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Growing Coffee: Colombia Edition

Growing Coffee: Colombia Edition

I am currently traveling in Colombia, the world’s third largest producer of coffee last year, and I have fully immersed myself in all the joys of this flavorful, earthy beverage. My friend Mark lives in Medellín, and he considers coffee to be one of the major food groups. The next stop on my journey from that 

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Dried Persimmons

Dried Persimmons

I had never tried a Persimmon until four years ago (I’m obviously not from California) at a community garden where I was volunteering. It was of an astringent variety, Hachiya, and it wasn’t ripe yet. It was terribly bitter and it made my mouth feel weird, so I concluded that I just didn’t like them. Then about […]
Planting Garlic

Planting Garlic

So, I’m a little behind in planting garlic… I think. I meant to do it last month before the fall window closed, but somehow it is now mid-December! Luckily, I live in a mediterranean climate that is quite forgiving of procrastination. This is actually my first time planting garlic so I’m excited to see how […]
Blackberry Sage Jam

Blackberry Sage Jam

I spent three hours making jam this afternoon. I had no idea it would take that long, but it’s so delicious that I don’t even care! This is an old-fashioned jam, Joy of Cooking style. No pectin: just fruit, sugar and a little elbow grease. And some sage and lemon. Some people like the taste […]
Making Chèvre

Making Chèvre

It definitely feels like spring here, with kid goats frolicking in the field and teenage chickens clucking about underfoot in the yard. Local frogs have even moved into the pond. In fact, they’re croaking quite boisterously out there right now. Since I’ve been getting better at milking, I’ve had some extra milk to play around with […]
10 Reasons to Drink Raw Goat Milk

10 Reasons to Drink Raw Goat Milk

We’ve finally gotten used to milking around here. Penelope is giving me a quart every morning now, and it is absolutely delicious. I used to drink goat milk as a kid (no pun intended), but I didn’t remember how it tasted beyond the fact that I liked it. I’ve never liked the store bought homogenized, […]
Getting Started with Baby Chicks

Getting Started with Baby Chicks

Here I drowsily sit in my living room on a Sunday evening, listening to a drone of crickets and bullfrogs pulsing steadily through the window, punctuated now and then with soft chirps of contented chicks in their brooder. Getting started with baby chicks is quite simple, but you need to make sure that you’re ready […]
Sauerkraut!

Sauerkraut!

A very interesting looking cabbage caught my eye a couple weeks ago at the Farmers’ Market, it was tall with a pointed head. I’d been wanting to make sauerkraut and it was fate. The rest is history. Sauerkraut is a great beginning fermentation project, and the result is rewarding and nutritious. It is created through […]
Basic, Versatile Chicken Stock

Basic, Versatile Chicken Stock

The holidays are over! They were festive and busy, and now that I’ve been slowed down by some sort of nasty virus that’s going around I finally have the time to think about writing a post. What could be more fitting than comforting, soothing chicken stock? I’m embarrassed to say that I only recently started […]
Grandma’s Gingersnaps

Grandma’s Gingersnaps

Cookies are making a comeback around here. Gingersnaps have always been one of my favorite cookies—I love that combination of chewy and crunchy paired with the comforting depth of molasses and a touch of spice to round things out. This is a slight variation on my grandma’s […]
Herbal Infused Oils and Salve Making

Herbal Infused Oils and Salve Making

You can create your own herbal salves for many different uses such as first aid, sore muscles, back pain, arthritis or burns; or you can make a mild all-purpose salve. There are many great articles out there on which medicinal herbs are good for different things, such as this one from Mountain Rose Herbs. It’s also […]
If Nothing Else, Grow Herbs

If Nothing Else, Grow Herbs

I love cooking with fresh herbs. They add just the right touch of flavor to bring a dish from decent to sensational. Not only are herbs delicious, but they also have numerous health benefits when used both internally and externally. Even if you don’t have space for a garden, you can still grow herbs on the patio […]