Category: Cooking

  • Hearty Sourdough Multigrain Bread – Recipe

    Hearty Sourdough Multigrain Bread – Recipe

    Do you love the sweet and nutty chewiness of a whole wheat loaf of bread, but want to leaven it with sourdough? Look no further. While I use a homemade seed mix, Bob’s Red Mill makes a nut & seed mix that can be added to any bread recipe for a hearty dose of heart-healthy grains and seeds

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  • The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Sourdough

    The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Sourdough

    This is a perfect way to maintain your sourdough starter without it taking over your life! It spends most of the time in the fridge in a small jar, but it always available if you need it. When baking with it always remember to reserve at least 50 grams of starter to keep it going.

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  • Garden Minestrone – Recipe

    Garden Minestrone – Recipe

    I can say without an ounce of trepidation that this batch of minestrone soup is the BEST we have ever tasted! I have made gallons of it, and the pot is always scraped clean by the night’s end. It comes together quickly and easily, and pairs amazingly with a side salad or even just some fresh homemade bread.

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  • Homestead Diary: Making Yogurt At Home in The InstantPot

    Homestead Diary: Making Yogurt At Home in The InstantPot

    But now that I’ve started making my own yogurt at home I have cut our overall dairy cost by over half, even though I’m paying twice as much for milk – and in my mind that’s an investment worth making. A two week supply of yogurt now costs us $7 instead of $50 and it requires minimal work on my part! And can you really put a price on the quality of homemade food? I sure can’t.

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  • Rosemary Olive Oil Sourdough – Recipe

    Rosemary Olive Oil Sourdough – Recipe

    In my quest to find a traditional sourdough recipe for this type of bread, I found two things to be true: it is typically made with olive oil, something that I’m not as experienced with in sourdough; and the rosemary is either added to the olive oil to impart flavor, or the dried herb is chopped and added to the dough – but NEVER both. So, in typical fashion, I decided to put my own twist on the traditional and do the rosemary flavoring a little differently.

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  • Sourdough English Muffins – Recipe

    Sourdough English Muffins – Recipe

    Over the past year that I’ve spent honing my home baking I’ve come to one important conclusion: Bread is not as complicated as it’s made out to be. This is especially true when it comes to sourdough! I don’t feed my starter on a regular schedule, rather by what its reaction is to feeding; I don’t measure out exact quantities when I do feed my starter, but go by sight and feel; and I don’t know the hydration of my starter – nor does it matter to me. I just do what works in my home.

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  • The Best Homemade Bouillon – Recipe

    The Best Homemade Bouillon – Recipe

    While it’s more of a guide than a recipe I’ve written up my garden bouillon process below. I highly recommend experimenting with the meats and veggies you add to the stock pot for an interesting flavor combination!

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  • Whole Chicken Soup Stock – Recipe

    Whole Chicken Soup Stock – Recipe

    Making your own chicken stock (or any kind of broth, really) is amazingly effortless, especially if you own a pressure cooker! I threw this recipe together after butchering a naughty hen from our egg layers – you can see more about that experience in my Homestead Kitchen Diary – but you can use any whole, raw chicken you pick up locally or from the supermarket.

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  • Homestead Diary – My First Butchering Experience

    Homestead Diary – My First Butchering Experience

    I finally got the courage to cull my first hen after we adopted a few rescue chickens from a backyard chicken owner. They had been kept indoors pretty much all their lives and came to us with a number of problems, one of which being the dreaded egg-eating. This counterproductive problem got worse and worse until the straw that finally broke the camel’s back: I came into the coop to gather eggs one day and was literally fighting off hens hand-and-claw for the few precious eggs we were getting in the dead of winter. The one in particular that I could clearly identify was a hefty white hen, which I confirmed based on the egg yolk clearly covering her face and comb.

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  • Homestead Diary – My First Loaves of Sourdough

    Homestead Diary – My First Loaves of Sourdough

    This post – the first of what I hope to compile as a series of notes on culinary experimentation – covers my sourdough journey thus far. While I’m still in the beginning phases of sourdough bread making I’ve fed (and killed) many starters, and I’m finally getting the hang of using ferments in my cooking. […]

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  • How to Turn Your Wet Sourdough Starter into a Dry Starter

    How to Turn Your Wet Sourdough Starter into a Dry Starter

    The beauty of this method is that you only need a small amount of the starter to reactivate for each round of baking you do while it’s in the fridge. As long as it’s not moldy it will be safe and ready to use until you only have a small amount left; this remaining starter is used to mix another batch of dry starter to refill your container.

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  • Huckleberry Buttermilk Scones – Recipe

    Huckleberry Buttermilk Scones – Recipe

    If you’ve never made scones consider this a sign! They’re amazingly delicious and so simple to make. Every time I make scones I think of Mrs. McCarthy of the TV series Father Brown, who for much of the show’s duration offers her famous award-winning scones to passerby at every opportunity. These aren’t quite as fancy […]

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  • How to Make and Maintain a Sourdough Starter

    How to Make and Maintain a Sourdough Starter

    it or leaving it in the fridge over vacation until a thick layer of blackish alcohol forms on the top. With the assistance of a calendar reminder I’ve got a jar of levain just waiting for the weekend baking rush.

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  • Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies – Recipe

    Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies – Recipe

    One of my favorite winter cookies, these will dazzle friends and family! They make a great addition to a gift basket or potluck. Feel free to substitute other types of dried fruit or even add chopped nuts.

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  • Create an Heirloom Recipe Scrapbook

    Create an Heirloom Recipe Scrapbook

    I was inspired a few years ago by a gift from my mother-in-law to put together a recipe scrapbook with my most-used and precious family recipes. She is an avid scrapbooker, and while my version is much simpler in design it brings me no less joy to use it! Many of my fondest memories can […]

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