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In 2012 I made a commitment to keep my kitchen and home as close to the homesteading pioneer lifestyle as possible. The one thing I learned is the more I know the more I want to do and keep this commitment. Here’s the top viewed Pioneering Today posts of 2012.
1. Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls– We raise our own natural grass fed beef and I’m always looking for beef dishes my family will love. Even my picky eater child loves this one. This is my top viewed post of all time.
2. Bake Your Own No Knead Bread In Less than 5 Minutes a Day- This is a true artisan bread with only five traditional ingredients with a crunchy crust and oh so yummy soft inside. It also makes wonderful bread bowls for chilis, soups, and dips. I form long small loaves for baguettes and dipping.
3. No Rise Dinner Roll– These rolls are easy to make and taste great.
4. 5 Reasons to Use a Clothesline- You might find yourself surprised at some of the reasons.
5. Dutch Oven Chicken Vegetable Bake Recipe- I love cooking outdoors with our cast iron Dutch oven, and apparently, I’m not alone!
6. Best Ever Flaky Pie Crust- This is from my great-grandmother’s kitchen and goes wonderful with everything from dessert to dinner.
7. 4 Ways to Re-Purpose a Mason Jar. Which ones your favorite?
8. Dutch Oven Cooking Over an Open Fire If you’re curious how the pioneer’s cooked without an oven while taming the frontier, here’s my tutorial. This is great for camping, when the power goes out, or just for fun. We frequently use our Dutch oven even at home-it just tastes better!
9. How to Cook and Care for Cast Iron- Cast iron is wonderful, but it does require some specific care to get the best use out of it. With these simple tips, you’ll never use any other sort of cookware.
10. How to Harvest Garlic Garlic is easy to grow, especially in containers, making this a great winter crop for anyone no matter where they live.
What would you like to learn or do more of this year? What is the one Pioneering Today thing you did this year that you’re proud of, maybe canning, cooking traditionally, or gardening?
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.