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Eggnog!

Every year we have a holiday open house and I make homemade eggnog.  This nog will  sustain one through the dark, cold days and bring holiday cheer to any occasion. Lots of luscious eggs. First separate twelve egg yolks and whites then beat the yolks until thick and creamy. Beat them well. Next slowly add in a […]

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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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Here’s a post from the archives! The taste of fresh chevre is good beyond belief and when paired with fresh fall beets and pecans I feel like I’ve reached a gardener’s Valhalla.  Surprisingly it’s not that hard to make.  If you don’t have goats then check out your local farmers market. Here’s my daughter with […]

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Easy Plum Liqueur

So many plums, so little time. Wash and pit two pounds of plums. Recipe: – Two pounds pitted plums – Two cups sugar – Three cups vodka

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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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Plum Torte

These are golden with a tinge of green; perfect for tortes but too tart to dry. 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 […]

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Here’s one from the archives! I went out in the garden last night and found several tomatoes, a couple of handfuls of beans, a small zucchini, kale and Italian parsley.  The chickens are all back laying in full force so we had plenty of eggs too.  Time to make pasta primavera! Wash and prepare your […]

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Fermented Dill Pickles

Making great pickles is easy! Here’s what you need: Kosher or pickling salt A few grape leaves for crunchy pickles. Fresh cucumbers with the blossom end cut off to prevent softening. Garlic Dill Pack grape leaves, cucumbers, dill and garlic into clean jars and cover with brine solution. Brine solution is made by dissolving 2 […]

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Carmelite Water

Here’s a soothing tonic for stressful times. Carmelite Water or Eau de Mélisse, has been used since the Middle Ages to settle nerves. Here’s how to make a simplified version using readily available ingredients: Two cups white wine One cup lemon balm leaves Zest of one lemon 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

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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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