All posts by Nicki Hollerich

How To Make Ham Cured Pulled Pork


Ham Cured Pulled Pork?  Yes Please!  I ran across this recipe online the other day from a fellow smoker, and knew I HAD to try it.   Pulled Pork with a Ham cure and flavor – sign me up!  I’m a big-time ham lover, and pulled pork is so easy and satisfying – who wouldn’t want

How to Make Scotch Eggs


I love to make Scotch Eggs!  If someone asks me what my favorite type of food is, my answer is always BREAKFAST!  Not BBQ (which is a close 2nd) or Mexican – but Breakfast!  This means, anything with eggs and sausage, bacon and cheese… Scotch Eggs are everything I love about breakfast, but… they aren’t technically a breakfast meal.  There are

How to Make Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing


We love to make Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing!  We not only use it on our salads, but we also dip our veggies, french fries, wings, pizza, and a plethora of other items in it.  It’s always included when we’re setting the table for meals.  For years we’ve been disappointed by the store-bought bottled versions.  We’ve tried just about every

How to Dehydrate Watermelon a.k.a. Watermelon Candy


 Dehydrate Watermelon I’m trying something new today!  I’ve been playing with dehydrating foods for long term storage over the past few months.  I started with some simple fruits like strawberries, apples, bananas, etc. and have worked my way up to various veggies, hash browns and even chicken chili (for short term storage in fridge).  However, I really

How to make Pastrami from Scratch


We got our first smoker more than three years ago, and it changed how we view purchasing meat from the grocery store.  Why buy pastrami from the deli that is filled with who knows what types of chemicals, and costs an arm and a leg, when we can learn how to make pastrami from scratch in

How to Make Canadian Bacon from Pork Loin


How to Make Canadian Bacon I LOVE Canadian Bacon!  So after a little “How to Make Canadian Bacon” research, I made it myself  from scratch using a pork loin. I didn’t realize how EASY it was and soooo much tastier than store bought.  I’ll never buy Canadian Bacon again, but I will buy pork loins to make

How to Make Homemade Lip Balm


How to: Homemade Lip Balm Living here in Arizona, we have that “dry heat” in the summer that everyone has heard about.  But what they don’t tell you is that it’s dry ALL the time, not just in the summer when its over 100 degrees.  Our winters are cool and beautiful, but the air is just

How To Make Soy Wax Candles


One of our first small steps in learning to build our City Farmstead was to learn how to make soy wax candles.  The thought came to me after watching a program on television about EMPs (Electromagnetic Pulses) and the possible loss of the entire power grid and how long it would take to get power restored to

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