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honey vs. sugar

Pin ItA few days ago, the Damsel talked to a friend who has a spot of hypoglycemia. If she eats sweet things on an empty stomach, she feels dizzy and lightheaded. So she switched to using honey rather than white sugar in her morning shake. Things didn’t work out for her the way she’d hoped. […]

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How did shortening get its name?

Pin It Shortening. The stuff dreams are made of. Pie dreams, that is. Have you ever wondered why shortening is called shortening? What’s short about it? One explanation is that baked goods typically made with shortening, like pies, cookies, or biscuits, are different from yeast breads that you knead. When you knead dough, you are […]

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how to seed a pomegranate

Pin ItWhen the Damsel’s Knight in Shining Armor was a boy, his family owned an amazing orchard full of all kinds of citrus trees–and pomegranate trees. He might have liked to know this trick back then, but he was only a wee tyke at the time. Someone else had to grub out the seeds for […]

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Pin ItBright lights, big lettuce. The Damsel heard you could grow lettuce indoors under florescent lights and decided then and there she wanted to try it, because the Cottage By The Mountains was buried in snow, and spring seemed oh so far away. She yearned for soil, seeds, and sprouts. Jan. 26: She fetched a […]

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Pin It  How to make oat flour: Real way: obtain whole oat grains, ideally by going into an organic field with a sickle, while singing Kumbaya. Grind them in a mill. Lazy/easy way: Put oatmeal (dry, uncooked, plain, old-fashioned or quick) in your blender. Turn it on. Watch it turn into powder, which you now […]

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pumpkin spice scones

Pin ItPumpkin. So good. In the olden days, October was a time to pull those last bits of harvest in and finally take a deep breath after the year’s hard work. The humble pumpkin has sort of become a symbol of all that, even now, when the most we have to do with a pumpkin […]

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make your own chocolate syrup

Pin ItIf you’ve ever experienced the traumatic experience of being out of this:                         …you’ll be happy to know that you can easily make your own, from stuff you probably have in your cupboard. Along with its rescue properties, homemade chocolate syrup is considerably […]

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Pin It Guest blog by Caleb Warnock, author of The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast: Breads, Pancakes, Waffles, Cinnamon Rolls and Muffins and the national bestseller Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency Used by the Mormon Pioneers.© 2012 Caleb Warnock. The contents of this blog post are not in the public domain and may not be […]

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types of vinegar, and a history.

Pin ItToday, dear students, we are doing a chapter review on that fascinating substance, vinegar. Has there ever been a more versatile liquid?   Websites abound that list hundreds of uses for the stuff, so the Damsel will restrain herself from duplicating that. But perhaps you’ve noticed there are several types, and wondered what the […]

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oops!

Pin ItThe previous post contained a broken link. It’s fixed now, but here is a corrected version of the whole post, for the benefit of those on email subscriptions. Hello dear students, Old School is turning 3! As part of the Old School birthday celebration, the Damsel has a great giveaway to offer. Birthday for […]

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