How to Make Your Own Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk


Dear friends,

I was recently going to try a new recipe for homemade ice cream that called for a generous portion of canned sweetened condensed milk. 

I love sweetened condensed milk (SCM) in recipes like pies and cookies, but as a primary ingredient I hesitated because to me the commercial product always has a slight canned flavor. 

Thus began my quest to see if

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Avocado, Tomato and Corn Salsa

Corn salsa

Dear friends,

I considered making up a new word for this recipe. What do you think of “Salsaladip?”

Because I honestly don’t know how to categorize it.

Is it a salad?

Is it a salsa?

Or is it a dip?

No matter what you call it, this simple appetizer combines some of my favorite flavors of summer:  fresh sweet corn, a just-ripe avocado, grape tomatoes, a jalapeno, half a red onion, lime juice, salt, pepper and fresh chives.

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Soft, Chewy Ginger Cookies

Ginger cookies cooling on a rack


Dear friends,

This quarantine has brought out some powerful cookie cravings in our household. After we polished off the Girl Scout Thin Mints in the freezer and the honey graham crackers in the pantry, it was time to start baking.

For me, these cookies are everything I  need to survive a pandemic. They’re comforting, and they remind me of the wonderful homemade cookies our mom bakes. They’re soft and chewy, with a happy

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