Author Archives | Jillian

{pulling back the curtain} What Jillian Really Eats

I can honestly say that our household diet wouldn’t be as healthy if my child didn’t have food allergies. I like to cook and I enjoy making things at home because I enjoy the creative process and the outcome (the flavor!) is usually much better than foods that are not made from scratch. However I […]

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{recipes} Zucchini Four Ways

Zucchini season is upon us – I’ve been harvesting them daily in my garden. Why I always plant so many when I know that the harvest is predictably plentiful is beyond me. You’ve heard the jokes about the people who sneak around their friend’s houses, leaving zucchinis on their doorsteps when no one is looking? That may […]

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{Juicing Journey} For Health & Beauty

A few weeks ago my husband Jeff and I felt like enjoying lazy time on the couch watching a movie, so we took a chance on Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It was recommended by a friend who loves food as much as we do. The film follows the journey of a guy named Joe […]

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{Backyard Chickens} yes, you can sex day-old chicks!

If you’ve raised baby chicks or you see some in your future, one of the questions you’ll ask is, “How can you tell the males from the females?” It is commonly thought that you have to wait until they grow bigger and the roosters start acting like they own the place (to put it nicely) to definitively […]

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{gardening} The Busy Person’s Guide to Starting a Perfectly Fine Garden

I love to garden. Maybe you do too. I love to do lots and lots of things. So many things, in fact, that I am too busy to allocate as much time to my garden as I would like. If only I had an extra 2 hours a day… that would make things so much […]

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{strict avoidance} Celebrating w/ Food Allergies

My daughter Abby just turned 7 years old and she’s looking forward to celebrating with her friends at a party this weekend. She has multiple food allergies, some of which are life-threatening. I’m finalizing the snack and dessert menu and I thought I would share a bit about what I’ve learned about serving food at […]

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{backyard chickens} Hatching Chicks!

Last time I posted, I talked about incubating chickens and how to candle them. 21 days came and went and on that last day I had the privilege of watching 16 chicks hatch out of their shells. Seven of them were from Brown Betty Farm and fellow From Scratch Club blogger Liz, and the other nine were from […]

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{backyard chickens} Incubating & Candling

It’s almost spring, and you know what that means – baby chickens! This year for the first time ever I’m incubating eggs and will watch my own chickens hatch. Today I’ll share segments from my personal blog, The Village Homestead, about how I set up the incubator and sourced my eggs, as well as how […]

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{recipe} Asian Greens Salad

Today I’m going to share my Asian Greens Salad recipe with you. In the winter I make this salad five nights a week, and we eat it for several months straight. We never tire of it. In fact, when autumn rolls around and the air gets crisp and cool, we start to hunger for it. […]

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Hello to my New Digs {and saying goodbye to the old ones}

:: My girls on a fall day, loving our backyard :: It’s here. Moving Day. As you read this, I’m watching four super-strong men load all of my worldly possessions into a moving truck. I’m selling my house today, and tomorrow I’m buying a different one. My new house isn’t too far away – two towns […]

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{the new year} Taking Care of Myself & a Long List of DIY Projects

Hello 2012! I am so happy to see you. 2011 wasn’t exactly the best year of my life (to put it nicely), and I’m looking forward to a fresh start. I’ve got enough energy and enthusiasm to put my wish list in action. Good thing too, because it’s long! Number One on my list is […]

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{winter projects 2012} A Compost Pile

Editor’s Note: Our last installment of “new to us” posts from the personal blogs of FSC Contributors is a lovely piece from Jillian. She writes an extremely reflective blog about family life on Everyday Life for Four Seasons. This post was originally published on January 16, 2010. On a related note, if anyone is moving […]

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{from scratch holidays} Perfect Vegan Latkes for Hanukkah

Hanukkah is here, and in our home that means my husband Jeff spends a few days making his perfect vegan latkes (sometimes called potato pancakes, and pronounced “laht-kuhs“). All traditional latkes contain shredded or ground potatoes. Many contain onions and eggs. They are fried in oil (cooking with oil is one of the things you […]

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{from scratch holidays} Arugula Pesto, Two Ways

I like local food. I like to eat it, I like to read about it and I like to sell it. Every Saturday morning I am lucky enough to talk about and sell local vegetables for Michael Kilpatrick (Kilpatrick Family Farm) at the farmers market in Saratoga Springs. Working at the market is so much fun for me, […]

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{from scratch holidays} Not Your Grandma’s Tea Sandwiches: Shrimp & Radish Toasts

If I had to choose my favorite type of meal, it would probably be a dinner of appetizers. I love how each little bite is packed with flavor and color. During the December holiday season I make a lot of appetizers for parties and festive dinners. One of my new favorites is a twist on […]

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