Are there any bread bakers on your holiday list? Now you know what to to give them. Delight them with these helpful gifts.
Potica is a light and delicate Slovakian holiday bread stuffed with a brown sugar and nut filling. This recipe makes two loaves, one to eat now and one to save for Christmas morning brunch.
Use your sourdough starter to make this Spelt Sourdough Bun recipe.
We just sent the September/October issue off to the printer, so we’re complete with bathrooms and harvest menus and it’s time to move onto bedrooms and holiday preparations.
On a wintry Sunday morning, I can’t think of much I’d rather do than settle in at the kitchen table with a cup of fresh coffee and read the big, fat Sunday New York Times.
This moist, delicious quick-bread studded with chocolate chips is perfect for breakfast, dessert, or an afternoon snack.
Use scraps and other 'trash' to wrap gifts—and forego the wasteful virgin paper.
Oxfam America Unwrapped allows you to give the gift that keeps on giving. Help end poverty, hunger and injustice worldwide this holiday season.
Does your family celebrate the season in a non-traditional way? Please tell us about it.
The holidays are upon us. What traditions do you faithfully observe each year?
Give thanks and give back to the earth this Thanksgiving by greening your celebration. Here are eight tips to get you started.
Wish your friends and family happy holidays with our free, fun and animated e-card.
More tips, ideas, and considerations for choosing green gifts. A sequel/supplement to last year's article!
Former editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares the lessons of holiday simplicity she learned as a young, busy, working mom.
It's Easter Time, and one's thought's naturally turn to Hot Cross Buns (at least mine do), those yeasty, spicy little treats with the cross on top.
Using the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, technique and a few changes, you can produce a sourdough olive oil/rosemary type bread that is just heavenly.
For the last week we had no propane and as a result I have had to cook all of my food on an electric skillet. Holy week usually involves a lot of baking in preparation for Easter Sunday.
How to make a quick, healthy dessert on Three Kings Day.
Natural Home and the Obamas are in sync on fun, waste-reducing holiday projects. Find out more about decoupage ornaments.
Experiments in making an all natural body scrub.
Homestead skills of yogurt-making and bread-baking increase your independence from grocery store aisles and international food conglomerates.
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and homesteader Rachel, of the Bay Area's Dog Island Farm, shares her method for cooking the very best Thanksgiving turkey ever.
Make a yule log—out of wood or chocolate—and welcome the sun’s return.
Planning a party? Let wabi-sabi’s influence lead to a casual, comfortable gathering.
Bread! hits the water on Lake Ontario while taking a week long sailing course. The Rosemary Olive Oil Sourdough was featured for dinner.
A Life Cycle Assessment from Ellipsos, a sustainable development strategy firm, suggests that natural Christmas trees generate fewer greenhouse gases per year than artificial trees.
Want to avoid extensive kneading? Try a bread-folding technique! Here are a few pointers and our favorite videos on how to fold bread dough.
This recipe is a great introduction to all the joys and possibilities the world of home made pizza represents.
This is the second part of our foray into sourdough baking. Here are tips and insight on sourdough to make working with it even easier.
A Garden Planner subscription is a budget-friendly gift that offers the satisfaction of spending the chillier chunks of the calendar plotting the bounty ahead.
Minimize your post-Christmas impact. Earth911 offers great tips for keeping your Christmas tree out of the landfill.
WorldofGood.com by eBay sells ethically sourced and eco-friendly products.
Shopping and lack of shopping is a hot topic right now with the economy, but it's also a question of what your holidays are all about. What would your celebrations be like without (or without so many) presents?
HOMEGROWN.org unwraps its 2013 holiday gift guide, featuring lots of homemade presents, as well as a few stocking stuffers for under $20.
There’s no reason not to “go green” when picking up a game for a young loved one. Despite the abundance of “Made in China” plastic toys and games that line the aisles, some companies have made it their business to create amazingly fun toys and games for children in ways that protect, preserve or restore the planet.
