How to Store Greens in a Small Living Space

Dear Home Ec 101, I live in a small apartment and have a refrigerator with a limited amount of space and chest freezer. We have been trying to utilize local produce from our CSA and the Farmer's Market, but storage is an issue with space at such a premium. What is the best way to store leafy greens without giving up all of my refrigerator space … [Read more...]

Roast Some Turkey Necks for Awesome Stock

Roast Turkey Neck Stock

Heather says: Want to take your Thanksgiving recipes up to the next level? You can get started now by buying and roasting turkey necks to make stock. Want to get a jump on your Thanksgiving prep? Go ahead and make your roast turkey neck stock now and freeze it for your Thanksgiving recipes*. Would I go to the effort of roasting turkey necks … [Read more...]

Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe – Like Mom Used to Make

Vegetable Beef Soup - start with shank cross cut soup bones

Bobbie says: Have you ever caught a whiff of an unexpected scent that suddenly sent you back in time? Figuratively speaking, of course. The sense of smell is a huge memory trigger, and if there's a smell that says "home" to me, it's the comforting aroma of simmering Vegetable Beef Soup the way our mom used to make it. Packed with veggies and … [Read more...]

Cooking Homemade Frozen Foods

Dear Home Ec 101, I'd like to make some thing to keep in our freezer to help us avoid the convenience foods at the hectic dinner hour.  Do you have a rule of thumb for what freezes well without losing much quality/texture?  What's the best way to thaw and bake things that have been frozen? Signed, Chilled in Chi-Town Heather says: In … [Read more...]

Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Meaty Spaghetti Sauce

Heather says: My inner twelve-year-old is having a field day as I try to describe this spaghetti sauce without sounding like a pervert. In fact, I give completely up, snicker away, it's a thick and meaty sauce that is perfect over spaghetti noodles or sauteed vegetables for the gluten free and low carb crowd. Personally, I prefer zucchini and … [Read more...]