Category: Pantry | DIY

Homemade “Artisan” Bread – Updated

Homemade “Artisan” Bread – Updated

I have decided to update this recipe simply because my “adult” children keep telling me that it isn’t clear. What do they know anyway…. It did get my attention though so I spent some time thinking about why and landed on the thought that my […]

Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup

I am not sure why I haven’t posted something on this yet. This is one of the great DIYers of the home bar scene. It is shocking that there are simple syrups on the market in bottles sold at a premium price (I wish I […]

Smoked Ice Cubes

Smoked Ice Cubes

There is no wrong time to smoke water. I mean, I usually do it around Thanksgiving because I have always felt that smoked cocktails are a fun “pre-funk” to the Turkey day celebration but the truth is, smoked water, then ice, is perfect for ANY […]

Beef Stock

Beef Stock

If you aren’t making beef and chicken stock yourself, you honestly should be.  You also may have received a bunch of bones from the beef you committed to this year from your local farm (as you should!). You should be able to make a lot […]

Smoked Chicken

Smoked Chicken

We are now in year 4 of raising our own chickens. We started with layers only as the wife grabbed any ‘dent and ding’ bird that was around and with COVID, there were all kinds of folks getting into the chicken game and then just […]

The Pantry and DIY Project

The Pantry and DIY Project

As you may have noticed, the work on the blog covers a lot of ground. We started with simple and fun recipes that came out of my time as a single dad, moved to big family and gathering recipes to curing, smoking, and even cocktail […]

Scottish Shortbread

Scottish Shortbread

I talk about my Irish heritage all the time but let us be clear…my mother’s maiden name is MacPherson, therefore putting me squarely with the Scots as well.  MacPherson was originally Mc but was changed because another guy in town had same name and apparently […]

Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

My first cooking experiences came out of the Betty Crocker cookbook. That big red piece of American culinary wisdom. I made waffles (many times), chocolate chip cookies, and even popovers out of there as a kid. They honestly were all great. As I got older […]

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki sauce. Rumor has it there are roots in the PNW with our Japanese friends who emigrated to this part of the USA. Not sure if true (may look it up later) but what I DO KNOW is that we love it. Quick memory of […]

Every Tuesday Taco Seasoning

Every Tuesday Taco Seasoning

 We do tacos a lot. Almost once a week we have some sort of taco on the menu. Fish, “Korean,” chicken salsa, and of course Tex-mex or whatever the typical beefy one is. We used to buy the big M brand at Costco because the […]