Chocolate peanut butter cups make a lovely Mother's Day present. They're all the better when you can make them organically, inexpensively, and sustainably.
Natural Home editor in chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence suggests some tasty, eco-conscious recipes and tips for your Earth Day celebration.
Natural Home has been invited to decorate rooms in Blair House, the President’s guest house that hardly anyone ever gets to see, and the U.S. State Department’s Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, DC in the first-ever Magazine Holiday Design Showcase, a partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Magazine Publishers of America.
Try these easy and unique homemade gifts--from your kitchen and from nature--for your loved ones this year.
We offer you some helpful tips on how to have a green holiday this year.
When it's cold and windy nothing says comfort like a fresh loaf of sourdough bread. And when that loaf is filled with heart-healthy, omega-3 rich seeds, it's even better.
The "Almost No-knead Bread" technique from Cook's Illustrated Magazine is as much worth trying as the totally no-knead technique that has become so popular.
Spending time baking with others will be time well spent. Make some memories that you will never forget.
Love of family, love of tradition, love of pumpernickel bread — need I say more?
Sourdough bread doesn’t just come in large loaves and rounds. Sourdough also works up wonderfully into buns, rolls, grissini and my personal favorite, mini-baguettes.
This is the pita sourdough of the desert.
Trying out the new whole-grain bread recipe was a bit of a challenge; but in the end, the result was a delicious loaf.
Reuse burnt-out lightbulbs to make this adorable, unique DIY holiday wreath.
Consider substituting whole wheat bread for processed, white bread.
These five great bread recipes from Eating Well Magazine have all the variety and flavor you’re looking for, plus some.
This is amazing! Pairing sourdough with beer and wine, 10-ince pancakes, what next? We're taking sourdough to the next level for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Need gift ideas? Check out these 10 natural beauty products, including lip balm, face wash, body wash, nail polish and more.
Candlemas is an ancient midwinter holiday, when people would take inventory on their stock of candles, pantry food storage and hay in the barn to get the homestead through the second half of winter.
A great recipe for the holidays or any time of the year!
Two years ago, the Natural Home & Garden staff had the honor of decorating President Obama's guest house with sustainable and handmade holiday decor. Try some of these "president-approved" projects yourself!
Ilene Freedman and her family reshaped their Chanukah tradition to feature family activities instead of presents.
17 ideas to lower the cost of holiday gifting, entertainment, decorating and office parties.
Mia Birk's new book weaves together personal and professional history to illustrate the transformative power of bicycling.
The vegetables and herbs that are still available in our Southeast garden make for delicious, festive and surprisingly varied holiday fare.
Simplify the Christmas season with these 12 tips for gifts, gift wrapping and decor—as well as steps you can take to make your celebration light on the planet.
This Easter bread will want to fly around your kitchen: it has wings! An Italian bread of historic proportions, the family will be delighted by this creation for Easter breakfast.
After trials and errors with various forms of bread baking, it seems that for sandwich bread success, the key is having the right tools for the right job. Introducing the Pullman Loaf Pan!
Slightly sweet, wholesome and wonderful, toasted with butter or in a sandwich, oatmeal bread is my favourite.
These tips will provide troubleshooting for anyone trying natural-leaven bread.
A basic sourdough bread recipe.
This post informs readers on the advantages of using whey in baking. It includes a recipe for whole wheat sandwich bread.
Here is a great recipe that provides everything you need to start your day, including a little caffeinated kick.
In this video demonstration, learn how to make a tasty variation of no-knead bread that incorporates steel cut oats.
Whether or not to use a bread machine really boils down to a matter of personal choice. This is a short guide of things to think about before you purchase one.
Bread baker Heather Alf shares her experiences baking quick breads. She includes a quick and healthy easy banana bread recipe.
This soft, tangy sourdough oatmeal bread may just be the best you’ve ever tasted.
