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

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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How to Make a Sourdough Starter

Love sourdough breads?  Wondering how to make your own sourdough starter?  It’s easy.  While the internet is full of sourdough starter recipes that call for odd ingredients like pineapple juice, orange juice, potato flakes or sugar water, to make a truly good sourdough starter you need just three things: flour, water and time.  It’s easy,… 

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Sourdough Rye Crepes with Sorghum-Cinnamon Apples

As summer slowly fades to autumn, we are found in one of the busiest times of the year here on our off-grid homestead. Central Texas provides us with a fall gardening season and so many days this time of year you can find us planting kale seedlings, direct-seeding carrots and beets, picking dried beans, and… 

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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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My Favorite Autumn Salad

Autumn has arrived in the mountains, and the aspens in my yard have turned from green to gold, and soon they’ll shed their leaves entirely. It’s this time of year, late September, when Mother Nature simply can’t decide what to do with herself as some days remain seem blisteringly hot, and others feel so crisp and cool that… 

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Roasted Beet Pie with Honey, Cheese and Mint

In summer, when our garden and CSA boxes overflow with an abundance of fresh vegetables, I lean on light, veggie-heavy lunches.  Among my favorite are free-form vegetable tarts, filled with roasted vegetables and artisan cheeses, and brightened with the lightest sprinkling of fresh herbs. Recently the folks at Ewetopia Dairy sent me a sample of… 

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