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Spicy Sauteed Sweet Potato Greens With Thyme and Fresh Garlic

by Daisy Garden

I only recently learned you can eat sweet potato greens. Apparently entire continents already knew this, which leaves me feeling a bit left out, like I did when I learned you can eat squash greens, too. For my maiden voyage with this new-to-me green, I went the safe route and sauteed and seasoned it up […]

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How to Make the Best Cup of Tea You’ve Ever Had

by Ivory Soap Beverages

America may have its legendary tale of the Boston Tea Party of 1773 (when Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty threw more than 340 chests of tea off three ships moored in Boston harbor), but when it comes to making the perfect cup of tea, it pays to look to the British. Long known […]

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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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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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Guest Series: Mr. Ivory Loves His Smoker

by Ivory Soap Tutorials

This is Mr. Ivory. This is Mr. Ivory’s fancy smoker next to his mutt of a goat.  MEH! This is Mr. Ivory’s BETTER cheapo smoker with one of SEVERAL digital thermometers (yes, it’s hanging on an on-the-tank toilet paper holder.  GENIUS!). This is what Ivory (Deanna) has been cooking for the last 4 months, since […]

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Freezer Cooking Winner: Ground Beef and Sausage

by Ivory Soap Tutorials

Of all the things I’ve frozen, this has been the most useful.  Whenever I go to the store for the “big trip” of the month, I buy LOTS of ground beef, a bag of onions, and a pile of sausage.  The first night that I cook anything, I cook all of my ground beef and […]

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DIY Custom Freezer Cooking Plan

by Ivory Soap DIY

  My friend Missy and I were pouring over freezer cooking plans in an effort to give us some short cuts in feeding our nine picky kids and hubbies.  We found that NOTHING fit our families.  Between the two of us, we have so many dietary restrictions and husband diets and *sensory* kids…well it was […]

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Making Turmeric Tincture

by Daisy DIY

I’ve been on a tincture rampage lately. I suppose it’s fear-based. Fear of wintertime illnesses, nemeses that steal weeks of otherwise productive, if chilly, pursuits, replacing them with hacking cough/mouth-breathing misery. Also, I ain’t getting any younger (funny how that happens), and when you find yourself misplacing things the size of large Rubbermaid tubs (where […]

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How to: French Press Method Coffee, and Giveaway

by Daisy Beverages

Today, in addition to showing us how to make coffee French Press Style, the artisanal roasting company, JBrooks Coffee Roasters, is giving away three of their 3-bag Combo Packs.  The combo has 3 different coffees – one light, one medium, & one dark roast, in either ground or whole bean form, winner’s choice. To enter […]

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Brew Coffee Like a Pro

by Daisy Beverages

Guest posting today is our friend John Pitman of J.Brooks Coffee Roasters.  Earlier in the week he soundly educated our readers on multiple coffee fronts.  Today he shows us how to make the perfect home brew. After this I have no excuse for pretending to my husband I don’t know how to make coffee so […]

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Sentimental Pencil Holder

by Daisy DIY

Damaged in a storm many years ago, this oak caught just the right wind one dark night recently and now is no more.  We kept the lumber and are trying to make the most of it. This tree stood here for a hundred years and has meant a lot to our family for the last […]

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10 Ways to Use a Food Dehydrator

by Ivory Soap Recipes

This guest post is courtesy of our giveaway vendor Cultures for Health, who is giving away an EXCALIBUR FOOD DEHYDRATOR on Thursday!!!  Stay tuned for a chance to win beginning with our Thursday Giveaway Post. Food Dehydrators can be the ultimate multi-tasking tool in your kitchen.  Go beyond drying fruits and vegetables with these ten […]

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Lacto-Fermented Dill Baby Carrots

by Ivory Soap Home Preserving

  Timeframe: 1 week Special Equipment: One-quart jar, preferably a fermenter Cut up flexible coffee lid that can be folded through the mouth and expands approximately to width of jar Optional weight.  I used an Eggsact Egg timer. Ingredients (for 1 gallon): 1-2 bags of baby carrots 1 tablespoon salt 1 tsp dried dill Boiled and […]

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Homemade Sauerkraut

by Ivory Soap Home Preserving

Timeframe: 1 week Special Equipment: One-gallon jar, preferably a fermenter Plasticware lid that can be folded through the mouth and expands approximately to width of jar Ingredients (for 1 gallon): 5 pounds cabbage 3 tablespoons sea salt Boiled and cooled tap water Optional splash of Bubbies juice or other lactofermeted liquid Process: Chop or grate […]

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How to Make Water Kefir

by Ivory Soap Beverages

photo by Floridecires We all know that yogurt is good for you because of the beneficial bacteria.  Well, kefir has even more!  It has all different kinds of beneficial bacteria and good-guy yeasts.  You can buy it in milk, but for those of us that can’t do dairy, there’s water kefir.  It’s an acquired taste.  […]

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Grain-free Zucchini Noodles

by Ivory Soap Recipes

Zucchini makes a good twirl-able noodle.  However, it’s all about the gadget you use, not the process or recipe.  I’ve used a vegetable peeler in the past, but the product wasn’t a convincing noodle. Now I use the above Titan Julienne peeler that I got at BBY the other day.  LOVE IT!!!  I have owned […]

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Pure Honey Cough Drops

by Daisy Recipes

I’m  a lightweight when it comes to cough drops.  The industrial strength menthol ones are intolerable to me.  I’ve always felt like such a weinie about it, but I can’t understand how so many people willingly put those things in their mouths.  For a dare, maybe.  For money, certainly, if the price were right.  Voluntarily?  […]

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Soft-Boiled Eggs 101

by Daisy Breakfast

I know,  know. You’re thinking next I’ll be posting a tutorial on how to blow your nose. But, talking to Ivory the other day about how hard it is to shell fresh, hardboiled eggs, (yes, we are exciting people, I believe it is our fourth conversation on the subject) I mentioned how I just crack […]

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