What do you do when the nights cool down, you've got plenty of tomatoes on the vine and they're not ripening? Try this recipe for putting up green tomatoes in the form of Green Tomato Bacon Jam. It's delicious as a sandwich spread, an appetizer, but my favorite way to enjoy it is mixed into ground meat for burgers. …Continue
Added by Kirsten Madaus on September 12, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Good Sign! Getting off the treadmill of what we've been taught or thought we should be doing to going back to the land and growing our own food.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23849569 US professionals quitting the rat race to become farmers
Added by Bruce Weaver on September 11, 2013 at 1:55pm — No Comments
Why roast bananas? BECAUSE it is easy, and awesome for making explode-in-your-mouth caramelized banana goodness. And that’s about all I have to say about that.
I didn’t set out to make these muffins gluten-free, they…Continue
Added by Anne Radcliffe on September 10, 2013 at 9:37am — No Comments
I'm fortunate to have resourceful farmers running my CSA. Last fall they gleaned pears from the unloved, unmanaged city trees and shared them with us. I made pear butter using FarmGirl Fare's recipe, then used that pear butter to make waffles.
Added by Kirsten Madaus on September 10, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
A lot of us like the green living lifestyle but oftentimes lack the time or space for maintaining our own garden. While having a traditional garden is an excellent way to save money on groceries as well as ensure that your food is safe, fresh, and free of pesticides, there are many foods that can be purchased from farmer's markets or grocery stores and then regrown in small spaces.
Pumpkins are a truly incredible fruit. People can use them for decoration and as food.…Continue
Anyone who believes that we live lives of Voluntary Simplicity because we have a couple of hens in the backyard, some locally grown tomatoes on the shelf and one car in the driveway has not seen my schedule book lately. I am beginning to feel like an Honors Junior angling towards Stanford. They have colored coded planners, fifteen things happening in a day, and no time for the common cold, never mind a weekend off. Me, too. We are all practicing Voluntary Complexity, not…Continue
You can find the link here for this focaccia--fennel seeds in a wheat focaccia dough, topped with grapes, red onion, and goat cheese. My spouse is on to something with this focaccia business.…Continue
I think vegetables get a bad rap in the appetizer category, and I'm trying to change that, one bite at a time. Here's my latest effort:
You can find the recipe…Continue
The past 2 weeks have been a flurry of harvesting and processing the abundant bounty we've been blessed to receive, and there is plenty more still on the vines/tree!
We started the week with 12 pints of mushroom Spaghetti Sauce using our organically grown heirloom "Roma" tomatoes we grew from seed,…Continue
I am currently expanding my Apothecary Store at Mary's Heirloom Seeds and I need help.
At the moment, All of the info that I share at Back to the Basics is FREE! There is a wealth of GREAT information available for natural, herbal remedies. DIY Tincture Kits are an…
Added by Marianne Smith on September 3, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I'm doing a lot of walking lately, and one day the dog and I walked past a plum tree spilling ripe plums all over the street. Couldn't resist. I'v got whey leftover from cheese-making, but you could substitute buttermilk.…Continue
In areas where chickens and other larger fowl are not allowed, quail are a great option. Quail may be reared indoors in a large bird cage or in part of your yard using a "run" (an enclosure made with a light-frame and bird netting). The Bobwhite breed generally produce the most eggs, plus good quality meat. Texas A & M hybrid Button quail grow the fastest and produce the most meat. A small incubator and an order of fertile quail eggs will get you started. You will need to find and…Continue
I was wondering if anybody in the homegrown community works to help hungry people. Our country is FULL of people like you and me that go hungry on a daily basis. I would really enjoy talking with anybody that is involved with any of this type program.
I am in the process of putting together a business plan for a non profit farm of sorts. We want to produce as much produce, meats, dairy, etc. as possible to give to the community.
We also want to be able to set up some…Continue
There's just something about eating fresh ripe seasonal fruit. Makes me wonder why I don't shrivel down to a husk in the winter, waiting to enjoy all the summer goodies.
Here's a pair of peach pizzas I made using peaches my daughter and I picked from a friend's tree.
You can find…Continue
Several months ago William Morrow / Harper Collins asked me if I would review a new book for them. Took me a few months to finally get pen to paper, so to speak. I put out the review today. This book really inspires me to continue in my new project with permaculture + cuisine = permacuisine! My new focus on creating sustainable permanent agriculture with a focus on cuisine. Melding my two favorite interests farming and cooking!
Also, check out my…Continue
Did anyone get my Alice Cooper reference? School's out for summer is a celebrated song but what about when school starts again?
Long days, hot sun, days at the beach, family vacations and staying up late oh my! That is what children look forward to with the words "summer vacation". Do you remember your summer vacations growing up? Do you recall the feeling at the end of the school year; more importantly do you remember the feeling that you…
I use a lot of peppers in my cooking, especially in winter when I make lots of soups, stews and chilis. During the winter, however, peppers are ridiculously expensive and the quality is terrible. Instead of just settling for crappy, expensive peppers, I dehydrate wonderful and cheap peppers during summer to use all winter long. Dehydrated sweet peppers make a wonderful snack, especially for road trips or hiking. Peppers can also be added to eggs, casseroles or pasta…Continue
I love my dehydrator. It is right up there with my blender as my favorite kitchen appliance. It really helps to reduce food waste and increases the shelf life of many foods. Here's how I use it to save money:
When I find an amazing deal on produce, I dehydrate some of the bounty. Sometimes I find packages of peppers for $.40/lb, and I'll buy 10 pounds. Some are used fresh or frozen, but I dehydrate a lot of them to toss into soups or to add to…Continue
Added by Cynthia Skelton on August 29, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments
One of the great disappointments in life: frying up a huge package of bacon and ending up with a couple of bacon bits and a pan full of bacon grease. Don't despair! You can use that grease in place of oil in cooking to save money over buying oil, and to add that incredible bacon flavor to other foods.
I save bacon grease in a glass jar in the refrigerator so that it lasts a good amount of time (can't say exactly how long because I've never had any go bad). If you keep it on…Continue