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Harvest Swap

Harvest Swap

Last weekend, Tool Lady and I attended our very first Harvest Swap!  It was based on the framework of the Food Swap Network and was hosted by the Radical Homemakers of New Mexico (Erin and Kyce)!Although there were instructions given, neither of us had ever attended anything like this before so we really didn't know what to bring or how to package it all, so…
The Season of Preservation

The Season of Preservation

I started off the Season of Preservation with the best of intentions.  I created an excel spreadsheet and planned on updating it each time we canned an item.  This being only our second year of preserving anything, I was very excited about learning how to preserve a small variety of new-to-us items using both our water bath canner and our…
Canning Hatch Chile

Canning Hatch Chile

Hatch chile is a staple here.  We eat it on and with everything (burgers and pizza included).  It is full of vitamins and minerals and makes for the perfect of comfort foods.  When ordering it on your food, you'll always be asked, "Red, Green or Christmas?"  "Christmas" means having both red and green sharing your plate.  I have always preferred…
How Many Apples Does It Take…

How Many Apples Does It Take…

...to drive a woman crazy?Apparently the answer is 150 pounds because that's what we harvested last Friday evening and, at this point, I'm feeling a bit crazy about the process of processing 150 pounds of delicious (unforgiving) apples.Let's go back a bit and explain how we acquired so many apples...I have a friend named Madonna (yes, that's her given name…
Pickled Rhubarb

Pickled Rhubarb

After making several batches of rhubarb jam earlier this summer, I was kind of at a loss as to what else to make with our last harvest of rhubarb.  So, I asked Tool Lady to find something that looked good to her and she did! Pickled rhubarb?  Who knew?  Well, I am very excited about this recipe!  The brine tasted…
Putting a Dent in the Mountain

Putting a Dent in the Mountain

So, what do you do when you come home from vacation to over 30 pounds of produce waiting for you in the garden?  You figure out how to preserve it as quickly as possible and you spend the entirety of your last day of vacation putting a dent in the mountain and brainstorming as many zucchini and squash recipes as…
How to Pressure Can Your Own Pinto Beans

How to Pressure Can Your Own Pinto Beans

Growing up, I never even thought about canning my own pinto beans.  Every bean I ate, unless I was at a restaurant or a friends house, came from a can. They were good and they were fast and easy.  Open a can, add some salt, pepper and garlic powder and you're set! All you had to do was open a…
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