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How to Make Southern Chicken and Dumplings… from Scratch

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On a cold autumn day or in the dead of winter, nothing hits the spot quite a bowl of chicken and dumplings. The comfort food dish is a great meal to serve to the loved ones for Sunday dinner. Although there are almost as many variations on chicken and dumplings as there are kitchens in the South and Midwest, may favorite remains this hearty stew with pulled chicken, biscuity dumplings, and vegetables. Don’t worry–even though this dish takes a long time to make, it only requires 10-15 minutes of effort. Read the rest of this entry

How to Make Your Own Homemade Laundry Soap

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Before I had a baby, I would never have imagined what a mess babies can make. Thomas’ clothes are constantly covered with food, drool, and dirt. Fortunately, this homemade laundry soap removes virtually all of the stains he manages to get on his clothes while being gentler on his skin—and on the environment. Borax and vinegar remove stains, soften the fabric, and kill many of the bacteria that lurk on his clothes. Read the rest of this entry

How to Buy Great Baby Toys

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When I was a baby, my mother’s mother showered me with dozens of toys—so many toys I didn’t know what to do with them. In fact, my second Christmas I absolutely refused to open another present, even with a pile left for me under the tree. While her heart was in the right place, my grandmother was so excited to buy me things that she didn’t take the time to think about what kinds of toys I would really enjoy. Read the rest of this entry

How to Make Refried Beans… from Scratch

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I always thought refried beans came in a can that smelled something like dog food. But the delicious, rich flavor of restaurant-style pinto beans is incredibly easy to duplicate at home. Make four servings with five minutes of effort, a few spices and two dollars’ worth of dried beans. Inexpensive, easy, and from the heart—everything the Experimental Wife wants in a recipe. Read the rest of this entry

How to Make Homemade Pasta and a Great Asparagus Ravioli Recipe for Spring

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Biting into a piece of al dente, fresh pasta is one of life’s great, simple pleasures. Compared to store-bought pasta, fresh pasta has a rich, nutty flavor and a delicate texture that just can’t be beat. Plus, it gives the chef an amazing sense of satisfaction to watch her family and friends sit down to a meal she made completely by hand. Experimental Wifery walks you though how to use a food processor and a pasta machine to make sheets of homemade pasta and a spring ravioli recipe just in time for asparagus season. Read the rest of this entry