Eat Homemade

Eating homemade can be considered timely.

However here are a few reasons to support homemade:

You will save money and even more money if you are smart about where you purchase your raw materials

Your final product will be free of additives and extra fats, etc.

You will be able to make a lot in one sitting so your batch should last a while

You can tailor to fit your needs

Here is the best bonus:if you make a batch around the holidays, what better gift you can offer than a fresh batch of granola. This can only be for someone you know well.  I am not a fan of coconut so it would not be cool if I received a jar of granola, which I love, but with coconuts, which I am not a fan of.

Here are few things that are easy to make: tomato sauce, pesto, granola, bread, iced tea, mayo. I included some pics of my current stash.


Being a gracious guests this holiday season

Even if you were not invited to a POTLUCK, you can always bring a dish. My preference is for a home-made dish. Nothing says you value a friendship or love someone more than bringing a dish of something.

Here are some ideas. They are very simple and do not require tons of time nor ingredients. I do not know if this will make you the king among men, but at least you will win the favor of your host.

Banana Bread
2-3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup melted butter
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg-beaten (you can add a table spoon or two of yogurt as well to make it more moist)

Mash bananas in large bowl, then add all and mix. Put in a buttered/sprayed loaf/foil pan and bake at 350 for about 40-50 minutes. Wait for top to brown and also do a knife stick to test for wetness.

Apple Pie (mostly homemade)
2 crust you roll out (our your own homemade concoction)
6-8 apples (I prefer 6)
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp juice of a lemon (fresh)
1/s tsp each of cinnamon and nutmeg
1/2 cup of sugar (depending on the tartness of the apples

Butter, egg/milk

In a large bowl add sliced apples and other ingredients, mix well.

Dump all ingredients into a rolled out crush. Add 4 teaspoons of butter in 4 areas or 1/2 tsp in 8 areas.  Cover with second crust and using a knife, make 1 inch slits.

Paint top crust with beaten egg or milk.

Bake 45 -50 min at 350 and watch for golden color.

Apple Cider-6 cups (

  • 6 medium apples (any kind)
  • 6 cups of filtered water
  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar or maple syrup (or to taste)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 fresh vanilla bean (or 1 tbsp extract)
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 2 orange peel slices

Wash and cut the apples into quarters. Add them to a large pot with about 6-7 cups of water and start heating. Meanwhile, throw in a cinnamon stick, half a vanilla bean (or some extract), 2 slices of orange peel (about 1 inch square), and sugar.

Leave the pot uncovered and bring to a boil. Allow to boil vigorously for about 30 minutes. Then, cover and let the cider simmer on lower heat for about 2 more hours.

After about 2 1/2 hours of cooking, remove from the heat and allow to thoroughly cool. Then, using a handheld potato masher, turn the apples into applesauce inside the pot to fully release their flavors.

Pour the cider through a strainer to remove all the apple pulp. You can either use any kitchen strainer and a wooden spoon to strain the liquid, or (recommended) you can filter through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag.

Serve warm, either by itself or with some coconut whipped cream and caramel sauce. Store leftovers in the refrigerator in mason jars for 5-7 days.

Welcome to the holiday season.  In about a week it will start to be Christmas (even with Thanksgiving looming). Get ready.  All the dishes you want to try-bring them on.

Happy Eating!!!