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Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes

These Yukon Gold mashed potatoes are a big hit at my house. There are actually cheers when my family finds out we’re having mashed potatoes for dinner… they usually enjoy the potatoes more than our main dish!

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Spaghetti is one of my ultimate comfort foods: a sweet and spicy tomato sauce with meat and noodles. This recipe has some family history to it, too.

Chicken Noodle Soup

This is a classic chicken noodle soup recipe. It is perfect for a cold winter day, when your family has the sniffles, or when you just want to eat something comforting.

How to Activate a Dried Sourdough Culture

Dried sourdough starter contains bacteria from a specific strain of sourdough. You can activate it at home, then maintain and bake with a starter full of history.

Lemony Sugar Cookies

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I saw heart-shaped sugar cookies at my favorite grocery store and wanted them! But the pack of 6 cookies was $8, and I thought I would save myself some money and make them (I had all the ingredients in my pantry and fridge). I mentioned seeing the store cookies […]

Tender Smoked Brisket

Beef brisket is a barbecue icon. It has a tendency to be dry, but it doesn’t have to be. If you follow this recipe, your brisket will the most tender, juicy brisket you’ll ever have. It will be the stuff of legend! There are three steps involved: a long sous vide water bath, a cool-down, […]

German Pancakes

Hot, fluffy, sweet German pancakes are perfect on a snowy Saturday morning. This breakfast recipe is so yummy, and it is perfect for when you want to make something but don’t have more than the normal staples on hand. German pancakes brown beautifully when baked in a cast-iron skillet, but if you don’t have one, […]

Reduced Chicken Stock

Reduced Chicken Stock

Homemade chicken stock is so easy to make, and uses mostly leftover ingredients. Reducing it concentrates the flavor. Recipes you make using your own homemade chicken stock will be so much better than using the store-bought kind.

Knitting Gauge Calculator

Use this nifty tool to calculate your gauge. Measure a section of your swatch (preferably leave 3 stitches on every edge) and enter your calculations here. We’ll give you the standard 4-inch/10cm calculation. See my article on knitting gauge for more information about gauge. For your convenience, this page will save gauges, but for your […]

Knitting Tension Concerns

How to handle problems that arise with your knitting tension