No packet of taco seasoning on hand? No problem! Make your own spice mix -- minus ingredients like maltodextrin and sugar that some commercially available packets include -- with just a few simple ingredients. (You probably already have them in your pantry!)
Fresh ricotta beats the stuff from a plastic container any day of the week, but it can be hard to find in the store. This quick homemade version, which calls for whole milk and a little heavy cream for richness, is very similar.
Recipe courtesy of: "The Fair Trade Everyday Cookbook" by Sophie Grigson, Copyright 2008. Used by the permission of Dorling Kindersely Limited. All rights reserved.
You can buy inexpensive yogurt-making machines in most kitchen stores, but all you really need is a pot and a heat source. Sweeten homemade plain yogurt as your heart desires: with fresh fruit, honey or maple syrup.
There’s nothing better than rich, molten chocolate spooned over ice cream, but most store-bought hot fudge is heavy on the high-fructose corn syrup and skimpy on actual chocolate, which this recipe has in abundance. For a zippy holiday treat, add a 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract.
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Love spicy food? It might be worth it to make a batch of this super-hot condiment. While the recipe requires many ingredients, you'll probably have most of them on-hand and it takes seconds to whip it all up in a food processor.
Recipe courtesy of: "Eat Yourself Smart" by Charlie Ayers, Copyright 2008.Used by the permission of Dorling Kindersely Limited. All rights reserved.
Really great cured salmon can go for $20 a pound or more, so why not make it yourself? This tender, tasty salmon, based on the classic Scandinavian gravlax, is coated in sugar, salt and herbs and cures in the fridge for 24 hours.