Category: Recipes

How to Make Butter At Home

How to Make Butter At Home

Over the weekend the Mr and I ran out of butter. Since I’ve been on this green/organic/homemade kick I decided I would make my own instead of buying from the store! According to Bon Appetit it may be a waste of time, but I wanted to be able to call it my own. I love the idea of making butter! You put one ingredient in and get two ingredients out! Making homemade butter couldn’t be more simple! Ingredients heavy whipping cream that’s it! No, really! Have fun with it and try adding the following: cinnamon and sugar chopped fresh herbs garlic […]

Easy Crockpot Applesauce For Canning

Easy Crockpot Applesauce For Canning

This easy, two-part recipe for applesauce is one of my favorites for Fall. Apples are incredibly abundant in the Fall and can be collected at a Pick-Your-Own, a local farmer’s market, or, if you’re lucky, your own backyard tree. In fact, I used this recipe, minus the sugar and cinnamon, to make a large batch of applesauce/homemade baby food for the little one and froze it into ice cubes. You can make your applesauce following the same recipe in a saucepan on the stove if you’re short on time. However using the crockpot is much easier and you don’t have to […]

Homemade BBQ Sauce for Canning

Homemade BBQ Sauce for Canning

The internet is full of recipes for homemade BBQ sauce. If you do a google search for homemade BBQ sauce, you get 2,280,000 results. Over 2 million! (HINT: most of them combine ketchup, mustard and brown sugar and call it done!) Taking three store-bought, pre-made condiments and mixing them together and calling them BBQ sauce, doesn’t quite do it for me. Another motivation for me to start making BBQ sauce at home is the wee little one. I pour my favorite BBQ sauce on everything – meat, fries, mac n cheese. Everything. Little one has figured out if mama likes it, […]

Lavender and Lemon Balm Beer Recipe

Lavender and Lemon Balm Beer Recipe

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Herbal Academy. I’m enough of a fan, I’ve signed up for their affiliate program. Their classes are intense, full of in-depth knowledge, their videos feel like you are hanging out with good friends, and their printed material is beautiful. The first class I took with Herbal Academy was their Herbal Fermentation course. I had brewed beer, wine and whiskey at home before, but never knew beer could be brewed without hops or grains, but with herbs instead. The videos in class, and the […]

CrockPot French Onion Soup (For Canning)

CrockPot French Onion Soup (For Canning)

I had been wanting to try this recipe for awhile. Fall is heading our way, French 0nion soup is an absolute favorite of mine, and the hubby likes to buy canned soups to take to work. I hate how much sodium and other random crap they have in them. Last time I tried to eat canned soup (the brand will remain unnamed) I got an instant migraine! Now what is in a can of soup that is so nasty my brain decided to riot?! Sign up for our newsletter

Chicken Pudding: A Historic Recipe, Reimagined

Chicken Pudding: A Historic Recipe, Reimagined

I have a weakness for historic cookbooks. There’s something nostalgic about cooking the same recipe, the same meal that women cooked a hundred years ago, two hundred years ago. The first book that got me hooked on historic cooking was The Virginia Housewife by Mary Randolph. Growing up in a 300 year old farm house in Virginia, I felt a kinship to Ms Randolph, and I could easily imagine her in my family home, cooking snapping turtle soup, or going to the root cellar for a knuckle of beef.  Sign up for our newsletter

How to Pickle Garlic Scapes [Recipe]

How to Pickle Garlic Scapes [Recipe]

Last week I posted about why and how you should harvest your garlic scapes. Scapes are often cherished, very seasonal delicacies at farm-to-table restaurants. They add fresh, green touches to a strong garlic flavor. One of the best ways to preserve and then eat scapes is to pickle them. Pickled garlic scapes are a “refrigerator pickle” which means there’s no traditional canning or processing. You simply add a vinegar mixture to the jar with the scapes and keep in a corner in your fridge for a few weeks. People have been pickling vegetables for nearly 4000 years. It was a […]

The Virginia Housewife’s Onion Soup

The Virginia Housewife’s Onion Soup

For those who have followed my blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that I’m in love with historic recipes. I’m particularly fond of Mary Randolph’s The Virginia Housewife, namely because I am a Virginian Housewife. The Virginia Housewife is the first cookbook written and published in the US. Published in 1860, it was the first attempt at organizing and standardize the recipes of the time. I’ve remade Mary’s recipes for chicken pudding (more of a chicken bake), and taken inspiration from her ketchup (catsup) recipes. I love her recipes because they take you back to an age of unpretentious […]

Easy Homemade Hard Apple Cider

Easy Homemade Hard Apple Cider

In the Spring we make dandelion wine. In the Fall, we make hard apple cider. One of the things I love about making hard apple cider, is it’s a great way to use up those extra not-so-pretty apples or extra apple cider you have laying around. Hard apple cider is beautiful, delicious, seasonal and easy home-brew project. What You Will Need 1 gallon of apple cider 1-1 1/2 lbs of sugar or honey a glass jar or food-grade bucket brewer’s yeast (optional) an air lock campden tablets bottles The entire process can be broken down into three different steps: Apple Cider […]

Grape Hyacinth Lemonade

Grape Hyacinth Lemonade

Where we live right now is not my idea of a homestead. We’re in the suburbs, next to a major highway on 1/3 of an acre of compacted clay. We’ve had to truck in top soil to even grow grass. But one of the beautiful things about our current home is the carpet of weeds that great us every Spring. The carpet of purple dead nettle, henbit and grape hyacinth are a welcome, refreshing sight after a long, cold Winter. They’re also a tasty buffet for hungry bees and other pollinators, so we try to wait as long as possible […]