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Buttermilk Grape-Nuts Ice Cream Recipe

Filed in Urban Homesteading by on July 18, 2015 0 Comments
Buttermilk Grape-Nuts Ice Cream Recipe

Tomorrow is National Ice Cream Day! Celebrate with this tangy, chewy, New England favorite.   New Englanders love ice cream. Seems strange, but even though New England is one of the coldest areas of the country, the natives eat more ice cream than elsewhere. When I was growing up, heading to the local soft-serve place […]

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Apricot Sorbet Recipes

Filed in Recipes From the Garden by on July 16, 2015 0 Comments
Apricot Sorbet Recipes

It’s easy to turn fresh apricots into Honey Apricot Vanilla Sorbet or Brown Sugar Almond Apricot Sorbet. And a great way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month!   Earlier this week I mentioned that I had purchased 27 pounds of very ripe apricots. After eating my fill, my thoughts turned to canning. But after canning […]

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Homemade Raspberry Apricot Jam

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 13, 2015 0 Comments
Homemade Raspberry Apricot Jam

What do you get when you combine raspberries and apricots? A sweet-tart jam perfect for topping scones or biscuits!   Last week I purchased a 27 pound box of large, juicy, luscious apricots. They suffered from sun scald which affected their beauty, but not their taste. The apricots were too large, too ripe, and too […]

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It’s National Ice Cream Month

Filed in Urban Homesteading by on July 2, 2015 0 Comments
It’s National Ice Cream Month

So what is the difference between ice cream, gelato, and other frozen treats? July is National Ice Cream Month, and not a moment too soon. Here in the west we are suffering through a heat wave. Frequent ice cream is one of the only perks of this weather. Which led me to wonder, what is […]

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10 Ways to Preserve Fresh Cherries

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on June 18, 2015 0 Comments
10 Ways to Preserve Fresh Cherries

It’s fresh cherry season. A season that is just too short for my liking. Each year I try to figure out new ways to preserve the harvest so I can enjoy sweet cherries all year long. Here are 10 of my favorite preservation methods: 1. Freeze  – last year I picked about 60 lbs of […]

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How to Make Easy, Flavorful Candied Cherries

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on June 13, 2015 1 Comment
How to Make Easy, Flavorful Candied Cherries

Candied cherries have real flavor when made this quick and easy way.   Every year I make candied cherries for fruitcake season. The process is usually long (see this older post). The cherries are candied, and they don’t have that fake neon color that you see in store-bought candied cherries, but they still have absolutely […]

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Open Market in Chania, Crete

Filed in Recipes From the Garden by on June 11, 2015 0 Comments
Open Market in Chania, Crete

Even the cats are awed by the open market in Chania, Crete. We just got back from a fantastic trip to Greece. I’ll be writing more about the food over the next few weeks, but one of my favorite places was the market in Chania, Crete. As you can see, even the feral cats like […]

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Purple English Pea Plants

Filed in Grow Your Own Food by on May 19, 2015 0 Comments
Purple English Pea Plants

My grand-daughter requested purple podded peas this year. Not sure how the peas will be, but the blossoms are beautiful!

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The Nourished Kitchen Book Review

Filed in Urban Homesteading by on May 16, 2015 0 Comments
The Nourished Kitchen Book Review

Farm-to-Table recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle by Jennifer McGruther   The Nourished Kitchen is a cookbook full of educational material. Or it’s a learning tool with lots of wonderful recipes. It could also be described as a timeless tome of eating, at once very old-fashioned but also cutting-edge. However you want to describe it, […]

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Friday Round-Up: Cooking with Chives

Filed in Urban Homesteading by on May 15, 2015 0 Comments
Friday Round-Up: Cooking with Chives

I absolutely love chives. Plant them once, ignore them, and they will come back year after year. They are the first herb to poke their heads through the ground in the spring and keep blooming until a hard frost does them in late in the autumn. Chives can be used fresh or dried for later. […]

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