Forget baking. Try pies in the freezer.

July 29, 2017

Pies are a delicious blend of crust and filling, and there are so many variations, you can find a pie for any taste. But when the sun is out and the humidity is rising, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven and bake a pie. So what to do? You make a frozen pie, and eat it happily. Or take it to a friend's house and share.

Here are two recipes for frozen pies I love. The first is a recipe handed down from my grandmother. The second was..

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Make your own popsicles

July 16, 2017

We're almost halfway through summer, so the department stores are starting to roll out their Back-to-School sale signs. But before we run headlong into autumn, let's take a moment to enjoy all the things summer has to offer: warm temps, freshly picked berries, beach visits, and... popsicles. While I never say no to ice cream, occasionally I'm in the mood for something just a little bit lighter. Some people might say that popsicles are for kids,..

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Mushy banana? No problem. It's ice cream time!

June 25, 2017

Now that it's summer, I find my bananas are ripening quicker than I can eat through them. Which means I'm left with a choice — eat the bananas faster, buy fewer, or figure out something delicious to do with them once they hit that mushy stage of over-ripeness.

Generally when people think of overripe bananas, they immediately think of banana bread. In the summer, though, I only want to turn on my oven when I absolutely have to. These days, my..

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How to make your own granola

May 27, 2017

When it comes to breakfast, it’s hard to go wrong with a good bowl of granola. Sweet, crunchy, and fulling, a good bowl of granola can keep you going until lunch time on even the busiest of days. In case it wasn’t already obvious, I’m a big fan of granola!

However, my love for granola does not extend to the overly sweet, overpriced offerings found on grocery store shelves. The simple fact of the matter is that homemade granola is always more..

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Start an indoor herb garden using kitchen scraps

May 27, 2017

There is a huge list of food that can be regrown from kitchen scraps. Potatoes are the first that spring to mind — plant an eye from a store-bought potato in your garden just like you would any other seed, and you'll have a new crop of potatoes in a few months. Sprout avocado trees from their pits, grow new onions and celery from their root ends, and get more carrot greens from old carrot tops. You can even grow yourself a pineapple plant from..

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How to make your own muesli

April 21, 2017

One of the hands-down best breakfast foods is a simple bowl of muesli. This munchable morning food has got everything: oats for carbohydrates, nuts for protein, milk or yogurt for dairy, and fruit for… well fruit. Unfortunately, pre-packaged muesli can also contain a bunch of preservatives and a frightening amount of sugar or non-nutritive sweeteners. If you want to enjoy all the benefits of this breakfast of champions the best—and cheapest—way..

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Make Your Own Cold Brew Coffee

April 16, 2017

Some people drink hot coffee year-round, but if you’re like me, you switch to iced coffee in the summer and keep the hot stuff for when it's cold outside. Cold brew has been the rage for a while now - it is known for having a lighter, smoother finish and cleaner taste compared to chilled traditionally brewed coffee. Cold brew is easy to make at home - simply steep your coffee grounds in water on your counter overnight, then filter out the..

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Descaling Coffee Machines - What is it and Why it Will Save You Money

April 7, 2017

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a little coffee obsessed. Nothing gets me going in the morning like a freshly brewed cup of coffee, conversely, nothing grosses me out more than peering into my coffee machine and seeing limescale build-up. When I lived in Boston I never have had to contend with this icky issue, however since moving to the UK, where the water is harder than a Swedish death metal band, it’s become a distressingly regular..

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