fresh pea soup
If spring is giving you peas, it's best to eat them right away before their sugars degrade. Here's how to whip them up into a wonderful spring soup.
Making flavorful homemade peanut butter is cheap and easy.
Ira takes us on a winter garden tour of the experimental gardens at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. She describes the various experimental cold frames for winter gardening and winter starts. Includes a winter recipe for Sweet Potato Leek Soup.
Bacon-cornmeal topping takes this Fresh Peach Pie Recipe from familiar to outstanding.
A favorite for adults and children alike, fruit leathers are easy to make.
This Beginner’s Pepper-Peach Chutney Recipe is sweeter and milder than many chutney recipes.
Smoked peaches make a great stuffing or sauce for grilled chicken or pork.
Peat moss can help improve soil, but it can be expensive and its production can hurt the environment. Find out whether or not you should use it in your garden.
Create a hot, filling bean soup that's perfect for chasing away a cold winter evening. Loaded with garden produce, it's good for the soul.
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.
This creamy peanut sauce is a snap to make (no cooking
required), and makes a great dip for raw veggies, lettuce wraps, Thai satays
and other Asian snacks.
The only recipe you’ll ever need for wonderful homemade broths plus deliciously versatile chicken and veggie soup.
Here's a quick and easy tip for freezing peaches.
A company called From War to Peace makes “peace bronze” out of disarmed nuclear missile systems. The bronze is then transformed into cool items such as jewelry and bottle openers.
Vermont Peanut Butter has an excellent grass roots feel, a very colorful and fun look, in addition to a product that is probably found in 9 out of 10 homes.
This Pear Sorbet Recipe is a refreshing treat sure to tantalize the senses.
Grilled Pears is made all the more decadent with Honey-Cinnamon Crème Fraîche.
Hand milking and the ease of doing so, always lends itself to many questions. I try to answer some of the most commonly asked questions in this post.
Cole's thoughts about fresh fish, with a recipe. Plus a neat way to order your prime rib.
In addition to my taste for shelling peas, I also want to get the first taste of the season to show off my gardening prowess.
Cam has a recurring nightmare in which the land across the road is being developed and his peace and quiet and isolation is threatened.
Where we go to recharge our batteries and restore our soul.
One reader submits a photo of her tomato harvest, shaped in the form of a peace sign. Don't forget to submit your own photos to our CU Photo Gallery. Maybe your favorite moments will pop up on the homepage one day for all the world to see!
Cam considers the effect of Peak Oil on our wandering ways....
Cam considers how peak oil will impact our love of travel.
It's easy to make your own air freshener spray. You'll avoid chemicals and delight in the fresh smell.
Horns or no horns, that is the question! Why should you disbud your goats, or is it okay to leave the horns on? This post discusses both options with a link to a great article about horns and their beauty.
Ann Harvey Yonkers, founder of Washington, D.C.'s FreshFarm Markets co-op, nests eggs in a bed of wilted fresh greens for a delicious meatless summertime brunch or dinner.
The Joy of Green Cleaning is a fantastic resource with recipes to clean everything from grout to sheepskins.
This is a fun story about planting seeds for future generations and not recognizing a gift when it is blooming right in your face.
This is a fun story about planting seeds for future generations and not recognizing a gift when it is blooming right in your face.
Learn which crops you can grow in your garden to provide protein in your diet.
Enjoy a crisp summer salad that makes use of plump, juicy peaches.
Have you started your tomatoes and peppers yet? 'Tis the season to start seeding long season crops indoors. If you normally buy organic starts from your local nursery, try your hand at seed starting.
Nobody can resist fluffy baby chicks, so what would be better than hatching your own? Let us put your mind at rest and make your first time incubating an enjoyable experience you will want to repeat.
Soup swaps are a great way to fill your freezer with real food.
Here are some simple ideas for making a superb soup stock.
This fresh spring soup is rich and creamy without the heaviness of cream.
The price of food and oil are interminably linked. We are seeing this in our trips to the supermarket: every time we go, it's more expensive. What's a body to do?
Clear your home's air naturally for better health and well being.
Follow these tips to banish clutter and increase your efficiency, from your home office to your garage.
Cam celebrates his daughter's engagement but considers the impact of flying across the world for the wedding.
Cam responds to a negative comment about a previous blog.
Cam describes some family heirlooms - especially his favorite one - a shovel!
Cam considers one of the causes of high gas prices....
Cam dressed up as a bunch of blueberries for our local parade, and spoke to a group of university students about peak oil. Never a dull moment....
Cam considers how Peak Oil will affect our lives....
Make this creamy Peanut Butter Gelato Recipe and customize it with fruit, chocolate or nuts.
My favorite source for raw peanuts in bulk, and how to make homemade peanut butter.
A really nutritious snack for the kids, and they can, ummm, play with it!
Dig in to our wealth of food preservation resources to learn how to keep fall crops edible well into winter.
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.
After trying this super simple recipe, you'll never open a can of Campbell's again.
Lemony sorrel is the base for a classic Eastern European soup that's equally good served hot or cold. It's fast, easy and tastes of spring and early summer.
You'll love Anne Mendelson's recipe for the delicious cold beet soup from Poland known as chlodnik litewski.
This Peach Sherbet Recipe is reminiscent of biting into a fresh peach, but with a cool, creamy consistency.
Fresh peaches and creamy goat cheese unite in the perfect summer sandwich.
If you have black walnuts to shell, you need a heavy duty nutcracker. The Master Nut Cracker will do the job.
Architect Nathan Kipnis also presented 10 key areas that designers, builders and citizens should be striving toward in the post-peak oil era.
How fast climate change will require you and your descendants to move north in order to keep farming and gardening a serious question you should be asking yourself.
