Category:  Kitchen Basics

Small Batch Canned Peaches

In Fruits & Veggies, Kitchen Basics, Mason Jar Ideas
by Ann on 29/07
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“Putting up” food for the winter can seem like a daunting task.   had the benefit of watching my grandmother preserve jams, pickles, applesauce and more, and I… Read More »

Shortcut Blender Tomato Sauce

In Dips, Dressings, Sauces & Salsas, Healthy Options, Kitchen Basics, Make/Prep-Ahead Recipes, Pasta, Vegetarian
by Ann on 25/07
Shortcut Blender Tomato Sauce

It never fails. Every summer I anxiously await the first of the red, ripe tomatoes from our backyard garden. Then just as we’re packing for vacation, the plants… Read More »

Blueberry Lime Jam

In Dips, Dressings, Sauces & Salsas, Fruits & Veggies, Kitchen Basics, Make/Prep-Ahead Recipes, Mason Jar Ideas, The Gift of Food
by Ann on 15/07
Blueberry Lime Jam

One of my fondest memories from my grandmother’s dinner table is, silly as it may sound, her jelly bread.  Plain old sandwich bread was an economical filler that… Read More »

Cold Brew Coffee

In Breakfast Foods, Drinks & Smoothies, Kitchen Basics, Make/Prep-Ahead Recipes, Mason Jar Ideas
by Ann on 20/06
Cold Brew Coffee -- so easy and no bitter flavor

As far as I’m concerned, coffee should be piping hot or iced cold. There’s no middle ground for my dad either. Throughout the hot days of summer, he… Read More »

Shortcut Soft Pretzels

In Holidays, Kitchen Basics, Snacks, The Gift of Food
by Ann on 13/06
Shortcut Soft Pretzels

Throughout all my years of being a mom, I can say with 100% certainty that my favorite gifts have been homemade.   A handcrafted bracelet, a jar of carefully… Read More »

Orange Vinegar (a “green” cleaner)

In Kitchen Basics, Mason Jar Ideas, The Gift of Food
by Ann on 04/04
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Household chores will likely be cast off in favor of egg hunts and family get-togethers this weekend, and that’s a good thing. Happy Easter! The arrival of spring,… Read More »

Easy Yogurt Cream Cheese

In Dips, Dressings, Sauces & Salsas, Gluten-Free Options, Healthy Options, Kitchen Basics
by Ann on 18/02
Easy Yogurt Cream Cheese

Yogurt “cheese” really isn’t cheese at all.  It’s simply yogurt that has been thickened into a soft, cream cheese-like consistency…and it’s delightful on your morning bagel or in recipes… Read More »

Homemade Hot Cocoa

In Breakfast Foods, Drinks & Smoothies, Kitchen Basics, Make/Prep-Ahead Recipes, Snacks
by Ann on 07/02
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Before I started The Fountain Avenue Kitchen, I had very little experience with photography. When I took the typical family snapshots, the camera decided how to focus and… Read More »

Classic Chicken Rice Soup

In Chicken, Easy Meals, Gluten-Free Options, Healthy Options, Kitchen Basics, Make/Prep-Ahead Recipes, Rice, Soups
by Ann on 17/01
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As a long-lasting stomach virus worked its way through my family early last month, this soup (along with toast and ginger ale) was the only food some of… Read More »

Lipton Onion Soup Mix Copycat Recipe

In Dips, Dressings, Sauces & Salsas, Kitchen Basics
by Ann on 07/01
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Homemade versions of store-bought staples can be really useful.  Sometimes, the DIY version is healthier, cheaper, and/or allows you to swap out off-limits ingredients.  Most times, they taste… Read More »