Tag Archives: Cooking

Reducing Plastic: It’s EASY!

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know I hate plastic.  A LOT.  Is our home plastic free?  Oh no, of course not.  Yeah I’ll push back against plastic waste wherever possible but there’s certainly no perfection here at the Taylor Household!  Is it the same for you?

Sometimes the very magnitude of the problem makes you wonder “why bother?”.  Whelp, there are as many reasons as there are points of view.  But here’s why I make the effort in our home.

Reducing Plastic is important in the Taylor household. But the plastic problem seems so big - why bother?? Don't worry, it's easy to be mindful of plastic waste! #TxHomesteader

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How To Make Your Own No-Waste Citrus Juice Using Frozen Limes

by Tammy Taylor~

Several weeks ago we were shopping for a family gathering and we needed to pick up some fresh limes. While we were in the grocery store to pick up limes, RancherMan decided that ‘6 for $1’ was the way to go.  I wasn’t sure we’d go through all six limes though.  As it turns out there were indeed limes leftover after our gathering.  To keep them from going to waste I washed them and tossed ’em in the freezer.

Come see how a frozen lime helps me reduce waste in the kitchen.

You could buy a plastic bottle of real lime juice, but why? Come see my easy, zero-waste (and CHEAP) solution for having 100% real lime juice for my recipes. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Lazy Cook’s Chile Relleno Casserole Cups

by Tammy Taylor~

A family member had a bumper crop of various peppers last year.  So she seeded several various kinds of peppers & plunked ’em all in the freezer to share with me.  But now I’m trying to put them all to good use – especially those poblanos we love.  RancherMan & I both enjoy Tex-Mex food and we absolutely love chili rellanos.  But (and I can’t emphasize this enough, y’all) I’m a lazy cook!  So I thought it would be great if I could use my silicone muffin pan to make a quick-cooking chile relleno casserole into single-serve portions.

I gave it a try & RancherMan absolutely raved at this lazy-cook’s version of chili relleno.  I must admit, it was absolutely delicious.  And without the time spent roasting the peppers and other steps of traditional chili relleno.  Come see what I did.

I love chile relleno, but it's more work in the kitchen than I want. Come see my lazy cook's version of chile relleno, baked into single-serve cups! #TxHomesteader

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How To Quickly & Easily Shred Leftover Roast

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know RancherMan keeps our freezer stocked with harvested wild pork during the winter months.  That pork is our main source of protein for several months until the pork coffers get lean!  So I’m often cooking up several pork roasts at a time as part of my Cook-Once, Eat-Twice method of cooking to use the leftovers for subsequent meals.  It’s an easy way to get supper on the table fast since the meat’s already been cooked!

Recently I was turning some of that cooked roast into Pulled-Pork Enchiladas.  I brought out some of my leftover cooked pork roast, grabbed a couple of forks and got to shredding.  It took so long I started to get frustrated and thought there had to be a better way.  And there was!

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How To Make Simple Corn Tortillas

by Tammy Taylor~

I love to make pork roast, there’s so much you can do with the leftovers!  We recently enjoyed a hearty supper of pork roast & veggies one night and I planned to make pulled-pork enchiladas the next day with some of the leftover cooked roast.  Although we enjoy my quick Mix-N-Pour Tortillas, enchiladas require corn tortillas in the Taylor household but we had none.

As we stood in the store looking at the tortillas sold in a plastic bag, my mind went back several years to when I’d made them myself.  It was easy to make ’em, & heck this big bag of masa harina was only about $3.  Maybe I should dust off that tortilla press I have at home & give ‘er a go again.

Homemade Corn Tortillas! As I stood in the store looking at that handful of corn tortillas sold in a plastic bag I wondered, "Should I make these myself?" Easy, delicious, cheap and waste-free! #TxHomesteader

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How To Eat Your Compost! Becoming A Food Waste Ninja…

by Tammy Taylor~

Food waste – we all hate it.  We work diligently to make sure none of that food we’ve paid our hard-earned money for is wasted.  But are we doing all we can?  Maybe…  But maybe not!  Have you ever thought about eating your compost?

Stay with me now, I’m not suggesting that you root through the compost heap and snack on its contents.  Today I’m talking about food destined for the compost heap.

Can you eat your compost? Come see ways I've saved food previously destined for the compost pile for delicious use in my kitchen. #TxHomesteader

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Pyrex Easy-To-Read 2-Cup Measuring Cup Review

By Tammy Taylor~

I’m 55 years old, y’all. Old enough for my eyes to require reader glasses. But I can’t wear glasses all the time because otherwise the ole eyes still see well. That means I’m always searching for my readers when I need to see finer detail.

This creates more problem in the kitchen than anywhere else.  I’m constantly fetching my readers to measure when I’m cooking.  What a pain!  I really loved the look of the new larger-print Pyrex measuring cup so I reached out to Pyrex and asked them if they’d send me one to review.  Hey, ya never know…  Glory be, they said yes!

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Homestead Hack: Keep That Broccoli Fresh!

by Tammy Taylor~

My baby sis and her hubby came to spend the weekend with us recently.  RancherMan & I planned to grill out since the weather was nice.  I’d also planned to roast some fresh veggies that I had in the fridge.  As my sis & I were in the kitchen I opened the refrigerator door to fetch the broccoli leftover from our dinner party several days ago.  My sister saw how it was contained and exclaimed “That’s BRILLIANT!”  Come see this Homestead Hack for keeping your broccoli fresh.

Keep broccoli fresh and crisp for several days during its storage in your refrigerator. Check out this simple Homestead Hack! #TxHomesteader

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Recipe: Homemade Honey Graham Crackers

by Tammy Taylor~

I recently invited my folks to dinner at our house.  I made cute little individual apple pies baked in canning jars for dessert for them.  But I had 1/2 jar of apple pie filling left and I needed to make sure it got used. Ya know, when that apple pie filling jar starts with the picking of the actual apples, you don’t want to waste any of it!

I decided to use it up making a simple dessert for RancherMan & me.  I’d heat up that apple pie filling, put it on a bed of graham crackers and top it with graham cracker crumbs & whipped cream. Kinda like a quick No-Bake Apple Pie Dessert.  But I didn’t have any graham crackers. So I sat out to find (and of course not follow, lol) a recipe using standard pantry ingredients.

I needed graham crackers for a recipe so I made them myself. I even made them extra honey-flavored! Easy, Inexpensive & Delicious. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Poor-Man’s Steak (or Stuffed Hamburger)

by Tammy Taylor~

Tonight I’ll attempt a dish RancherMan & I enjoyed at a restaurant over the weekend called ‘Poor-Man’s Steak’. It was a thick 7″-8″ serving of hamburger stuffed with grilled onions & peppers along with melted cheese. It was served on a bed of fried potatoes with brown gravy drizzled over the whole shebangie. (a real man-pleasing meal, that’s for sure!) RancherMan has raved about it ever since. Let’s see how close I can come to that dish today.

Poor-Man's Steak - a thick serving of hamburger stuffed with grilled onions & peppers along with melted cheese. It's served on top of fried potatoes & topped with brown gravy. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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