Need a quick homemade gift? This mix is super quick to make, bag, label, and the very best thing... it requires no artistic ability!!Read More
Why Fingerprint Instead of Thumbprint?
If you use your thumb to make
indentions in cookies, you end up
with a lopsided indention that jam
can leak out from. Using a finger
(or mini bottle top) perpendicular
to the baking sheet means you
have a uniform hole to place your
jam. My neighbor Greta tried these
using peanut butter and Nutella.
PB&J cookies anyone?
Check out the link to my Mountain Xpress article all about sweet potatoes!Read More
In our neck of the woods we can get a little taste of tropical flavor with the miraculous Paw paw. These strange looking fruits, native to the eastern United States, grow on trees and are the largest edible fruit indigenous to this area. Not only do they survive, but they thrive without much care, growing just as well in the shade as the sunRead More
Birthdays don’t always arrive when you feel like celebrating. Life can be hectic, stressful, chaotic, and downright tragic. But I contend birthdays should always be celebrated, even in the midst of life’s roar. Taking time to be with dear ones to appreciate their birth, is good for the soul.Read More
It takes just the right kind of person to enjoy spending an entire Sunday riding up and down steep mountain inclines with bicycle pedal power in order to see small farms in action. I guess I fall into that “right person” category because I had a ridiculously good time at Pedal to Plate in Madison County.Read More
I have recently experienced a bumper crop of corn on the cob, which is lucky for me because I have had a bumper crop of house guests. I get them to pick it and shuck it while I get to hang out in the kitchen mixing things into butter.Read More
I have a friend (identity not revealed) who hides the leftovers in the back of the fridge when she makes this pie. It’s so easy to make that I don’t bother hiding the leftovers I just make more. It’s a great entrée to serve if you have a gluten-free friend, because it’s gluten-free without trying too hard.
It wasn't my idea to run 14 miles through the woods scaling ridges and fording slippery rocked streams to celebrate our birthdays. We can blame that one on Elizabeth. Luckily I am a glutton for punishment and I can't think of a better way to spend a day.Read More
Rhubarb Ginger Mostarda with Goat Cheese inspired by our new arrivals out on the farm! Welcome Buckwheat and Snowflake!
I always want more muscles and mussels. I go about getting them in different ways but always want more of both. I like to ride my bike, run, and do hard core garden workouts for the first kind of muscle. The second kind of mussel is much much easier to enjoy. They look like elongated clams or small smooth oysters, but the mussel is not something you see on menus in this country all that often.Read More
I joined the Mushroom Club partly to learn about mushrooms, and partly to hang out with cool people who geek out on mushrooms. With great anticipation I signed up for my first foray hunting for the elusive Morel.Read More
Sweet potatoes don’t grow from seeds. They are one of those fascinating regenerative vegetables. Plant a sweet potato and it will grow baby sweet potatoes. Onions, ginger, turmeric, cassava, and potatoes all fall into this crazy category. Wouldn’t it be so cool if we could grow our own babies all by ourselves? Well, maybe I should save that for another discussion.Read More
I have a lot of experience making cookies, but not so much experience with political activism. My safe estimate is over 100, 000 cookies baked, and probably 30ish rallies and protests.Read More
I’d like to make the case for Stand-Up Dinner. Not all the time, or even very often, but every once in a while it makes sense to eat while standing. Cider making evenings are just such an occasion in our household.Read More
Any spring mix will do for this salad but if you are a gardener and have fresh greens in the yard pick a mixture of baby kale, arugula, spinach, and pea shoots for a great flavor combo. Despite its name the dressing does not require homegrown herbs. As a matter of fact, you don't have to use herbs at all.Read More
I was invited to be on a neighborhood garden tour one summer. I had declined the invitation for a few summers in a row, because my garden is often more about production than beauty. But this particular summer I decided to take on the challenge.Read More
County Fairs are a big deal in our neck of the woods. Folks bring out their biggest pumpkins and prettiest pigs to show off, pies are tasted and judged, and handmade patchwork quilts are on display. Fair food is almost always fried. These pickles remind me of fair food, and the best part is they are delicious even if you don’t want to fry them.Read More
It will be fine! I kept telling myself, as the weather reports showed rain, wind, and temperatures in the low 20’s forecast for our weekend canoeing adventure on the Roanoke River.Read More