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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2017.

Paleo Chocolate Sauce

Brownie delights are one of my favorite desserts. I can get them locally at Governor’s restaurant, but it will have far more sugar than any one person should ever have at one sitting. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve allowed myself one a year from there, because these desserts are amazing. But for home, I wanted […]

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Homemade Food Gifts: Dried Herbs

Throughout the summer and autumn months, you’ve harvested and dried organic herbs to use in your culinary ventures throughout the winter. As is usually the case, you have far more of these dried herbs than you’ll be able to use before the next harvest season. Why not share your bounty with family and friends? Hopefully, […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

Homemade Food Gifts: The Cooks’ Gift

If you’ve taken the time to make the homemade vinegars, oils and butters that have been featured here on the Frugal Recipes blog, then you have a great base for a cooks’ holiday gift. If you have made dried herb gifts, you will be able to add them to this. All of these items, combined […]

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Homemade Food Gifts: Herbed Butters

Purchase sweet butter in large packages, preferably on sale. Generic and store brand butter is fine. Use a coupon if you have one. Herbed butters are simple to make, and can be made up to three months before the date they will be given as gifts. Simply freeze them in 1/2 or 1 pint canning […]

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Homemade Food Gifts: Herbed Oils

Herbed oils can be made easily and used in small ratios (1/2 to 2 tablespoons) on salads and in stir fries. Experiment to find other ways these oils can be used. Make these when the herbs are harvested from the garden, so they are at their freshest. The oils will store for up to one […]

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Homemade Food Gifts: Herbed Vinegars

Herbed vinegars are not difficult to make. They add flavor to salads and other recipes, such as meat marinades. These are best made during the herb harvesting seasons of summer and autumn, when the herbs can be used fresh. NOTE: These vinegars will last up to a year if stored in a cool, dark place. […]

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No Excuses Detox

Cookbook Review: No Excuses Diet by Megan Gilmore

I love cookbooks, and used to have a nice collection of them before I moved and had to downsize. I loved those old cookbooks, but they didn’t necessarily include many recipes that I would now consider healthy. I love that I was able to add the No Excuses Detox: 100 Recipes to Help You Eat […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright March 11. 2017.

Apple-Maple Syrup

I’ve decided to experiment with syrups. I’m trying not to eat the typical syrups found at the store, preferring to use maple. A guest at the inn brought me fresh maple syrup last spring, made by a friend of his here in Maine. I put it away for winter, because that’s when I usually eat […]

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Beef Stock

Making your own stocks saves money on your grocery bill. The bone of the roast are used, after it has been roasted and most of the meat removed. It is fine to leave small pieces of meat on the bone. The finished product may be frozen in ice cube trays, and then placed in a […]

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Homemade Honey Butter

Zowie and I like honey butter. We once made this for a Thanksgiving party we threw for the daycare when the children were young, though it can be used any day: Holiday, Sabbat or not. The recipe can be halved for normal table use. For larger gatherings, this recipe serves well. (Update 2017) I don’t […]

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Homemade Vegetable Stock

By not having to purchase canned vegetable stocks, you’ll save money on your grocery bill.  Use the peels and ends of the vegetables from your cooking ventures, along with some pieces of whole vegetables, if necessary.  Herbs may also be used. Nothing has to go to waste completely. The finished product may be frozen in […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.

Homemade Chicken Stock

Use chicken bones and skin to make a stock for soup.

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015

Quick Tip: Save Money by Growing Your Own Herbs

As a quick note, I want to point out that it is far cheaper to grow your own organic herbs than to purchase them. Keep in mind that organic foods are healthier, and are not significantly more costly to grow than the alternative. Use organic soils, and organic seeds that have not been genetically modified. […]

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Hanging Herb Bundles

I love the scent of fresh herbs lingering in my home. The aroma seems very homey to me, making me feel warm and safe. It is interesting how different scents can make you feel. Tied herb bundles should be hung on a wall in the kitchen: Out of direct sunlight. Away from heat sources such as […]

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Hanging Herbs to Dry and Dried Herb Gift Jars

When my daughters were young, I’d bring them Trick-or-Treating each year. There was this one house we would go to, where the woman of the house always had multiple herbs hanging in bunches from her porch ceiling. She would invite us through into her kitchen, and the aroma of the porch was marvelous. I’ll always […]

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Spice Profile: Ginger

This herb is a perennial from the sub/tropics, used in creating different types of recipes. Some perfumes are made using ginger, as are medications and different types of condiments. It’s often used in Asian cuisine. Ginger helps with ailments such as Motion sickness Dizziness Morning sickness Arthritis Note: Consult a doctor if you are being […]

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Spice Profile: Nutmeg

Nutmeg is a wonderful spice used throughout the year, but especially during the autumn and winter months. It is great for use in pies, cakes, puddings, ciders, and more, giving a sweet taste and aroma. Nutmeg aids in (use in small amounts, AFTER consulting a doctor) Flatulence Digestion Vomiting Lowering blood pressure Detoxifying the body […]

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Herb Profile: Basil

This herb is related to the peppermint. The leaves of the basil are round, often pointed. They can be used to make tea, and are dried for other purposes as well. The health benefits of basil are varied, and include Antibacterial properties Heart benefits Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any […]

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Herb Profile: Bay Leaf

Bay leaf is an herb that grows on a tree, which is a bit unusual.  It‘s a bitter, spicy herb used in many recipes, and can also be used to prevent bugs from getting into foods and food areas. This is why I suggest placing them on pantry shelves. Bay has many health benefits, including […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29, 2016.

Herb Profile: Peppermint

Peppermint is an herb that is often used as a flavoring for many products including gum and candy. It makes a great tea, hot or cold. Peppermint is widely grown in Europe and is a very calming herb, and can help with: Headaches Anxiety Asthma Nausea Induces perspiration when needed It also has antiviral and antibacterial […]

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Oregano is an herb that has a flavor described as not only warm, but balsamic as well. It is aromatic. The name Oregano means ‘Mountian Joy’. Oregano has many essential nutrients, including: Lots of Vitamin K Iron Fiber Omega 3 fatty acids Oregano also has health benefits. They include anti-bacterial properties. Note: Consult a doctor […]

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Herb Profile: Chamomile

Chamomile, a member of the daisy family, will grow easily in a home garden or on a windowsill. The tea has been used for medicinal purposes for a long time, and are made from the flower head to take advantage of the oils. Chamomile is good for many ailments, including Anxiety Cankers Diarrhea Eczema Insomnia Gingivitis Migraines […]

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