You've decided to eat a plant-based diet, have you? You're probably a little bit excited, and even a little bit scared. Are you coming from a Vegetarian place? Or maybe you've been eating meat and dairy your whole life? Perhaps you're motivated for health reasons. Maybe your reasons are more about ethics than about your own health. Or both. Whatever your reasons are, I can assure you that it really doesn't have to be difficult! There are some very simple changes you can make right now … [Read more...] about Plant-Based Diet for Beginners
Pie crust can make or break a pie. My mother made the best pies and I believe a large part of the reason for that is her pie crust. It was always flaky, and I never left a crumb on my plate. She grew up in a house that had baked treats quite often, and pies were one of the many things that her family enjoyed on a regular basis. Memories of Pie (made with this pie crust!) My family has so very many memories over pieces of pie! In fact, cake was never really my … [Read more...] about Pie Crust|Grandma’s Recipe
This year's harvest of potatoes did not disappoint. I haven't picked all of them yet, but I grabbed some to make a side dish for our dinner last evening. These tubers are in the nightshade family. Also, they have been heavily relied upon for sustenance throughout history. They are versatile and tasty. *Note - If you or someone you love struggles with diabetes, you may need to limit your consumption of potatoes. You'll need to talk to your doctor about that. As an alternative, you … [Read more...] about Herbed Roasted Potatoes!
Now that we've picked most of the raspberries, the blackberries are ripening. We use blackberries in many of the same ways as raspberries, but we seem to have so many more of the blackberries, as you can see. Since the berries were already here, growing rather wild, we chose the "live and let live" approach, which is very much in keeping with Permaculture principles. We opted to observe and see what would unfold. Lo and behold, the abundance revealed! Years ago, we first discovered … [Read more...] about Easy Blackberry Jam
Are you a fan of the beet? Or not so much? I've always liked beets, but Joel, well, not so much. Then one day, we were at a local eating establishment, and pickled beets were one of his side dishes. He tasted them and liked them! The key was the recipe. It contained some spices that really amped up the tastiness. If you've never eaten store-bought pickled beets, they taste a lot like pure vinegar. I searched through my canning recipe books, as well as online, and then came up with a … [Read more...] about The Beet Goes On|Pickled Beets Recipe