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!?…

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….

Chopped Detox Salad

Sometimes we come upon a recipe that is soooo good, it requires NO altering.  That doesn’t happen often, but when it does, we celebrate the perfection of the recipe by sharing it with others. Although we can’t take credit for this recipe, we can certainly share in its delight by posting it for our followers…

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

This simple yet delicious smoothie recipe came to me one morning as I was searching the refrigerator for something quick to grab on my way out the door. The only thing in the fridge was yesterday’s leftovers which happened to be 2 oven-roasted sweet potatoes. In a pinch, I grabbed the blender, threw in some…

The Coveted Egg Roll

Never has there been a more delightful and delicious dinner option than the famous egg roll.  There are so many ways one can dress an egg roll that I get giddy with excitement thinking about it.  There are pizza rolls, jalapeno popper rolls, bean and cheese rolls…the possibilities are virtually endless.  But our family favorite…

Pickled Wild Leaks

I am one of those people who walks into the woods, finds a stump, and sits down to listen to the noises of nature.  I like being in the woods. I love nature. There is no better place to be.  It’s where I find my thoughts can flow the most freely. I am always surprised…