This is Offbeat Home's archive of Food posts.
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I LOVE pickles. Love them. I love them so much that I have been on a mission for years to find a great pickle recipe that did not include canning. Then I found this crazy easy refrigerator pickle recipe, and all I could do was thank the pickle gods for finally smiling down on me.
So the first "meal" I ever learned to cook by myself was Hawaiian-style meatballs. It was my favorite food when I was a kid, but my mom took hours to make it the traditional homemade way. I discovered this way in college when my three roommates and I went shopping… hungover. It takes all of 8-15 minutes.
Knekkebrød, or crisp bread, is a staple food in the average Norwegian household. It is a form of flat bread, but probably resembles more of a seeded cracker. It is simply made with various (i.e. whatever you have on hand) seeds and grains, water and salt for taste. That's it. An entire recipe of knekkebrød can be made in 30 minutes or less, including 20-25 minutes of baking time.
I enjoy jam as much as the next person and find a deep sense of accomplishment in making my own from time to time. Most jam recipes call for lengthy canning routines and commercially produced pectin. But I've developed an easier and simpler recipe for making jam.
I, like our own Megan, don't have mad cooking skills. Plus, I have a bunch of annoying dietary restrictions, making it even more challenging when I want to whip up something non-frozen. So this no-bake, low-sugar anytime treat is actually a pretty bad-ass solution for those two problems: easy, super nom-worthy, and fits my needs. Maybe it fits yours, too?
Every month we pick a different country or region and make that type of food at home. We sometimes get excited and buy a bunch of unique spices and sometimes we are tame and just use what we have. We generally select one to two recipes a week from the location we picked. That seems to get us a sense of what the food is like. So far here's what we've done…
There is an app that now exists that helps you keeps track of your perishable food. It's called The Fridge, and I think it's going to help me get over my fear of buying perishable food. Since I'm so unfamiliar with "real food" that I don't really know how long I have to use anything, I just end up saying "nope, nope, nope" to foods with a time limit.