Easy Chicken Strips for the Freezer

Make a big batch of chicken strips and freeze them for later use in salads and sandwiches. On my last trip to visit my sister, she met us at the airport with these wonderful dinner salads, cookies, and homemade dressings. It was a feast! Particularly so since my friend Heidi and I had been cooped […]

3 Ethnic Foods You Can Make Yourself

Growing up in Southern California, I’ve had the advantage of easy access to a wide-variety of foods, beside the typical “American cuisine”. Mexican and Asian foods are probably my favorites. The Golden State features so many different cultures, it is really fun to eat here. (Just saying.) Over time, I’ve learned to make at home […]

Make Cookies More Convenient

Homebaked cookies are so much better than the packaged varieties. Make them more often, make them more convenient. When I think of convenience foods, one of the most common that comes to mind is that of refrigerated cookie dough. What a boon to home cooks! Buy the dough already mixed, bake it up, feel like […]

DIY Baking Mixes

banana pancakes cooking on the griddle

I think it’s probably a common American experience, to grow up thinking that all baked goods come from a box, from the freezer section, or the bakery aisle of the grocery store. Perhaps it’s just us folks in our late 30’s and 40’s, but all the kids I grew up with had the same experience. […]

Homemade Cranberry Soda

I used to be a soda pop junkie. A few years ago, I decided to give it up. I don’t really remember why. But, I think a handful of cavities had something to do with it. And maybe empty calories, too. Regardless, I kicked my cola habit. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes like […]

Honey Syrup

Years and years ago I bought Sweet ‘n’ Low. In fact, those pink little packets of artificial sweetener were staples in our tea and coffee cupboard, not because we liked the taste, but because we liked sweet tea. Here in California, tea is not usually served already sweetened. You have to sweeten it yourself. But […]

Fill the Freezer with DIY Convenience

Up until now in the DIY Convenience series, I’ve shared recipes. Today, I wanted to make a plug for one of the biggest time-saving, money-saving, convenience food-avoiding methods I know: freezer cooking. This morning, I spent about an hour making a double batch of granola and a batch of breakfast bars. It didn’t take long. […]

5 Seasoning Mixes You Can Make Yourself

This is Day 24 of the DIY Convenience Series. I hope that you’re learning to cook lots of things yourself! It’s been years since I bought a packaged seasoning mix. Years. I can’t even remember why I would do such a thing. It’s easier and cheaper to make myself. You see, since we cook a […]