Chanterelle Stock; Canning Golden Umami

Beautiful chanterelles are one of the most plentiful and delicious wild foods in our area. When they are in season, we add these delicious mushrooms to just about every dish possible: quiche, omelets, baked chicken, pasta, pizza, soup, risotto, roast, stuffing, and charcuterie platters. We eat a ton of these every Summer, but sometimes we can't... Continue Reading →

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Pickled Peaches; Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Pickled peaches have me dreaming of Thanksgiving in the beginning of June. If you have never had a perfectly pickled peach grace your holiday dinner, this probably sounds bizarre to you. But, these sweet, tart, and lightly spiced treats are the perfect accompaniment to salty ham, cornbread dressing, or roasted turkey.  We love them in the... Continue Reading →

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Mini-Melon Trials

I have always loved sweet Summertime melons and longed to grow my own. Years ago I tried, failed and decided they weren't worth the trouble. This year I tried again with a different approach, plenty of research and careful variety selection. The result was sweet sweet success! While planning my Summer gardens, I wanted to... Continue Reading →

Frontyard Peanut Patch

Peanuts are farmed on almost 200,000 acres of Alabama land every year and this year our family proudly added 100 square feet to that total. We scalped sod and transformed a useless piece of pristine Zoysia lawn into a micro-peanut farm and have been thrilled with our little peanut patch.  I am declaring it our... Continue Reading →

Old-fashioned Pear Preserves

Old-fashioned Pear Preserves are incredibly simple and delicious; three ingredients transformed into glistening slices of fruit in a honey like syrup.  This recipe is versatile and can be made with any amount of pears. So, it's great for small batch canning or for  huge canning projects. This is a true preserve, one that does not require... Continue Reading →

Pear Elderberry Jam

Wild Black Elderberries and freshly picked green pears were combined to make this lovely jam. It is a beautiful ruby color and quite possibly the prettiest thing I've ever canned. In addition to being pretty and tasty, this jam has the immunity boosting, anti-viral power of Elderberries! Last year during flu season, like many Moms,... Continue Reading →

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