Recipes

Taco Pockets Reboot: Cheap and Healthy Version

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

Back in the day, I was drowning in little kids and the only structure I could create was around meals.  I made this hilarious, totally bad for you, not frugal summer menu.  It was just EASY.  A couple of folks complained that it wasn’t healthy or it wasn’t frugal.  Another commenter came to my defense, […]

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Making Crackers From Discarded Sourdough Starter

by Daisy Breads

I’m finally getting back into sourdough after a long hiatus. Not only is it delicious, of course, but the sourdough process does this fermenting goodness to the grain that is so healthful. If you’ve developed a sourdough starter yourself, you know that while building it up, you have to discard part (usually half) of the […]

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Persimmon-Pecan-Cranberry Muffins

by Daisy Breads

‘Tis the season to pick delicious things up off the ground. So far this fall I’ve picked up about 35 pounds of pecans (pre-shelled weight unfortunately), and enough persimmons to make 10 cups of persimmon puree. Today I looked at them and decided they looked like muffins. I adapted a few of the persimmon recipes […]

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Amazing Kamut Blueberry Muffins

by Daisy Breads

Any muffin with this amount of blueberries in it is bound to be at least good. Add tender, sweet, freshly milled kamut flour, vanilla and almond extract, freshly laid eggs, coconut oil, and a sprinkle of organic cane sugar, and well, you’ve got the picture. Here’s the lineup: Combine the lovely, fluffy, kamut flour with […]

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Clean Cornbread

by Daisy Breads

I grew up eating cornbread at least once a week. That would be six times a week fewer than my grandmother made cornbread for my father’s family. The drill back then was biscuits for breakfast and cornbread for lunch, every day. With plenty of pinto beans, turnip greens, and cold buttermilk to go along with […]

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Purslane and Cucumber Salad

by Daisy Recipes

Deanna’s been talking weeds lately, so I thought I’d continue the theme with one of my favorite weeds, purslane. Purslane is unique among weeds in that it lacks the bitterness typically associated with many of the common weeds we eat, like dandelion and dock or plantain. Especially so at this time of year; by summer, […]

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Feel Good Biscuits

by Daisy Breads

In an effort to feed my family a better “everyday” biscuit, I adapted a traditional drop biscuit recipe. With oat flour, whole wheat, flaxseed and coconut oil, I think I have a winner. They’re a little bit crumblier than your usual biscuit, but they still hold together quite well considering all the fiber in there. […]

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Columba di Pasqua–Re-post

by Daisy Breads

Note:  This is a repeat of a recipe I try to re-post each year.  I want to make another one this year.  (And guard it better from certain people this time). This is a fun Easter bread, Italian style. It’s basically just a rich egg bread decorated with almond paste and almonds but it’s the […]

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How to Make the Best Snow Ice Cream

by Daisy Dairy Foods

I suppose I should have known I was tempting fate when I declared our last snow/sleet as the Last Hurrah of winter. We got about 4 inches of perfect, fluffy snow last night, and today had snow ice cream written all over it. Encouraged by one of my brothers (who got about an 8″ snowfall […]

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Easy Homemade Vegetarian Vegetable Soup

by Daisy Main Dishes

If you’re like me, you salivate over gourmet soup recipes with exotic, esoteric, and expensive ingredients, elaborate preparation techniques, and great gobs of cream and butter. Then you go to the pantry and ask yourself what’s for dinner that won’t clog your arteries, require you to take out a loan, and will be ready before […]

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New Year’s Eve Recipes for the Figgy Pudding-Weary

by Daisy Breads

Here’s a re-post from 2008. I still feel the same way! If you are like me at this time of year, you are one table full of sweet, highly-refined and fatty treats from running for the hills to subsist off roots and berries. But there is one more culinary hurdle to leap before the party […]

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Pumpkin Seed Taste Test

by Ivory Soap Recipes

My husband LOVES Halloween and we have FIVE kids, so that means LOTS of jack-o-lanterns.  And LOTS of seeds. I checked out THIS POST to remind myself how to cook them.  I was really dreading unloading the oven of all my cast iron.  Two dutch ovens plus skillets and lids?  Ugh. Luckily for me, Step 9 of that […]

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REAL Smoked Almonds

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

Mmmmm, smoked almonds.  And not the kind with “smoke flavoring added.”  The real thing. You will need: 2 lbs raw almonds 6 Tbs Worcestershire sauce 3 tsp Onion Powder 3 tsp Garlic Powder 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper 1 tsp Sonny Salt 1 tsp ground mustard 4+ dashes of Louisiana Hot Sauce Mix wet and dry […]

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Lemon Poppyseed Buttermilk Pancakes

by Daisy Breakfast

I could eat the same thing for breakfast day in and day out, but my kids like for me to mix things up. Sometimes I grumble a bit about this, but I hunt around and find a new recipe or make something up and then, I confess, I enjoy it, too. A lot. This is […]

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AMAZING Herbal Smoothie

by Daisy Beverages

I was feeling sort of yuck one afternoon; I think it was the weather, raining one minute and sunny, hot, and desperately humid the next.  Then more rain. Stuck inside the house under those meteorological circumstances wasn’t doing me any good. I decided what I needed was a jolt of nutrition so I went out […]

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Easy Awesome Smoked Ribs/Chicken

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

Mr. Caswell loves his smoker. He is a smoked meat fanatic.  He has tried every recipe under the sun, taken classes, and even become a barbecue judge for the Memphis Barbecue Network.  Everywhere he travels, he finds the local BBQ masters and picks their brains.  Well, this last trip to Athens, AL paid off big time. […]

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Recipes From Elk River Guest Ranch: Cowboy Beans

by Daisy Recipes

Another recipe from my buddy Bex at Elk River Guest Ranch in beautiful CO, this time a standard of ranch cooking: Cowboy Beans At the ranch after a day of riding, hiking, and biking,  whitewater rafting or fly fishing, this is a SIDE DISH. At home, though, after a day of puttering in the garden […]

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Food From Elk River Guest Ranch: Peppery Pork and Vegetable Roast

by Daisy Main Dishes

Not to complain, but recipe posts are some of the hardest. If you blog, you may understand. Having to stop multiple times in the middle of cooking to arrange and photograph, wiping messy hands for the camera, trying to stir or pour or slice and shoot at the same time while keeping the camera from […]

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How to Use a Smoker

by Ivory Soap Recipes

The easiest way to get a smoker started, that I’ve found, is the following method. 1.  Gather supplies.  You will need:  scrap paper, a digital thermometer that YOU have tested in boiling water, lighter fluid, a charcoal chimney, a long lighter, a cheapo stepping stone (otherwise your porch will scorch), and charcoal.  I generally have […]

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Smoked Pork Loin (and sandwiches)

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

Ooohhhh, the sandwiches.  Below is the whole routine for making smoked pork loin and not cooking for a week. 1.  THE NIGHT BEFORE, make a brine.  Smoked meat gets too dry without it.  Follow the below recipe for a 4 to 5 lbs loin. 8 cups of water 8 tablespoons kosher salt 8 tablespoons sugar […]

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