Canning & Preserving

Small Batch Lacto-Fermentation is easy!

I experimented on my own before I learned the best practices of lacto-fermentation, and while my first batch of sauerkraut worked out well, a few...

Lacto-fermented Cranberry Apple Butternut Relish

Cranberries are delicious - their tart, sometimes bitter flavor can enhance most any meal, and they blend so well with both cinnamon and something sweet....

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...

Three Recipes: Blackberry Bitters, Blackberry Cordial & Blackberry Simple Syrup

Blackberries, soon to be blackberry cordial! Summer days in these mountains mean many wonderful things - fireflies blinking in the dusk,...

Hedgerow Jelly: a recipe from the wild places

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...

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...

Strawberry Mango Mojito Jam Recipe (small batch)

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...

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,...

Growing Onions from Scraps

Regrow Spring Onions from Scraps I may never buy onions again. Growing Onions from Scraps is easy! It has been over...

Dandelion Flower Infusion and Syrup

Infusion first, syrup second! There are only a few dandelions in my yard this year, which is the opposite of a problem...

Recipe Box: Fire Vinegar (Fire Cider)

The weather in western North Carolina can be a tease. We had our first freeze in October, but since then the temperatures have been leaping...

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...

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...

What is an Electuary?

I'm an old fashioned girl. I'm not talking candlelight and roses, although that's nice. I'm talking about food preservation, medicine making, cooking methods, and brewing....

How should I store honey?

I often have readers inquiring about the proper storage of honey. That's a great question, and one with a super-easy answer! How should I store honey?...