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Monday, March 30, 2020

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole, don't let those words scare you away, because this one is delicious! Really it is, and easy to make. You should give it a try...

How does one describe a tuna noodle casserole without losing the listener? There is a certain automatic sense of dread when someone says tuna noodle casserole, even with me, and I know about this one!

And this Tuna Noodle Casserole is delicious.

I originally found the recipe in Sunset magazine, years and years ago. It was a reader-submitted recipe, and it caught my eye.  I was looking for a frugal recipe that tasted better than the sum of its parts. I have to say, I struck gold with this one. 
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Vintage Oven-BBQ Pork Chops

If you are looking for a delicious, BBQ-y flavored pork chop that is easy on the cook, Vintage Oven BBQ Pork Chops are calling your name! 

This recipe requires a quick browning on the stovetop then the rest of the cooking is handled with expertise by your oven! Leaving you to relax, toss a salad, or even start that last load of laundry...

For a super easy dinner, place some potatoes in the oven to start baking before you begin browning the chops. Once the Vintage Oven BBQ Pork Chops are in the oven baking simply add a vegetable or salad, and you have dinner covered. Sometimes we like to serve these pork chops with Easy Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese, because, seriously, who doesn't like mac and cheese? 
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tomato Serendipity!

You can never go wrong with a few ready-made condiments in your pantry. Like a jar of this feisty cheesy tomato-y goodness, I call Tomato Serendipity. 

What you might be asking what exactly is Tomato Serendipity Well for starters it is delicious, but wait there is more. As it turns out this two-ingredient recipe is also incredibly easy to make.  

Easy to make, Tomato Serendipity!

I must confess, we are a condiment family. We love them! It would be safe to say that one shelf in our fridge is devoted to the storing of condiments. So it is a really good thing this new one is stored at room temperature! 
Monday, March 23, 2020

How to make Fried Mashed Potatoes, My Grandmother's Potato Cakes.

If your Grandmother made Fried Mashed Potatoes, this recipe is for you! They are so simple, very frugal, and they offer me a reason to talk about my Grandmother! 


When we had dinner at Grandmother's there was usually some sort of roasted meat and lots of gravy to go along with the large bowl of mashed potatoes, she would serve. And if we I was lucky there would be as a small bowl of leftover mashed potatoes prepared to go into the fridge, after the meal was over. 
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Creamy Banana and Kiwi Parfaits

Hi Friends! Who is looking for a delicious, creamy, fruit and honey-sweetened yogurt parfait? One that is easy to make, and perfect to make as a project with your little loved ones? 

These Creamy Banana and Kiwi Parfaits are just the ticket, for a healthy and delicious dessert or afternoon treat that will keep you satisfied until dinner rolls around. With spring peeking out from under winter skies, we will all see and enjoy more outdoor time. Increased activity usually means increased appetites. It is always easier to say yes to the request for a treat when they are made from wholesome ingredients. Make sure you are ready, and I know these parfaits will help. 

One Bowl Banana Snack Cake

Who needs an easy to make, One Bowl Banana Snack Cake that uses up the last two soft speckled sweet bananas in the fruit bowl, that no one wants to eat? The answer is, we all do! 

Bananas are a bit like avocados, they can go from that perfect sweet treat you looked forward to enjoying, to brown, spotty, and too soft, in a day. To be honest I have had more than enough bananas get tossed into the freezer for baking, due to over-ripening. 
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Pecans

Would you like to know the easiest way to change up your meals? So that having another meatloaf or pork chop dish does not seem repetitive? Well, let me tell you, the answer is vegetables! Yes, vegetables! 

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Pecans is just the sort of dish that is super easy to throw together. Oven roasting is the perfect way to achieve a "new" vegetable dish to serve your family. Even the simple carrot takes on a new dimension when paired with oven roasting...

The flavor combination of these three ingredients is pleasing and can easily be assembled from a well-stocked pantry. Brussels Sprouts have good keeping qualities and can be found in the marketplace from late fall through winter. 

Easy to assemble, then just bake! How to make Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Pecans
Brussels Sprouts Apples and Pecans, oven roasting to go with dinner!
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Broken Olive Antipasto Relish

Broken Olive Antipasto is not only really, really delicious but also the perfect recipe to make with helpers of all ages! Crumbling those olives between your fingers is great fun! 

A few years ago I began unpacking the many recipes I had printed and saved through the years. As I began the task, I quickly realized that so many recipes were no longer what I was looking for...not for my family or my tastebuds. 

Like a storage unit not visited for a long period of time, the first thought is, what have I been saving this for?! Most became recycling, but a few were saved because they still caught my attention, including this one! 
Monday, March 9, 2020

Mary's Pineapple Raisin Sauce for Ham

Pineapple Raisin Sauce for Ham is a piquant and easy to make, sauce, perfect for your next Ham dinner. It can be made from basic pantry ingredients, for a quick and enjoyable addition to your table.

