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Cameron spent two years living in Korea before we got married. He loved the food there and decided to take me to a Korean restaurant. He ordered a bunch of food for us, but my favorite was the Bulgogi (Korean Beef BBQ).
Mmm. Lettuce. I know, I know, it’s not something we often crave but it can be delicious. It just depends on the variety, when you harvest, and how you dress it up. The main lettuce in this salad is Little Gem. Find it HERE. And by the way, it is a Gem! Once it gets full grown it has tasty leaves and an crunchy sweet heart. This is a must grow on my list every year. If you’re sick of bitter lettuce leaves, Little Gem takes the cake for sweetness.
The first time I had greek salad was only a few years ago. It took me a while to accept the flavor of kalamata olives but when I tried this salad, I fell in love with the combination of flavors.
I’ve tried several versions in the years following and I knew that I wanted to come up with my own recipe that would work for what was growing in the garden. One that would showcase all the fresh vegetables with out being overpowered by dressing or cheese.
Zucchini and summer squash are a gift that just keeps on giving. It’s common to feel overwhelmed by this summer crop when you harvest several a day. That’s a lot of squash and usually more than you know what to do with! I’ve put together a list of recipes so you can eat your summer squash and zucchini day after day and not feel sick of it. After all, if you put in all the work why not reap the benefits?
Butternut squash is one of the longest lasting vegetables in my root cellar. Since we grow to be self-sufficient in vegetables, it holds a special place in my heart and tummy. When everything else like potatoes and onions have long since spoiled or sprouted, butternut squash holds firm.
The first time I made grape fruit leather, it was unintentional. I was making grape juice to can and had a bunch of pulp left over. I spread it on dehydrator trays thinking it wouldn’t turn out but it actually did!
I wanted to try making it again but without heating up the grapes past 105ºF so it would still be a living food. I was making this side by side with an oven fruit leather recipe and there was a huge difference in taste. The oven version (cooked at 170ºF), had an almost burnt taste while the raw fruit leather was intensified and highlighted the grape flavor. You can tell by the color that much of the nutrition is preserved.
This is a tasty snack for adults and kids alike!
My family has a subtle way of telling me whether or not dinner is delicious. They will fight over who get the leftovers for lunch. Occasionally if it’s something especially tasty it will disappear at breakfast. When you have a family of six it’s almost always a race to get to the food first. Asian Beef Noodle Soup is a fought over dish! My kids like to take to school for lunch and the leftovers are always gone by the next day.
In winter we eat a lot of soups! It’s a great way to stay warm and use up a lot of the garden food storage. At this time of year, the garden food storage is definitely starting to dwindle. Good thing spring is just around the corner. This meal comes almost entirely from my garden and homestead preparations…
When I married my husband Cameron 12 years ago, my Mother in law gave us a wedding gift. It was a bread machine. Up until this point I had probably made bread only a few times in my entire life.
I was very daunted at the prospect of making homemade bread. Cameron’ s Mom had been making homemade bread for years and I felt like that was the expectation for me too. I cried over it and told Cameron that I didn’t feel like I could measure up to her, not just in bread making but on so many other levels…(Read More)
Feeding a Sourdough starter can and should be easy. I have lots of pictures to explain but this process literally should not take you more than 5-10 minutes.
I store my starter in the refrigerator. It gets fed or refreshed every 3-4 days, when it’s time to make more bread, usually I’m doing this right before I go to bed. Upon pulling it out of the refrigerator it is “sleeping” and needs to wake up. It will usually have a bit of alcohol on the top that is tinted black. This is normal. Lets talk about the key to success with a starter...(Read More)