Cider Press Adventures

When we set out a few years ago to make hard cider for my sister’s wedding we searched high and low for a cider press. It was the fall and the tool library’s cider press was in high demand and the community cider press day in town had already come and gone. Two years later…

Butternut Squash Risotto

Fall! Squash! Yum! It was a chilly day here in the blue ridge mountains so I thought we should tuck into some hearty dinner plans. I made up this funky fun butternut squash risotto dinner that I think you will dig. Ingredients 1 butternut squash Olive oil 1 Onion, chopped 1 garlic clove Lundberg Risotto…

Alaskan Amber Beer Bread & Pizza Dough

Found this wonderful recipe on the Alaskan Brewing Co. website. I am in love with Alaskan brewing and couldn’t wait to try out this recipe! Silverbow Inn Amber Beer Bread Ingredients: 6 oz. Alaskan Amber 5 1/3 cup bread flour 1 3/4 cups water (110 degrees) 1/4 cup stone ground mustard 1 Tablespoon salt 1…

Spiced Mulled Wine

Tis the season for all things warm and comforting. This mulled wine will leave you warm and toasty on a cold winter’s evening. Great for holiday parties and relaxing by the fire. Ingredients 4 cups apple cider 1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon 1/4 cup honey 2 cinnamon sticks 3 tablespoons mulling…

Wedding Cider

My sister was married this past summer and we wanted to celebrate with a toast of homemade apple cider. The process started the fall before the wedding and continued until weeks before the wedding in July. We handpicked the apples in Mt. Vernon, WA and processed and brewed the cider and then let it bottle…

Lemon Balm Tea

Today is the first day of summer and what better way to celebrate than some homemade garden grown lemon balm tea. First Day of Summer’s Garden Bounty Lemon balm is  a member of the mint family, is considered a calming herb with many uses. It was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress…

Scratch Brewing

Scratch brewing season! We started the season off last weekend planting our Cascade hops, Black Lace Elderberry, Juniper, Raspberries, Lemon Balm, Bee Balm, Moonshine Yarrow. All ingredients for our scratch brewing experimental beers for brewing this spring and summer. We got lucky this year and saved some money by finding the plant sale at the senior center,…

Apple Butter

We went apple picking in Skagit valley and had lots of apple leftover to make goodies with. We rented an apple machine from our local tool library and easily peeled, cored and sliced the apples. “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” — Martin…

Fennel Liqueurs

Fennel (also known as Finocchio Selvatico, Wild Fennel, Sweet Fennel) is an ancient plant. In Anglo-Saxon times fennel was used on fasting days because it stilled pangs of hunger. Fennel was also used by the Greeks for weight loss and treating illnesses. Today fennel can be used in many ways. Uses include the leaves, flowers,…

Summer’s Beer Brewing Bounty

This summer we grew a small herb garden and grew ingredients for small craft scratch brews and other kitchen essentials. We have lavender, chamomile, coriander, fennel, and peppers. Coriander- Coriander can be used in cooking for  homemade hummus and falafel, in sautés, and sometimes even on plain pasta. Harvesting:  Coriander is cilantro that has gone…