Tag Archives: Cooking

Easy Blueberry Muffin Recipe Using Fresh Blueberries

by Tammy Taylor~

I love blueberries! I’ve tried to grow blueberries several times here on the Homestead, but in the botanical hole of death that is our yard, it’s not been successful.  So instead I buy them. I can’t typically afford the fresh berries but I’m constantly using frozen blueberries by stirring them into my Homemade Yogurt or blending them with frozen bananas to make a healthy, cold summertime treat. Sometimes I thaw them & include them in my mixed-fruit bowl when I’m serving a cool yet healthy dessert.

But recently a friend invited me to go with her to a you-pick place to pick fresh blueberries. Oh how delicious, I came home with about a gallon of those big beautiful blueberries! I don’t typically buy fresh blueberries so this was a treat indeed. Sure I still stirred them into my yogurt and even ate some by themselves.  But I really wanted to do something special with them. Hummm… I know, I’ll make homemade blueberry muffins!

With a batch of fresh blueberries to enjoy, I decided to make Blueberry Muffins. So easy, so delicious. Come check out my recipe! #TxHomesteader

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Cooking Breakfast Should Include Hazardous Duty Pay!

by Tammy Taylor~

We typically don’t eat breakfast so enjoying it is a special occasion indeed.  Usually either when we’re on a vacation or every year for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day when our tradition dictates that the honoree get homemade breakfast in bed. I typically opt for fresh fruit, yogurt and homemade pancakes. RancherMan always (and I mean ALWAYS) requests bacon, fried eggs, jalapeno/cheese biscuits and gravy.

But as I crept around the house quietly to keep from waking him as I prepared his honoree breakfast, it almost seemed like a comedy.  How in the world did our grandmothers do it??!!

I treated RancherMan to a hearty breakfast of Homemade biscuits, eggs, bacon and gravy. Good grief - how did our grandmothers do it?? #TexasHomesteader

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Solar Cooking: Hard-Boiled Eggs In The Solar Oven

by Tammy Taylor~

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I love my solar oven.  I’ve said it time & time again, I hate to fire up my electric oven during the heat & humidity of our Texas summers.  Not only does it cost fuel for the stove to operate, but boiling eggs adds even more heat inside our home.  That requires our air conditioning to work overtime cooling it back down, therefore costing even more money.

Several years ago I bought a solar oven and I absolutely love it!  What a great item in your Emergency Preparedness toolbox! Then at a Mother Earth News Fair I attended a few years ago, a solar-cooking seminar presenter told us how easy it was to cook ‘hard-boiled’ whole eggs in the solar oven without even using water.  Color me intrigued!

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How To Make Homemade Tri-Colored Pasta Noodles

by Tammy Taylor~

I remember when I first found out how easy homemade pasta is to make.  Now pasta purists typically use a special pasta flour called semolina.  And of course when I first started making homemade pasta I did too.  But y’all know I’m far from a purist with anything, especially in the kitchen!  I want quick, easy & delicious without special ingredients.  So I now just typically use plain ole all-purpose flour for my homemade pasta noodles and they always turn out great!

Flour – salt – egg – water and BOOM! 

Now don’t tell anyone else how easy it really is – people always seem to be impressed to find out that someone makes their own pasta!  So don’t rat me out, m’kay??  Pinky swear??

Recently I decided I’d try to make colored/flavored pasta using powdered dehydrated vegetables from my garden last year.  I knew I had dehydrated Malabar Spinach in the pantry, and dehydrated carrots too!  Come see what I did.

I love homemade pasta, but I wanted tri-colored pasta. So to my usual pasta dough recipe I added dehydrated & powdered spinach or carrots, leaving 1/3 plain. Delicious! #TexasHomesteader

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Easy Slow-Cooker Italian Flavored Pot Roast Recipe

RancherMan’s quite the accomplished hunter.  As such, we always have a freezer stocked full of pork roasts and I enjoy finding different ways to cook them.  I often use my slow cooker to prepare those roasts. Most of the time I’ll flavor it very generically so I can remake the leftover cooked meat into whatever we’re in the mood for.  I’ve made Carnitas Tacos, or Pulled-Pork Enchiladas, or even BBQ Sandwiches & more.

But today I’m in the mood for an Italian-style roast with diced tomatoes, chunky onions,  crushed garlic & minced fresh herbs.

