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So what do you do if you have very little land, a thrifty budget and still want to eat super local?  Wild edibles can be a great way to go! By following a few simple rules you can safely harvest a bounty: Only eat what you know Harvest small amounts Don’t harvest near roads or […]

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Winter Salad

The sky is grey and the nights are cold so it’s time to make zesty winter salads to pick us up and keep us going until spring.  Last night I made a salad that was good enough that my family kept eating way beyond politeness. Ingredients Emmer or wheat berries Delicata squash Kale – from […]

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A cold dreary day like today calls for Beanier Brownies! They are fabulously easy to make and great for people who want to cut down on dairy and boost their protein and fiber intake. Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Open the powdered brownie mix and put in a bowl. Open the can of beans […]

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Ok, so it’s not really from Tuscany but I was having a discussion with my family about how naming something after a place makes it sound more appetizing and we thought that anything preceded by “Tuscan” sounds delectable. This soup is very easy to make and packed with lots of veggies and whole grains. Ingredients Barley Lentils, […]

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This time of year I love making candied citrus peels.  Sometimes we use the sweet sharp peels in cookie and fudge recipes and sometimes we just eat them straight.  You can also dip them in chocolate for a lovely blend of flavors. Ingredients: 3 thick-skinned organic navel oranges 2 1/4 cups sugar, plus extra for […]

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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. First separate twelve egg yolks and whites then beat the yolks until thick and creamy. Next slowly add in a pound of powdered sugar and beat until […]

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The season of wondering what in the world to give people for the holidays is upon us.  I really enjoy making people things but it can be a challenge to figure out something that people will actually like.  This has not always been something I have been particularly good at; I remember the year everyone […]

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Home Made Mozzarella

By Garrett Okrasinski After seeing my friend’s photos of a mozzarella party in Italy, I got inspired! Since I could not travel to Italy, I could at least bring it a little closer and try my hand at making my own mozzarella. Mozzarella is a cheese from southern Italy that has a soft, subtle taste […]

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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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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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