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October 2013 Blog Posts (21)

Potato, Beet, and Leek Soup (Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Stock)

A thick vegan or vegetarian or omnivorous soup of potatoes, beets and leeks, plus easy slow cooker vegetable stock instructions.

You can find the recipes…

Added by Kirsten Madaus on October 31, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

106 Recipe Ideas Using Ground Beef (A Recipe Round Up)

We got our beef recently, a locally-raised grass-fed steer who had a penchant for dandelions.  I ended up with a lot of ground beef from our share, and I asked my fellow food bloggers for recipe ideas.  I've curated these 106 recipes (breakfast through dinner) into 9 categories, with photos of each one.  If you need any ideas for what to make with your beef, check this out!…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on October 29, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Been awhile, garden kinda sucked, crap has happened.

Been awhile since I did any posting. It's been... a year. My jalepenos did well, my tomatoes okay, and my green and yellow peppers not bad. The experimental eggplant and cabbage, not so good, the corn flopped terribly, the radishes did horrible, the carrots I still can't find. Even the GARLIC that usually does wonderfully failed badly. The butternut squash did okayish, the summer squash a little better, and the zucchini not so hot. The acorn squash tried, and then the blasted squash bugs…


Added by Jana Franzen on October 29, 2013 at 10:11am — 1 Comment

Super Awesome Pumpkin Spice Candy Corn Cupcakes

Out here in the country, we live too far apart to make door-to-door trick or treating feasible for the local kids. So this weekend a dozen or so houses held our annual Treat Street event, where homeowners in the area pick one street to set up candy tables so that the kids and parents can go candy hunting safely.

Last year we had a pretty big turnout and I ended up…


Added by Lucy Clark on October 28, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Pumpkin and Black Bean Pizza on Roasted Pumpkin Dough

A hearty vegetarian pizza with pumpkin, black bean, and maple topping on a roasted pumpkin dough

You can find the recipes linked…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on October 26, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Squash, Mustard Greens, and Chick Pea Curry

I'm gathering recipes that are fast and easy to make for dinner once I pick up the farm share.  Because I'm lacking in clever wordsmithing skills today, I'm calling it Fast From the Farm Share.  Here's the first official installment.

A quick vegetarian stew of sautéed zucchini and yellow squash with mustard greens and chick peas in a prepared masala sauce.…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on October 25, 2013 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Create Your Own Salsa Garden AKA Best Gift Ever!

Who doesn't like Salsa?  There are so many variations of Salsa, mild to hot, mango to jalapeno and even green tomato salsa.  Creating a Salsa Garden is easy!  Mary's Heirloom Seeds has made things even easier with Mary's Salsa Pack Seed Combo!

My first suggestion, Peat Pellets!  They make…


Added by Marianne Smith on October 24, 2013 at 8:56am — No Comments

Mac and Cheese in a Pumpkin from MELT

One of the prettiest things I've done with a sugar pie pumpkin from my CSA farm share is this dish.  Creamy macaroni and cheese with bits of Italian sausage baked in a pumpkin from the new cookbook MELT:  The Art of Macaroni and Cheese by Stephanie Stiavetti and Garrett McCord.

You can…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on October 22, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Kalua Pig Pizza with Chinese Cabbage

Had a luau?  Got leftover Kalua Pig?  Use it to top a pizza, Hawaiian style, with Chinese cabbage, caramelized onions, and Manchego cheese.

You can find the recipe…

Added by Kirsten Madaus on October 19, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Butternut Squash, Chicken, and Rice Soup

A simple-to-throw-together soup of roasted butternut squash, sauteed vegetables, chicken, and rice.

You can find the stupefyingly simple recipe…

Added by Kirsten Madaus on October 17, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Butternut Squash Soaked Oat Muffins

A savory muffin of shredded butternut squash and buttermilk-soaked oats for a whole grain treat.  Easily customizable with cheese or ham, and delicious with soup or stew.…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on October 15, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

White Chicken Leek Pizza on Sweet Potato Crust

Chicken, leeks, and herbed cream cheese on a tender roasted sweet potato pizza crust.

The recipe is here.

Added by Kirsten Madaus on October 12, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Start Of Our New Veggie Garden

Spring has Sprung and its now officially time to start on our Veggie Garden!!

We have been waiting so long to do this, Yes, I know Winter is a time for hibernation and just letting our Mother Nature take care of the Earth..

BUT hek its been a long wait! Especially when we have been watching all our special friends harvesting on the other side of the world! …


Added by Ange Allan-Pitout on October 10, 2013 at 6:47am — 1 Comment

Great Wisdom from an Elder - Wendell Berry: Poet and Prophet

Two of my heros of the earth steward movement are Thomas Berry and Wendell Berry. Bill Moyers

was fortunate enough to have a sit-down interview with Wendell Berry and here is the full interview. Great Stuff!

Wendell Berry: Poet and Prophet from BillMoyers.com on…


Added by Bruce Weaver on October 9, 2013 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Chicken Cider Stew from Kitchen Parade

Chicken Cider Stew is a savory stovetop dish that comes together quickly and uses the great stuff I'm getting from my CSA and my garden right now:  sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, onions and apples.

You can find…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on October 8, 2013 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Growing Something Different and Tasty

Several years ago, I saw a blurb in a seed catalog (I think it was Seeds of Change) for sesame seeds. Not being familiar with how they grow but loving them on everything from salads to bread, I ordered a packet of seeds. I sprouted the seed in a seed pack and transplanted them to my mostly compost and sand garden. They grew nicely for a couple of months and then the most wondrous thing happened; they started to flower. Beautiful little white bells began to appear and continued adding new…


Added by Robert Erickson on October 8, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Homestead Harvest

Homestead Harvest is in…and the tally is:


Pickled Beets:6 pints

Blueberries: 2 quarts dried

Plums: 8 pints canned

            6 quarts dried

Pears: 5 quarts dried

Apples: 7 quarts dried

            4 pints of sauce

            3 quarts of juice—already gone…

Grape juice: 23 quart

Figs: 5 quarts dried

Tomatoes: roasted 70 half pints roasted

7        pints of salsa

4 quarts dried



Added by Charlyn on October 6, 2013 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Cheddar, Apple Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pizza

This is a yummy pizza inspired by an apple my mom brought me and some neat cheese I picked up at Costco.  Paired with some caramelized onions and crispy bacon from the freezer, it's a delicious fall pizza.

You can find the recipe…

Added by Kirsten Madaus on October 5, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Slow CookerGreen Tomato Chili with Pork and White Beans

Before I started food blogging I had no idea how useful a green tomato was.  I keep discovering more and more uses for them!  Here's an easy chili using green tomatoes and tomatillos from my CSA farm share.

The recipe and instructions are …


Added by Kirsten Madaus on October 3, 2013 at 9:54am — 2 Comments

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