Try spelt, an ancient grain more easily digested than wheat, in your next loaf of sourdough bread. You'll love it.
Make a delicious homemade bread with this easy tutorial.
A systematic approach to conquering what holds you back, and buttering your fresh warm victory.
Make a miniature sourdough bread for dinner tonight, and freeze the rest for a busy day.
Get your St. Patrick's day celebration off to a great start with this wholemeal, authentic, Irish Wholemeal Bread.
This is a beginner's guide to getting started with sourdough bread making. With directions on how to make your own starter, or where to order some, this will get you on your way towards making some delicious breads, biscuits, pancakes or waffles.
An index of previous posts that have referenced green products. These posts have covered building- and home-related products, as well as chocolates, books, and other types of goods. Many of the products mentioned in these posts would make good gifts.
The Yule Goat is an ancient Scandinavian tradition which predates Christianity. Learn about how our oldest farm animal became the symbol of Christmas.
Protect children's health and the environment by choosing responsibly made toys that are free of lead and other toxins.
Christmas is just about upon us, and here's a very easy, quick and simple fudge recipe. You can embellish it any way you want with several options for fruits, nuts, and liqueurs. Your taste buds will thank you (not to mention friends and family).
One way that I work through problems is by baking bread. It is my therapy, and it works for me. Getting lost in the recipe and wondering how you might make some changes to make it better is always good for the mind.
Jonathan Sadowski shares what motivates him to be a bread baker. He then provides a preview of what to expect from his future posts.
Easy beginner breadbaking success with this simple and savory peasant loaf.
Zaatar bread is a soft, Arabic-style bread topped with olive oil and the tangy spice mixture called zaatar.
Using crescent rolls as buns to avoid azodicarbonamide.
A recipe for whole wheat sourdough baguettes.
Who knew how great whole-wheat sourdough bread can be.
Here are some hints that can help you start, keep and bake with sourdough.
Hot-cross buns, full of warm spices and sweet fruit, are a tasty springtime treat.
An herb sourdough bread recipe.
A few changes in a simple artisan bread recipe improves texture, longevity, and protein content.
Basic sourdough bread recipe for those quick summer needs.
Many of us love bread and love to use local ingredients.
This recipe will give you a go-to sweet treat before the fruit in season overruns your kitchen.
This recipe will have naan on your table in no time to accompany your Indian dishes, and it will provide a quick and easy snack in a pinch.
Use from-scratch dough, homemade marinara, and seasonal veggies to create a mouthwatering handcrafted pizza.
This recipe provides delicious bread with minimal time commitment and plenty of room to explore the wonders of homemade bread.
Includes two recipes to enjoy over the holidays along with time saving tips.
When Jodi L. Wise started her new job with Sourdoughs International, she had no idea that she would be in the kitchen. She’s now wearing a new hat for her new role as bread baker.
Once you have eaten a soft, sourdough pretzel, all other pretzels will pale in comparison. Luckily they are simple to make yourself.
This heavy artisan bread is full of flavor, and will be ready by dinnertime if you start right now! The unexpected flavor comes from good quality honey olive oil and barley flour.
You can save money and improve your helaht by making more foods from scratch in your own kitchen. Sign on for October Unprocessed, and kick the processed food habit for one full month (at least for starters!). Check out some deliciously simple recipes to get you started.
Jessica Kellner, managing editor with Natural Home magazine, talks with Deborah Niemann-Boehle about how easy it is to make bread at home.
What we do inside on a blustery day outside.
A concise history on the subject of bread and yeast. This is about how it was developed, where it came from, and what we've done with it.
Sharing and using sorghum, whether made by your hands or someone elses, molds memories of people and places.
You don't need vegan recipes to cook vegan. Make delicious vegan dishes out of regular recipes by substituting tofu for meat in chicken-cauliflower salad. In dairy-based recipes, such as wheat berry pudding, use vanilla coconut milk in place of dairy milk. Pair with crusty white bread and avocado-corn salsa for a delicious vegan meal!
