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DIY Better Than Boxed Brownies

I found this recipe for chocolate peanut butter brownies that is amazing, but some of the ingredients are a little expensive here, so I don’t make it as is everyday. The version that I adapted tastes very similar to fudge brownie from a box, but better. These are also great with caramel chips baked in []

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Mandarin Mondays: 包饺子 (Make Dumplings)

A little while ago, a friend of mine taught me how to make (or “pack”) Chinese dumplings (bāo jiǎo zi, 包饺子). I’ve mentioned before that  jiǎo zi are one of our favorite Chinese foods, so it was neat to learn how to make them. We bought the wrappers from the market, which was really inexpensive []

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Easy One-Dish Dinner: Fried Eggs and Tomatoes

I am going to share a Chinese recipe with you today. This dish is always a favorite among foreigners living in China because it doesn’t have any ingredients that you can’t tell (and don’t want to know) what they are. Simple and fast, this is one Chinese style dish we eat a lot in our []

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Mandarin Mondays: 面条 (Noodles)

A Chinese friend of mine came over last week and showed me how to make some Hainan (Hǎinán, 海南) style noodles (miàn tiáo, 面条). I’ll share the basic recipe and method with you, but all amounts are very approximate. Hainan style food uses a lot of garlic and green onion, but not a lot of []

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DIY Hearty Pancakes

We love pancakes around here and will often eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (just not all in the same day). This recipe is heartier than most and keeps us full longer. It is great with homemade butter and homemade pancake syrup. Hearty Whole Grain Pancakes 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup flour []

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Pizza Crust

I am writing out this recipe from memory. It is so simple and tasty. My mom and I made this delicious crust all the time for our Saturday night pizza tradition when I was growing up. I still make it all the time, but not always on Saturdays anymore. This recipe also makes excellent bread []

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Bread and Bakery

Light and Fluffy Pancakes I am very glad that I am not gluten intolerant because I love bread and almost anything made with wheat. I may have gotten this from my Grandpa Roy who always ate enough bread or rolls at family dinners to spoil his appetite. Baking makes the whole house smell good and []

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Easy One-Dish Dinner: Pancit

This is a easy Asian style dish that is really popular in the Philippines. It is similar to the fried noodles (chǎo miàn  炒面) that are popular in China as well, but there is less oil and more meat and vegetables in this version. When I was working in a hospital, I worked with Filipino []

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DIY Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

Chocolatey Granola Chunks The cocoa doesn’t add nutrition to this otherwise completely healthy recipe, but it does add a lot of fun. If you are trying to transition from high sugar, store bought cereal or are having a hard time convincing kids to eat granola, this is a great this is a great way to []

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DIY 2 Ingredient Crock Pot Strawberry Jam

So, after a couple different successful attempts at making strawberry sauce, I actually got around to trying what I really wanted to make, strawberry jam. I kept putting it off because I have no idea where to buy pectin here, and from what I’ve read it is more difficult to make without the pectin. But []

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DIY Unleavened Bread

I thought about trying to make lamb this week, but it was really expensiveand really gross looking at the store. So I decided that I was just going to be glad that I don’t have to kill a lamb anymore, or even just skin part of an already killed one, and not attempt something that []

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DIY Tortillas

I tried making tortillas twice back when we were first married, and I wanted to try making everything from scratch. They were OK, but not great. They also take a lot of time to make. So when we were back in Illinois where there is a large Hispanic population and tortillas are cheap, I basically []

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DIY Stuffed French Toast

I made this for our family brunch a couple of Sundays ago, but it would be great anytime. You can even prepare it the night ahead, cover, and store in the fridge, and then just bake the next day. I used homemade strawberry jam and homemade yogurt cream cheese, but you could use any kind []

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DIY Pumpkin Scones

This is my new favorite pumpkin recipe of the year. Last year, I discovered pumpkin soup and love it, but this may just be the best unusual use of pumpkin puree ever! I adapted a recipe I found here, making it a little simpler in my opinion. I’m lazy enough to not like the extra []

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DIY Pumpkin Pancakes

This is a great fall twist on traditional pancakes. It is a great use for pumpkin puree and uses less milk than regular pancakes in case you are running low. Homemade Pumpkin Pancake Recipe 3 cups flour 1 cup pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs 2 Tbsp oil 2 Tbsp brown []

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