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kombucha what?





Kombucha. Comb-boo-cha. Ever heard of it? It's the hippie, new age, magical "elixir of life". It's actually just fermented sweet tea, but I prefer "elixir of life", don't you? I'd heard about kombucha maybe a year or two ago and had seen bottled…

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Added by Christine on December 19, 2011 at 2:36pm — 5 Comments

no-crust apple pie

I’ve finally found the perfect apple pie recipe. It’s perfect because you don’t have to make a crust.



That’s right, all of the glory and none of the pain. In a small kitchen, even a simple pie crust…

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Added by Christine on October 5, 2011 at 3:54pm — 2 Comments

be a dinner elf

Food is much more than a series of nutrients and calories. Food brings people together to celebrate the good times and helps sustain us during the tough times.  When you provide food for others, you aren’t just providing a meal. You are providing a few extra minutes in their day, crossing off one thing on their to-do list and hopefully offering a tiny bit of comfort. We all need…

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Added by Christine on August 22, 2011 at 11:14am — 3 Comments

small batch peach jam

I made some peach jam last week while listening to The Be Good Tanyas and drinking a cranberry seltzer cocktail. (If you like folksy bluegrass, check 'em. They are the perfect soundtrack for peach jam-making, among other homesteading activities.) I adapted a recipe from… Continue

Added by Christine on August 16, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Homegrown.org Cook-Off 2011: BBQ Tofu and Rice Bowl



I needed to use up a package of tofu, half a jar of homemade swapped BBQ sauce and leftover whey. The result was much better than I anticipated, and I credit the rice-cooked-in-whey and the BBQ sauce with that. I'd never cooked rice in whey before and to tell you the truth, was a little skeptical because boiling leftover milk… Continue

Added by Christine on August 1, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Homegrown.org Cook-Off 2011: Garlic Scape Pesto!



I had never cooked with, and perhaps never tasted, a garlic scape before I joined a CSA with Kilpatrick Family Farm this year. I recently got garlic scapes in my CSA delivery two weeks in… Continue

Added by Christine on July 14, 2011 at 5:37pm — No Comments

recipe: beet & brown rice veggie burgers

A few years ago, I would have never imagined myself saying this but... we made beet & brown rice veggie burgers and they were incredible. I… Continue

Added by Christine on July 5, 2011 at 11:47am — 5 Comments

pain au chocolat

Continuing my timid and noncommittal dip into French cooking, I made pain au chocolat this weekend for Sunday brunch. The recipe is from Made From Scratch, a collection of recipes…
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Added by Christine on April 27, 2011 at 11:07am — 1 Comment

braised brussels sprouts

Yup, more brussels sprouts. Awhile ago I tweeted some quote I found about brussels sprouts being so very hip right now. Also turnips/parsnips--I always get them mixed up-- and, I believe, beets. Suspicious veggies are all the… Continue

Added by Christine on March 9, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

sunday soup, quinoa, leek & corn chowder

I made this recipe last week and we kept it on hand for quick dinners and lunches, never actually sitting down to a proper meal. I adapted it from my new all-quinoa, all-the-time… Continue

Added by Christine on March 2, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

surprisingly good tempeh reubens



Happy President's Day. I hope you are all taking advantage of this opportunity to dress like your favorite president. I know I am. Today's post is brought to you by the 16th President of the United States, Honest Abe. I have it on good authority that…

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Added by Christine on February 21, 2011 at 9:28am — No Comments

homemade chocolate peanut butter cups

Peanut butter cups seemed like one of those things that you just couldn't make yourself.  At least to me. But they are so easy! Melt chocolate, make a little PB mixture and load into muffin tins. That's it!  I made a batch of these for Valentine's Day... imagine…

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Added by Christine on February 16, 2011 at 2:12pm — No Comments

all good brunch

Two of my best college buds visited this past weekend for a sleepover. We navigated the snowy, slushy sidewalks to check out an alumni happy hour (eeps, we'll be celebrating our five year reunion from undergrad this year) and then came back to put on our pjs and have some chips, salsa and ChocoVine. Have you heard of that? Chocolate wine? It's ridiculous.



Earlier in the week we put in a special order to our… Continue

Added by Christine on February 7, 2011 at 11:14am — 3 Comments

sunday soup, potato and red lentil with homemade pita



Back at the Sunday Soup game. And with an observation: photographing soup is hard. … Continue

Added by Christine on January 31, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

We've been on an insatiable Indian food kick lately, at least before I started the detox (wheat is back in, dairy comes back tomorrow).  I can't get enough of it.  It is definitely one type of cuisin…

We've been on an insatiable Indian food kick lately, at least before I started the detox (wheat is back in, dairy comes back tomorrow).  I can't get enough of it.  It is definitely one type of cuisine that tastes much better from a restaurant than from our own… Continue

Added by Christine on January 14, 2011 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

homemade chai tea concentrate

I've seen a few other chai recipes floating around here and thought I would add my own take on it... a sweet, creamy concentrate that you just add to a cup of black tea!

One of the gifts I made this…
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Added by Christine on January 10, 2011 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Happy New Year!

Looking back on 2010, I did a pretty good job of tackling my resolutions and making positive changes.  I biked to work a few times, ate more locally, took my vitamins (for the most… Continue

Added by Christine on January 4, 2011 at 1:27pm — No Comments

weekday soup, fresh pea with parmesan cheese squares

This was intended to be a legit Sunday Soup.  Two Sundays ago we ended up having a late lunch of gigantic burritos while we tackled our office/computer/sewing/junk room, which is the bane of my existence.  It's been a black hole of all the crap we don't want to…

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Added by Christine on December 20, 2010 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

holiday party idea: parmesan pastry pinwheels

Woo! Last week was a whirlwind of activity as I prepped for an outdoor holiday market in my neighborhood (which you can read about here... trust me, you'll want to check it out if only for the Speedo-clad runners I caught on camera!) and finished up shipping out holiday orders from…

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Added by Christine on December 15, 2010 at 10:35am — No Comments

another leek and potato soup recipe

I've tried many potato and leek soup recipes and they've all been very good. I'm not sure you make a bad-tasting potato and leek soup. In fact, The Kitchn has… Continue

Added by Christine on December 5, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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