Fermentation Residency with Sandor Katz

When I learned that I was accepted into Sandor Katz’s Fermentation Residency program, I was ecstatic. Sandor’s books on fermentation, “Wild Fermentation” and “The Art of Fermentation,” have been formative in my journey with fermented foods. So with great anticipation,

Garlic Mustard Pesto

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is one of the earliest spring edibles that starts bolting up as soon as the snow melts. Now considered invasive in many parts of North America, this plant was actually brought over intentionally by early pioneers

Radical Homestead Summer Newsletter

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Summer is flying by and we’ve been busy as a bee!
Literally -we have gone from 1 bee yard with 3 hives to 3 yards and 14 hives! Our largest yard is located at the Just Food Farm in

Delightful Dandelion Fritters

I love seeing lawns and fields filled with dandelions. They bring such vibrancy after a long, dreary winter. And…they are an amazing spring food. In fact all parts of the versatile dandelion are edible –  the flowers, stems, leaves, and

Red Pine – A last salute to Winter

It looks like spring is finally here.  I am looking forward to the smell of lilacs and linden blossoms, sitting in the park with my dogs, and not having to put on six layers to step outside. I can’t wait

Salted-Caramel Hot Chocolate and more

One thing that I am going to take time to do this weekend is to go on a good snowshoe hike or cross-country ski near our cabin or Mer Blueu. I can’t wait to get some fresh air and sun,

Fall projects and progress 2013

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It is long overdue but here it is. I’ve been meaning to send a thank you and an update on how the garden and other things have come along since some friends had come up to help out up at

Sauerkraut in a Jar

Fermenting foods can be intimidating. We have been saturated with the sanitize it, pasteurize it, bacteria-is-the-enemy mentality! But what we are finding out is that all this bacteria killing is making our immune system weaker and the bad bacteria stronger.

Simple Infused Vinegars

Pomegranate and fig balsamic…sounds delicious doesn’t it? It is.
There is pretty much nothing easier to make in the kitchen than infused vinegars. All you do is literally pour vinegar over fresh or dried herb, fruit, garlic, and other seasonings.

Dandelion Root Coffee

Dandelion coffee is something that I am adamant that everyone should try. It is surprisingly delicious and tastes a lot like real coffee when properly prepared. In fact, in the old days when coffee was expensive and hard to import,

Easy Echinacea Tincture

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Difficulty Level: *Easy
Might as well face it, despite this September heat wave the cool weather is coming. So let’s get ready for the those cold weather sniffles. In this week’s post I’ll show you how to make an immune-boosting

Sensational Sun Infused Oils

Difficultly level: *Super easy
Specialty stores might have you thinking that infused oils are all mystical and complicated, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Making infused oils yourself is super easy and a great DIY gift that you