FOOD

DON’T TOSS THE BLACK BANANAS: MAKE BANANA BREAD

DON’T TOSS THE BLACK BANANAS: MAKE BANANA BREAD

This is an old favorite recipe for saving slimy, overripe bananas from death. When a banana gets that "yuck" texture--that's when it's at its best for banana bread. It's part of the "Recycled Food Series" aimed to get us to rethink a lot of what we throw away. America...

MAKE PESTO FOR PENNIES

MAKE PESTO FOR PENNIES

Make pesto like a chef–for pennies–and have a taste of summer all year long!   Pesto costs fifteen bucks for a tiny jar in the store–enough for my dinner alone.  If  you knew how cheap it was to make, you’d be mad. Grow some basil. Harvest it. Put it in the...

VEGGIE EGGROLL RECIPE

VEGGIE EGGROLL RECIPE

What do I do with all this cabbage? Make a poser homestead mock egg roll one-pot meal! Every fall we're buried in cabbage. That's a blessing. Also a blessing: cabbage is one of the best root cellar foods out there. It will last until the first leaves of spring salad...

PANTRY MEAL: STIR FRIED RICE

PANTRY MEAL: STIR FRIED RICE

You can make stir fried rice. You don't need to order takeout. Save the earth. You don't need all the plastic takeout containers to get a taste of takeout Chinese.  This is a great meal if you've got some leftover rice. Rice is freezer friendly, so you can even make...

BEEF, BARLEY & MUSHROOM SOUP

BEEF, BARLEY & MUSHROOM SOUP

Beef, Barley, and Mushroom soup is a very simple soup for a cold day. I love to make beef and barley soup in the Instant Pot. This is an "I forgot to make dinner" meal or for one of those days when I've been doing my thing (I'm the vegetarian) and I really don't care...

THE BEST TOMATO SOUP

THE BEST TOMATO SOUP

This tomato soup is delicious...but don't count calories here! But you can make the "light version" if you want. It's healthy. But... not as tasty.  I recommend using some form of heavy cream, and making sure to saute the onion in high-quality butter. Serve this with...

TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON (AND IT’S CHEAPER TOO!)

TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON (AND IT’S CHEAPER TOO!)

Blueberry season waits for no man. Mother Nature is a tough customer. And, the deer ate my entire orchard again, so, time to pick berries. Today, I went to the berry farm over the border, through the backwoods, where only people who know go. Usually, I hop on seasons...

“EAT MY JAM” (JUST-RIGHT CANNING INVENTORY)

“EAT MY JAM” (JUST-RIGHT CANNING INVENTORY)

There is too much jam in my life... 'm making jam--because it's jam season again. I don't know why I make so much jam. I don't eat a lot of jam, but it's the first thing we all learn to preserve, so I make it year after year. It's hard to mess up...

PANTRY COOKING: FLAVORED COFFEE CREAMERS

PANTRY COOKING: FLAVORED COFFEE CREAMERS

I don't like store brand flavored coffee creamers. Store-bought coffee creamer is too sweet, and I can't spell the chemicals. When I make things at home, I can control the amount of sugar (or leave it out entirely), and they save the environment from making more...

PRESSURE COOKER SAFETY

PRESSURE COOKER SAFETY

The moment my pressure cooker exploded "So when you say, blew up, do you mean it exploded or it just quit working? They are pretty sensitive on a pressure cooker site about using the words 'blew up'." I'm not sure who "they" are or why they'd be overly sensitive that...

PANTRY COOKING: PANCAKES

PANTRY COOKING: PANCAKES

These might very well be the best pancakes in the world. It's my recipe, probably stolen in my twenties, but I changed it over the years to make it my own. I used to work in a diner, so I have an unnatural love for breakfast twenty-four hours a day. It's getting...

PANTRY COOKING: TOFFEE

PANTRY COOKING: TOFFEE

Chef Michael Pollan writes about health and food. In his book "Food Rules" one of his rules is particularly dangerous. He says that we shouldn't eat junk food unless we make it ourselves. And then we can have as much as we want. It's most definitely the letter of the...