I Vote for Salsa

This month I pick Salsa to cook with.  Now I know that salsa and November probably don’t usually go together, but with my current pregnancy, salsa is one of my favorite ingredients. I thought it would only last for a trimester or so, but it is still so present that my husband is starting to wonder if there are any other condiments in our kitchen.

I hope you enjoy these.  They are some of my favorites.

New Format

When RealWomen started, our goal was to provide our readers with basic information about food storage and to create a large pool of shelf-stable recipes to show the versatility of basic food storage. After nearly a year of posting 5 recipes a week, we feel like we’ve accomplished that goal! So over the next few months, we’re going to slow down and post just one ingredient each month. We plan to use our new-found time to make our site easier to search and to work on a few other goals we have in mind — both on and off the blog site. 

Along with our new format, we’d like to invite you to cook with us by trying at least one shelf-stable recipe each week. Be it breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, start building your own collection of family favorites that incorporate your food storage. It’s a great way to get a jump on your 19×19 plan!


Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

I love making muffins on a cold morning. These warm up my kitchen and little tummies nicely. But getting out of bed extra early to prep them when my bed is so warm is not easy. I make them the night before instead. I follow all directions, pour the batter in the paper liners and everything. BUT I DO NOT BAKE! Instead I cover my metal baking pan with press and seal wrap and place it in the freezer. In the morning I pull out the muffins and set them on top of my oven while I preheat it. Then I bake! They taste fresh and warm. Occasionally a recipe needs an extra 2 minutes or so, but just test for doneness before removing from the oven. Continue reading

Macaroni and Cheese

What is it about kids and Macaroni and Cheese?
I don’t care for it and, years ago I told Mellyn, “My kids don’t like Macaroni and Cheese.” After watching them one afternoon, Mellyn laughed at me and said, “Your kids ate bowlfuls of macaroni and cheese today!” They have been hooked ever since. Although I still don’t care for the stuff I secretly call “Yellow Death,” I am grateful my kids never refuse to eat this easy concoction. Thanks Mellyn! Continue reading

Cheesy Chowder

Dehydrated potatoes, carrots, onions and celery are so inexpensive, making this recipe easy on your budget and your time (everything is already peeled and diced for you!) This chowder was adapted from a recipe my sister claims to be one of her favorites. I am hoping my version will be a contender.

Original Recipe By Becki Continue reading

Easy Granola Bars

I have a love-hate relationship with granola bars. I love to eat them, but hate to pay money for something that’s full of corn syrup and other additives. I’ve tried several different recipes over the years, but they were all too much work — until now. This recipe is quick to make, the bars stay together reasonably well, and there’s no corn syrup involved! –Mellyn