Salad Dressing . . . is a verb

This is the final post in my DIY Basics series, and it’s all about salad dressing – or as I think of it – dressing a salad.  I’ve been asked many times “What salad dressing do you buy?”  and my answer is usually “I don’t buy salad dressing . . .” and that stops the…

Herbal Tisane – DIY Basic

Growing and using herbs is one of the main reasons why I garden.  I grow a number of fragrant culinary herbs in my gardens.  While I use many herbs in my cooking, I have several herbs that I grow mainly for drinking in tisanes.  What’s a tisane?  Herbs + boiling water = tisane.  Commonly known…

Purple Sauerkraut

This may be the ultimate DIY Basic — just two inexpensive ingredients and some microbial magic and you get fresh, delicious sauerkraut.  If you’ve never tasted fresh sauerkraut — the kind that you get in the refrigerated section, not in the jarred vegetable section — you’re in for a taste treat. For pennies on the…

Almond Date Mousse

This ultra simple dessert is not only delicious and smooth — it’s vegan.  What began as a mistake ended up a surprisingly lovely dessert! After making my Homemade Almond Milk, I used it to make a warm beverage, sweetened with dates.  While it tasted good, the texture was too thick — all wrong for drinking. …

Homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk is a super simple concoction, and a great DIY Basics project — especially if you have a Vitamix!   I just got one, and am enjoying experimenting with it. With just two ingredients — almonds and water — Almond Milk is a true basic, especially for vegans or those who can’t tolerate dairy.   After…

Vanilla Gold Granola

Hey vanilla fans!  Here’s a flavor tweak on my basic Granola recipe.   Still crunchy and sweet, but with a warm vanilla note, gently accented with cinnamon.  Enjoy! 8 cups (28 oz) rolled whole oats 3 cups (11oz) sliced raw almonds 1 tsp  ground cinnamon 3/4 tsp. sea salt 1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz) good quality…