Oktoberfest at the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum in Frederick, MD is great fun!
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My family loves pesto; we eat it on noodles, pizza and even toast. This weekend the basil looked ready so we moved into action. In year’s past I’ve always used the traditional pine nuts but one look at the tiny little bag selling for fifteen dollars made me decide that maybe walnuts would be just […]
The acorns are ripe! They look a bit smaller than usual to me this year. Maybe the dry, hot weather? Check them over carefully to get good ones. So how do you get the good ones? You are looking for nuts that aren’t super bitter, don’t have a lot of worm holes in them and are a light […]
What to do with those hop cones ripening on your vine? Making beer is the first thing that comes to people’s minds as this plant is what gives brews their distinctive bitter flavor but there’s a lot more you can do! What exactly is hops? Hops are hardy perennials that can grow up to 26 […]
This year we had a record number of apples. What to do? Make cider of course! I called City Fruit and rented their great press for a few days. We drank some of the cider then decided to ferment the rest. I’ll let you know how it goes.
My family loves pickles. We like them with bowls of steaming brown rice, on fresh crusty bread and sometime just straight up from the jar. They are easy to make and full of healthful probiotics. Ingredients: 1/4 cup pickling salt 2 quarts water 1.5 pounds pickling cucumbers 1/2 T red pepper flakes 2 cloves garlic […]
Sunday it’s supposed to hit 90 degrees!!! Pure heaven for this Arizona desert rat and high time to make sun tea. My favorite way to make this popular summer drink is to take a couple of bags of high quality black tea and throw in a generous handful of fresh herbs. You can use traditional […]
I have been experimenting with herbal caramels for a while and the possibilities are endless. You can use almost any herb such as rosemary, thyme or lavender. I tried using green fennel seeds and the buttery sweet licorice result is delectable. You can add herbal flavor either by infusing or by sprinkling the setting pan […]
The apples on my front parking strip are starting to fall and it’s time to do something with those apples! Over the years I have made apple sauce, apple butter, apple pie filling and several other types of apple based products. The thing that my family likes the most are dried apples. These can be […]