Vanilla Cupcakes: Moist, Foolproof, and DELICIOUS!

Golden Cupcakes

My younger daughter has a way of roping me into stuff without me realizing what is happening. Like earlier this year, she made the suggestion that I sit and watch an episode of Cake Boss with her on Netflix. I’d never seen it before and didn’t really know what to expect, but a baker from Jersey sounded fine so I said sure. What I didn’t realize is that Cake Boss is the TV equivalent of crack, and that one episode would lead to another, and another, until we’d polished off not only the entire series, but swallowed a full two seasons of Next Great Baker too.

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Salt-Free Chili Seasoning

Salt Free Chili Seasoning

After a decade’s worth of low-sodium living I know what a pain it can be not only having to cook every meal, but finding all the necessary salt-free ingredients to make that cooking possible. It boggles the mind why something with less (in this case, salt) should cost MORE. I understand that fewer people want to buy salt-free (insert whatever), making production costs greater, but still. It can leave you a little salty having to shell out big bucks for salt-free beans, soups, sauces, and so on. In an effort to make all of our lives happier, healthier, and cheaper, I’ve decided to share some recipes for simple salt-free staples. Like chili seasoning! An essential blend that adds SO much flavor without a single milligram of sodium, this recipe can be adjusted to suit your own taste. It’s quick, affordable, and always ready when you want it. DIY, baby!

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Slow Cooker Lentil and Quinoa Chili

Lentil and Quinoa Chili

Mother Nature has given Maine a big fat FAKE OUT. Saturday was warm enough for me to unsheathe our chicken coop from its winter plastic cocoon. This morning I awoke to freezing rain and snow. Frankly, it’s enough to elicit my spiciest language. And what better accompaniment to cursing than some chili?! Since winter is obviously still with us, regardless of the calendar, I decided to go full-throttle and break out the slow cooker. Even if you’re in a gentler clime (YOU LUCKY SOUL!), everyone loves hands-off cooking.

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