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Fermented Mixed Berries

This past weekend, I splurged and bought a few packs of berries (a special treat indeed, considering the snow still falls in the mountains) because I was so inspired by a new recipe: fermented berries.  We tend to rely on our fermented vegetables like sour pickles and hot pink jalapeno garlic kraut, as well as tonics… 

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How to Make Seasoning Salt

Sometimes it can be a struggle to put a wholesome dinner on the table.  While I spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen, developing traditional foods recipes for this site, I spend even more of my time in my office – hands on the keyboard, and eyes glued to the display.  Work, coupled with… 

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Pan-Roasted Chicken with Tarragon and Mustard Cream Sauce

It was a busy day, and I was up to my ears in emails.   As the afternoon wore on into evening, my husband and I desperately needed to figure out dinner.  That’s when I reached for a new book, Nourishing Broth, that was recently sent to me for review.  I thumbed through it, and… 

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup with Crispy Bacon

At midday, my husband and I leave our computers and sit down to lunch.  Soup, hearty and rich and filling, is a mainstay on our lunchtime table.  Either one of us will toss the ingredients into a single pot around noon, and let it simmer until done, when we sit down to eat, supplementing lunch… 

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Traditional Wassail Recipe

Love and joy come to you, and to your wassail too!

I love a traditional wassail, and I make it three times  a year – on the first day of snow, on the longest night of the year and on New Year’s Eve.  And today marks the longest night of the year and the shortest day.  We’ll celebrate with wassail and by lighting a candle that… 

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Jalapeno, Apricot and Bacon Zingers

I have a love of bacon.  No, really.  I love bacon.  All salty and sweet and meaty.  And that’s why I jumped at the opportunity to work with Applegate, the makers of amazing natural and organic bacon.  I’ve been known to skip a real dinner and head down with my husband to the local rum… 

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Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe

Homemade sauerkraut, in all its funky humility, is a favorite food in our home – particularly in wintertime when fresh, local produce is a rare treat and we rely on what we’ve put by over the summer and autumn months.  For us, this means lots of fermented foods and sauerkraut in particular. We grow cabbage… 

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Roasted Persimmon and Ginger Custard

I’m not a huge dessert maker. I get that sweet calling every so often, but typically grab a ripe fruit or a few squares of high quality chocolate. When the mood does strike me, I pull out my ramekins and whip up a rich custard. The ingredients are always available, and it’s always a huge hit… 

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Glowing Ghost Gummies for Halloween

As Halloween rolls around each year, I look for new ways to my son’s favorite holiday: homemade costumes and decorations, special treats and natural and organic candies that we pile into a bucket on our doorstep for any little goblins, witches and ghouls that might come calling. So we make sugar cookies, and honey caramel… 

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Potted Cheddar with Bacon and Shallots

I have a thing for cheese.  Real cheese.  Sharp, salty, creamy.  I have a thing for cheddar in particular.  Cheddar so sharp it smacks you in the mouth. And it’s that love that keeps me walking warily down the dairy case, even at my local health food store, where I eye deplorable hunks of milky,… 

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Easy Weeknight Meals: No Recipe Frittata

Late in the afternoons, after my husband and I pick up our son from school, drop him off (and pick him up again) at his martial arts class, I find myself tired, and far too harried to try to worry about supper. So I look for easy recipes, things I can throw together in a… 

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