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…

Spring foraging

One of my favorite parts of the changing seasons is when spring comes around after the snow melt and life begins to grow again on the homestead. Springtime means free food to us folk who enjoy foraging and with the right amount of patience, determination and sheer luck, one can really supply themselves with a…

Garlic Knots

This classic Italian side dish is as simple as they come. Garlic knots are quick and easy to throw together on nights when unexpected house guests stop by and are always devoured within minutes of being pulled from the hot oven. I mean seriously, have you ever met anyone who doesn’t love a garlic knot!?…

Pauline’s Mango Salsa

This recipe was given to me by a co-worker when I previously worked at a pediatricians office downstate.  We would have pot-luck lunches at the office on special occasions, birthdays or holidays and at one of those pot-luck lunches, in walks Pauline, our Nurse Manager, with a bowl full of the best salsa I’ve ever tasted….