{Feel the Love} Pork Rillettes

I don’t think I’ve been shy about my love of the pig.   I honestly think the best thing you can give a gal involves some kind of pork fat and since February is the month of the Valentine, I think it’s also the time for indulging a little.  Forget the chocolate covered strawberries.   I…

{diy project} Fermented Hot Sauce – Airlock Method

Last year I experimented with various veggie lacto-fermentation projects, like kimchi and pickles. I also ran a test to see if I could come up with a decent sriracha, and found the results exceeded my expectations. This year, I decided to try out using an air lock, instead of worrying about ziploc baggies filled with…

{FSC Book Club} Put ‘Em Up! FRUIT Final Recap

We read, we cook, we chat. That is the FSC Book Club. What a summer! If you’ve been following along with the FSC Book Club, you’ve been savoring every bit of the summer fruit bounty by freezing, canning or preserving with us using Put ‘Em Up Fruit: A Preserving Guide & Cookbook. Creative Ways to Put…

{diy project} Wine Grape Jelly

A few years ago my husband planted four wine grape vines to trellis up around our deck and onto the side of our house.  He bought St. Croix, the most cold-hardy red wine grape he could find.  The vines have been vigorous and have created a beautiful bower of greenery, filled this time of year…

{FSC Book Club} Assignment 1 & 2 Recap

We read, we cook, we chat. That is the FSC Book Club. Can you believe it? We’ve already finished our first two assignments for Round 4 of the FSC Book Club. We are reading and and cooking our way through Put ‘Em Up Fruit: A Preserving Guide & Cookbook. Creative Ways to Put ‘em Up and Use ‘em…

{drink it up} Lemon Syrup, Lemonade & Lemon Vinegar

Editor’s Note: Jennifer Wilkerson has given us homemade bread & dinner rolls and farmer’s cheese… now she brings us a triple doozy: Lemon Syrup, Lemonade & for your cleaning needs lemon vinegar. Man, she’s good isn’t she? -Christina When farmers markets and fruit stands are bursting with seasonal goodness meals are easy. Any combination of…

{diy project} Pickled Red Onions

Often times my favorite part of a meal are the condiments. Condiments take everything to the next level whether it is your favorite barbeque sauce, mustard, hot sauce, pickle or even ketchup. I often find food to simply be the vessel that delivers the delicious flavors of all the extras. One of my go to…

{FSC Book Club} …Round 4 BEGINS!

We read, we cook, we chat. That is the FSC Book Club. Round 4 of the FSC Book Club has begun! We  are reading and and cooking our way through Put ‘Em Up Fruit: A Preserving Guide & Cookbook. Creative Ways to Put ‘em Up and Use ‘em Up by the incredible Sherri Brooks Vinton. It’s a gorgeous…

{giveaway winner} Put em UP! Fruit

We had 96 amazing answers to our request to tell us about your love for fruit: in jam, as soda syrup base, poached in wine, used on meat, in a salad, etc… A comment won someone a copy of Sherri Brooks Vinton’s newest book, Put ’em Up! Fruit. First up, some amazingly personal & thoughtful comments: Terry: Since I…

{giveaway} Put ‘Em Up! Fruit.

Its Earth Day and I get to gush about a book (and host a giveaway) that inspires and educates folks on the ins & outs of putting fruit up, whether that’s in jam-form, syrup-form, frozen-form or or or…the sky is the limit! Growing your own fruit or buying fruit from your local farmers market or…

{from scratch holidays} Cranberry Squares

Thanksgiving and its attendant leftovers are my favorite things about that holiday. I’m sure my family isn’t alone in that planning the Thanksgiving meal also means planning for maximum leftover efficiency. We all have our favorites – my son is the stuffing king, my daughter hoards the mashed potatoes and gravy, and my husband loves…

{diy projects} Quince Jelly & Membrillo

Quince is an interesting fruit – too tart and hard to eat raw, the fruit turns from green to golden yellow fruit when ripe and grows on small thorned trees. Quince is part of the pear, apple, and rose family, and the ripe fruit smell floral and fragrant. I am lucky to have a neighbor…

{FSC PODCAST} Episode 6: Preserving the Bounty

Happy Late Summer! We’re back after a brief July podcast vacation. In honor of the late summer bounty, this episode focuses on food preservation. That means canning, freezing, dehydrating or otherwise making your food last beyond the growing season. Our food swaps are always filled with jars of home preserved bounty, from pickled vegetables to smooth…

{giveaway recap} What Makes You Put Food in Jars?

Before we get to the winner… let’s recap some of the inspiring & enthusiastic answers to our giveaway question: What makes you put food in jars? Leah shares: “We’ve been canning (first timers) for a few months now and love it! It’s now one of our passions! Would LOVE to win! “ Arya says: “I…