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December 2013 Blog Posts (18)

Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Fig Jam on an Eggnog/Butternut Pizza Crust

Using food I can find marked down is kind of a thing of mine.  I can Seconds tomatoes when my garden doesn't produce enough, I buy day old naan whenever I see it, and marked down dairy products make my heart happy.  

But sometimes I get stumped with how to use them up before they go bad. 

Pizza crust made with eggnog and butternut squash?  Why not?…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on December 30, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment


            Who designed the chicken molting process? Really, who thought it was a good idea for the flock to lose feathers in November and December, just when the temperature drops? Henny began molting in late November and the yard was strewn with bright white feathers. As soon as she was done, just when the temperature dropped to ten degrees, Gladys started. Black smoke everywhere and she exposed her scrawny legs and neck to the cold. Why?

            But Henny is glorious in her…


Added by Charlyn on December 27, 2013 at 1:17pm — 1 Comment

A Plethora of Pesto

I originally developed these eight recipes for a workshop I teach on growing and using culinary herbs. Most call for fresh herbs, but a few, like the white bean pesto and sun dried tomato pesto don't, making them perfect for the winter months. The recipes are available in PDF format as…


Added by Elizabeth Carls on December 27, 2013 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

Cranberry Apple Pecan Tangerine Mini Muffins

Just because it's after Christmas does not mean that you have to stop eating cranberries, right?  I mean, I eat pumpkin from September through until I use the last one from the Strategic Winter Squash Reserve around March.  Combining cranberries with tangerines from the fruit fundraiser makes for a tart and tangy and sweet, one could even say perky muffin (hey, it's an apt term).…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on December 27, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Make Your Own Anti-Flu Elderberry Honey Syrup

Every family should keep a jar of elderberry honey syrup in their refrigerator. This simple, natural elixir is fabulous at preventing and treating illnesses and it couldn't be easier to make or more natural.

What's so great about elderberry syrup?

Elderberry syrup is one of the best…


Added by Alicia Bayer on December 24, 2013 at 2:36pm — 1 Comment

25+ Fantastic foraging groups and pages on Facebook

Has your family tried foraging yet? Foraging for wild edible foods is a great way to get healthy, pesticide-free, delicious food for free, plus try wonderful new tastes and get out in nature.

There are many great books out there to give you basic…


Added by Alicia Bayer on December 24, 2013 at 1:23pm — 6 Comments

Eggnog Finnish Oven Pancake

I first had a Finnish oven pancake while working on a dairy farm in southeastern Finland.  I make it for my kids when they have leisurely winter mornings at home due to snow days--but it's also a yummy holiday breakfast.

A stand mixer makes easy work of this breakfast, as it requires 10 minutes of beating.

You can find the recipe …


Added by Kirsten Madaus on December 24, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Cranberry Honey Butter

I'll be the first to admit that I'm no Martha Stewart--I can't roll this compound butter into anything that looks pretty.  But it's quick and easy to make, adds color to your holiday table, and uses cranberries while they are abundant in stores.

We like it on waffles/pancakes/Pumpkin Cranberry Maple Kugel as well as tossed with green beans, Brussels sprouts, and corn.…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on December 22, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

100% grassfed, CA native, GMO free bison herd=in danger; YOU=SOLUTION!

Lindner Bison is in danger of having to close, sell its herd of 100% grassfed bison and all of us would loose having a CA born herd of bison roaming where they roamed last hundreds of years ago!

This is happening because their water-well underwent a catastrophic failure and needs to be rebuilt. Why do the Lindner's not get a loan to rebuild the well? If you read…


Added by Felix Schweizer on December 21, 2013 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Black Eyed Pea and Kale Salad in Salumi Cups

I don't know where the black eyed peas = good luck in the new year tradition started, but I do know that I get a hankering for black eyed peas around this time of year.

I created this appetizer to be a fun way to get my New Year good luck while using goodies from our farm share.

You can find the recipe on my blog, …


Added by Kirsten Madaus on December 20, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Candied Grapefruit Peel

I'm running behind on my Christmas preparations this year, and still plan to give food gifts to neighbors and friends.  Here's an unusual food gift using fresh grapefruit (arriving soon to a fruit fundraiser near you!)

The recipe is …


Added by Kirsten Madaus on December 18, 2013 at 8:38pm — 3 Comments

Tips for Shopping the Farmer's Market

I originally published this list of tips on my blog in 2010 during National Farmer's Market Week. The information is still useful and the content relevant. 

You can find…


Added by Elizabeth Carls on December 12, 2013 at 5:02pm — 1 Comment

E - Cookbooks on Parsi Cuisine

Welcome to Parsi Cuisine

In Parsi Cuisine you will find a unique blend of spices that makes the food very appetizing, nutritious and wholesome. Vegetables, Meats and Dairy products are the foundation. Using  Saffron, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Cardamom, and Rosewater flavor the food and remind us of the sweetness of life.  Nuts like Charoli, Almonds, Walnuts and Dry Fruits give us strength. Curry Powder, Ginger, Garlic, etc. add the…


Added by Rita Kapadia on December 9, 2013 at 11:06am — No Comments

Victory Garden "Ballistic Seed Balls" and How they Work

Originally posted @ Back to the Basics:

Let's talk about Victory Gardens and Seed Balls...

What is a Victory…

Added by Marianne Smith on December 8, 2013 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Chicken suggestions

Wow, there are a lot of suggestions over to facebook for the birdies! Thanks, guys!

I noticed some of you thought it was weird that I brought them into the bathroom. I have a bad hip that acts up when it feels like it, and have learned to dislike icy patches very intensely because of it. Given the steps and downhill slope to the pen, and the fact the the door must be lifted up and moved over, once it gets cold enough that ice and snow are factors, it is a great deal easier to…


Added by Jana Franzen on December 6, 2013 at 5:21pm — No Comments

Noodles in Broth

Check out the recipe HERE.

Added by Frank Giglio on December 5, 2013 at 6:42pm — 2 Comments

Bathroom Barnyard

I'm only kinda kidding. When it gets cold enough to freeze, the critters come in. I've had dogs, cats, rabbits, and chickens running around the house at different points, depending on what critters we have.

There aren't any rabbits this year, the cats have the run of the house, the dog is naughty and confined to the kitchen (or a little pen attached to the back porch for out times), and the chickens are divided out between two old rabbit cages and a pet taxi for a very large…


Added by Jana Franzen on December 5, 2013 at 3:46pm — 5 Comments

One Step At A Time - Learning To Take It Slow

My normal tendency, in just about everything I've ever done, is to jump right in, feet first and just start. No questions asked... just get the ball rolling, get on top of it and try not to fall off. As crazy as that sounds, this method has helped me accomplish a lot of things in my life. Things I would have never done had I thought it through. I was a Marine, for example, when I was 18... I'd never do that now! Mostly because I'm older and I get tired quicker and the thought of people…


Added by Farm Frederick on December 5, 2013 at 10:41am — 2 Comments

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