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Here is an old family pumpkin pie recipe from my husband’s aunt, Betsy Stapleton.  She makes this for special events and it’s always a favorite.  Besides it tasting good, I like that it doesn’t use evaporated milk. Recipe Put in a frying pan: One large can of pumpkin puree One teaspoon ginger One teaspoon salt Two teaspoons cinnamon One pinch nutmeg Cook, stirring […]

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Each year I just can’t resist getting a big box of apples this time of year. It used to take me forever to carefully peel the apples, cut them up and remove the icky bits.  Last spring I went to a rummage sale and a friend handed me a weird looking contraption. “This is exactly […]

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Fall is here and thats means apples.  Many of the apples grown west of the Cascades have scab or are infected with coddling moth.  The result is that apples that aren’t very appetizing to eat out of hand, but still can be used to make great applesauce.   You can also buy apples by the box at […]

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Plum Wine!

Last year I did the following post on plum wine.  A couple of days ago I did the final bottling and it turned out very well; it tastes more like brandy than wine but it’s very drinkable.  To do the bottling you sterilize your siphon and bottles then carefully decant the finished wine from the […]

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Pine Needle Baskets

Willow basket season is months away so it’s time to use pine needles! Soaking the needles makes it easier to start the tight coil then I’m using wool yarn for binding. You can use twine or other materials as well.

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Plum Torte

I dream not in sugar plums but in Italian prune and this year my dreams are all coming true; the neighbor’s tree is bursting with succulent blue fruit.  I harvest the plums in succession for each recipe tastes best with a different level of tartness. First up are the wonderful New York Times Plum Tortes. […]

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With the warm weather all the fruit is coming in strong! In fact there’s so much it’s time to start canning and jamming. Friends have been telling me about the virtues of Pomona Pectin for quite a while. I recently got some from PCC, and now I’m hooked. Because it doesn’t require sugar to jell, […]

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Pickled Radishes

My husband loves pickles.  He loves half sour cucumbers, spicy kimchee; you name it – if it’s pickled he’ll eat it.  These pickled radishes are some of his favorites and they are so easy! The fresher the radishes the better the pickle. Once you’ve washed and trimmed your radishes cut them into thin slices and pack […]

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Kimchee

What’s crunchy, spicy hot and really good for you?  Kimchee!  Here’s how to make your own.  It’s much easier than you would think. The first step is to chop your veggies and spices: Next mix the spices together: Mix in the veggies: Once all is well mixed put in a jar and let sit until […]

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Now that you have dried herbs making your own blends is easy! These make great gifts as well as stepping up the flavor of your own dishes. Here are some of my favorite blends: Herbes de Provence Herbes de Provence usually contains basil, bay leaf, marjoram, rosemary, summer savory and lots of thyme. Lavender can be […]

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