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How to Preserve food by Canning

More and more people are now learning how to preserve food in their homes in order to make it last longer, which will prevent their food supply from rotting, saving them a lot of money every year as a result of the global financial crisis or economic recession. The method of food preservation, such as…

How to Make Marlborough Pie – The Easiest Recipe Ever

I’ve already replied to e-mails and looked at new recipes and ordered some supplies for holiday craft projects…   I think writing about pie is a reasonable next step.Anyway, this is such a delicious pie recipe that despite the fact that all of these pictures are old, from the Days Before The Blog, I’m going…

Charcutepalooza Lamb Sausages With Garlic Scapes And Mint

This month’s Charcutepalooza challenge was to make sausages in casings. I give you: Lamb Sausages Seasoned with Garlic Scapes, Mint and Lemon accompanied by a salad of Baby Greens, Roasted Plums and Chevre I still can’t really believe that I made real sausages completely from scratch. It was a battle. I manifested something terrible by watching the Texas Chainsaw…

Honey Sweetened Blueberry Butter

I’ve been trying to write some recipes that don’t use refined sugar.  I really don’t like the taste or how it makes me feel after I eat it….  and it seems like there are a lot of other people out there that are on the same page as me.   I don’t like looking at…

Failed Quince Jelly Into Orange Marmalade With Quince And Star Anise

When I first started making jam, I would get the occasional customer that would ask if I used added pectin. At that point, every single batch I’d ever made used commercial pectin, and I had no clue why anyone wouldn’t want to use it. Quince is incredibly high in natural pectin, so adding a jar…

Mother’s Day Watermelon Pickles

The ladies in my family are all preservationists.  My mom never once bought jam when we were growing up- she always had a sweet little pantry in the basement with sour cherry, blueberry and raspberry jam, icicle and bread and butter pickles, and canned apricots in syrup.   When I moved to California, before I…

Canned Pears In Maple Syrup

I was going to make jam to sell at the farmers market with these pears.  Local bartlett pears are one of my absolute favorite fruits to work with — they’re just so juicy.   So sweet.  I love them.   I started eating a few fresh and then said screw it, I’ve gotta stash away a…

Dill Pickle Relish Recipe: Instead of Paying My Bills, I Spent All Afternoon Chopping Cucumbers

Last summer I made the recipe for dill relish from the Ball Book.  It was pretty delicious.  The original recipe calls to shred the cucumbers with a food processor, though, and I ended up acting like a four year old about it all winter.  (like this: RELISH IS SUPPOSED TO BE LITTLE TINY CUBES OF CUCUMBER….

Pickled Red Onions Quattro Stagioni Jars

Pickled Red Onions & Quattro Stagioni Jars So, I’ve never bothered doing any giveaways with free stuff or contests or any of that.  I like keeping this page more like a journal that I can use to remember good recipes and gardening ideas, and I don’t feel like spending a bunch of time trying to turn it…

Kimchi And A Lot Of Hard Work

The farm has been a whirlwind of activity for the last few weeks. Late May through early June is always characterized by the frantic rush to transition everything from winter to summer. We’ve finally done it, though. Weeds have been wacked. Compost has been hauled from here to there.  Garden beds have been tilled and…