Pumpkin Pie Ice Pops

    The family all start groaning when the pumpkins are coming out of the garden.  They claim they are still sick of pumpkin after the last season, however, I am skeptical because of how quickly these ice pops disappeared. I am harvesting quantities of pumpkins now,  in huge wheelbarrow loads between rain storms.  Each…

Stone Pear Tart

  We have an unfortunate pear tree in the orchard that I once bought around Christmas time to be our Christmas tree.  It seemed like a perfectly lovely idea at the time, like an idea out of a Christmas carol, but actually the pear tree hated being inside with lights and ornaments all over it,…

Green Tomato Pickles

As the summer garden dies back to rampant gourd vines, sweet potatoes, and roselle, I am diligently preserving as much of the harvest as possible.  Last year I neglected to make enough pickled vegetables to get us through the dearth of the late summer (you can only be excited about eating amaranth leaves for so…

Summer Pumpkin Soup

This is really a summer squash recipe, not a pumpkin recipe, but summer squash are ideally harvested when they are small and tender, and the reality of gardening is that no matter how diligent you are at picking, eventually you will find monster squash on your hands! Blimp-like zucchinis, and yellow squash that can only…

Southern Fried Okra (and Luffa Gourd)

Okra is a favorite vegetable around here, so I always try to grow it every summer. It’s not difficult to grow, but I find it to be the ninja of gardening.  Everyone says okra is easy to grow, and I would agree, but no one mentions what a pain it is to harvest! If I…

Lost In The Garden Creamed Corn

  I don’t take gentle, evening strolls through the garden, admiring the neat rows.  I’m not that kind of gardener.  Sometimes I wish I was, but then I get too busy with the dairy animals in June, the peak cream season, and if we are still in no want of vegetables to fill the table,…

Aunt Esther’s Yellow Squash Relish (A Lacto-Fermented Version)

Every season I make a bunch of old-fashioned brined pickles to keep us through the in-between seasons.  Late summer and late spring are times when the old garden is dying and the new garden is not yet ready for harvest. I prefer this form of food preservation over heat canning, because it preserves the nutrition…

Mango Barbecue Sauce

Ethan’s grandmother is just about to turn 99 this year.  She lives in South Florida, so we only get to visit her a few times a year, usually on the holidays.  It’s hard to make it all the way down there and back with the farm chores to do, and three children that are not…

All-Raw Ice Cream Season

The every day summer rains have been hard on the garden, but the pastures are lush and green.  The hay season is over, and the cows knew it as they watched us in a huddle around the empty hay ring as we set up moveable electric fencing for the week’s grazing.  Loud mooings, some plaintive,…

Fried Chicken (and a little romance)

  This is not a new recipe, but one I’ve made for a long time.  I first came up with it after I began to eat meat again after several years of being strict vegetarian, and then vegan.  My years of plant-based diet had started to cause some health problems for me, and I felt…

Frozen Vanilla Cream With Wild Blackberry Jam Swirls

    The blackberries for this recipe were hard-won, and there was quite an adventure in procuring them. We used to have lots of blackberries around the pasture. Actually, the pastures were mostly blackberries (Ethan wanted to call it “Poky Pastures Farm”), but between applying dolomite and the rotational grazing, the grass sward has been…