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May Charcutepalooza Grinding Honey Biscuits and for Real Homemade Sausage Gravy

My Lover’s Lane Farm raises tasty happy pigs and we will definitely eat the hell out of the sausage I made for this months challenge. If meat starts going to waste or sitting endlessly in the freezer, I vow to quit doing charcuterie projects. I knew that out of all the sausages I could make, a simple,…

Winter Salad with Butternut Squash Greens Chicken and Candied Pecans

This salad! I should have taken more pictures of it. This isn’t even really the finished salad, just the almost-finished salad. The finished version disappeared too fast to take pictures.  (The finished salad has chopped nuts and dressing on it). This is the perfect winter salad, and the perfect antidote to the cookies, cakes, cocktails, and candy…

Chicken Tikka Masala Because I Miss All The Restaurants in San Francisco

I am a country girl, through and through.  I love living wayyyy out in the sticks. I love it that if I want to wear my work boots with manure on them and dirty old jeans and carhartt jacket into town, no one looks at me funny.  My mud-covered pickup truck fits right in here….

I Love Winter Gardening: Greens & Sausage Gravy

When I first started keeping a vegetable garden, years ago, I was mistakenly under the impression that you only can grow things in the summer, between the frosts.  Once I realized that you can grow vegetables year-round here in Northern California, I really fell in love with winter gardening.  There’s none of the concern about…

Corned Beef Hash

corned beef hash March Charcutepalooza Challenge: Brining MARCH 15, 2011 ~ 3 COMMENTS For the Avedano’s Meats. When I walked in, I came face to snout with a whole pig on the back table that three of the guys that worked there were breaking down with huge saws.  Very nice.  The cases were lined with all sorts of gorgeous…

Make This Now: Tomato Jam

I haven’t posted many jam recipes recently.  Mostly, I hate writing down recipes.  Then, I end up feeling like I really prefer simple jams anyway and that the magic isn’t really about my recipe so much as the fruit itself.   Great jam isn’t because of my recipe, it’s because of the farmer/mother nature/ the…

Citrus-Quince Marmalade with Fresh Rosemary

I’ve been having a bit of trouble finding inspiration for preserves this winter.  I went a whole month without canning a single thing, which I think has to be a record since I started canning.  I realized that the reason this had happened is that I started getting my fruit sourcing really dialed in last…

Ginger Orange Smoked Salmon Tacos with Avocado Tomatillo Salsa and Roasted Sweet Meat Pumpkin

I’m about to embark on a few weeks of travels, which somehow means that I’ve actually planned in advance and finished the you can use a simple Weber grill too), but I want to explain a little about ours.  J. did a ton of research and ended up choosing the 22.5 ” chimney starter. Crumble up a…

How to preserve Hot peppers

How To Preserve A Whole Season Of Hot Peppers With Virtually No Work

Discovering the Joy of Pepper Preservation: A Personal Journey Preserving hot peppers has always been a passion of mine, and I’ve discovered a wonderfully simple way to do it. In this article, I’m excited to share with you my method that captures the full season’s bounty with hardly any effort. Whether you’re new to preserving…