Pumpkin Spiced Butter

This isn’t a recipe, it’s more of a general method. Start with several pie pumpkins. Wash and slice pumpkins into wedges. You can discard the pumpkin seeds, but we dry the seeds out for a day, then give them to the squirrels. Drizzle oil of your choice over pumpkins, or use a pastry brush. We... Continue Reading →

Sweet Pickle Relish

The garden is giving us plenty of cucumbers this summer, so we’re using the KitchenAid’s meat grinder attachment to make sweet pickle relish. Excellent for hot dogs, tuna salads and tartar sauce.

Yes we can!

This is what we have canned from the garden so far, and this doesn’t include the several jars of salsa, jam, marinara sauce and pickles we’ve already eaten or given away. If you had trouble locating canning jars this year, my apologies, I think we used them all.

Strawberry Cornbread

To celebrate Lughnasadh I made strawberry cornbread muffins. They turned out delicious, made with the fresh strawberries that were so ripe that I needed to use them immediately. Baking something at home is a great way to celebrate this first harvest festival. Zucchini bread is another great choice if you have lots of zucchini coming... Continue Reading →

Dandelion jam

Spring has arrived and our yard has exploded in dandelions and violets. And in these uncertain times, you need to maintain the skills of foraging food and enjoy the bounty that nature provides. In his recession punk style, Mark cooked up some dandelion jam. It has a light floral flavor, and it’s the golden color... Continue Reading →

Vanilla bean honey infusion

Made honey infused with vanilla beans and my house smells divine!  Vanilla and honey have health benefits and the combination is an excellent way to infuse magical energy into your day. Real vanilla bean adds a warming, sweet, and floral flavor that compliments just about any sweet treat it’s added to. This is a great addition to... Continue Reading →

Honey Infusions

Mark bought a quart of honey and a bunch of tiny jars to make spicy honey from his impressive crop of hydroponic chili peppers. Since I'm not a lover of spicy foods I tried making lavender infused honey. The results were tasty but I couldn't find a tea that didn't mask the lavender flavor. Next... Continue Reading →

Spiced up spice rack

The first thing Mark ever made for me was a hand carved spice rack. It was Art Nouveau inspired, made from walnut and finished with oil which gives it a lovely sheen. I had been happily storing spices in it for years when I thought I ought to make the spice jars look as lovely... Continue Reading →

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