Category Archives: cooking

When Canning Goes Bad (literally)

Last week, Nik went downstairs for another jar of strawberry jam and came up with this: That’s right, that’s a jar of strawberry jam, being consumed by mold.  Evidently, I didn’t notice that one of the jars hadn’t sealed when … Continue reading

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More About Food Preservation (including how we did this last winter)

Near the end of last fall, I posted a tally of all that we had preserved (i.e. canned and frozen).  At that time, I promised to write another post about food preservation with lots more information about how/why we do … Continue reading

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The Beginning of Mark’s Career as a Baker

After the last bread post, I realized that by this age, Ellie was already helping me make bread.  So this week, I let Mark in on the rolling pin action and he had so much fun! This might be my … Continue reading

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First Bread

Ellie has been quite happily helping me make our sandwich bread (rather, form the loaves) for almost two years now.  We have our routine – I roll it out the first time and fold it up, she rolls it flat … Continue reading

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Recipe: Black Pepper Oregano Sourdough Crackers (crackers are easier than you think!)

I’ve been making these crackers for about the last year or so.  They solved our “we don’t want to buy crackers but how do you make them?” dilemma.  It’s been a bit of a process of learning how to roll … Continue reading

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Recipe: Soaked Whole Wheat Pumpkin (or applesauce) Muffins

In my continuing quest to make our whole wheat baked goods healthier and more easily digestible, I started making the soaked healthy pumpkin muffins from Kitchen Stewardship about a year and a half ago.  It’s been a long time since … Continue reading

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Recipe: Delicious Soaked Granola

Over the last 18 months or so, I’ve been adapting and improving our family’s baked goods recipes, particularly soaking/fermenting our whole grains in order to improve their ease of digestion.  (See the end of this post for why I’m doing … Continue reading

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Bagels and Fur Elise: How We Spent Our Snow Day

Welcome to Snow Day #427.  I never thought I’d say this (because what teacher doesn’t  love a snow day?) but we’re getting tired of them.  At this point, we’re over our allocated days and there’s the possibility of losing vacation … Continue reading

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Recipe: Rice Pudding (my favorite way to use leftover rice)

Here’s an easy and gluten-free way to use up leftover rice.  The last time I made this, I went searching on the internet to see if I could find any other fun recipes for rice pudding.  I had a really … Continue reading

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Recipe: The Best Brownies Ever (and just as easy as a mix!)

This is my mom’s brownie recipe.  It’s super easy and just about as fast to make as a brownie mix, but so much better.  When I was in high school, we used to triple it and bake it in a … Continue reading

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