Sherry Brooks Vinton
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Food preservation expert Sherri Brooks Vinton makes food preservation look easy and shares helpful hints about equipment and technique during a standing-room-only workshop at the Fair.
Cooking is great improvisation and I think that’s what I like most about it. You can say the word, “burger,” to any cook and be surprised by every interpretation that you get.
People are often apprehensive about preserving their own food, whether they're intimidated by the process, or concerned about the safety of the finished product. As Sherri Brooks Vinton explains, it's time to bring canning back to the home kitchen.
Take a visual tour of the events at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
Make your Thanksgiving day even more special by including your own home-grown goodness to the meal.
I feel that if we want to connect to our families, to our neighbors and to the people that we love that live in the community around us, we must somehow retrain ourselves to slow down and watch, listen and share, love and care.
Cornbread is an essential accompaniment to many good country meals. I think it's best when cooked at high heat in a cast iron skillet. Try out my method and let me know how you like to eat and make cornbread!
Mistletoe is such an interesting parasitic plant! Have you spotted it in your treetops?
Confrontation with life and death situations are unavoidable when living on a farm. Seeing baby animals come into the world is beautiful, but sometimes these beautiful moments can be full of anxiety if things aren't going just right.
A great opportunity to use a new hand-driven sorghum mill and cook down a small batch of sorghum for the crowd at the Lawrence Kansas MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in October!
Maintaining access to a water source is one of the most important winter-time chores.
Work on the farm gets easier as kids grow and get physically able to tackle chores with more strength.
The peaceful tranquility of farm life is often more or less controlled chaos, especially during the busy spring season!
A family meal favorite that was shared with us for years by a beloved aunt. This is one green salad that I crave and never get enough of!
As a killing frost approaches we scramble to harvest what we can of summer vegetables that would shrivel and die after being glazed with an icy coat. Peppers that survive summer heat always seem to become prolific producers as the weather cools. With scads of peppers to preserve, this recipe for candied jalapenos that can be modified to use with a mixture of peppers is not only beautiful, but delicious!
Basil is at its best during hot summertime weather. Pick it, wash it and make it into appetizing, healthy pesto!
Okra is a tasty favorite lightly coated and fried in the skillet. Try this recipe if a fear of slimy okra deters you from enjoying this summer vegetable.
Do you have trouble picking the perfect watermelon? It's not foolproof, but here are my tips to make choosing a good melon a little easier.
I'm going to the old Kerr canning book for this tried and true recipe for making simply wonderful pickled beets.
Sorghum memories have been shared with me from across the nation. It has been a pleasure to connect with readers as they lend their own (or family members) connections and experiences with this wonderful community building craft.
I recently spent the weekend in Tennessee to attend the NSSPPA Conference and yearly meeting to meet other sorghum makers and learn more about the process. I came away with new techniques, different seed varieties and a feeling of camaraderie with the other producers.
A farmers market is not only a place to purchase fresh produce; you can also count on going home with a new recipe or tip on how to prepare those yummy veggies and fruits.
Sassafras Tea is an old-fashioned springtime favorite around here.
These large, beautiful, long legged creatures of late summer thrill and amaze.
During the holidays it is nice to have a rich, creamy, yummy cheesecake as a sophisticated dessert to share.
A recipe for a salt scrub that can clean those dirty garden hands while promoting healing.
Today we made sorghum here on our farm in the Ozarks. It's about the best way to spend a beautiful fall day.
When you live in the country, and there is a task at hand that requires instant action, that's when it's time to improvise!
Do you feel like the month of June left you gasping for air? You are not alone. I am hoping July will be slower paced and full of summertime fun!
The summer garden is coming to an end. I think most of us can agree it has been a challenging year for our gardens. It is time to regroup and learn from our experiences.
Are the grasshoppers devouring the garden that you are working so hard to keep alive? I say fight fire with fire!
Sherry’s son worked hard to raise a goat. Read how he, with the help of family and friends, butchered and prepared the meat for a homegrown Chevron treat.
Sharing and using sorghum, whether made by your hands or someone elses, molds memories of people and places.
Sharing can become a network of trading and bartering within your community.
Traditional, Country Style Strawberry Shortcake.
A few considerations before the arrival of a winter storm can help you, your family and your farm animals survive during frigid blizzard conditions.
Harvesting our potatoes is another family event where everyone gets their feet and hands a little dirty!
Are we headed into another year of drought? Already, we are behind on precipitation for this year, and for the last two years. What strategies can we implement to utilize minimal rain and resources better?
It's been a rough summer for gardeners and farmers alike. Here's how we've been dealing with drought and a few tips on watering.
How we prepared and ate all the meat of the goat Caleb raised and butchered.
Making a batch of homemade soap for family use can be done quickly and simply.
As everyone gathers around this campfire this fall, unite this variety of flavors into one savory skillet that will be enjoyed by all.
Feeling overwhelmed with summer squash? Have you given it away, grilled it, fried it and baked it till you were blue in the face? Here are some of my favorite ways to use this prolific producer!
