Venison Stir-fry with snow peas and Asparagus

This is an adapted recipe from Michigan, a state where venison is greatly admired and the locally grown Asparagus is crisp and fresh. I grew up in Oceana County Michigan where spring time is all about Asparagus and Autumn about hunting for White Tail Deer. Learning to cook from locally raised crops and wild game…

Sweet Potato Tuna Cake Recipe

I love making zucchini fritters in the summer when there is a lot of zucchini available.  I have been craving them, but since it is winter I decided to use sweet potatoes instead. Almost every  time I go to the farmers market in the winter I grab a couple sweet potatoes to cook with.  They are great…

“Glee-tritious”-Finding great joy cooking from winter greens

It’s true, I made that word up. Finding a word to communicate all the delicate nuances wrapped up into entering a winter garden is no easy task. The happiness of picking something in deep winter, taking it into the kitchen and cooking it up is very special, not to mention nutritious.  After recycling a temporary carport and turning it into a hoop…

Make dry Soup Stock from Juicing pulps

After Making several batches of V-8 juice this past month I was having a hard time throwing out all that yummy smelling vegetable pulp. My mom always taught me not to waste stuff so when it came time to throw all the pulp away from canning bushels of produce into V-8 juice I was having…

Crafted Vegetable Juice-Better than V-8

How to home can all Natural Vegetable Juice in 4 steps With all the studies about toxic BPA still lurking in store bought canned foods I decided to double down on crafting my own organic natural vegetable juice for my family. So if you are committed to making good healthy food for your family you may want to consider…

Simple Refrigerator Sweet pickles in 5 easy steps

  As cucumber season is coming to an end here in Michigan getting in one last taste of yumminess from my vines is a pleasing prospect. Here is a recipe that needs only a few cucumbers to make and is really easy. No canning is required and it will last for months in the refrigerator. Deep into…

A Pound of Currents and A Wartime Cookbook

Have you ever tasted a current in anything? I know I haven’t but when I went to pick blueberries the grower had a whole section dedicated currents. When I asked what people use them for the grower promptly replied, “I make a great wine but some European ladies make chutney with them.” European ladies? This…

Reduced Salt Half-Sour Fermented Deli Pickles

Laboring in my garden and harvesting my own food is rewarding. What is not rewarding is when I open a jar of my own fermented pickles and spit them out in disgust. That is what happened to me when I tried various pickling recipes found on the internet. For me they are way to salty, inedible for my palette….

No Drip, Two Ingredient Popscicles

Such an easy homemeade recipe, with only two ingredients! The yogurt melts slower than a water based popsicle which is nice because my toddler likes to wander with them a bit. Less mess for me to find later. Plus way healthier for kids than sugar filled popsicles. All you need: Yogurt- your choice on flavor/type. I…

Berry Cheesecake Mousse

I am loving summer for all the berries that are in season! I went to my local farmers stand today and was able to score 4 pints of black raspberries for $5.00! Today also happens to be my husband’s birthday, I decided to treat him to a fantastic dessert! For the Graham Cracker base: Take a…

Calendula infused Oil

What is Calendula? Calendula (calendula officinalis) is a plant originating from the Mediterranean region and is sometimes called pot marigold. However it is different from the marigolds found at plant nurseries in the USA. Calendula has been prized for centuries for it’s healing capabilities. Calendula, is a genus of about 15–20 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants…

Simple Berry Tea Cake

Every year my family spends some time picking blackberries, usually we turn this into jam. However, today I decided to make something a little bit different. Black Berry Tea Cake First, add butter and sugar to a bowl and beat until light.  Add the egg, vanilla and milk, beat for 2 minutes. Sift flour, baking…

Create your own Recipe Box

Its hard to find recipe boxes any more in stores, since most people these days just use the internet to store their recipes.  If you are anything like me, I always forget to save the recipe I use and I can never find it again. I was at my local craft store when I spotted…

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

I was at the Asian market yesterday and I found a great deal on tomatoes on the vine, for $2 a box and they were buy one get one free.   There is so much you can do with tomatoes,  I thought I would share with you an easy way to preserve them. It isn’t time consuming…

Easy Homemade Fries

Some days when I get home from work, I look at Josh and ask him what he would like for dinner. We both think for a moment, and then say “Fries.” There is nothing more easy, stress-free, and delicious as homemade fries. They take a few minutes to prepare, take time in the oven for…

Fit for a King

It was a few weeks ago when I decided to start eating eggs again, since then this is a recipe I have now added to our life. It’s fast, easy, and low maintenance. I only like eggs when they are made a certain way and for some reason I just craved to eat an egg…

Making Traditions

Every Tuesday night in our house is pizza night! Josh is an expert at making pizza dough, and I am pretty good at cutting up our toppings 🙂 We always make either two pizzas or two calzones, one vegan, and one loaded with meat and cheese. This is a wonderful way to spend time with…

Food Styling and Photography

Over the past week my friend and I were trying out some new vegan recipes.  She wants to start a new food blog, so we decided to try our hand at food styling and photography.  Photos are a really important aspect of blogs, and we found a quick and easy way for anyone with Photoshop…

Vegan or Not: Cooking both ways

To be vegan, or not to be vegan, that is the question! I am a vegan but my husband is not. Most people would find this a difficult place to be in, but if you can learn to make REALLY good vegan food no one will even taste the difference! You can still simply cook…