Recipe developer Ivy Manning is something of a do-it-yourself queen. Her book Better From Scratch features recipes for homemade hot sauce, homemade marshmallows — even homemade bacon. She’s also an evangelist for making your own crackers — which she swears are no harder than a batch of cookies. “I like tinkering and messing around until I get it right,” Manning admits. “And in most cases, I’m absolutely amazed at a how much better my homemade stuff tastes than the store-bought.”
And she swears these home hacks aren’t just for those with hours upon hours of free time or professional-grade equipment. “Really, you don’t need huge devices. Mostly a rolling pin and chef’s knife is all you really need to make almost anything at home,” Manning says. So, of course, when it comes to making smoked fish, she looks no further than her own kitchen.
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