Strawberry Lemon Marmalade

Herewith begins my contribution to the Tigress Can Jam! If you’ve missed it, the canjam is a yearlong canning challenge. Each month, canjammers will be asked to create a water-bath friendly recipe based on a seasonal ingredient. Tigress started us off gently, with citrus. I assumed—rightly as it turns out!—that this would turn into a […]

How to avoid a Dal FAIL

Last week I tried to make my favorite yellow split pea dal in my crockpot. It was an utter FAIL. Really and truly nasty—by the time the peas were finally edible (sort of), they had turned a disgusting brownish green color, which is why I’m skipping the photo. However, dear readers, I want to spare […]

Raspberry Plum Sorbet

My husband—a native New Englander—insists that the time to eat ice cream is winter, not summer. So, now that there’s a chill in the air, he’s craving frozen treats. Since this is an excuse to pull out yet another gadget from the pantry, I am happy to oblige.

Sorbets are basically a frozen purée of fruit […]

Canning Tomatoes (the basics)

As you might have guessed given my giant pile of tomatoes, my next few posts will be all about things you can do with them: roasted tomatoes, roasted tomato salsa, tomato sauce, and mixed pepper sales. But first, let’s do the basics. How do you can tomatoes?

Tomatoes are an interesting case because they straddle the […]

Chestnut Vs. Wheat Pasta

(I don’t know about you, but I needed a little break from fruit. Fortunately, a local foodie who wishes to remain known only as “the co-conspirator” hatched up a plan for a pasta experiment involving some chestnut flour she picked up on a recent trip to Italy. Even better, she volunteered to blog about it. […]

Ask the Goats: Blue Garlic

Sometimes garlic turns blue when I cook it. Why? Is it safe to eat?

(Andrew, Philadelphia)

When you first asked me this, I thought it was an easy question. So easy, in fact, that I planned on conducting a little kitchen experiment to document both the reaction and its counter-reaction. But things didn’t work out that way, […]

Grains and Greens

More gems from the garden: turnip greens!

Inspired by Mark Bittman’s dictum to eat whole grains, everyday, I mixed this with bulgar for a hearty, healthy, meal. You’ll note that I didn’t say “attractive.” While tasty and nutritious, the look of the final product can only be described as Moosewood circa 1982:

Nevertheless, since it’s an interesting […]

Ask the Goats: Precision Egg Cookery

I just made a batch of egg salad and something is seriously wrong. I can only describe the texture as furry. The eggs are fresh from the farm yard, so that’s not the problem. The only ingredients are eggs, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and majoram. I added some vinegar and mustard and that helped, but just […]

Vinegar Update

Loyal readers may recall that one of our earliest posts dealt with making your own vinegar. I have been remiss in posting the promised update. As you can see, the gallon jug on the left contains a slightly opaque substance that used to be apple cider. It’s hard to see in the picture, but there’s […]

Yeastapalooza, Part I

A co-conspirator and I dedicated a good chunk of last weekend to a science experiment involving different kinds of bread dough. The goal—besides blini for dinner and two freezers full of chocolate babka and cinnamon rolls—was to check out what different moisture content, varieties of fat, and egg treatments would do to dough. All of […]

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