Homemade Sauerkraut and Healthy Bacteria

Last summer I began working on a post for October about sausage making and also started testing homemade sauerkraut.  I am a big believer in incorporating fermented foods into your diet for overall health.  Foods such as sauerkraut, yogurt and miso contain something called probiotics, which are live bacteria and yeast that are beneficial to your body.  When your body has an imbalance of good vs bad bacteria it can cause all sorts of problems.  Probiotics have been found to cure a wide variety of digestive issues and even help with common colds and eczema.

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Bagels: The “hole” truth…Easier to make than you think!

Bagels bring such yummy memories to my mind. Next to making my own, the best bagel I’ve ever put in my mouth was from a little hole in the wall deli in New York City in December of 2001.  It was a surprise birthday trip for my husband and was our first ever trip to the Big Apple. Our search for breakfast on the first morning had us wanting to try everything so we purchased the most perfectly toasted bagel smeared with the most generous amount of cream cheese I had ever seen. We also purchased other items which apparently weren’t that good because to this day I can’t tell you what else we ate except for that bagel. Eating that bagel brought out the most selfish traits known to man and the next morning we purchased two bagels so I didn’t have to share. 🙂

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Holiday Baking Series Part 4: Fluffy Marshmallows

Okay, what could be better than homemade fluffy marshmallows for the holidays? I know, I can’t think of very many things that would be better so I’m really excited to share this amazingly simple recipe with you. The sky is the limit on flavors, colors and shapes for your marshmallows. I’m going to show you two of my favorite and I hope you take it and run with it.

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