Smoky Artichoke Dip

Recipes do not get easier than this one.  5 ingredients, 5 minutes, one bowl, DONE! Simple, refreshing, no-cooking required…and abundant in flavor. Can it get any better? For all those Gluten-free folks out there, grab your favorite seed crackers and sit down with this dip for a delightful snack session. You can thank me later….

Pad Thai (Vegan)

When I am off adventuring somewhere new I, more often than not, find inspiration in cooking.  I love to try local foods, made my local people, using local traditions and sharing a good story behind the meal (the local vegetarian food truck in St. Lucia was one of the best, with a friendly local behind…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Summer is in full swing and that means our crops are flourishing, harvesting is happening on the daily, and food preservation has begun.  We’ve already canned a few Springtime goodies, but with summer here and the berries abundant, let the jamming begin. When it comes to making jam, in past years we have always depended…

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!?…