Butternut Squash Soup

This is a wonderful soup for the chilly days of fall. The squash gives it a gorgeous golden colour and cream cheese makes it wonderfully rich and silky. After taking their first bites tonight, the kids asked if we could have it for dinner every night. Butternut Squash Soup: 1 small onion, diced 2 tbsp.Read more

German Apple Pancake

I came home from the farmer’s market yesterday with 20 pounds of Gala apples (insert Homer Simpson “Woo Hoo!” here). My dilemma is, I can’t decide whether I should make them into sauce, or try to store them for eating later on (we go through a lot of apples in this house).     WhileRead more

Roasted squash with all the fixins’

I harvested these lovely Delicata squashes from the garden today in order to make a yummy sounding dish that my good friend Catriona came up with recently.   To prepare the squash, I halved and seeded them, and then brushed them with a little olive oil. After a sprinkling of salt and pepper, I roastedRead more

Creamy Orzo

This fall weather really seems to make my family crave comfort foods, and I can’t imagine anything more comforting than a steaming dish of creamy pasta. This recipe for orzo (a rice-shaped pasta) really fits the bill and is my kids’ current favorite meal. I love it because I can whip it together in aboutRead more

Calendula Salve

I made a batch of calendula salve recently with some of the flowers from my garden. It’s a wonderful thing to have around the house – helps to heal cuts, sun and windburn, eczema, fungal infections, and many other types of owies. The flowers look so pretty that I hate to do it… …but inRead more

Oven Baked Pear (or Apple) Butter

I was out at my aunt’s place on Tuesday following my grandmother’s funeral, and she was kind enough to load me up with pears from her tree before I left for home. I’d been wanting to make some of our favorite pear/apple butter while the fruit was readily available, and today I finally managed toRead more

Things to do with Zucchini

Late summer usually means an overabundance of summer squash for gardeners – namely, zucchini. I am no exception, especially when they get to be the size of this beauty. So, what to do with your bounty? I’ve got a few suggestions. The first is to saute it with a little olive oil and garlic andRead more

Pickles

Mmmm…I love dill pickles and always wanted to try making them (especially since the organic ones are so expensive), but until recently I had never tasted a homemade pickle that I actually liked! I don’t like them sweet, or tasting of pickling spice, I just want a good, garlicky, Kosher dill pickle. Well, last yearRead more

Peachy Pancakes

I absolutely love peaches and I firmly believe that the only way to eat them is fresh, standing over the sink, with the juice dripping off your elbows. And while I often can’t resist their charms long enough to turn them into anything else, I do take the time on late summer mornings to makeRead more

The tomatoes are ripening!!

Okay, so it would seem that my whining about having a bumper crop of tomatoes that were never going to ripen was a little premature. We’ve had a few good days of sunshine and things seem to be coming along nicely! The Siletz and Romas are looking good… … and I’m stunned at the sizeRead more