A tour of the gardens at Southern Exposure, where we're taking advantage of warm sunny days in February to get our gardens ready for intense planting ahead. But there's still plenty to sow, indoors and out.
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.
To counteract life's stresses and strains, to slow down the pace of life, stop and smell the roses...or any flower. In the absence of flowers, you'll find another way to bring a smile to your face, the songs of birds.
A basic, but oh so good, soup recipe that anyone can make.
Small pumpkins or squash make great individual bowls for serving these easy soups.
"Schav" is a traditional Russian-Eastern European soup of sorrel and potato that is refreshing served cold, and heartening served hot.
A healthy comfort food!
Here is a recipe that produces savory soup that warms the soul any time of year.
Take control of your food with a return to the kitchen, and learn to love the time you spend there cooking with your family.
The author figures out how to make matzoh balls, a comfort food from her childhood, without matzoh.
Ten easy-to-make homemade soup recipes from Eating Well magazine that are suitable for any occasion.
Enjoy the ultimate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with gourmet sandwich spreads from Peanut Butter & Co.
Kids enjoy scoops of fresh-made ice cream in the Treehouse Club at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR
My top 10 links to delicious quick cured meats, fresh cheeses and pickles for your next summer picnic.
Some things have come full circle, so now we have a chance to fix it right this time!
McCormick pumps up flavor and encourages healthy changes.
Anna remembers her grandmother's tasty buttermilk biscuits with fig preserves and her mother's stories of growing up on a small, in-town homestead in the 60s.
Fruit butters are easy to make, in fact – they are almost foolproof. They allow for a little more creativity than many soft spread recipes and are perfect for using up odds and ends of fresh fruit.
French Onion Soup au Gratin is a delicious, elegant soup, hearty enough for a meal in itself. Using your own homemade beef broth, you can create this soup for your family to enjoy at home.
Whip up this delicious vegetable-based soup tonight. You'll never miss the chicken.
It is important to take time to reflect on those things that are important to you on occasion.
Brown rot is a serious disease of peaches, plums, and other stone fruits. For organic gardeners, spraying at-risk fruits with a milk solution can give good control.
Try a vegetarian version of traditional Hoppin John for good luck this New Year's day.
Celebrate Meatless Monday with this sweet, tangy spring risotto.
This Meatless Monday, whip up a batch of Julia Butterfly Hill's Top Anything Sauce, made with peanut or almond butter, and make a meal out of fresh veggies and quinoa.
When autumn brings a glut of orchard fruits, capture the goodness as juice by cooking extraction or cold pressing. Juices can be used alone or mixed to produce sweet or hard ciders, wines, syrups, and more.
This Melon Gazpacho Recipe is a wonderfully refreshing version of the classic chilled soup. Chilled melon soup is a perfect complement to spicy food in the summertime.
Cooking with shallots is easy when you substitute them for onions. Our French Shallot Soup Recipe has a mild, garlicky twist that’s milder than the traditional version of this classic soup.
Here's a hearty, creamy soup perfect in the winter. It's a delicious way to use any squash or pumpkin you may have frozen or put up in the fall.
Both organic and local food are important if we want to eat nutritious and delicious food. Furthermore, our current food system is in jeapordy because petroleum and water supplies are dwindling and climate change is resulting in more extreme weather.
As climate variability causes coffee yields to shrink and prices to soar, we may need to start looking at alternatives.
Cam is amazed at the level of awareness concerning Peak Oil amongst today's youth.
An introduction to Cam Mather's off-grid home and lifestyle.
This is part 1 of my adventures in KAF Land, or King Arthur Flour, Norwich, Vt. If you want to go to baker heaven, this is the place to be. They have everything once could imagine for baking, and then some.
Cobbler is not the only solution to a bumper crop of berries. If you can boil water, you can turn the juice from big-flavor berries into tasty beverages that are naturally rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Make extra juice to freeze or can for year-round enjoyment.
This is a fun step-by-step story about building a metal gate from scratch with scrap and the excitement of learning how to use new tools! "This ole truck ain't what it used to be."
Simran Sethi enjoys the fruits of late summer at a local farm dinner.
Bake those tart cherries dangling from your backyard tree into sweet and tasty fruit pies. Here's how to make fresh cherry pie without stressing about the perfect pie crust.
Learn details regarding winter chicken care including ventilation for a cozy chicken house, heat for baby and grown chicks, and recommended poultry books.
Stretching one's food dollar is an important issue in today's life. So is nutrition. Here, learn how to make healthy, nutritious soup and bread for lunch or supper economically. You might even come to love winter just to have soup and bread!
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!
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.
Progress in the straw bale and wooden cold frames, delicious Kim Chee recipes for winter harvested Chinese cabbage and winter radishes, and an update from the Lawns 2 Lettuce 4 Lunch program in Arlington, VA.
Make homegrown tomatoes the star of tonight’s dinner by whipping up Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion. Made with just three ingredients, this sweet, rich sauce is a classic.
This simple, chilled Spanish soup featuring fresh summer herbs--basil, cilantro and parsley--in a cool, tangy tomato base is sure to be a hit at your Fourth of July picnic.
Inspired by back-to-the-landers Scott and Helen Nearing, Kate NaDeau grows her own food and enjoys the simple pleasures of seasonal living in her handbuilt stone cottage in Maine. She is the epitome of good wabi-sabi living.
The New York Times reports our carbon emissions in 2011 were the highest on record. Reduce your family's carbon footprint by choosing vegetarian recipes such as Fennel and Leek Soup and Delicata Squash Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Herbs.
Growing Local Food is a new book that encompasses all the needed basics to grow plants, keep heritage breed animals and bees. The author is a homesteader and physician who gives the readers the basic information to grow or find nutritious, local food
There's honey in the hive, peaches on the trees, and food on the table, but it's still a long way from self-sufficiency.