Italian Flavored Pot Roast Recipe. Chunk a few simple ingredients into a slow cooker and then sit back & wait for supper to be cooked for you! #TexasHomesteader

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Fast Food: Basic Mix-n-Pour BBQ Sauce Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

I like to cook a big, honkin’ pork roast & then plan other dinners for later from the leftovers.  This Planned Leftovers way of cooking is a budget saver for sure!  From that leftover pork roast I may shred and whip up Carnitas Tacos one night, being sure to use some of the cooked onions & peppers from that roast.  I’ve also been known to make Pulled Pork Enchiladas.  But an even faster remade dish is Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches.

Recently I decided BBQ sandwiches would be perfect for supper.  It had been such a busy day, I needed tonight’s supper to be easy! I often have a spare bottle of BBQ sauce in the pantry for such easy-supper plans. But alas, not this time!  I decided to try to whip up a basic BBQ sauce using just what I had in my fridge.

A simple no-cook BBQ sauce for pulled pork BBQ sandwiches that can be mixed in minutes. This recipe's easy with basic ingredients from the fridge. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Easy No-Knead Rosemary Skillet Bread Recipe

by Tammy Taylor~

It’s well known that RancherMan loves bread.  A LOT!  I strive to keep him supplied in the soft & fluffy Sandwich Bread he loves.  And of course I’ve got other bread recipes in my arsenal too.  We love quick Beer Bread or spicy Jalapeno Cornbread.

And I’d been making cast-iron baked Boule Bread too. But that recipe requires you to heat a flat pan at the same time as you preheat the oven, tossing in water at the last minute to create steam.  That steam got between two glasses of my oven door & it’s nigh impossible to clean without disassembling the whole oven door!  So I’m looking for an easy no-knead skillet bread recipe that doesn’t require that step.

Then I found an even easier recipe for rosemary-flavored skillet bread. And heck, I’m able to flavor it with minced fresh rosemary from my garden.  Y’all know an easy no-knead stir-rise-bake bread recipe will be a fave in the Taylor kitchen!

Easy Rosemary Skillet Bread Recipe. A delicious no-knead bread baked in a cast iron skillet and seasoned with fresh rosemary from the garden. #TxHomesteader

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How Would Grandma Have Done It?

by Tammy Taylor~

How would grandma have done it? I’ve been seeing this question a lot on social media lately.  But it’s great food for thought, especially for those striving to reduce waste and save a little money too.  You see, plastic and single-use items weren’t commonplace back in grandma’s day.  And yet, grandma got around the kitchen just fine without it.

Sometimes the old ways are really the best ways. Let’s see how grandma would have done it.

Did you ever stop and wonder "How would grandma do this?" Oh yeah, grandma was the queen of "Use Whatcha Got"! She got by fine without plastic & disposables. #TxHomesteader

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How To Dehydrate Fresh Pumpkin

by Tammy Taylor~

Last year’s garden included a very robust pumpkin harvest! When the season was over I harvested all those pumpkins and brought them inside before the first frost.  But there were just so many!  I gave several fresh pumpkins to family & friends and used the remaining pumpkins for fall decoration purposes.  One by one I cooked & pureed the pumpkins, using them in my Pumpkin Granola or other dishes.

But here we are months later and I’m staring at those two remaining pumpkins.  And RancherMan’s filled our freezer with so much wild pork there’s no room to spare there.  But when that pumpkin starts with planting the seed, you make sure none is wasted!  I decided to cook & dehydrate the two remaining pumpkins & store ’em in my pantry instead.

It’s so easy to do, y’all.  And unlike using the freezer, dehydrated pumpkin uses no additional energy to store.  Come see what I did!

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Reducing Plastic: It’s EASY!

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know I hate plastic.  A LOT.  Is our home plastic free?  Oh no, of course not.  Yeah I’ll push back against plastic waste wherever possible but there’s certainly no perfection here at the Taylor Household!  Is it the same for you?

Sometimes the very magnitude of the problem makes you wonder “why bother?”.  Whelp, there are as many reasons as there are points of view.  But here’s why I make the effort in our home.

Reducing Plastic is important in the Taylor household. But the plastic problem seems so big - why bother?? Don't worry, it's easy to be mindful of plastic waste! #TxHomesteader

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