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Homemade Marshmallows (Kosher)

November 30, 2014 – 6:51 pm

You’ll never go back to store bought marshmallows once you try these!! I promise you. They’re heavenly.

Winter Squash: How To Roast Whole Acorn and Butternut Squash

November 25, 2014 – 8:53 am

Here’s my favorite way to roast whole winter squashes. Quick, easy, and delicious!

Cooked Kale and Mustard Greens

November 14, 2014 – 2:35 am

Southern style greens at their finest.

Two Ways To Render Tallow: Crockpot or Stovetop

November 13, 2014 – 7:29 am

Rendering fat sounds like a long, complicated process. Actually, it couldn’t be easier! Here are two ways to make tallow in your kitchen with tools you already have on hand.

Root Cellaring Carrots in a Crawl Space

November 10, 2014 – 8:59 am

Here’s how to use your crawl space as a root cellar for storing carrots long term, how to store them and how long you can expect them to last.

Canning Potatoes

October 1, 2014 – 8:58 am

Canning potatoes is a great way to preserve them! Here’s an easy tutorial on how to can potatoes at home.

Pickled Figs Recipe: “Christmas in a Jar”

September 29, 2014 – 7:26 am
Pickled Figs Recipe: “Christmas in a Jar”

These “pickled” figs are canned in a sweet brine of sugar, cinnamon and cloves. They’re better than candy. If you have access to fresh figs, you have got to try this recipe!

How To Freeze Potatoes

July 23, 2014 – 5:47 am

When you have an abundant harvest and don’t have time to can it all at once, freezing is another great option for preserving potatoes.

10+ Reasons To Learn To Can Food Now!

July 22, 2014 – 9:37 pm

Eleven good reasons why you need to start canning NOW. PLUS, a $5 off coupon code for the DVD: At Home Canning For Beginners and Beyond. Don’t let fear hold you back from learning this valuable skill.

Sautéed Squash and Onions

July 13, 2014 – 5:26 pm

A quick, easy, and delicious way to eat squash fresh from the garden. Even for squash-haters like me.

Making A Garden Cookbook

June 23, 2014 – 8:01 am

Creating a garden cookbook was my answer to figuring out how to use our fresh garden produce without ever getting bored of eating the same thing.

Cherry Picking: Preserving Cherries, PLUS How To Use Cherry Pits!

June 23, 2014 – 6:48 am

Freezing, dehydrating, canning- so many ways to preserve cherries! You can also use the seeds for many things… just don’t eat them!

How and When To Harvest and Store Carrots

June 15, 2014 – 12:54 pm

Here’s how to know when it’s the right time to harvest your carrots, how to harvest them properly, and what to do with them to keep them fresh longer. Plus, an experiment in cellaring them in a cool crawl space under the house.

Wilted Lettuce Salad (Hot Lettuce)

May 30, 2014 – 8:57 am

Here’s another GREAT way to use up a bunch of fresh lettuce fast! It’s a new favorite for us.

Lettuce Soup.

May 28, 2014 – 5:33 am

I know. Doesn’t sound very tasty, does it? You’d be surprised at what a few key ingredients can do though! This soup is a great way to quickly use up an abundance of fresh lettuce, and make it into a hearty meal.

Sauteed Spinach with Garlic

May 16, 2014 – 5:28 pm

A super easy and delicious way to use a bunch of fresh spinach straight from the garden.