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Best Baked Chicken Ever

This recipe has forever changed the way we make chicken.  It is unbelievably moist, flavorful and so easy you probably won’t even need to print the directions.  It’s a far cry from the chicken I grew up on… For most of my life chicken existed only as a boneless skinless breast (say what, chickens are more than just giant boobs?!).  As a result I grew up thinking chicken was a rather bland, boring meat.  Then...

No Work Chicken Stock

Homemade stock is the trick behind many of our favorite meals.  It adds noticeable flavor and nutrition to countless savory dishes.  When I first started making stock I followed a recipe (included in notes).  It’s a good recipe that makes tasty stock.   But even though it’s not hard, it requires just a bit too much thought.  As our life gets progressively busier I found myself making it less and less.  But store...

Homemade Big Mac Special Sauce

This recipe is the result of a happy accident.  A few weeks ago I had a craving for thousand island dressing but we were short on several ingredients.  I really didn’t feel like dragging the boys to the grocery store so I threw together what we had and tossed it on a salad.  Just one bite instantly transported me back to my teenage years.  This recipe captured the flavor so perfectly, I couldn’t wait to grill...

Hearty Carrot Cake

This carrot cake has been a work in progress for several months now and I think I finally got it right.  Raisins, nuts and extra carrots make it heartier than most carrot cakes and the result is moist and nutty and pleasantly sweet.  It’s so tasty we normally don’t even use frosting (although cream cheese frosting would be awesome!).   I’ve been making carrot cake muffins and my 2 year old and I can’t get...

How to Make Whipped Cream

Homemade whipped cream is a simple and delightful way to transform an ordinary dessert into something special.  Just a few minutes of work will impress your friends and make your taste buds very very happy:)  Making whipped cream is super easy, the only trick is knowing when to stop.  If you overbeat the cream, it turns heavy and clumpy (it’s actually turning into butter!).  Stop beating once the cream can hold its...

Healthy Homemade Soda Recipe

At the Hubbard house we’re constantly trying to strike a good balance between eating healthy while still really enjoying our food.  One way we do this is by reworking junk foods into healthy alternatives.  They still may not qualify as health foods but they satisfy our cravings and offer some real nutrition.  This soda is a great example of how you can replace empty calories without feeling deprived.  This recipe...

How to Make Kombucha

Kombucha is a slightly fizzy, tangy beverage made from fermented tea.  It’s been around for centuries and has a wide variety of reported health benefits including detoxification, immune support, improved digestion, improved liver function, increased energy and even cancer prevention.  In its most basic form kombucha is just sweetened black tea that is fermented by a kombucha mother (also known as a SCOBY).  The mother...

Best Granola Ever!

This is without a doubt the best granola I have ever eaten.  It has tons of flavor, great texture and is full of wholesome ingredients.  The secret is the addition of fruit preserves and an egg.  The fruit preserves (jam, apple butter, etc.) majorly boost the flavor and the egg acts as a binder to create nice clusters that are often missing in homemade granola. I never would have thought to make granola this way and this...

Easy Onion Dip (Lipton soup style)

If you have sour cream and some fairly standard spices you can whip up a tasty onion dip in less than 60 seconds.  Dips are a great way to entice little ones to eat veggies and make quick impromptu appetizers when unexpected company stops by.  This recipe (minus the sour cream) can even be made and stored in bulk so you always have some on hand.  Just add 2 Tablespoons of the spice mixture per cup of sour cream and...

How to make a SCOBY

Kombucha is a popular health food beverage that costs a small fortune to buy but is cheap and easy to make at home.  There’s only one catch, you need a kombucha mother.  The mother (more formally called a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast or SCOBY for short) unlocks the wonders of fermentation.  When combined with plain old sweetened black tea, she feeds on the sugars and transforms the tea into a tangy, bubbly brew...

