Grain-free Cookies N’ Cream Ice Cream Cups

This is the next instalment of Frozen Summer Treat Goodness Experiments that have been going on in the kitchen lately! The cows have been eating bales of just-cut oat hay that smells like oat porridge with honey, and the cream line on the milk has been increasing – the top shelf of the fridge is…

Biscuit-Crusted Mini Breakfast Pizzas

  These mini-pizzas delighted my children one morning, when everyone had had a long day the day before, and were all set to be grouchy and snappy that morning.  Instead they were so pleased with these little pizzas, they helped cut them out and season them, and even made runs to the garden and herb…

Orange Creamsicle Icepops

  Summer is starting to set in (at least here in Florida).  There was a short spell of cool nights over the weekend, but being nearly mid-May, we can reasonably expect the weather to get hotter and hotter and the intense summer heat to set in. We’ll be getting out the sprinklers and water guns…

Natural Cheesemaking: Fromage de Chevre and Creme Fraiche

We have been making a lot of cheese lately – both fresh, cultured cheeses and fresh renneted cheeses (we have no cheese cave to age them).  For years I have wanted to be more serious about dairying, but when I looked at cheesemaking books, I felt intimidated and unhappy about all the additives and delicate…

Home-made Maple-Pecan Granola

  I know, I know…granola recipes on the internet are a dime a dozen (no, actually they are free), but this isn’t your run-of-the-mill granola recipe. This is soaked-to-remove-phytic-acid-naturally-sweetened-WAPF-style granola, and it is SO good, I can hardly keep it stocked in the house.  Sometimes mornings can be rushed, and it is so nice to have…

Wild-harvested Stuffed Grape Leaves

I’ve always wanted to try making my own brined, pickled grape leaves.  Not only are the ones in the store shockingly expensive, they are not organic and have weird preservatives. I always loved stuffed grape leaves, but I haven’t made them in years. This spring the wild grape leaves in the forest looked so green…

Slovenian Poppy seed Easter Bread

  We will be doing our usual egg painting and dyeing this weekend, but I wanted to share this bread tradition from my family.  This bread was a special treat from my childhood.  If we were visiting my grandmother, it was always out in pretty swirly slices after mealtimes, and I would often grab some to…

Mulberry Pie

We have a huge mulberry tree growing in our front yard.  My parents planted it when we first moved into the neighborhood, when I was 10, which makes it more than 20 years old.  Every spring it is covered with flowers – which look like tiny green mulberries with white curls all over them.  We…

Banana Cream Pie – And A Paleo Grain-free/Dairy-free version

  We had two almost overripe bananas, and lots of creamy milk and eggs on hand – and this was the result.  We can confirm from experience that this delicious pie is great for a picnic at the springs! There are two versions – a real pastry and real creamy milk version, and a Paleo…

Eating Weeds

Anyone who has known me from childhood will remember that gathering and eating weeds has always been something I’ve done.  I would run all over our apartment complex, finding edible plants to make picnics and feasts for my friends and family – and I still do!  This time of year some of my favorite edible…

Creamy Dill and Daikon Salad

I love daikon radishes.  They seem to be sweeter than other radish varieties, and they improve the soil where they are grown.  The long taproots can grow to be huge, and when they are pulled, they look like little people.  Daikons are also very versatile in the kitchen.  They are delicious in stir-fry, incorporated into…

The Evolution Of Butter

Butter is something I’m passionate about.  I’ve always loved butter.  Even when I was trying to be vegan in high school, I liked fake butter.  Then, when I returned to the real thing, it was like being reunited with Truth, an experience of tasteful clarity that lightening-bolted Earth Balance off my grocery list for good….