Kitchen

Recipe round up

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hey there my peeps, I’m needing some new recipes… This evening I’ll be perusing a cook book I got a couple months ago for my birthday looking for inspiration. It’s getting old over here… Do you have any you would like to share? Please post in the comments, or post a link if you prefer.


Stink bugs, it’s what’s for dinner.

So, apparently I’ve been going about this all wrong!!! We should be eating them!!! Well, now that that’s cleared up…. Check it out…. What do you think? Will you line up for a few of these crunchy tasty critters?


Chocolate Peanut butter bars

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These are super delish… Wow! (These are made with chickpeas!!!!)


Peanut Butter Cookies

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Lacto fermentation ie saurkraut

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A couple of weeks ago I participated in the making of about 8 gallons of saurkraut so that I could learn the ropes. The pink jar is from that class and has tasty beets, carrots and red onions. Mine is a simple cabbage, red onion and a couple of tiny purple carrots from my garden. […]


Kitchen mural

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This Christmas I was given a beautiful pillow made by my sister Jesseka. I loved the bird and branch and thought it would be nice to repeat it on my bare kitchen wall. My sister In law Cheri has such skills as would be required for such a task. Here is the process and finished […]


Tongue!!!

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I canned tongue for tacos.


1 degree

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To say this is soup weather is an understatement. Today we are staying in, being cozy and keeping warm. I am planning to wear my bathrobe over my clothes all day… And I am not ashamed. Everyday presents opportunities. Because of this chill I have learned a few things… Our dog Sophie a Great Pyrenees […]


I can

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We have processed a lot of food this week. We purchased a full bushel of canning tomatoes from a local farm via the Forest Farmers market (they meet at the Forest library on Saturday mornings). I also made some spicy relish from cucs given to me by a friend and of course we will be […]


Indian naan

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The kids and i made this recipe, trippled it for a crowd, they loved rolling it out and i cooked it under the broiler on the stoneware.


Homemade mayo tip

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So, the slow streaming of mayo is tough for me. I really don’t want to stand there all day… Here is my solution. Make a plastic wrap basket, make sure it is secure, poke a small hole in the bottom of it, turn the machine on and pour in the oil. It will automatically stream […]


We be jammin’

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Pepper-berry Balsamic Jam 6 c crushed strawberries 1 c sugar 1/4 c aged balsamic vinegar (the thick kind) 1/4 tsp salt 1tsp freshly ground pepper 20 peppercorns 4 1/2 tsp low sugar pectin 1tbs butter (at the very end) Mix all together except pectin and butter, bring to a boil. Add pectin and boil for […]


Organ donation, have a heart

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So what if someone wanted to give you their liver, heart and tongue? This week I was gifted local cow parts. I spent the morning with my sister making terrines and pâté. It was a blood bath. There was garlic, herbs, onions, wine… There were parts, taste buds and aortas. It was a blood bath… […]


Hangin’ out

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Today we hung the jamon serrano style ham out back. I will be getting some muslin cloth to wrap it in as it warms up and there are flies… We definitely don’t want any of that! So if you walk around the back of the house and you see a hanging leg or two, fear […]


Cranberry pecan granola

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Here is my recipe for Cranberry Pecan Granola 1 – 42 oz canister of rolled oats 1/2 cup melted coconut oil 3 cups chopped pecans 2tbs cinnamon ( leave this out if you don’t like it, but Neil is a huge fan… So we always add it!) 1cup honey 1/2 zest of one orange 1/2 […]


Fried green bananas with goats milk feta

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Super easy and soooo delicious. Buy the greenest hardest bananas you can find. Peel them (score with a knife and wedge your thumb in and pull off the skin), fry them, smash, then fry again. Sprinkle with salt and crumbled feta. (I fried mine in coconut oil, but regular vegetable oil is fine too). If […]


New Years Day brunch

This morning I got my act together and made a New Years Day Brunch for the fam. It was delish… The blue grits are from the local Wildflour Mill here in Lynchburg. You can find them at the Community Market on Main St downtown. Salt, pepper, cheddar… yummmmm. My kids called this dish a ‘sandwhich’, […]


why I love the Dollar Tree

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I love the Dollar Tree. Every week we go to the public library and after we stop at the Dollar Tree which is right in the same shopping center. The kids look forward to it, but I love it. The thing is, among the cheap toys, plastic kitchen ware and holiday decor they carry some […]


blue corn grits

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Yesterday we went to the Lynchburg Community Market. I purchased 2 lbs of blue corn grits from Morgan, owner of Wildflour Mill. According to this site… Studies have shown that blue corn is higher in the amino acid lysine, the antioxidant anthocyanin, zinc and iron than most yellow or white corn. Blue corn also contains […]


a little reorganizing

why am i even posting this? well, there is something about accountability when you maybe don’t want to do something, but have already put it out there. so, here is what i am working on. 1 thing a day to organize to better steward my space and possessions. today i did two things… processed the […]


flied lice (or whatever)

fried rice assorted vegis (whatever you have) chopped into smallish bits (i used carrots and peas) 2-4 cups leftover cooked rice (depending on if you want it more rice or more veg) 1-2 tsp sesame oil 3 tbs soy sauce (or sweet soy sauce) if you have oyster sauce this is a good time to […]


good training

olive oil herb feta pasta

So Mom was gone the other day and it was Daddy time to do lunch. I say, hmmm, well I guess I’ll boil some pasta and then throw in a can of tuna and see what I can come up with. Ana gets curious, ‘hey dad what are you making?’. After I tell her, she […]


Mean, green love that drink!

Cuc/spinach/apple. Oh yeah.


Warm summer vegi salad

Saute eggplant, zucchini (and whatever other delicious summer veg you have laying around) in olive oil. Slice a couple of gorgeous home grown summer tomatoes, top with a balsamic and basil vinaigrette. Call it lunch. Oh yes, oh dear me yes. (This is a single serving, on a salad plate, but you could make a […]