Basics

Strawberry Jam

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Time: 20 mins

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Berry Pickers

Yeah for spring and strawberry season! I corralled my three, mostly willing, helpers (hey there was the promise of ice cream from nearby at the end) and we set off on a grand picking adventure. After the usual hour it took to lotion everyone up and put on hats we set out towards the strawberry fields. The first thing we learned, other than that the berries were plentiful, was that my toddler had no interest in picking. However, he was very interested in the part where you put the berries in the bucket. Lucky for us his older sister agreed to be a team with him. She picked and he dropped the berry into the bucket while his brother struck out for parts unknown in search of the largest berries

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Roasted Veggies

Roasted Veggies

Serves: 4

Time: 30 min

Kid Friendly Tasks: Washing Veggies

This is going to be one of those no brainer recipes that almost doesn’t seem worth posting but I’m going to do it anyway. I love roasted veggies as a side dish to any meal, especially Mediterranean. They are quick to prepare and will happily cook while you make the main course of something else. You can adjust the seasonings to match whatever your central dish is. Personally, I like to roast veggies in just a bit of flavorless vegetable oil, just enough that they don’t stick and then toss with butter, salt and pepper.

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Pizza Sauce

Pizza Sauce

Serves: Enough for 2 pizzas

Time: 5 mins

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Spices

I like this sauce because it’s the exact right amount for two pizzas. You can also make it with the basic ingredients you already have on hand and it requires no cooking before you dump it directly onto the pizza. As you can see, I don’t even waste a bowl making mine. I just mix all of the ingredients right in the can, spread onto the pizza and you’re done. I do have a great recipe that I’ll post some time for a true, cooked pizza sauce that’s really fantastic, much better than this one when they are side by side. However, I next to never make that sauce. It just requires more forward planning than I’m capable of at the moment.

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Black Raspberry Jam

Black Raspberry Jam

Time: 20 mins

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Berry Pickers

It was pretty miserable and my husband would say, “tell me again why we do this.” So I made jam to answer that question. It was superb. Face it, you cannot get enough black raspberries at a decent price any other way to make jam. And what jam it is! Because of the natural pectin in the berries’ seeds you just mix equal parts berries and sugar, cook until thick and can as you always would. I don’t like Ball’s recipe because it’s a bit too sweet for me. This jam is divine on toast and in cookies. I’m hoping that when we open jars of it, deep in the middle of winter we’ll think fondly back of that warm June day when we all went picking. Pity it didn’t actually happen.

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Basic Pizza Dough

Basic Pizza Dough

Serves: 2-4

Time: 2 hours

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Kneader

So my crew loves pizza, particularly my middlest. He would happily eat takeout pizza every meal (interspersed with beans and weenies of course, get that extra fiber in there from the bean, right?) I dislike most “standard” pizza joint pizza. I know that seems like a terrible thing to say, who doesn’t eat pizza and I do and I will, but the fresh stuff, either from a real pizza kitchen or home is just so much better! To that end, I have perfected this awesome dough recipe.

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