Category Archives: In the Kitchen (recipes & more)

Have You Tried: Making Berry Jam?

As our household creeps toward food self-sufficiency, you would think our decision to keep backyard chickens would incite more concern than canning fruits and vegetables. However, botulism is a big word and scenes from Louisa May Alcott books where women … Continue reading

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Strengthening Family and Community Ties Through Food

Today we’re welcoming guest blogger Melissa Graham, a former attorney who found more joy in the kitchen than the courtroom. These days, in addition to being the founding Executive Director of Purple Asparagus, Melissa also speaks and writes regularly on child nutrition and sustainability … Continue reading

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Eggs Benedict in 6 Minutes

I love Eggs Benedict. I can’t pinpoint the beginning of my love affair, because my love has always been there. As Eggs Benedict features prominently in most menus, I don’t think I am the only one in love. For over … Continue reading

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Savor the Season: Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes

I know that summer has really and truly arrived in Michigan when strawberries start showing up at the farmers market. Sadly strawberry season is all too short, and is already nearing an end in our area. My husband and I … Continue reading

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Backyard Chickens: Chocolate Mousse recipe

(This is the ninth in a series of ten Friday posts about Backyard Chickens to give an overview of my experiences these past two years.) As always on the lookout for a recipe that will use a lot of eggs, … Continue reading

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Have You Tried: Working with a Sourdough Starter?

For the past couple of months, I’ve been busy taking care of a baby. No, not that kind of baby (not yet anyway) – a sourdough baby! A friend of mine was kind enough to share some of her sourdough … Continue reading

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Homegrowing Hops

Did you know that hops grow best between the latitudes of 34-50 degrees? That’s one reason, among many, that Belgium has had a long history of making beer, and why some breweries in the northern half of the United States … Continue reading

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