Category:  Kitchen Basics

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 »

Do-It-Yourself Roasted Red Peppers

In Appetizers, Dips, Dressings, Sauces & Salsas, Fruits & Veggies, Healthy Options, Kitchen Basics
by Ann on 21/11
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While store-bought roasted red peppers certainly suffice, doing it yourself is incredibly easy and quite tasty.  These colorful vegetables–actually, bell peppers are technically fruit–also pack a nutrient punch…. Read More »

Farmhouse Roasted Chestnuts

In Appetizers, Gluten-Free Options, Healthy Options, Kitchen Basics, Side Dishes, Snacks, Vegetarian
by Ann on 16/11
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Autumn is the time of year when the American Chestnut Trees in the northeast drop the nuts from their prickly burrs.  As an interesting bit of trivia, there… Read More »

Slow Cooker Maple Applesauce

In Fruits & Veggies, Gluten-Free Options, Healthy Options, Kitchen Basics, Make/Prep-Ahead Recipes, Side Dishes, Slow Cooker, Snacks
by Ann on 13/11
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My grandmother was always known for her amazing applesauce.  She used transparent or “early” apples, the ones that appear in farmers markets here in mid-July when I am… Read More »

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

In Dips, Dressings, Sauces & Salsas, Kitchen Basics
by Ann on 23/09
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Beyond cooler weather, shorter days, and football games, the arrival of fall means apples, pumpkins, and a host of other delicious fall fruits and vegetables.  I find myself… Read More »

Homemade Play Dough

In Crafts, Kitchen Basics, Kitchen Extras, The Gift of Food
by Ann on 22/09
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A recipe for a fun weekend activity…and don’t count the older kids out! The start of the new school year brought much change to our house.  My older… Read More »

Speedy Cherry Tomato Sauce

In Dips, Dressings, Sauces & Salsas, Gluten-Free Options, Healthy Options, Kitchen Basics, Pasta, Vegetarian
by Ann on 14/08
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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 »

Easy Summer Omelet for Two

In Breakfast Foods, Easy Meals, Egg Dishes, Gluten-Free Options, Kitchen Basics, Vegetarian
by Ann on 24/07
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  Fresh herbs, your favorite cheese, and eggs are all you need for a super speedy meal that tastes incredible.  Although most people would probably consider this meal… Read More »