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It’s Spring Cleaning Time!

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Please excuse our mess as we do some website spring cleaning. Over the next few days I will be updating the site for a whole new look. There may be times when things don’t look quite right, or you are denied access to particular pages. Don’t fret, everything should be working soon. Just make a […]

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Keep Your Water Bath Canner Busy This Winter

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on February 26, 2015 0 Comments
Keep Your Water Bath Canner Busy This Winter

Is your canner feeling lonely and unloved? Try these wintertime projects and keep it busy! My trusty water bath canner is a kitchen fixture all summer and fall. But once the cold weather hits, it usually gets tucked away in the basement, lonely and out of the way. But who has room for lots of […]

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Winter Canning – Cranberry Orange Relish

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on February 25, 2015 0 Comments
Winter Canning – Cranberry Orange Relish

Having canning withdrawal this winter? Make some cranberry orange relish to eat all year long.   Do you have the odd bag or two of cranberries taking up space in your freezer? I certainly do. Seems like every time I visit the grocery store during the month of November, I purchase a few bags of […]

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Sourdough Saturday – Homemade Dumplings

Filed in Urban Homesteading by on February 14, 2015 0 Comments
Sourdough Saturday – Homemade Dumplings

Soup topped with homemade dumplings will warm you up on this cold, February day.   Note: This is an updated version of a post that originally appeared on my other blog (October 2012). Make Your Own Dumplings When the weather is cold, dim, and damp, I reach for the soup pot. And the only thing […]

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Sourdough Saturday – Buckwheat Crepes

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Sourdough Saturday – Buckwheat Crepes

Looking for a quick dinner idea? Buckwheat crepes are basically street food, easily cooked at home! Crepes are easy to make and a good way to turn leftover odds and ends into something a bit more elegant. Perfect for those nights you don’t really feel like cooking, but can’t bear the thought of another pizza […]

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Sourdough New England Brown Bread

Filed in Urban Homesteading by on February 5, 2015 0 Comments
Sourdough New England Brown Bread

If it’s Saturday night in New England, baked beans and brown bread are on the menu. Have you ever attended a traditional New England public dinner or church supper? If so, you are no doubt familiar with the delicious, whole grain goodness that is steamed New England brown bread. (If you have never had the […]

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Homemade Butternut Squash Butter

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on November 23, 2014 0 Comments
Homemade Butternut Squash Butter

Winter squash, honey, warm spices and zesty citrus combine to make a delicious homemade butter.   As a native New Englander, I have been eating winter squash my whole life. Not many vegetables grow well in northern Maine, but winter squash seems to love the weather. Thus we grow up eating winter squash mashed with […]

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6 Lessons From the Garden – 2104 Edition

Filed in Grow Your Own Food by on November 17, 2014 0 Comments
6 Lessons From the Garden – 2104 Edition

Do you sometimes feel like your garden is toying with you? Me too. Here’s what I learned this year. 1. Sick plants make for a sick garden; or – don’t buy sick plants from the grocery store. Last spring I felt quite lucky to stumble upon some cheap cheap cheap tomato seedlings at the grocery […]

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Lentil Soup with Butternut Squash

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Lentil Soup with Butternut Squash

Roasted squash and black beluga lentils combine to make a rich and filling soup.   Do you grow butternut squash? If so, you may wonder what to do with it all. Even if you have a squash-loving family like mine, night after night of mashed squash can get old. The other night was one of […]

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Candied Citron and Candied Quince

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on November 11, 2014 0 Comments
Candied Citron and Candied Quince

How to make your own candied citron and candied quince.   It’s almost fruitcake season. Whoa………stay with me! The word “fruitcake” often sends people running, but homemade fruitcake is sweet, tangy, and delicious. Of course, that is because we use better quality ingredients when we make something from scratch. Candied citron is a perfect example. […]

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