Monday, February 8, 2016

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Healthy hearts: Snacks and cupcakes

Feb 1st, 2016
Healthy hearts: Snacks and cupcakes

by Carol Frey We’re in a season of waiting and preparing. The mud is still deep but seed catalogs are pouring in, chicks and lambs will soon begin to make their appearance, and one day soon I’ll be doing early chores by morning light, rather than predawn darkness. I think it’s rather nice that amid
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Sourdough Bread: The strength is in the starter

Jan 4th, 2016
Sourdough Bread: The strength is in the starter

by Carol Frey The rain is holding off for the moment, so the Varied Thrushes are hopping around my ancient apple tree, bobbing on spindly branches and pecking with a dainty ferocity at the remains of the apples I couldn’t reach. Down….Up-Peck! Down…Up-Peck! Every year I watch for the thrushes to come down from the
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Simple soups: Warm up winter

Jan 3rd, 2016
Simple soups: Warm up winter

by Tina Hoban Baby, it’s cold outside… so grab the soup pot and get cooking. After all, there is nothing like a hot bowl of soup to warm you up on these chilly nights. Looking for something new to try? Luckily for us, soups are made across the world in almost every culture, so there
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Hearth and home: Warm up with these delicious dishes

Dec 2nd, 2015
Hearth and home: Warm up with these delicious dishes

by Carol Frey Drizzly days and long, sopping wet nights- for most of us, this is winter in the Northwest. We go about our days a little hunched over to keep the rain off of noses and glasses; we splash from home to work or errands and squelch our way back home again. It is
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Fall favorites: Sauerkraut, squash corn soup, and apple butter

Oct 2nd, 2015
Fall favorites: Sauerkraut, squash corn soup, and apple butter

by Susy Hymas Fall arrived this week which to some is a welcome relief after our hotter than usual summer.  Some things in the garden were challenged by the heat. At our house the winter squash was ready almost two months early. Personally I love fall and look forward to preserving produce that arrives with
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Warm weather and good friends: Grilling summer vegetables

Aug 1st, 2015
Warm weather and good friends: Grilling summer vegetables

by Carol Frey “So…what are you doing on this lovely day?” the elderly store clerk asked my son. “Building a trebuchet,” was the reply. The clerk smiled quizzically. “Like a catapult.We’re going to throw pumpkins really far!” “Oh,” the gentleman brightened. “That sounds like fun! Can I come too?” He winked as he handed us
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Canning: Fruits of summer

Jul 2nd, 2015
Canning: Fruits of summer

by Susy Hymas The fruit canning season is on us early this year. I missed out on my usual bulk strawberry picking. The grower I like had strawberries in early May, so they were done by the third week in June. I have been picking raspberries in my garden for a couple of weeks and
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Berry baking: Time to indulge

Jul 1st, 2015
Berry baking: Time to indulge

by Carol Frey Sometimes it’s good to indulge. Our spectacular summers supply a parade of berry feasts, but when their short seasons are over, there’s no turning back the clock. We can enjoy them frozen or in preserves, or we can buy pale, unripe fruits shipped in from afar, but the pungent sweetness of a
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Food preservation series, workshops coming up

Jun 3rd, 2015
Food preservation series, workshops coming up

Juicy ripe strawberries, crunchy dill pickles, delicious peaches – nothing tastes better than home-preserved foods. In addition, a well-stocked pantry is a step towards ensuring you always have plenty of food available. However, safely preserving food at home requires a bit of knowledge, time set aside, and a small investment in equipment. Learn how to
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Yogurt: How to make it at home

Apr 30th, 2015
Yogurt: How to make it at home

by Kate Ferry Yogurt is a popular part of most diets and a good source for numerous health benefits. Making yogurt a part of your regular diet is a great way to get the abundance of probiotics, “friendly bacteria”, that help keep digestive tracts healthy. This tasty treat is loaded with calcium and, if made
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