6 Hot Cocoa Recipes to “Weather” the Storms

Quick one today folks. I was asked for some of my favorite recipes for hot cocoa, so I am listing the goodies we use at Casa Colleen here for you.  There are all kinds of flavors here plus recipes for “instant” cocoa you can make yourself. Belgian Hot Chocolate (Chocolat… Read more“6 Hot Cocoa Recipes to “Weather” the Storms”

Smoke on the Water—Wood & Liquid Smoked Salts

Start with an all-natural salt and slow smoke it using real Applewood chips. A delicate smolder with a subtle hint of fruit makes this smoked salt very versatile as a rub, marinade, or finishing salt. BUT what if you do not have a smoker? That is what my friend Anna… Read more“Smoke on the Water—Wood & Liquid Smoked Salts”

Italian Dressing Dry Mix (Like Good Seasons)

Use Dried Herbs & Spices to Make Your Own Inexpensively without Preservatives GOOD SEASONS Italian Dressing Mix™ has been around a long time. The salad dressing and recipe mix is a dry seasoning mix that allows you to make your own salad dressing or marinade using a few kitchen staples (vinegar,… Read more“Italian Dressing Dry Mix (Like Good Seasons)”

Whole Food Fruit & Vegetable Powders

What They Are & How to Use Them in Cooking Okay, I admit it. I am a person who has resorted to “sneaking” nutrition into my family’s diet (although I prefer the term “cleverness”). When it is cold and flu season and everyone is starting to sniffle, I make a… Read more“Whole Food Fruit & Vegetable Powders”

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”

6 Onion or Mushroom Soup & Dip DRY Mixes

These recipes are a must if you flavor with the dry soup brand mixes. Chemical-free, gluten-free, and with vegan options,  these mixes are also frugal and will save you money. I have played with these recipes and I think they taste better than the boxed brands! Original Onion Soup &… Read more“6 Onion or Mushroom Soup & Dip DRY Mixes”

Easy, Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Makes 1 9-inch pie (8 servings) This Pumpkin Pie is made with your dehydrated pumpkin powder or canned pumpkin purée. We have provided a great recipe for pie crust or you may use pre-made. Sweetened Condensed Milk is the secret here, along with the eggs, to making a fast, easy, and… Read more“Easy, Perfect Pumpkin Pie”

Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend-2 Ways

Makes 1/4 cup, enough to fill an average spice bottle There are two recipes here, a standard and a gourmet version. I use the gourmet version, but it requires keeping allspice and mace on hand. It is your choice, both are very tasty, economical, and preservative-free! Standard Pumpkin Pie Spice… Read more“Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend-2 Ways”

Make-Ahead Spiced Pumpkin Latte Mix

Makes 8 servings Make your own liquid “Torani -style”  flavoring for the popular—but seasonal—Spiced Pumpkin Lattes. Here is the opportunity to make it year-round from your own pumpkin powder, canned purée, or homemade purée! Ingredients 2 tablespoons pumpkin powder 1/2 cup boiling water 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1/2 teaspoon salt… Read more“Make-Ahead Spiced Pumpkin Latte Mix”

Bacchus Salt! Wine Salt (Red & White Options)

Last week, there was a discussion about a video that showed how to make red wine salt. Unfortunately, there were a few discrepancies and it was confusing to follow the recipe. I had made it before, but could not recall the exact details and measurements. So I went into my kitchen… Read more“Bacchus Salt! Wine Salt (Red & White Options)”