Heirloom Tomato Butter

What to do with summers tomato bounty? Canning, freezing, fresh eating, selling and a hundred amazing caprese salads. And also 'Heirloom Tomato Butter.' Adapted from The Kitchn's Recipe, Heirloom Tomato Butter is a delicious and versatile compound butter that will have you enjoying the harvest long after the stars of summer are gone. Heirloom Tomato Butter Makes … Continue reading Heirloom Tomato Butter

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Cheap food…food for thought

Do you feel a connection to your food? For some years now, even before we began this homestead life, I have tried to become much more conscious about what it took for that food to reach my plate.  Be it an animal product or produce- there was a person, often many, behind the success of … Continue reading Cheap food…food for thought

Master Tonic for Cold & Flu Season

'Master Tonic' is supposed to be an amazing anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic tonic to take through the winter months or whenever you're feeling under the weather.  Also known as 'Fire Cider', Master Tonic is made with raw garlic, horseradish, turmeric, ginger, onion, hot peppers, lemon and apple cider vinegar.  All of these ingredients have … Continue reading Master Tonic for Cold & Flu Season

Home Cured Bacon

Happiness is finding one last pound of your homegrown bacon at the bottom of the freezer! I thought all of the bacon had been eaten months ago...but I found the very last pound of smokey, salty goodness hiding under a meat chicken. As I was cooking the bacon to add to dinner tonight, I realized … Continue reading Home Cured Bacon

Elderberry Syrup

We are in officially in cold and flu season!  Our family has been trying to get away from 'big pharma' over the last year or two and finding more natural remedies for what ails us.  I have a girlfriend who picks wild elderberries up near Tahoe every year and makes her own elderberry syrup as … Continue reading Elderberry Syrup

Handcrafted Eggnog

As soon as Halloween is over, it's officially 'the holidays'.  I love the holidays, it's really my favorite time of the year.  I never liked eggnog as a child, but my husband loves to drink it and so every year I tried it again...and ended up falling in love. It's a rare treat, so it … Continue reading Handcrafted Eggnog

Salt Cured Egg Yolks

A few weeks ago I came across a recipe for Salt Cured Egg Yolks. First I had ever heard of it. I started googling and reading and found quite a few different recipes. Salt curing is nothing new, it's a very traditional way of preserving food. I found some recipes that had mostly sugar, with … Continue reading Salt Cured Egg Yolks