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Ona J Bass

Ona J Bass

Ona Jo Bass grew up on a small farm in the middle of the United States. Food and farming are two things that go together. She learned how to harvest food and prepare simple meals from scratch. As a young woman, she discovered that you can’t always walk out the back door and pick a meal. Cooking from scratch helped stretch her budget and, after a few mistakes, she learned how to make tasty food from basic ingredients from the grocery store.

Splenda Simple Syrup: Saving Your Pancakes?

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Simple syrup with Splenda can be a way to have your save Sunday morning pancakes when they are threatened by the low-sugar, reducing diet you recently adopted. Sugar has been linked to a number of adverse conditions including diabetes and obesity. But we humans do love our sweet flavors, and if you’ve been missing that special taste, then Splenda might offer a solution to your dilemma.

Making and Serving a 7 Course Meal

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A seven-course meal doesn’t have to be heavy or complex. While it might mean a table groaning with food to some people, in reality, it can be very light and simple. The Italian and the  French both have a simple seven-course menu. The secret of the seven-course dinner is the 7-course meal order. You might have familiar and recognizable foods, but the order in which they are served is important.

Lemon Cayenne Water Recipe: An Old Time Remedy Made New

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When I saw the title “Lemon Cayenne Pepper Water,” I did a double take. “Really?” I thought, “I can’t believe it.” You see, when I was a little girl I had nearly continuous respiratory problems. It didn’t help that in 1959 when I was seven years old,  my entire second grade class and I had pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough. Lemon cayenne water was one of the ingredients my mother gave me while I was sick.

Versatile and Delicious Short Grain Rice

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Short grain rice is the delightful stuff that is the basis for sticky rice, risotto, and sushi. Rice grows around the world and appears in dishes from many different cultures. It comes in three main types: Long, medium and short grain. Long grain rice is the kind you want when the goal is a dish with distinct grains, medium rice is a balance between distinct grains and a soft-textured rice base.

Easy and Delicious Sous Vide London Broil

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A sous vide London Broil is an amazingly American dish, in spite of the French used in the description and the reference to London, England. It is a cooking method long used by fancy restaurants to make cuts of beef that are ordinarily tough and unpalatable into a delicious serving of meat. Some fanciers say that it is less a cut of meat and much more a cooking method.