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May
2

A Day of Canning Chicken

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A Day of Canning Chicken

A few months ago, our local grocery store had boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale for about 1/4 of the regular price. My mom, sister-in-laws, and I decided to take … Continue →

Apr
10

Omelets for the Finicky or a Crowd

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Omelets for the Finicky or a Crowd

Eggs of some sort are always my go-to breakfast when I have a houseful, with omelets being the most requested. But when they start saying they don’t like this … Continue →

Mar
15

Freezing Cake Batter

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Freezing Cake Batter

(My oven is working again! It ended up being a very small, inexpensive, and easy to replace part. Three months later.)

Because of the easiness of it all, I … Continue →

Dec
26

The Manner and Method of a Homemade Meat Smoker

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The Manner and Method of a Homemade Meat Smoker

I have wanted and needed a means to smoke bacon, ham and cheese for as long as I can remember. I have finally managed to assemble a good working system. … Continue →

Dec
19

Pomanders

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Pomanders

One of the great joys of this season for me is pomanders. Pomanders smell great, they’re easy to make … Continue →

Nov
22

Cheesemaking Without Benefit of Mail Order

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Cheesemaking Without Benefit of Mail Order

Now that I have tasted success in my early cheesemaking adventures, I have been trying to assemble useful or at least … Continue →

Nov
15

Cheese Cave – How To (If You Have No Idea Where To Start)

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Cheese Cave - How To (If You Have No Idea Where To Start)

After the 2011 CITR Retreat, I was bound and determined to make cheese. In fact, after my Hard Cheesemaking class that evening, I called my “Raw Milk Hookup” just … Continue →

Nov
13

Turkey Times

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Turkey Times

The days and the weeks are flying by! Thanksgiving Day is less than two weeks away and I just realized it! Out-of-town family will be here in eleven … Continue →

Nov
3

Processing Pumpkin for Pies, Etc.

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Processing Pumpkin for Pies, Etc.

It’s time to bring the pumpkins in and process them for cooking. I love pumpkin and try to … Continue →

Aug
30

Feeding the Masses

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Feeding the Masses

Cooking can be intimidating for some and cooking for a crowd can seem impossible to many. It’s NOT so hard if you know some simple tips–I actually quite ENJOY it! … Continue →

Aug
20

The Steam Juicer and Meat

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The Steam Juicer and Meat

I absolutely LOVE my steam juicer!

It’s not just for fruits and vegetables–you can make stock with it, too…. Continue →

Jul
14

Grilling Tips to Share

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Grilling Tips to Share

Everyone has their own little tips about grilling–whether you grill with charcoal, propane, wood or over an open fire pit. We have a wood fired grill, but all of … Continue →

May
29

Cold Cellar Food Storage

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Cold Cellar Food Storage

We have an underground stone root cellar. It’s one thing I love about old farmhouses. I love old farmsteads! They have such … Continue →

Apr
13

Kitchen Goof Tips & Tricks

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Kitchen Goof Tips & Tricks

Have I ever mentioned I love old cookbooks? There’s much more than recipes in these old cookbooks. There is a plethora of information–things you never knew you needed … Continue →

Mar
27

Menu Planning

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Menu Planning

What is menu planning? Planning ahead of time (usually by either week or month) what meals you’ll cook. Meal planning makes life easier when it comes to the … Continue →

Mar
23

Homemade Vinegar

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Homemade Vinegar

My red and white vinegars

For years I thought about making homemade vinegar, … Continue →

Mar
10

Bottling Wine

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Bottling Wine

All four of my organic wines have finished making and are ready to bottle! Not only are they all four ready to … Continue →

Mar
9

Maple Sugarin’ in Your Backyard

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Maple Sugarin' in Your Backyard

Here in New England, March is called Mud Season, but it is also Sugarin’ Season. Although commercial operations require a significant … Continue →

Feb
15

Cut Your Food Budget with a Sharp Knife

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Cut Your Food Budget with a Sharp Knife

This week I was able to purchase a roasting chicken for 69 cents per pound. But this bird weighs more than … Continue →

Jan
7

What Is Ghee?

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What Is Ghee?

I have been curious about a mysterious “something” I keep hearing and reading about among friends and online. Last week, the mysterious subject came up again, when Helen, a … Continue →

Dec
15

Cookery 101: Measuring Stuff

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Cookery 101: Measuring Stuff

Ever try a fabulous recipe and it just doesn’t turn out as promised? Maybe it was the measuring! Some recipes are forgiving if you’re a little off, some … Continue →

Nov
28

New Technology for Old Ideas

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New Technology for Old Ideas

Our forefathers and mothers used to be self sufficient. They did just about everything, from fixing the windmill to delivering babies. And they could cook just about anything that was … Continue →

Nov
26

Leftover Turkey Kit

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Leftover Turkey Kit

I used to have no imagination when it came to turkey. Leftover turkey meant sandwiches. And more sandwiches. Then everyone would get tired of turkey and never … Continue →

Nov
23

The Best Pecans

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The Best Pecans

Many folks like to snack on nuts. They can be a great source of minerals that the body needs. I know that some of you are allergic to all nuts. … Continue →

Nov
18

The Guest-Friendly Kitchen

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The Guest-Friendly Kitchen

You’re proudly bringing your magnificent turkey to the table. It’s a precarious balancing act, but it looks like you’ll make it. Guests are craning their necks to watch. Suddenly, behind … Continue →

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