Can you Cook a Halloween Pumpkin (Jack-o-lantern)?

Is it possible to cook your Halloween pumpkin (aka jack-o-lantern). The short answer is yes. However pumpkins that we purchase for carving (in America) are not grown to be cooked and don't taste great in traditional pumpkin recipes like pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pancakes, etc. "Jack-o-latern" pumpkins are typically large, flat bottomed, and filled with less flesh … [Read more...]

Canning Basics for Beginners

There is a satisfaction that comes with canning your own fruits, vegetables, and even meats for your family. I love to see the pantry shelves stocked with an abundance of brightly colored, healthy, and tasty foods. Canning gives you the option to preserve foods when they are in season and at the height of freshness and enjoy them later. I have gathered together some basic canning tips to help … [Read more...]

How to Cook a Pumpkin

Do you love pumpkin? Subscribe for free email updates and don't miss a pumpkin recipe! Do you know how to cook a pumpkin? I didn't until a few years ago when stores started running out of canned pumpkin around Thanksgiving. I did some research and realized that cooking a pumpkin is actually quite simple and you can freeze the cooked pumpkin for long term storage. Since I live in Florida … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Are you looking for a tried and true Mexican recipe to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this week? Well, maybe you aren't celebrating Cinco de Mayo, but Mexican recipes are always a crowd pleaser, usually inexpensive, and can be prepared ahead of time. Here's another tidbit for you. Beans and meat are awesome freezer foods! It is so nice to pull out a tray of homemade burritos from the freezer … [Read more...]

How to Get Four Meals from a Whole Chicken

One way I can really stretch our grocery budget is to make a whole chicken in the crock pot and use it for several meals. Many of you have asked how you can get more than one meal out of a whole chicken, so I wanted to show you how I do it. A whole chicken can usually be purchased for under a $1 a pound (more if you are buying an organic, free range chicken) but it is still cheaper than … [Read more...]

Getting Ahead in Your Real Food Kitchen: Discount Code

Did you know that Americans spend an average of 4.5% of their income eating out? I'm not against eating out, if you can afford it and as long as you aren't doing it every day because it is healthier to eat at home. But many people are still looking for ways to cut their food budget and my advice is to first start tracking how much you spend on eating out each month. Our family eats … [Read more...]