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Renee Pottle, an author and Home Economist, is fanatic about growing and preserving food for her family. She blogs at SeedToPantry.com, MotherEarthNews.com and HestiasKitchen.com.

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Do You Really Need More Stuff?

Filed in Real Food by on December 7, 2017 2 Comments
Do You Really Need More Stuff?

A Gift Guide for Those Who Have Enough Trinkets Have you ever wandered through the mall seeking a gift for your grandmother? Or for your mother-in-law who has everything? Or for your empty-nest parents who are trying to down-size? Have you been tempted to buy shiny baubles and trendy accessories? Do you convince yourself that […]

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Acorn Squash with Quinoa Cranberry Stuffing

Filed in Real Food by on November 22, 2017 0 Comments
Acorn Squash with Quinoa Cranberry Stuffing

Celebrate the harvest with this easy, but filling, entrée. If you are looking for an easy weeknight dinner, you can’t go wrong with stuffed vegetables. In the summer we often eat stuffed zucchini. In the winter I find stuffing eggplant o be a cozy but satisfying meal. And autumn brings stuffed winter squash. Acorn squash […]

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Jam Bars for National Cranberry Day

Filed in Real Food by on November 21, 2017 0 Comments
Jam Bars for National Cranberry Day

Cranberries, oats, and almonds – oh my! It’s National Cranberry Day, a great time to celebrate the tart, native American fruit. I personally love all things cranberry, and usually purchase several bags of the fresh fruit to keep in the freezer all year. In honor of today however, I made these decadent Jam Bars and […]

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Time to Make Fruitcake

Filed in Real Food by on November 18, 2017 2 Comments
Time to Make Fruitcake

Are you a fruitcake hater? You will change your tune with these recipes! Fruitcake is a delight. Or maybe I should say homemade fruitcake is a delight. After all, what’s not to like? Cake – Good Nuts – Good Dried Fruit – Good Candied Fruit – Here’s where we run into trouble. Some purchased candied […]

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Greek Country Bread

Filed in Real Food by on November 17, 2017 0 Comments
Greek Country Bread

It’s Homemade Bread Day! Celebrate with wholesome and delicious Greek Country Bread. At least 90% of my bread making is sourdough. I prefer the flavor that sourdough imparts, and find most straight dough breads a bit insipid. But not Greek Country Bread. This heavy artisan bread is full of flavor, and will be ready by […]

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Time to Cook with Apples

Filed in Recipes From the Garden by on October 25, 2017 0 Comments
Time to Cook with Apples

Autumn and apples go together like peanut butter and jelly. One just isn’t the same without the other!   What would we do without apples? No apple pie. No apple jelly. The world would a sadder place. Wild apples kept the masses happy in ancient times in the form of applejack. It also kept the […]

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Apricot Syrup Recipe

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 8, 2017 0 Comments
Apricot Syrup Recipe

Homemade syrups are easy to make and so full of flavor! Apricots are the bone china of the fruit world; beautiful, delicate, and perfect for any occasion. So every year I nab as many apricots as I can find during their oh so short season. If there are enough, I can them and dehydrate them, […]

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Spirited Apricot Cherry Butter

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 21, 2017 0 Comments
Spirited Apricot Cherry Butter

Velvety apricots + sweet cherries + Grand Marnier = tongue bliss! Sadly, today’s recipe uses the last of the fantastic cherries I received from the Washington State Fruit Commission. Once again, I have enjoyed creating new ways to use delicious sweet cherries – grown practically in my back yard! Spirited Apricot-Cherry Butter is one of […]

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Sweet Cherry Ginger Jam

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 18, 2017 5 Comments
Sweet Cherry Ginger Jam

Preserve the sweet cherry harvest to enjoy all year. If you, like me, love sweet cherries you probably try to stretch the season. For me that means purchasing as soon as they hit the stores – even at exorbitant prices, and then preserving them as the summer moves on to other stone fruits. In the […]

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Sweet Cherries in Honey-Vanilla Syrup

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 17, 2017 3 Comments
Sweet Cherries in Honey-Vanilla Syrup

It’s time for Washington State stone fruits again! One of the best things about living in this part of the country is summer stone fruits. Cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines – you could almost live on fresh fruit for months! So I was thrilled when the Washington State Fruit Commission asked me to be a Canbassador […]

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