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Renee Pottle, an freelance writer and Home Economist, is fanatic about all things food. She blogs about canning and food preservation at SeedToPantry.com. Find her professional food writing info at PenandProvisions.com.

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Wrestling Winter Squash: Don’t Get Beat Up by Your Squash!

Filed in Recipes From the Garden by on November 18, 2019 0 Comments
Wrestling Winter Squash: Don’t Get Beat Up by Your Squash!

  • Preparing hard winter squash can be downright dangerous if you are attacking it with a sharp knife! There are some easy ways to avoid a trip to the emergency room though.

  • Squashes, one of the few native American foods, are worth the extra effort. Not only are they tasty, all parts are useful and nutritious too.

  • Winter squash can be prepared hundreds of ways; everything from stuffed to pickled and savory to sweet.

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Thanksgiving Bean Casserole

Filed in Real Food by on November 15, 2019 0 Comments
Thanksgiving Bean Casserole

The casserole is a satisfying main course for vegetarians, a low-carb side dish for diabetics, and a tasty side dish for the meat eaters at your Thanksgiving table. I think we can all agree that a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is not designed for vegetarians, low-carb followers, or anyone who likes to eat light meals. Turkey, […]

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Savory Squash Pie Recipe

Filed in Real Food, Uncategorized by on November 13, 2019 0 Comments
Savory Squash Pie Recipe

Combine Butternut or Buttercup squash with Feta cheese and leeks to make a savory winter squash pie. Using phyllo dough keeps it light but satisfying. I also appreciate winter squash’s versatility. It can be steamed, boiled, baked, roasted, stuffed, mashed, fried, turned into jam, or soup, or pancakes, or substituted for pasta. It can even […]

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Do We Still Need Cookbooks?

Filed in Real Food, Uncategorized by on October 16, 2019 0 Comments
Do We Still Need Cookbooks?

Is there a reason to buy a cookbook today? Can’t we get everything we want from online recipes? October is National Cookbook Month, a time to peruse book shop shelves and find new ways to prepare the harvest. But today, when we can quickly find a recipe for anything we could possibly want online, do […]

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5 Ways to Use Late-Season Cherry Tomatoes

Filed in Real Food by on October 2, 2019 0 Comments
5 Ways to Use Late-Season Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are like the Energizer Bunny of the tomato world. They start producing early, and just keep going – long after their larger siblings give up for the winter. But there are many ways to save and use late-season cherry tomatoes, before the frost finishes them off for another year! America’s favorite backyard garden […]

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Peach Fig Jam

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on September 15, 2019 0 Comments
Peach Fig Jam

Peach jam is delicious. Fig jam is delicious. Peaches + figs? Sublime peach fig jam! In my capacity as Canbassador, I recently received a box of beautiful late summer peaches from the Washington State Stone Fruit Commission. I have been happily creating ever since. Because late summer fruit can be a little less sweet than […]

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Homemade Peach-Plum Jelly

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on September 13, 2019 0 Comments
Homemade Peach-Plum Jelly

Late summer peaches and tart peaches combine to make a rosy-hued jelly. I have been a Canbassador for Washington state stone fruits for a few years now. Which means every summer I share a combination of old favorites and new creations, using sweet cherries and/or peaches from Washington’s agricultural Eden. Since I love making fruit […]

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How to Make Spiked Cherry Cordials – Dipping in Chocolate

Filed in Recipes From the Garden by on September 6, 2019 0 Comments
How to Make Spiked Cherry Cordials – Dipping in Chocolate

So now our cordials have been bathed in Kirsch: How to Make Spiked Cherry Cordials – Soak in Kirsch And enrobed in fondant: How to Make Spiked Cherry Cordials – Make the Fondant It’s time for the final step, dipping in chocolate. I recommend using a high-quality dark chocolate for this step. No chocolate morsels […]

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How to Make Spiked Cherry Cordials – Make the Fondant

Filed in Recipes From the Garden, Uncategorized by on September 6, 2019 0 Comments
How to Make Spiked Cherry Cordials – Make the Fondant

If you love chocolate, and cherries, this is the perfect recipe for your next event. The first step when making cherry cordials is to soak the cherries in cherry brandy. You can find the directions at my previous post – How to Make Spiked Cherry Cordials – Soak in Kirsch Next we cover them in […]

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How to Make Spiked Cherry Cordials – Soak in Kirsch

Filed in Recipes From the Garden by on September 6, 2019 0 Comments

In July I received some beautiful sweet cherries, courtesy of Northwest Cherry Growers and my appointment as a Canbassador. I candied some for holiday fruitcakes, and made some luscious cherry berry butter. But I also was inspired by an Instagram post to try my hand at making cherry cordials from scratch. What is a Canbassador? […]

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