Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

4-Ingredient Strawberry Chia Jam | Once you learn how to make this super-simple recipe, you'll never need to buy jam again!

I have always been very curious about learning how to make things from scratch. As a teenager, this was much to my mother’s chagrin. She wasn’t too fond of buying random ingredients for one recipe or another, but one time I convinced her to let me try making jam from scratch.

Don’t get me wrong—it tasted amazing. But it was SO labor intensive. I stood by the stove, stirring constantly, for what seemed. like. days. It called for pectin, and an insane amount of sugar. Needless to say I haven’t made that recipe again. Continue reading

Easy Homemade Guacamole

The BEST Guacamole | In Fine Fettle
Photos by Caitlin Abrams

I’m fairly certain I inherited my mother’s gene for being resourceful with just a few ingredients in the kitchen. Case in point: Eric and I were going to attend a party and we were asked to bring an appetizer. We didn’t have time to run to the store, so I rifled through our pantry and scrounged up some corn tortillas that were a little past their taco prime, a few cherry tomatoes, and an avocado that was surely about to go bad any day. We made them into homemade chips and guacamole and it was a huge hit at the party! This is a surprisingly easy appetizer that’s hard to mess up. And believe it or not, it’s cheaper and much more delicious than buying a bag of chips and a tub of pre-made guac.

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Brined and Roasted Rosemary-Chile Almonds

This Brined and Roasted Rosemary-Chile Almonds recipe is perfect to make as a party snack! [gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan]

These. Almonds. Are. Bomb. The original recipe appeared in the October 2014 issue of Bon Appétit Magazine, and that month I made them for a party I was hosting. Everyone absolutely loved them! One guest even said he’d pay for nuts like these. Quite the compliment for a home cook!

Since they were such a hit, I decided to make them again when attending a 2015 New Year’s Eve party. Once again they were well-received, so even though I didn’t develop this recipe myself, I wanted to share how to find the recipe so you can make them too! Continue reading

Easy Homemade Vegetable Soup + 9 Soups to Keep You Cozy This Winter

Soup season is my jam! Nearly every week I make a big batch of soup or chili and Eric and I eat it for lunch all week. It’s simple, comforting and soooo delicious! Plus, during cold and flu season, I like to think a little hot broth and a dash of turmeric helps to boost my immune system!

One of my go-tos is a basic homemade vegetable soup, like the chicken noodle soup you might eat when you’re sick. It’s a perfect way to use up any vegetables or beans that might go bad soon and it’s hearty and healthy. Once I make this basic recipe, I add to it based on what I have around.

Extra lentils? Toss ’em in! Water from pasta made the night before? You bet I save that and add it to the pot! It makes for a new flavor every time, which keeps this soup exciting.

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