Sweet Apple Cider Pickled Beets

Sweet Apple Cider Pickled Beets
The weekend of the 4th was a productive one for us.  We chose to hang around home to catch up on things.  The hubs repainted the Adirondack furniture he built a few years back.  They were transformed from a natural stain to a flat black to match the trim on our house. Beets, kohlrabi and kale were ready to pick ... Read More

10 Ways To Get More Greens On Your Plate

10 ways to get more greens on your plate
There's a big world out there of delicious leafy green vegetables - beyond romaine, spinach and iceberg lettuce, that you can reap enormous health benefits from.  Now is the time they are fresh and plentiful. Gardens and markets offer fresh arugula, kale, Swiss chard, bok choy, watercress, dark green lettuces, mustard greens and collards.  Here are 10 ways to get ... Read More

Freeze It Fresh : Apple Plum Crisps : Refined Sugar Free

Apple Plum Crisps

Twelve Apple Plum Crisps in the freezer are a new addition to our freeze ahead dessert repertoire.  I love the combination of apples and plums for the rich color plums bring to the table (so to speak).  Not having the time this fall to put complete pies up as usual, I opted for the simpler application of fruit crisps, making … Read More

Freeze It Fresh : Thai Salmon Chowder with Swiss Chard

Thai Salmon Chowder

One of our local grocers about this time of year brings in a load of fresh wild caught salmon at a ridiculously reasonable price.  We stock up our freezer with filets and make a big batch of this soup for the long winter ahead.   This recipe makes about 8 quarts of delicious creamy chowder, all gluten and dairy free.  I pack … Read More

Summer Food For Winter Meals

Summer Food For Winter Meals

Saving money on groceries is only a small part of the reason I like to put summer food up for winter meals. Why not take advantage of the local fresh produce while it’s at its peak?  It offers the best flavor and nutritional benefits at a reasonable price.  Plus you are eating foods grown in the region you live which … Read More

Freeze It Fresh : Barley Red Lentil Soup with Kale

Barley Red Lentil Soup with Kale

Here is another healthy make ahead freezer meal in a bowl from our garden! This Barley Red Lentil Soup with Kale recipe makes 8 generous quarts of hearty soup at very little cost with great nutritional benefits. If you don’t have a garden you can purchase fresh veggies at your local Farmers Market. Making the most of what’s grown locally … Read More

Cumin Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Yams and Carrots

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Yams, and Carrots

A new grand-daughter is expected any day now.  Very soon we will get a call alerting us that the birthing process has begun.  I am silly with excitement about another grand-daughter joining the clan!  Then in late October she will get another she cousin. So exciting! Until I get that phone call, I’m busy trying to fill our pantry and … Read More

Pickling Naturally : Kohlrabi Dill Pickles

Kohlrabi Dill Pickles

Our kohlrabi came up beautifully again.  That’s 2 years in a row now and both times we planted from seed. They make delicious lacto-fermented pickles! We love lacto-fermented veggies!  It’s a great way to preserve the harvest while increasing the nutritional benefits from fresh garden produce.  The natural fermentation process allows the development of beneficial bacteria and creates a live … Read More

Freeze It Fresh : Homemade Pumpkin / Buttercup Squash Puree

Pumpkin / Buttercup Squash Puree

Naturally sweet, affordable, healthy and convenient….homemade pumpkin puree is a treat to have on hand throughout the fall and winter.  It has much better flavor than the store-bought variety and you don’t have to deal with the can.  If you haven’t grown your own (we have plenty to share BTW), you can find some from your local farmers markets for the freshest … Read More

Freeze It Fresh : Garden Vegetable Lasagna

Garden Vegetable Lasagna

We’re trying some new ways to preserve the harvest this year. Our preference is to preserve as much nutritional value in our vegetables as possible. Garden greens are going into freezer main dishes and freezer soups. We’ve done some pickling and are also drying a mix of greens with onions, green peppers, celery tops and parsley, and pulsing them in the food processor … Read More