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Chinese Salted Kumquat Recipe

Many people candy the kumquat — or if you’re Chinese, you may have had it dried or salted. One of my Mom’s favorite remedies for sore throat is salted, preserved kumquat mixed in hot water and a little honey. Basically, it’s just like making Moroccan preserved lemons, but with kumquat. The kumquat is kept whole, but squashed or cut slightly …

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Why I don’t make animal crafts anymore

If you’ve ever met me in person, there’s a 99.5% chance that either I’ve a knitting project in my bag — or — I’m knitting AND talking at the same time. My hands are nonstop (my husband says better my hands than my jabber mouth) – either knitting, crocheting, hand-embroidery, typing, photographing, cooking or eating. But mostly knitting – because …

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Mystery Killer Caught on Camera

Our 5-acre homestead is situated perfect for isolation. To our left is a another 5-acre field that’s empty – and beyond that our neighbors have 10 beautiful acres. Behind us is a 40 acre preserve – sort of like a rat’s nest of thick prickly pokey Florida bush, palm trees, oak trees with overgrown moss that hang from tall branches …

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IMUSA Electric Espresso Maker Review

I’m a big coffee nut – years ago I used to buy green beans from Sweet Maria’s and roast them myself. One time I even roasted them in a wok that I situated on my outdoor grill! Massive FAIL. Also another fail was the popcorn popper which just made a massive mess that I had to clean up. For a …

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Grow: The Microgreens Mad Scientist

I’m so excited to share with you Scott’s latest hobby – actually my FAVORITE hobby of his (the other being Single Malt Scotch – bleh). We’ve converted an entire room that’s located right next to his greenhouse into his Mad Scientist Studio.  Here’s Scott to tell you about his project! – and towards the end of the post, a review …

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Welcome to Grow!

I am excited to say we are adding a new section to Steamy Kitchen called Grow! OK, it’s not really a new section, but rather a new sub section under our Homestead heading. It’s focus will be on growing your own food. It’s mission – to inspire you to grow something, anything you might use in your kitchen. It’s an …

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Review: Ninja Ultima Pro Blender vs. Vitamix Blender

    The Ninja Ultima Blender was sent to us for review. No other bribes were exchanged. All opinions are my own and my kids’ jaden A few weeks ago we released “First look at the Ninja Ultima Pro Blender” – here’s our full video review! This review has been long overdue! As my parents and brother can attest to, I’m …

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20 Minute Sriracha Sauce

Like my label!? LOL Back before Sriracha was a “thing” – we just called it “red sauce” and squirted it on just about everything, including scrambled eggs. The original “rooster brand” Huy Fong recipe was so perfect that they had a virtual monopoly at Vietnamese restaurants and competitors didn’t even try to imitate their formula. Fun fact from Forbes: Huy Fong …

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Chinese New Year 2014: What to eat if you want a raise!

Chinese New Year begins this Friday, January 31, 2014! It’s the Year of the Horse and according to the Chinese fortunetellers, “The Year of the Horse is a time for all people to go forward confidently in the direction of their goals and dreams.” Read all about the Year of the Horse by Lily Choo at Epoch Times. Sounds like …