How to Make Spreadable Butter

I LOVE butter.  We go through large amounts of good old fashioned butter in the Hubbard kitchen and you couldn’t pay me to use margarine!  That being said, I sometimes miss the convenience of those spreadable tubs of butter wannabes.  They’re so easy to smear on a piece of crusty bread or to butter up things like corn on the cob or grilled cheese.  So I decided to make my own “buttery spread” that’s easy to make...

How to Roast Chestnuts

Thanks to Nat King Cole (and various other artists) chestnuts are one of the most romantic foods of the Christmas season and man are they good!  They have a sweet, mildly nutty flavor and soft, almost creamy texture.  Roasted chestnuts make your house smell wonderful and are great for getting into the holiday spirit!  Prior to 1900, Chestnuts grew abundantly across the eastern United States and were a common American food....

Beet Pickled Eggs

I always thought pickled eggs looked creepy and gross.  I had no intention of eating them, much less making them until recently.  On a whim I tried my first pickled egg and it was love at first bite!  They combine several of my favorite things – pickles, eggs and healthy food – in a convenient, all natural and brightly colored package!  They’re super tasty and when pickled with beets, the color is so darn pretty…...

Maple Bourbon Mustard

This flavorful mustard has a nice grainy texture and smooth semi-sweet flavor.  The taste of bourbon is present but not overpowering and the sweetness of the maple syrup cuts the bite without being overly sweet.  It’s a delicious all-purpose mustard that your family is sure to enjoy… Maple Bourbon Mustard
 Yields about 2 ½ cups depending on how much you reduce it down Ingredients: ¾ cup bourbon ½ cup...

Homemade Yellow Mustard

I recently discovered how easy it is to make mustard and have been trying recipes like a crazy person.  Just combine mustard seeds and/or powder with an acid (typically vinegar) and customize however your taste buds please.  I’ve experimented with brown mustard seeds (hotter flavor), yellow mustard seeds (milder) and ground mustard powder.  I’ve soaked them in liquor, beer, wine and several types of vinegar.  I’ve...

How to Roast Garlic

Roasting takes the edge off of garlic and brings out a rich, buttery, almost sweet flavor that’s completely different from its raw counterpart.  Roasted garlic becomes so soft it can be spread on bread, mashed into dips or sauces or added (whole or sliced) to any dish where you want its flavor and/or health benefits.  This simple process takes hardly any hands on time and will add wonderful flavor and nutrition to...

Molasses Milk Recipe

My son would drink a gallon of chocolate milk a day if I let him.  This recipe came about through my search for a healthier alternative to commercial flavored milks and was an instant hit.   Luke likes its interesting semi-sweet flavor and I like its serious nutrition profile (I also think it tastes really good).  Just one tablespoon of blackstrap molasses provides (on average) the following nutrients: iron (20% RDA),...

How to make powdered sugar

Powdered sugar is not something we keep on hand in the Hubbard kitchen.  But every so often I make whipped cream or icing and powdered sugar is perfect for that nice smooth texture.  The last time I needed some I really didn’t feel like running to the store so I decided to figure out how to make it myself instead.  And wow – it couldn’t be any easier.  Just toss some sugar in your blender, process on high and voila...

Homemade Spiced Pumpkin Latte

A steaming, pumpkin latte is an irresistible treat during these first cold days of fall.  However, they are not cheap!  I have better things to spend $5 on so I set out to make my own recipe.  The result is rich, creamy, very nicely spiced and WAY less expensive.  I make enough spice blend for a week’s worth of lattes (or a large batch to share with friends).  Here’s my take on this toasty seasonal brew: Spiced...

How to Make Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract adds delicious flavor to many dishes and is remarkably simple to make.  All it takes is some vodka, vanilla beans and time!  This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled if you do a lot of baking or if you’d like to make vanilla as gifts or party favors.  People love it and you’ll feel good every time you use it! Homemade Vanilla Extract: Ingredients: 2-3 vanilla beans 1 cup vodka 1 Tablespoon...