Farmwife Fire Cider!

Tonight, I set up four quarts of fire cider to mature / infuse for a month. Fire cider is a miraculous tonic / tincture that has been a folk medicine standard for hundreds of years. In the early 1980s, Rosemary Gladstar provided her students at the California School of Herbal Studies with a recipe for... Continue Reading →

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Womancraft: On Making Bread, and “Woo” Thoughts

This morning, as I took the sourdough dark rye dough out of the refrigerator to continue its long, slow rise after its nighttime slumber, I saw it in a different way. It is art, yes. An "artisan loaf" with fennel, anise seed, caraway, molasses and orange zest... It is nourishment, certainly. My Husband and daughters... Continue Reading →

BBQ on a Budget

So yesterday, I found out through a friend that my beloved Husband had planned a barbecue for tonight. For around twenty people. At 5 PM. Not a potluck, us feeding them. After asking how he expected us to afford such a thing with no planning or notice (to which he responded, I just said "hot... Continue Reading →

Marinara Sauce (for canning)

Earlier this month, I took my first trip to Charlie's U-Pik in Wiggins, MS with friends. We spent the morning in the heat and humidity wading through mud in our rainboots picking farm fresh produce. The tomatoes, unfortunately, weren't ripe yet. So as I checked out, I grabbed a 25 lb. box of Roma tomatoes... Continue Reading →

Mixed Pepper Jelly

  In the midst of my food preservation / preparation flurry, I've made some large batches of mini (quarter-pint) jars of certain things for our yearly holiday gifts. Come wintertime, all I'll have to do is make pretty labels, and give them to the Man to hand out Yay for reducing holiday stress! Following is... Continue Reading →

Non-Traditional Green Chimichurri Sauce

  So after I turned 50 lbs. of tomatoes and half a bushel of peppers into salsa for canning, I found myself with an extra 1 1/2 cups of finely chopped cilantro. What to do? Make chimichurri of course. It must be noted, of course, that traditional chimichurri from Argentina and Uruguay doesn't actually use... Continue Reading →

It’s been a long day…

So I haven't really written since I left for my business trip last Thursday. For good reason. From the moment I walked out the door at 5:30 AM on Thursday until the moment I got home at 11:30 PM on Sunday, I was running. 7 AM until 3 AM the next morning each day. And... Continue Reading →

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