Category: Recipes

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 […]

How to Make an All-Natural Electrolyte-Filled Energy Drink: Switchel

How to Make an All-Natural Electrolyte-Filled Energy Drink: Switchel

Switchel has been on my radar for years. In fact, I have four (FOUR!) bottles of molasses in my pantry because it’s a main ingredient and I have had plans to make switchel for years. Touted as the old-school Gatorade, switchel is the electrolyte-filled energy drink of early American farmers. Laura Ingalls Wilder mentioned switchel in “The Long Winter”: “Ma had sent them ginger-water. She has sweetened the cool well-water with sugar, flavored it with vinegar, and put in plenty of ginger to warm their stomachs so they could drink till they were not thirsty. Ginger-water would not make them […]

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potatoes are heroes in my household. Mashed, smashed, baked, scalloped, fried…I could Bubba from Forrest Gump all day long with sweet potatoes. They’re amazing sources of Vitamin A (214% of your daily recommended allowance in one cup of baked sweet potato), C (52%) and manganese (50%). Regular potatoes can’t hold a candle to them. Add to that my husband’s penchant for fries and you’ve got a winner! Hubby’s obsession with fries borders on the unhealthy. It’s the one food he could eat every day for the rest of his life and never tire of. While the recipe below is […]

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Crockpot

How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Crockpot

This is one of those recipes that feels like cheating. Five minutes worth of prep (maybe even less – I should time myself) and you get a beautiful, foolproof, succulent Sunday dinner. Buying a whole chicken is cheaper than buying the individual pieces at the store because it saves the companies butchering costs. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have your own home-grown meat chickens, this recipe cooks the chicken long and low all day, so they end up juicy and tender. Sign up for our newsletter