Like many of the foods cooked and served in my childhood home, my Mom did not use a recipe. She was well known around our family table for her creative skills. She was also my first example of cooking "by the seat of my pants!". And more importantly, she cooked with what was in the house. Rarely did we make a trip to the store for a missing ingredient. 

I remember this sauce vividly. It was served with every baked ham dinner we enjoyed. Without an actual recipe, only the want of eating it again, I think I can recreate it in my own kitchen. I know it started with a can of crushed pineapple, including the juice or back then, most likely syrup. Then a big handful of raisins, some brown sugar, and a bit of apple cider vinegar. 
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Laurie Colwin's Broccoli Sauce for Pasta

Laurie Colwin's Broccoli Sauce for Pasta is the perfect side dish for spring! Or any time really, with quality frozen broccoli available year-round. A dish of broccoli along with whole wheat pasta, and a sprinkle of cheese, who could ask for more?

When we hung up the Mason Bee House yesterday we couldn't help but notice that all the fruit trees are budding out!  This is always the start of spring for me. You see...

Light, fresh, and delicious Laurie Colwin's Broccoli Sauce for Pasta

It does not matter what date the calendar page indicates. 
It does not matter if we have returned to Daylight Savings Time. 
And it does not matter if we have celebrated St Patrick's Day! 

It only matters that the buds are showing up on the fruit trees...that is Spring, with promises of Summer to come! Offering many more wonderful days to enjoy the outdoors, time with family, and of course, delicious food.
Friday, March 6, 2020

Three Ingredient Nutella Brownies!

Easy to make Three Ingredient Nutella Brownies will satisfy both kinds of Brownie people! Those that like the crisp/chewy edges and those that like the tender fudge-y center. 

This pan of Three Ingredient Nutella Brownies is the first recipe I will be offering that uses my favorite pantry mix, Whole Wheat Self-Rising Flour. I have many recipes to share with you, that will call for this homemade mix. I am a firm believer that delicious food does not have to be complicated nor does it need to take all day! 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

How to make Whole Wheat Self-Rising Flour

Whole Wheat Self-Rising Flour is one easy to make pantry mix you will want to keep around! There are countless ways to use this mix, from simple biscuits to a rich pan of Nutella Brownies...easy to make Whole Wheat Self-Rising Flour will save you loads of time in the kitchen!

How to make Whole Wheat Self-Rising Flour.

While delicious, healthy, homemade food is always our goal starting from the time we jump out of bed, until we sit down to eat, life can get in the way. There is no avoiding the fact that something forgotten can no longer wait another day. Or that unexpected phone call that comes out of the blue, asking you to join in for a bit of fun, or even someone you love needing a helping hand.
Monday, March 2, 2020

Welcome to Scratch Made Food!

Welcome to Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household. Where every recipe, kitchen tip, and other assorted magic is presented just for you. 

Because without you, this collection of shared recipes, tips, and the occasional funny story of a kitchen disaster in the making would be nothing more than notes on a yellowing pad of paper, just waiting to be discovered...


Welcome Scratch Made Food!, whole foods recipes!
Welcome to Scratch Made Food! 

In life we all get hungry. Plus we are all busy, with jobs, families, friends, sports, and hopefully a bit of time off for fun and relaxation. With that in mind, we will be offering recipes to not only fit your busy schedule but keep you supplied with delicious food to enjoy.  Recipes with easy to manage preparation time. Recipes with whole foods, made from scratch, that actually taste good. Recipes that can be shared for those times you have a helper in the kitchen. Recipes you will want to make again...

We are a Mother-Daughter team headquartered in the state of Montana, along the Bitterroot Mountains. We are a bread baking, jam making, garden growing, RV Traveling family. We menu plan for dinner time convenience, we have a root cellar for longterm storage, and we have hungry husbands to feed! Our family descriptions might not match, but we do have two areas where we do! Yes, we are also hungry, and busy. See we are definitely going to be friends! And you know what they say, friends don't let friends eat boring food...

For us all, our personal food philosophies are the driving force behind what we buy at the grocery store and what goes on our tables, at mealtime. You will never read about our way of doing things as being the only way, because hey, it's not! My way in the kitchen is for me, and your way is for you. Both are right! You may not want to bake your own bread, and that's OK. But if you do and have a question regarding bread baking, well bring it on and drop us an email!  We prefer delicious, easy to prepare scratch-made food with little or no kitchen waste. You will be offered our best tasting recipes, perfected for ease of preparation, to share on your table.


Whole food with delicious results, Scratch Made Food!

In our kitchen, we grind wheat into flour, baking and cooking with whole grains. We eat a variety of meat, fish, and dairy. And the truth is, we need to eat more vegetables than we actually do. We also get sick of cooking! And sometimes we eat out because cooking one more meal just might send us over the edge! See we really are alike...But usually, dinner is served, we dish-up, talk to one another, solve the world's problems, then wash some dishes. It is a routine looked forward to, a quiet moment in a busy day of work, commuting, and life.


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