Save on Suds: 6 DIY Soap Recipes

by Craftmel

Save on Suds: 6 DIY Soap Recipes

It's an essential part of keeping a tidy and fresh existence: Soap.  Hands, clothes, dishes... they all need something to keep away the grime and germy germs (I have small children; I'm allowed to say germy germs).   If you are anything like me and find yourself cursing money spent on soap and detergents when it could be going toward things that are way more fun than cleaning supplies, then you might appreciate these DIY soap recipes.

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How to: Make Easy, Tasty Sushi at Home... No Raw Fish Required

by Rebekah Greiman

Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite weeknight meals: an in-depth how-to for easy, tasty homemade sushi... without the raw fish.  

Homemade sushi tutorial

Making sushi at home can sound overwhelming, but it's really rather easy once you get the hang of it.

Steering clear of raw fish in my sushi, I opt for either raw vegetables or cooked crab.

ingredients for sushi

Here's what you'll need to make your own homemade sushi:

 

  • Raw Vegies - 1 cucumber, 1 avacado, 2...

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Gift Guide: 16 Great Gourmet Gifts for Home Chefs and Food Lovers

by Bruno Bornsztein

2011 Curbly Kitchen and Foodies Gift Guide

Somehow I managed to score this gift guide assignment again this year (see my post from 2010), even though Chris is clearly the more qualified person to do it (I mean, c'mon, he makes stuff all the time, like donuts and romesco sauce).

Nevertheless, I am nothing if not a shameless amateur, and I like to think of myself as food-literate. So, fueled by this decidedly non-gourmet turkey sandwich I whipped up for lunch and a string of INXS that...

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Giveaway: Win a SodaStream Fountain Jet Starter Kit ($100+ Value)

by Chris Gardner

Giveaway: Win a SodaStream Fountain Jet Starter Kit ($100+ Value)

It's Kitchen Month on Curbly; and we think the kitchen is the do-it-yourself-iest room in the house. Yeah, it's easier to purchase packaged, pre-made, preservativeful foods, but it's also pricier and worse for your health. And nothing beats the taste of home-made.

created at: 08/22/2011

Soda (pop, for you midwesterners) is no exception; you can make your own awesome-tasting soda and save money doing it! To help you, we've teamed up with SodaStream to give away one of their "Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Starter Kits", so you can start whipping up your own soda pops and sparkling waters at home.  Read on to find out how to win!

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Make These Pretty Picasso Lollipops

by Kelly B

Make These Pretty Picasso Lollipops

Homemade lollipops – actually homemade anything! – are just so much better than store-bought. Sure there's a recipe to follow, but there's also room to let your creativity flow and make something really yours with personal touches and adjustments. So, can you guess the main ingredient in these Picasso-inspired lollipops?  

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Make: Homemade Bacon Jam!

by Kelly B

Make: Homemade Bacon Jam!

A little sweet, a little tangy, a lot bacon-y. With the bacon trend showing no signs of going away – or even slowing down – it was only a matter of time before the treat made its way even deeper into the foodie realm. This time in a gourmet "jam" that you can make in your own kitchen. If you're thinking this is just going to be a greasy, fatty mess... STOP , because we promise you will be oh so pleasantly surprised.

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Make: Salad Dressing Bottles with Built-In Recipes

by Kelly B

Make: Salad Dressing Bottles with Built-In Recipes

I eat a LOT of salads come summertime, there are just too many fresh vegetables and farmers markets out there not to. But I'm a picky one when it comes to dressing. The only bottled varieties that I like are the bad ones – you know, ranch and italian. I like to make my own so that they're at least slightly more healthy, but it can be annoying to have to search through my recipe files when I'm starving. This little trick is bound to shave precious stomach-grumbling moments off of my prep time and keep me from reaching for the rep-made stuff in a pinch.

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Roundup: Sweet DIY Summer Treats

by Kelly B

Roundup: Sweet DIY Summer Treats

No one wants to fire up the oven burners when it's in the triple digits. I want to eat raw things, I want to eat cold things, and I want to eat sweet things. (Not necessarily in that order!) But I also like being able to serve my house guests food that I've made with my own two hands, instead of out of a box.

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10 Ways to Combat Escalating Food Prices

by Chris Gardner

10 Ways to Combat Escalating Food Prices

The reports are in, and grocery store prices are on the rise. Produce has skyrocketed, and grain products using wheat and corn have seen sharp increases.

But, as with most things, with a big of planning and creativity, you can do your best to feed your family with nutritious, healthful foods, and still meet your budget.  

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DIY Cooking Handbook

by Chris Gardner

DIY Cooking Handbook

"If you live in an apartment, or tend to let surplus vegetables die in the crisper drawer, you may think that the do-it-yourself food movement does not apply to you. Not so. Making some of your own staples — and a few luxuries, like chocolate-hazelnut paste or better-than-balsamic maple vinegar — is possible, and enormously gratifying."    

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Green Bean and Fried Onion Dish from SCRATCH

by DIY Maven

Green Bean and Fried Onion Dish from SCRATCH

A few Thanksgivings ago, we were sitting at the table, passing food, when my aunt-in-law announced she had made her usual: green bean and fried onion casserole. Chunks rose at the thought of it. I know people who LOVE this dish, but WHY they love it is beyond me. I donned a smile and planned to pass the dish along, when auntie explained that she made her staple from scratch this year, using fresh green beans and real cream. I was intrigued, to say the least. I took a helping and, by god, if it wasn't

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