Preserving Autumn: Persimmon Jam

Persimmons are ripening fast and furiously around here. The thing with persimmons is once they are ripe, they fall and if you don’t get them quickly, they’re mush. You’ve really

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Kitchen Basics: Pumpkin Pie Spice

It’s so easy to make your own pumpkin pie spice, y’all. Once you do it, you’ll wonder why you ever paid over $4 a bottle (a tiny one at that)

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Kitchen Basics: Homemade Apple Pie Spice Mix

So I’m working on my October 10 THV11 segment (Skipped September. It’s a long story.) which is going to feature apples since it’s apple season in Arkansas. I know everyone

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Preserving Summer: Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce

One of the things I look forward to the most in summer is the first bite of a homegrown, Cherokee Purple tomato. And if it just happens to be on

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Parmesan-Herb Dipping Oil {Kitchen Basics}

Do you dip? No, silly, not THAT kind of dip. Yuck! (If you live around “good ol’ boys, you know what I mean. If you don’t, well…sorry you’re missing out

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Let’s Talk Vanilla Beans {Kitchen Basics}

If you are one of those who thinks vanilla grew in little brown bottles on the grocery shelves, don’t feel alone in your thinking.  You have lots of friends in

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You Need These Knives {Kitchen Basics}

#letsbreakbread I’ve often been asked what one piece of advice I would give to new cooks and what one piece of kitchen equipment I would recommend to have. Well, my

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Make-Ahead Gifts From the Kitchen: Confetti Bean Soup

Confetti Bean Soup, another Make-Ahead Gift From the Kitchen,  is probably a catch-all name for a dry bean soup. You know the one. It includes a variety of dry beans

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Braised Smoky Beef Brisket {Kitchen Basics}

There’s just something comfortable and homey about braised beef brisket yet it’s definitely a welcomed dish for special occasions.  I’m always a little surprised when I’m told that someone avoids

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Compound Butter {Kitchen Basics}

I grow lots of fresh herbs in pots and in my little garden. And when I say “lots,” I probably should say “more —way more— than I should. But I

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