Tag: preserving
Cherry Cordial: Dark, Sweet, and Delicious!

Cherry Cordial: Dark, Sweet, and Delicious!

  When cherries went on sale this year, I grabbed as many as I could and set to work. Eric and I are already looking at planting a few cherry trees and apple trees around the property, so this blog should be full of cherry-inspired recipes as the years go by, I hope! I sorted through the bags of cherries ...

Pear Butter Recipe – Small batch from windfall fruit

Pear Butter Recipe – Small batch from windfall fruit

I have a dear friend who lives but 10 minutes away, and she has a delicious problem - she has three old, stately pear trees that just put out far too much fruit for her to handle!  Good friend that I am, I am happy to relieve her of her difficult burden. Last fall, when I picked pears, I was dutiful and busy ...

Pear Vinegar Recipe – made with fruit scraps

Pear Vinegar Recipe – made with fruit scraps

So, this time last year, I came into an abundance of pears and made a delightful pear cordial. During the cordial-making process, I ended up with a big bowl full of pear cores, stem bits, and bruised chunks that I deemed unfit for inclusion in the cordial. Instead of dumping these into the compost, these became ...

Lacto-Fermented Garlic Recipe

Lacto-Fermented Garlic Recipe

If you ever find yourself with a spare clove or two of garlic, consider trying a super-simple method of preserving it by fermenting it in a salt brine! Lacto-fermented garlic is awesome. The fermentation process makes the flavor and medicinal qualities of the garlic more available. Fermented garlic cloves dice up ...

Lemon Cucumber Brined Pickles Recipe

Lemon Cucumber Brined Pickles Recipe

Image Credit: SpecialtyProduce.com   Have you ever grown or used lemon cucumbers? These lovely yellow globes are new to me! (Get heirloom seeds from Richter's Herbs) Upon paying a dear friend a visit, I was gifted a bag full of lemon cucumbers. My friend's garden was more prolific than she could keep up ...

Freezing Chickweed for Later

Freezing Chickweed for Later

Late winter and early spring is the most glorious season for Chickweed! The freezing temperatures don't seem to deter this hardy weed. Her bright green clumps can be found pulsing with life, tucked away under the last blankets of snow. She's one of the first spring greens that everyone wants to eat; people, ...

Damson Plum & Muscadine Butter

Damson Plum & Muscadine Butter

Damson Plum on the tree (image credit Beka on Flickr) There's a lovely little spot downtown that I quite enjoy walking past as I head into work. It's an office in an old converted Victorian house, and they've planted the yard full of flowers, herbs, and even a lovely fruit tree. Once August began, I noticed that ...

Mmmm…Kale Chips!

Mmmm…Kale Chips!

I used to think that I didn't like kale. You see, my only experience with kale was when I was a kid, choking down forkfuls of slimy, boiled kale simmered with hog jowls. Ugh. Just to think of it makes me shudder! When I got my most recent CSA delivery from Mother Earth Produce, I opened the box and my nose ...

Recipe Box: Hedgerow Jelly

Recipe Box: Hedgerow Jelly

Weeds and Wildflowers! What is a hedgerow? In the cultured, organized sense, it is meant to be a barrier of trees and shrubs planted to mark boundary lines or to keep grazing animals contained.  In the sloppier sense, it is the buffer of wild plants at the corners of a property.  It is that definition that inspired ...

Drying Strawberry Tops

Drying Strawberry Tops

I admit it: I'm lazy. A lazy cook, a lazy gardener...I like to set things up and let them do their own thing with minimal input from me, which is why I'm fond of permaculture, biodiversity, sustainable foraging methods and perennial native plant gardens, not to mention eating weeds. So when it comes to my ...

Strawberry Mango Mojito Jam Recipe

Strawberry Mango Mojito Jam Recipe

You might remember that earlier this month I had a Strawberry Jam Session after getting a big bucket of fresh berries at the Asheville Herb Festival. Well, here is the BEST recipe that came out of that day of experimentation - Strawberry Mango Mojito Jam!   Strawberry Mango Mojito Jam The winner of the taste ...

Strawberry Jam Session

Strawberry Jam Session

I spent a few hours at the Asheville Herb Festival last Saturday and ended up coming home with a big old basket full of ripe, red strawberries from South Carolina. That meant only one thing for my Sunday: Strawberry Jam Session! I just love making jams and jellies, y'all! They just taste so much better to me than ...

Book Review: Homestead Cooking with Carol

Book Review: Homestead Cooking with Carol

Click to buy! Lucky little pixie that I am, I was a winner in a giveaway on EverythingHomeWithCarol.com in early 2013. As my prize, I was given a free copy of the ebook, "Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals" by Carol J. Alexander. Now, I might not have my dream homestead yet, nor do I have ...

How to Can Tomatoes

How to Can Tomatoes

July and August are tomato time here in Western North Carolina!  The farm markets are crowing about the lovely boxes of heirloom tomatoes available for purchase, and the volunteer tomato vines left behind in our empty chicken coop are giving me handfuls of sweet cherry tomatoes every day. As awesome as a fresh ...

Putting away 2012 – Tomatoes and Cherries

Putting away 2012 – Tomatoes and Cherries

A Busy Kitchen, by Amber ShehanCandle-making, honey jars, tincture jars, tomatoes, drying herbs, and more! Phew...it is hard to find time to write when I'm so busy chopping, boiling, cooking, and eating really yummy food. To start with, I found cherries at a really good price at the grocery store, and I got ...

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