These are recipies that you mix and then store for use elsewhere. I have a number of mixes that fit into this category, as well as some custom spice blends. Good staples can cut the time to put together a "scratch" home-made meal down to less time than it would take to run to the store for take-out.

Cream Soup Mix

Don’t run out of this one. I store it in an air-tight container in my pantry with a scoop I salvaged from a powdered drink cannister. This makes soup, sauce, gravy…it will turn any watery soup into a creamed soup, and turn left-over veggies into a creative masterpiece. 2 cups instant nonfat dry milk 3/4 …

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Cornbread Mix

We take this to pot-lucks. It makes a quick bread to compliment a meal or a topping for casseroles. The mixture recipe makes enough for 4 large batches. 9 cups flour 3 cups cornmeal 4 tsp salt 4 tbsp baking powder 3 cups sugar Mix this all together with a wire whisk and store it …

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Teenager Meat

Have you ever noticed that teenagers travel in herds and they are always hungry? This recipe is a great way to use up all of the extra teens that wander in. Just kidding, this isn’t made from teenagers, it is made for them. This is a joke around my house where teens — and now …

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starter in glass jar

Sourdough Starter

Elsewhere I talk about using sourdough starter, but how do you get this mysterious ingredient? Around my house this is referred to as Mom’s Yeast Beast, as it is more of a pet than an ingredient. Sourdough uses a wild yeast that grows in the air. Sourdough grown in San Francisco is different than when …

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