The art of food preservation has been passed on from generation to generation for thousands of years. It was, and still is in some cultures, a necessary means of survival. But somewhere along the way we’ve lost the urgency to pass on the most needed skills of life, how to grow, store, and cook food. Most people my age were never taught the skills their grandmothers or mothers possess. But just because we we’re taught those skills doesn’t mean we can’t learn them and teach them to our children. Dehydration is a great preservation method to teach small children and bananas are a great starting-out fruit. [by Katie Baldridge]
Every Fall I start hunting for pumpkin recipes. After moving to the United States from Australia, I was amazed to find pumpkin so frequently used as a dessert food! Growing up we only ate it roasted or in soup. Pumpkin pie was new and exciting. I loved it. It didn’t take me long to catch on and I quickly moved from pumpkin pie to pumpkin bread and pumpkin cookies, and even pumpkin lattes. A few health challenges this year have resulted in the need to avoid gluten. So, I’ve had to hunt for gluten-free pumpkin recipes. The following pumpkin pancakes are one of my happy discoveries. These pumpkin pancakes have the signature fall flavor of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg and are well suited to breakfast or an afternoon snack. [by Stacy Karen]
Planning your Thanksgiving menu or a fall menu? Put this simple and fragrant cider on the burner for family or friends to enjoy while you’re visiting. It’s easy and delicious, and especially lovely when you use fresh-pressed apples! Be sure to let me know if you add anything extra special to your spiced cider, beyond the usual cinnamon and nutmeg. Happy Thanksgiving!
In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, you’ll meet Sharon Peterson, a frugal mom and wife who says, “food finds its way into jars in my kitchen”! I concur! We share a love of jars. In this podcast, we’re talking about mostly about canning but we find our way into family work ethics, our mutual love of jars, and out-of-the-ordinary pantry setups. I also picked her brain about canning meat, as she’s an expert at putting up what her husband and sons bring home (they love to hunt). Sharon is the author of “Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning”. She’s also warm and fun and we had a great visit! Plus… the tip of the week — how to get a perfectly moist turkey every time!
There’s cranberry sauce — and then there’s Cranberry Sauce. For many of us, the memory of the firm, jellied cranberry sauce that delightfully schlopped out of the can on Thanksgiving sets the stage for what is considered “real” cranberry sauce. But what a far cry from “real” it is…. So, for your holiday feasting pleasure and nourishment, here are six different cranberry sauce recipes to suit whatever fancy you may have. I hope you’ll find a new favorite among them! [by Kresha Faber]
Forgotten Plants: once prolific in the kitchen gardens of our ancestors, but now so rare that the average person might never have even heard of them. Many of these deserve to find space in our gardens again! This is the fifth post in the series: Plantain. I must admit, although I must pull at least a hundred of these plants out of my garden each year, I did not even know its name until I discovered it in the pages of Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginners Guide. I remember being so excited to discover that this common weed was actually an important and useful herb that I jumped right out of bed (where I do most of my reading) and excitedly ran to tell my husband the good news, book in hand. [by Andrea Sabean]
In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, you’ll meet Maureen Validivia, who began her real food journey after more than 10 years of worsening symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (a thyroid disease). Conventional medicine couldn’t help and in fact made her worse. So she began her own healing journey using real foods, traditional food preparation methods, gluten avoidance, and finally a gut-healing diet. Today, she is feeling oh-so-much-better and has experienced 100 pound weight loss (without even trying). Auto-immune disease sufferers or those specifically with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis will find great inspiration and resources through Maureen’s story and experience. Plus… the tip of the week!