Recipes, memories and random thoughts from my kitchen
Saturday, June 06, 2009
A Homemade Life ~ June 6
Here are a couple of homemade items I keep on hand all the time. When we run out, I always make more so we will have these things on hand.
Homemade Italian Dressing
1/2 cup vinegar 1/3 cup water 1/4 cup oil 1 Tblsp. lemon juice 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp. dry mustard 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. sugar 1/4 tsp. pepper 1/4 tsp. oregano 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 1/4 tsp. onion powder 1/4 tsp. sweet pepper flakes
Combine all in a 2-cup measure or in a small bowl. Use a funnel to transfer to a salad dressing bottle or cruet. (I use a cool-looking recycled Star vinegar bottle.) Shake well before using. Makes just over 1 cup.
Homemade Instant Oatmeal
6 cups quick-cooking oats 1 1/3 cups nonfat dry milk powder 1 cup dried apples, snipped in small pieces with scissors (or use about 1 cup raisins) 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 Tblsp. cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
In a large bowl, combine all and stir well. Transfer to an airtight container -- I use a recycled 3-lb. potato salad container. Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. Makes 8 cups -- 16 (1/2 cup) servings.
To use, combine 1/2 cup mix and 3/4 cup water in a deep, 2-cup capacity microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 1 minute on High. Stir, and microwave 45-60 more seconds on High. Let stand 30 seconds or so, then serve.
If you would like to see other homemade ideas, be sure and check out Life on a Back Road. You will find lots of inspiration there!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.