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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
For Christmas eve this year I made gingerbread cupcakes with vanilla frosting and Nutella drizzle. The recipe for the gingerbread can be found here. The drizzle can be found here.
I can’t believe this blog has been around this long without an entry on fermented vegetables. I mean, there was the vinegar thing, but grapes are berries, so I don’t think that counts. How can we have a hipster blog like this without “probiotics” as a keyword? Sorry about that. Let’s talk about sauerkraut. It’s... Continue Reading →
Long, brutal winters like this one inspire a hibernating lifestyle, one centered around the home and hearth. And the best remedy for a cold day is a hot homemade soup or stew. This year I’ve been expanding my culinary horizons with a variety of stews, including Irish Lamb stew, Rabbit and Apple Cider stew, Beef Goulash and... Continue Reading →