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What do you mean you "bake all your own bread"? And answers to other frequently asked bread baking questions

I've been baking all of my own bread since the beginning of 2013. What started as a little experiment has now become a point of pride that I refuse to backslide on. Whenever I mention this hobby to someone, once they're done rolling their eyes and reminding me that one can buy loaves of bread at the supermarket, they start asking questions. Thinking of diving into baking your own bread? Here are the answers to the most frequently asked breading baking questions…

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DIY sauerkraut: giving love to our friendly bacteria

I'm on a fermentation kick lately, and sauerkraut is my favorite. I love it because it's easy to make and it tastes great on everything from hotdogs to soup. But mostly I love it because homemade sauerkraut is full of probiotics, and I've had enough rounds of antibiotics to need some help in that department. To make a single large Mason jar worth of sauerkraut, here's what you do…

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The 8 restaurant-inspired secrets to making meals without making leftovers

In all honesty, there is no way to make four nights of chili seem like anything other than four nights of chili. I get the appeal in making a big batch of food and having it there for you for the rest of the week, but if you aren't consuming it, that's money down the drain. If you aren't enjoying it, then what's the point? Homemade fridge/freezer meals are a great alternative to frozen pizza, don't get me wrong, but after years of working in restaurants, and watching empty plates turn into meals in 15 minutes or so, cooking a meal for yourself really doesn't seem so hard. All you need to do is take the time you have been spending making one big meal, and spend it being your own prep cook! Here's how…

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Italian chicken slow cooker tastiness in under fifteen minutes

I happened to check the time before I started making this Italian chicken slow cooker recipe and — starting with a clean kitchen all the way through putting the cutting board into the dishwasher and the slow cooker into the fridge for the night — it took me thirteen minutes to make this. Perfect for those days when you have too many things to do and not enough time — or for when you don't have time to waste in the kitchen because you need to catch up on Game of Thrones.