier in flavor, and it is delightful in both savory or sweet dishes. It also has a higher butterfat content compared to sour cream, which makes it…

How to Make Delightful Hard-Boiled Eggs

With Easter right around the corner, it seemed like the perfect time to talk about hard-boiled eggs. They are fun to decorate and they are even more delightful to eat. Since we’ve moved from Columbus to the country, I’ve gotten into the habit of purchasing fresh. local eggs because they are readily available and scrumptious….

Homestead Living: How to Make Homemade Pizza

  If there’s a food I can eat every week (maybe even everyday), it’s pizza. There are so many variations that it’s hard to tire of it. Plus, who doesn’t love melty, bubbly cheese and chewy bread? A few years ago, Robert bought me a pizza stone and a pizza peel after we discovered the…

Homemade Pie Dough

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is just over a month away. We’re having a meal at our house again this year and I’ve been thinking of scaling things back a bit because I always feel like I consumed a block of lead after the marathon day of eating; and it would be nice to not…

How to Beat Perfect Egg Whites

Oh egg whites. I never realized there was such an art to beating these protein-packed puppies until I started baking a lot of things from scratch. Cream of tartar, soft peaks, stiff peaks… what did it all mean!?! My lack of knowledge for beating egg whites has caused me to ruin a number of cookies,…

Thanksgiving Week!

(I apologize for the glare- couldn’t get a good picture) Thanksgiving is somehow only 3 days away! I am hosting the feast this year for a total of 12 people. I finally nailed down the menu and preparation is well under way. Three years ago I held my first Thanksgiving at our townhouse apartment and…

How to Peel Tomatoes in a Snap!

1) Start with a massive pile of tomatoes. 2.) With a paring knife, slit a superficial cross into the vine end of the tomato. (You can also cut off the top of the tomato if you prefer that method instead). 3.) With a slotted spoon or ladle, carefully place 5-6 tomatoes in a boiling water…