“Instant” Oatmeal Packets–30 Flavors

Photo Credit: Andrea Frayser Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal Packets—Inexpensive, Easy, and Versatile Updated May 1, 2017 with Vegan/Lactose-free options and 10 new flavors added! It is so easy to make your own oatmeal packets just like you find in the stores with as many flavors as you can think… Read more““Instant” Oatmeal Packets–30 Flavors”

Strawberry Harvest Time — What to Do with All That Goodness!

Recipes from 21st Century Simple Living for Your Strawberry Harvest Here at Casa Colleen, we love our strawberries. And nothing gives me more hope of the fresh season to come then biting into a huge strawberry and tasting that first burst of liquid sunshine on my tongue. To prepare your kitchen… Read more“Strawberry Harvest Time — What to Do with All That Goodness!”

Salad Dressing Hacks, Everyone’s Favorites

Learn to Make Your Favorite Dressing Fast & Easy Have you been following our Salad Dressing Recipe Series? It has been a big hit. We have listed all the recipes for your requested favorites here for your convenience. Pick your favorites, pass up the expensive bottles on the grocery store… Read more“Salad Dressing Hacks, Everyone’s Favorites”

Frank’s® Hot Sauce Copycat

Homemade Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce (and Dehydrated Powder) My favorite hot sauce is Frank’s® RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce. There are just 5 ingredients—aged cayenne peppers, vinegar, water, salt, and garlic. I usually dehydrate my own cayenne peppers, but you can use fresh or dried if you wish. The wonderful taste… Read more“Frank’s® Hot Sauce Copycat”

Blue Cheese Salad Dressings

Making Good Blue Cheese Dressing GREAT To make a great blue cheese dressing you first have to know what variety in the family of these cheeses you prefer. This distinctively flavored dressing makes a great accompaniment to a mix of fresh greens, as a dip with vegetables, or a side… Read more“Blue Cheese Salad Dressings”

Homemade Flavored Pasta using Vegetable Powders

Two Methods with 2 Great Recipes! My friend Judi Strauss, writer and food creator extraordinaire of the blog The Charmed Kitchen,  loves playing with her food as much as I do. She has 2 delightful recipes for homemade pasta that we have been discussing. They fit nicely into use with vegetable… Read more“Homemade Flavored Pasta using Vegetable Powders”

French Salad Dressings

4 Recipe Variations from Classic to Spicy plus an Easy Ketchup Recipe to Make Your Own Sorry folks, your version of the ketchup-based “French Dressing” is not French at all! Interestingly, French dressing is a term originally used for an oil-and-vinegar-based salad dressing. But in the United States during the 1950s,… Read more“French Salad Dressings”

Mustard Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Healthy, Oil-Free, Dairy-Free Salad Dressing, Low in Sugar, and Vegan This dressing is in answer to those living with dietary lifestyle choices. One of the easiest ways to replace oils is to change it out with a mustard. Use plain mustard, not honey mustard which has excess sugar, and stick with… Read more“Mustard Vinaigrette Salad Dressing”

Herbed Creamy Mock Ranch Dressing

Tastes Just Like Ranch but It Is Oil-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, and Vegan Though this dressing is a stand-in for ranch, it tastes just like the dairy-based original dressing. Creamy tahini made from sesame seeds are used, along with a touch of unsweetened, oil-free almond milk (you can also make your own), and… Read more“Herbed Creamy Mock Ranch Dressing”

Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad Dressing

Virginia Brand® Vidalia Onion Dressing Copycat Recipe Sweet Vidalia Onion Dressing and Marinade is one of my favorites. Try it as a dressing, dip or marinade. Enjoy as a dip for fried vegetables, and as a marinade for meat, chicken, fish (grilled salmon, yum!). This sweet, tangy and versatile dressing… Read more“Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad Dressing”