Country Bread

It’s no secret that baking has never been my forte.  I have always loved to cook, and have developed my skills in the kitchen to go along with our changing dietary needs, but baking remains a huge challenge for me. Bread, especially, has always been an extremely intimidating recipe.  The idea of using yeast, kneading,…

Road Trippin’…Into the WILD

If ever you’ve had the thought: “I’d like to go to Alaska someday”…make that someday, today! I think a lot of people overlook a vacation in Alaska because of the expense, or the limited warmer weather, or maybe they think that an Alaskan cruise is the only way one can see enough of the state…

Beer Battered Onion Rings

Oooooo, Onion Rings….Just saying those two words brings a smile to my face.  Those bite sized, crispy, golden brown and absolutely delicious little rings of joy are a “once in a while” indulgent treat that my husband and I like to eat. Now…these arent just any old onion rings though…our favorite decadent snack is BEER…

Aunt Pam’s Eggplant Bacon

Recently, my Aunt Pam asked me to come over and help her start a blog for her upcoming trip.  She is leaving at the end of December to go on a TRIP AROUND THE WORLD and wants to document her travels so that those of us who are curious about the many countries she will…

Sweet Potato Salad

When I think of side salads like potato, pasta, orzo, or macaroni salad, I think of Summer and outdoor BBQ’s.  Usually, I would say that sweet potato salad would also be classified as a summertime side dish, but on the Homestead, anything goes. Currently, there are about 6-8 inches of snow blanketing the Homestead and…

Vegetable Stir-Fry (Vegan)

It was Sunday night and my refrigerator was nearly empty.  At least according to my husband, who almost never looks in the vegetable drawers. He was hungry and wanted something to eat, but as he stood in front of the refrigerator with a grumbling tummy, he declared: “There is nothing to eat!” I knew there…

Chinese Brown Sauce (Vegan)

This recipe makes enough brown sauce for approx. three different dishes. When we make our veggie stir-fry, we use 1/3 of this brown sauce recipe in the stir-fry and we freeze the remaining portion for use later. If you try out this recipe, or any other recipe from our blog, please send us a note…

Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  I fell in love with the oatmeal raisin cookie back in 2009 while my husband was working for a Financial Investment Firm in Latham, NY.   The firm had a cafeteria, and he would frequent it for mid-morning snacks, or on days that I did not pack him a lunch.  I am not sure when he…

Curried Chickpea Salad

On a recent trip to Potsdam, for an automobile repair appointment, Jeremiah and I found ourselves hungry for some grub with little to no vegan restaurants in sight.  We settled on trying to find something yummy at the local food co-op and boy were we glad we did. We both found several vegan/vegetarian options that…

Wild Rice Pilaf stuffed Winter Squash

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, recipe testing for the holiday has become our number one priority in the kitchen.  With our canning season behind us, we’ve found some spare time to recipe create, test and perfect the perfect vegan holiday foods. My husband is constantly after me to cook more Wild Rice (I am not a…

Summer Squash Sweet Relish

The summer of 2017 was a WET summer.  Below average temperatures, and what seemed like endless rain, wrecked havoc on most of the gardeners dreams of successful crops. Certain crops are more hardy than others, and while planning for the garden this year, we took into consideration, the Old Farmers Almanac‘s advice on predicted rainy summer…

Canned Salsa

When October rolls around on the Homestead, food preservation becomes a priority.  Crop harvesting before the first threat of frost usually happens sometime between late September and eary October, which creates an over-abundance of ripe, ready to eat, veggies.  To combat food waste we utilize three forms of food preservation: 1-Canning: Without a doubt, the…