Tag: recipes

  • Spiced Christmas Jam – Recipe

    Spiced Christmas Jam – Recipe

    I really wanted to up my game this year with homemade Christmas gifts. I love to make candy, put together bread mixes, or crochet cute little presents for my friends and family each year. I was reading a vintage cookbook and found an astonishingly simple yet delicious-sounding recipe for Christmas Jam, a festive fruit preserve…

  • New York-Style Turtle Cheesecake – Recipe

    New York-Style Turtle Cheesecake – Recipe

    It has been a few years since I made a cheesecake so I decided for this Thanksgiving I would whip up the classic dessert for our family dinner in Oregon. I’ve made many a cheesecake in my day and I was really looking forward to creating the perfect, creamy concoction for the dessert table. I…

  • Grandma Jill’s Favorite Fudge

    Grandma Jill’s Favorite Fudge

    Before we moved to the homestead we made the trip to Oregon each year for every major holiday. Christmas is absolutely my favorite holiday and it’s always a tradition for me to make candy and other various baked goods. Fudge being a personal and family favorite I started making it for our celebrations in Oregon…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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!

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Huckleberry Milkshakes – Recipe

    Huckleberry Milkshakes – Recipe

    It’s been a tradition of ours even before we moved to Idaho to make regular outings to the regal stands of cedar in the mountains snaking across the Panhandle region; we spend countless hours working tirelessly throughout the season to pick huckleberries by the quart until we have a few gallons put up for later…