Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin Waffles

I know I’m not the only one who loves to put pumpkin into everything this time of year. Here’s a simple a delicious recipe for homemade, pumpkin waffles. Ingredients 1 cup flour (your choice) 1 tbsp baking powder 1/2 tbsp cinnamon 1/2 tbsp sugar 1/4 tsp nutmeg 2 eggs 1 cup milk … Read more

Buttermilk Basics: Culturing Your Own

Buttermilk Basics Culturing Your Own

Buttermilk.  Delicious and Irreplaceable. I used to substitute regular milk for it in recipes until I realized that the tanginess of buttermilk does, truly, add another dimension to the finished product.  It is easy to buy at the store but also fairly simple to culture on your own at home.  The benefit … Read more

Small-Batch, Homemade Applesauce

Small Batch, Homemade Applesauce

We had an amazing Labor Day weekend.  One of the best weekends in recent memory. We headed three hours south to the little town and did some serious apple picking. It was so much fun and only a *tiny* bit hot and humid.  (Ok…. maybe it was a lot bit hot and … Read more

Cooking with Dried Beans: Why and How

Cooking with Dried Beans: Why and How

I used to cook exclusively with dried beans.  Then I got lazy and went back to canned.  Now I’m trying to get “un-lazy” and go back to dried.  I’ve learned a little more this time around so I’m hoping that this approach will stick. In this post, I’ll give you the why … Read more

Fresh Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Fresh Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Have I mentioned that I froze a bunch of tomatoes last spring? Yeah, I know, I’ve mentioned it only a million times.  Well, you should know, they’re gone now.  I’ve used them all!  My freezer has never felt so empty! Originally I made pasta sauce, then I made pizza sauce and now … Read more

Homemade Sourdough Pancakes

Homemade Sourdough Pancakes

I’m always looking for new ways to use my sourdough starter.  So far, the homemade English muffins have been my favorite way to use it but these sourdough pancakes may be a close second. Check out the recipe below and let me know if you give them a try. Ingredients For the … Read more

Making Sense of Alternative Sweeteners

Making Sense of Alternative Sweeteners

Confession:  Sometimes trying to eat healthily overwhelms me. There are so many choices out there.  You can go to a health food store but that doesn’t reduce the number of choices.  You can spend zillions of dollars at said health food store on “organic” and “natural” products only to come home and … Read more

Sourdough Pretzel Recipe – Homemade & Healthy

Sourdough Pretzel Recipe Homemade & Healthy

If you’ve ever made authentic sourdough products at home, you know that eventually taking care of your starter becomes a job in and of itself and that you are constantly looking for new ways to use it. I refuse to simply “discard” any starter and am determined to make something with it … Read more

Buttercup Squash Soup

Buttercup Squash Soup

This was my first year growing buttercup squash and it did wonderfully.  We were able to harvest about 20 squash from just two plants.  I would call that pretty prolific! Buttercup squash is a winter squash weighing between 3-5 lbs.  It has a hard, green skin and tender, orange flesh.  Since it … Read more