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small clay bowl filled with homemade pickling spices with cucumbers and jars of pickles to the side

Homemade Pickling Spices

If you’ve got a lot of veggies this pickle this summer, making your own homemade pickling spices can not only save you money but also give you more control over the flavor. This post may contain affiliate links. Click here to learn more about how affiliate links are used on […]

mason jar full of simple syrup with sugar and water in the background

How to Make Simple Syrup + VIDEO

Every home cook should know how to make simple syrup at home. With only two ingredients, the process is “simple” and the uses are endless. I was astonished recently while perusing the cocktail aisle of my grocery store. There sitting between the Agnostura bitters and the grenadine was a small […]

overhead shot of cast iron roast chicken with roasted vegetables, black and white dish towel, meat fork and carving knife to the side

Sweet Tea Brined Cast Iron Roast Chicken

You’ll never eat a dry bird again with this cast iron roast chicken recipe. The sweet tea brine adds flavor and moisture while cast iron produces more even cooking. This post may contain affiliate links. Click here to learn more about how affiliate links are used on this site. Roast […]

baked graham cracker pie crust against a blue wooden background with a pie serve and graham crackers to the side

How to Make a Graham Cracker Pie Crust

Why would you waste money on a store-bought graham cracker pie crust when you can make your own? With three simple ingredients, you can have a tasty graham cracker crust for your next pie in 10 minutes. It’s no secret I love pie. Especially a pie with a buttery, crunchy […]

makings of a roux in a cast iron skillet

How to Make a Roux

Knowing how to make a roux is a basic cooking skill every aspiring home cook should master. Never made a roux before? I’m sharing some of my favorite tips and techniques. Roux. It’s a funny word and if you were raised anywhere close to Louisiana, you probably know what it […]