Category:  Kitchen Basics

Speedy Cherry Tomato Sauce

In Dips, Dressings, Sauces & Salsas, Gluten-Free Options, Healthy Options, Kitchen Basics, Pasta, Vegetarian
by Ann on 30/08
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This is the sort of easy summer cooking I love:  basic, fresh ingredients coming together as something altogether pleasing in a few short minutes.  Although perfect over pasta–and… Read More »

Small Batch Canned Peaches

In Fruits & Veggies, Kitchen Basics, Mason Jar Ideas
by Ann on 23/08
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“Putting up” food for the winter can seem like a daunting task.  I had the benefit of watching my grandmother preserve jams, pickles, applesauce and more, and I… Read More »

Old-Fashioned Horseradish Pickles

In Dips, Dressings, Sauces & Salsas, Kitchen Basics, Mason Jar Ideas, Snacks, The Gift of Food
by Ann on 05/08
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When I saw it in the pages of a feed store magazine, this recipe brought back an instant memory of a gallon jar of pickles on my grandmother’s… Read More »

Classic Peach Jam

In Dips, Dressings, Sauces & Salsas, Fruits & Veggies, Kitchen Basics, Mason Jar Ideas
by Ann on 15/07
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There is something special about homemade jam.  The smell of fruit cooking is sweet and delicious and the aroma truly takes me back to my grandmother’s kitchen. As… Read More »

Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels

In Holidays, Kitchen Basics, Snacks, The Gift of Food
by Ann on 14/06
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My kids and I are wishing my husband an early Happy Father’s Day so we can share this fun recipe in time for others to whip up a… Read More »

What the heck is SORGHUM? (and can you really pop it?)

In Gluten-Free Options, Grains & Legumes, Kitchen Basics
by Ann on 05/06
For a brief "Sorghum 101" and a fun way to enjoy this wholesome grain as a snack, click on the photo.

If you ask every person you see today–maybe even this week–if they’ve ever eaten sorghum, chances are good they’ll have no idea what you’re talking about. However, this… Read More »

Homemade Almond Milk

In Drinks & Smoothies, Healthy Options, Kitchen Basics, Nuts & Nut Butters, Vegetarian
by Ann on 07/05
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I bought cartons of almond milk for years, and I still do on occasion.  My sister always made her own almond milk and told me that it was… Read More »

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

In Gluten-Free Options, Kitchen Basics, Make/Prep-Ahead Recipes, Mason Jar Ideas, Pasta, Slow Cooker, The Gift of Food
by Ann on 04/04
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Note:  I am bringing this much-loved sauce to the top of the page for a couple of reasons. First, I have some complimentary recipes coming soon!  Additionally, I… Read More »

Perfectly Cooked Rice

In Gluten-Free Options, Grains & Legumes, Kitchen Basics, Make/Prep-Ahead Recipes, Rice, Side Dishes
by Ann on 21/03
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Sometimes, the basics can be really helpful.  Lots of people have asked me how to prepare good rice.  A pantry staple, rice can befuddle people as it to… Read More »

Chewy Almond Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

In Cookies & Candy, Gluten-Free Options, Grains & Legumes, Healthy Options, Kitchen Basics, Make/Prep-Ahead Recipes, Nuts & Nut Butters, Snacks
by Ann on 03/02
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For those who know me or have followed The Fountain Avenue Kitchen for a while, you know I have cooked a lot of oatmeal.  Several years ago, I… Read More »