Homemade Blackberry Syrup

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One of my fondest childhood memories was picking wild blackberries on the old dirt roads behind our house. After a few hours of picking, and a few scratches and close calls with snakes and spiders, we would come home and my dad would help us make blackberry jelly. There is nothing that compares to homemade… 

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Extra Yummy Sauce

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The name of this sauce pretty much sums it up… YUMMY! It’s my version of the white sauce they serve you at Japanese restaurants (which I would pour over my entire plate)! You can also buy it in the grocery store but it is full of yucky ingredients including soybean oil and corn syrup, just… 

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Cajun House Seasoning

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Every house needs a great, all-purpose seasoning blend and this is mine!  This is a modified version of the Melissa’s Cajun Seasoning from the Satisfying Eats Cookbook.  The major difference is the addition of Smoked Paprika.  I LOVE Smoked Paprika!!  If you don’t have or don’t want to use smoked paprika, simply omit it!  Or… 

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BEST Homemade Mayo

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You either LOVE or hate mayonnaise. I personally LOVE it.  I can probably thank my dad for this.  I grew up eating mayo sandwiches (I know… not good), mayo in my peas from our garden, and mayo in my mashed potatoes!  I prefer mayo over ketchup ANY day of the week. It is IMPOSSIBLE to… 

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Extra Zesty Ranch Dressing

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I LOVE ranch dressing, but ONLY if it is homemade.  Homemade ranch is so easy, and after I show you the ingredients in the store bought stuff, you will NEVER buy it again! They should call it “The Hidden Valley of Questionable Ingredients” after taking a look at the label. Hidden Valley Ranch Ingredients: Vegetable oil,… 

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Amazing Salsa and Chips

Amazing Salsa and Chips

This salsa is amazing!  The fresh tomatoes along with the other fresh veggies really give this salsa a POP!  To remove the skin off of a fresh tomato, slit the bottom of the tomato 2 times, making an “X”.  Drop in boiling hot water for about 30-60 seconds. Remove with slotted spoon and immediately “shock”… 

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Easy Breadless Bread Crumbs

Easy Breadless Bread Crumbs

Easy Breadless Bread Crumbs The many uses of breadcrumbs:  Fried Eggplant  Salmon Burger with Lemon Mayo  Mac & Cheese  Oven baked Chicken Tenders     Oven baked Fish Fingers  Now that my son is getting older and doing great with finger foods, I want to recreate some of the classic convenience foods and make them… 

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Sweet, Tangy & Spicy BBQ Sauce

Sweet, Tangy & Spicy BBQ Sauce

I LOVE BBQ SAUCE!!!  I love it on burger, chicken, pork, just about everything.  I problem with the stuff you buy in the stores is all the sugar and preservatives in it.  This recipe is a great backbone for the addition of other spices that you may like in your BBQ sauce.  The key ingredient and the source… 

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