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These how-to tutorials focus on growing and cooking your own food. Included are videos and detailed articles to help you become self-sufficient with all things food and drink.

You will learn how to grow fruits and vegetables on your deck, balcony or garden.

You will learn how to cook delicious whole food that is healthy and low sugar. Many of the cooking tutorials are low carb specific, but not all.  All are, however, easy and packed with flavor.

You will learn how to use a range of spices to enhance classic recipes, with a focus on Mexican cuisine.

And you can learn how to make unique craft cocktails or non-alcoholic drinks with shrub syrups.

Click here to see the range of playlists included in the video tutorials.

The cooking tutorials do not involve hard-to-find ingredients, specialized kitchen equipment or a high level of cooking experience.  They are often quick and easy with an emphasis on either low carb, slow carb, or keto recipes.

Collections of videos include the categories of “low carb Mexican”, “how to make and use spices” and “low carb recipes”, “cold weather cooking” and “food boards”.  Food boards includes how to build dessert plates, brunch boards, cheese boards, and many others.

Best 9 Flowers and 4 Herbs for Attracting Butterflies to your Garden

What’s a garden without a few bugs?! Especially when they’re as beautiful as the fluttering insects in the scientific class Rhopalocera, better known, of course, as butterflies. Wherever you live, your area will almost certainly be home to a number of native butterfly species, many of whose numbers are in decline. So why not help …

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How to Make Tamales: Step-by-step Tutorial for Beginners

Tamales are special. While not the easiest thing to make, the recipe below offers a few methods to make it easier by revising the step where you rehydrate, deseed and roast the dried peppers. These tamales have excellent flavor and texture and can be made even easier if you enlist family or friends in the …

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Easy ways to tell soft peaks vs stiff peaks in whipped cream

Recipes that include whipped cream or beaten egg whites often tell you to beat to “soft peaks” or to “stiff peaks”. What exactly does that look like and how long does it take before you see soft peaks? This is where a picture (or video) is worth a thousand words. Watch the short video below …

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English Steamed Pudding with Persimmon

The Brits do love their steamed puddings, from the Christmas “figgy pudding” to all kinds of sweet and savory renditions. After making this persimmon steamed pudding, I echo their pudding love. It was delicious, and doesn’t require specialized equipment. Most of the “time” is down time while it is steaming away. What is a Steamed …

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Preserving Fresh Herbs as Herbal Infused Salts (includes DIY video)

Summer offers an abundance and variety of fresh herbs that are not readily available in the Winter. There are many ways to preserve fresh herbs for year-round cooking, and making herbal salts is one of the easiest preservation methods. A step-by-step video is included in the recipe card. How to Use Herbal Infused Salts It …

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Heirloom Tomato Crostata or Galette with Herb Cheese

An heirloom tomato crostata (aka glaette) is a beautiful, savory way to enjoy the waning days of Summer. The crust is an easy biscuit dough, but if you want truly quick and easy, pick up some store-bought pastry dough. Just be sure and use the tastiest, freshest tomatoes available, heirloom tomatoes if possible. Crostata vs …

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Grow Herbs in Containers for a Balcony Kitchen Garden

There are so many different uses for herbs, ranging from cooking style to healing to making craft cocktails. This post (and video) offers ideas for how to successfully combine herbs in containers around six different, fun, year-round themes. Six Great Themes – From Kitchen to Cocktails Often people will plant herbs based on what is …

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Grilled Cheese with Jam Fillings

This taste test compares two versions of a grilled cheese and tomato jam sandwich – one with Velveeta and refined white bread, and one with gouda and robust seeded bread from the bakery. Processed vs Non-processed Cheese There is an ongoing controversy at our house regarding Velveeta. Is it really a cheese or something else? …

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Low Carb Mexican Street Food – using chile lime salt (Tajin-inspired)

Using a chile lime salt sprinkled over fruits and vegetables as a snack is one of my favorite Mexican snacks. It is a standard on many Mexican street food offerings. Tajin is the brand name of this chile lime salt, but this DIY recipe makes one that is much fresher, allowing the simple ingredients to …

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Harissa Baked Wings vs Smoked Wings: a taste test!

Harissa is one of my favorite spice blends and this recipe uses both a harissa spice rub and a harissa paste on wings. Great for game days! Harissa Rub or Harissa Paste? Harissa is a North African blend of spices that typically includes smoked chile peppers, cumin, coriander, caraway, cinnamon and salt & pepper. Frequently …

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