There is a coming resurgence of the appreciation of the hearty homespun sorghum syrup. Something is special about being part of making this “home-made” sugar that speaks to the self-reliant nature inside all of us. You can be part of the Sorghum Revival!
Canning is a homesteader essential skill. Sometimes canning can simply be a way to create and spread love and kindness, rather than just putting by necessary foods. Try out this Peach Orange Marmalade recipe for a change of pace.
Do you love strawberries? It is hard to decide on the best way to manage them if attempting to grow them. I want strawberries bad enough to try to figure out what method works best for me.
Growing sorghum is the first step to making sweet sorghum syrup, but are there other reasons for growing a crop of sorghum?
All things good accomplished with some old lumber and a nice summer day.
On my kitchen counter sits a quart of milk that my kefir grains live in. In a couple of days that milk will turn into the nutritious kefir.
Trying to decide the best way to trellis my cucumbers and learning some new techniques.
What feels like a beautiful, crisp fall day more than a gingersnap? Here's a tried-and-true sorghum cookie recipe.
Time to pick out the right hoophouse for my growing needs and install it! It will be a lot of work, but will offer a new farming experience that will expand my harvesting season.
What a nice surprise it can be to notice new spring babies emerging from where their parent plants grew the year before. Volunteer plants are a wonderful gift!
4-H is a youth organization that can be a great resource for skill-building in our communities. No matter what you do or what your interest, spending time with your local club is a worthy contribution.
A beautiful old, old, rambling rose bush that grows on my moms corner fence post greets us with pink blooms each spring.
It's spring garden planting time! Here are a few things that can be planted while the ground is still cold and there is a nip in the air.
A summary of the entire process of installing a 30' x 72' hoophouse from putting up the hoops to pulling the plastic over the entire structure.
Join me on a tomato hornworm hunt!
I enjoy the sweet, simple memories of Christmas that the comforting smell of a cedar tree brings to my mind.
For many of us here in the Ozarks the harvesting of black walnuts in October has become not only a way to make extra money, but a timeless tradition.
Reuse old seed catalogs and recycle lumber scraps while creating one of a kind designer home decor.
Getting ready for the new garden season is full of anticipation and ideas!
A story about a baby calf born in the middle of a snow storm.
Having early tomatoes is a new goal of mine going into the first spring with my hoophouse. Join me and follow my blog to see if my strategies work.
Hay season on the farm is different now then when I was growing up, but I will never forget those long summer days out in the hay field with my family.
Have some fun in your garden this year and grow something giant!
Gardening for the first time ever in a hoophouse is a lot like gardening elsewhere. But, it is gardening in a whole different climate!
Make a pie from your own pumpkin puree, using a from-scratch pie crust!
A really nutritious snack for the kids, and they can, ummm, play with it!
Make these tasty and chewy caramels. They are a festive treat that takes on a homespun flavor with the addition of Sorghum.
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about growing up on the frontier for both her and her husband. Her book about Almanzo's childhood recalls some of his favorite foods, including "fried apples 'n' onions".
A harrow tractor implement is very helpful in breaking up manure and old hay on pasture ground.
Oh, the pleasure of growing and enjoying food that money can't buy. Fresh baby greens are just coming up. Pick some of those little leaves and enjoy this gourmet salad.
To ensure we have a full productive garden, each spring I start a habit of carrying a packet of seeds in my pocket every time I head to the garden!
Simple and old-fashioned, homemade fried pies are a good Sunday afternoon dessert that even the kids can help with.
Growing field corn for livestock, home use and future crops; a grain for sustainable living.
There's nothing like an old cookbook filled with good recipes to warm your kitchen and your home!
A Precision Garden Seeder can make planting seed crops quick and easy!
Time to plant sorghum in the Ozarks. When do you plant sorghum in your neck of the woods?
Chicken soup is nutritious and delicious! Starting with a homegrown chicken, stewed to make a wonderful broth (giving the soup extra depth of flavor), and coupled with home-made egg noodles; this is a comfort that can't be beat!
Putting up a hoophouse expands the growing opportunity into the barren winter months. A USDA program is helping market growers purchase a hoophouse to find out if local farmers and consumers reap benefits from extending local growing seasons.
So, what are Purple Hull Peas? They are a green shelled pea that cooks into a creamy, yummy delight! They are easy to grow and can also be found at local farmers markets.
One of our family treasures is an old iron mill. We had an opportunity to get the old mill out this fall and grind some beautiful wheat that we had been gifted with.
Keeping feeder pigs over the summer is a good way to use garden leftovers and produce great tasting home-grown pork!
Spring is here and those tomato plants that were started in January are settled into their new hoophouse home. I have hopes for early tomatoes; will a late freeze stifle this goal?
We raise broiler chickens from hatchlings for a 4-H fair project every summer. This is a fun, managable project that provides us with some fresh poultry meat as well.
I can't imagine my garden without sweet potatoes! Sometimes it is hard to find sweet potato slips for sale, so I start my own with some of last years potatoes.
A day trip in the hills finds us in the midst of huckleberry country bearing ripe fruit.
I don't get grossed out very easy - but this special cut of beef made me cringe!
Gathering weeds from your garden or yard can make a quick, healthy spring meal.