Bleached, colored, preserved and flavored, white bread is practically devoid of nutrition.
There's nothing like an old cookbook filled with good recipes to warm your kitchen and your home!
Learn about the benefits of baking with this ancient grain.
This recipe will show how one extra step can add extra flavor and texture to your homemade poolish bread loaf.
Here's how to make truly unusual whole grain bread, with delicious results.
Sourdough biscuits is one of those perfect recipes that uses up plenty of ripe starter, but doesn’t take all day to rise.
Simpler, more streamlined biscuits from scratch - no buttermilk required.
How to identify and use red clover (Trifolium pratense), plus a recipe for red clover blossom soda bread.
There is a way to heaven, all you have to do is make San Francisco sourdough bread!
A proofing box is a critical tool in cooking sourdough bread; here is a simple way of making one.
Want to add some flavour to your breads? Here's two suggestions, one sweet and one savoury. Enjoy!
A recipe for sourdough starter.
Here are some ways to make real pizzeria style pizza, complete with homemade crust, a choice of toppings and cheese, and two ways to make your crust. Plus, when you want to go all out for a pizza oven, a Big Green Egg might be your answer.
The development of gluten intolerance persuaded me to investigate the possibility of an heirloom wheat flour that might not cause the gluten reaction of wheat-based products.
Try your hand at this amazing sourdough crackers recipe.
Sacred Seed Bread delivers the healing power of medicinal seeds in a delicious, homemade loaf.
How many people wonder (pun intended) about industrial white bread? A new book out by Aaron Bobrow-Strain shows that he has. It is a fascinating description of how white bread got to be where it is today politically, economically, and culturally.
Once reserved for the pizzeria, the calzone is possible to make in your own home.
This recipe gives cooks another use for a common pizza dough recipe.
Looking for the perfect sourdough hamburger bun.
As grocery prices rise, now more than ever we need tools to save money. These websites help you get organized and give you the tools you need to buy the best--for less.
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!
When the power goes out for an extended period of time, what do you do? If you're properly prepared, you're life will be a lot easier cooking or baking your food.
Rescue stale bread and veggies and make homemade stuffing mix! You'll never look back!
Bruschetta, the classic Italian appetizer, brings out the best of a few basic ingredients: tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, basil and fresh bread.
This is part two of my visit to King Arthur Flour, the concluding blog of the four-day event.
Here's your opportunity to win a dough whisk from King Arthur Flour. This odd-looking contraption does a fantastic job of mixing together all kinds of dough.
Celebrate a technology-free Sabbath with a jug of organic wine, a loaf of homemade bread and handmade candles. Could you go 24 hours without your smartphone?
You don't have to go to Italy to turn out an authentic Italian Panettone for Christmas. Here's how, so now you don't have to go to a bakery or supermarket to get one.
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.
Looking ahead to September, it gives us all an opportunity to expand our horizons with furthering our knowledge and skill sets, baking and otherwise.
Debbie Mildfelt shares memories of her grandmother's stories, exploring the life of a large family on a small Kansas farm.
Have you ever had leftover bread, but you don't want to throw it away or give it to the birds? Here's what you do: Panzanella. This Italian salad will throw your taste buds for a loop, and it all starts with leftover, stale bread.
When you celebrate Meatless Monday with hearty, savory Mushroom Bread Pudding, no one will miss the meat.
What we do on snow days in the mountains when it is snowing hard outside.
Our winner of the KAF dough whisk is Dea Keen, and here is her pizza dough recipe.
While the grinding work of a Romanian subsistence farm isn’t anything that I would choose for myself, there are aspects of the life that are attractive. In particular, the practices that I think of as the circles of life — eating food one has grown oneself, saving seeds, feeding poultry with garden scraps, and then eating their eggs (or them), and preserving a fruit harvest to cement friendships with strangers.
When life gives you zucchini overload, turn it into this moist and savory Zucchini Olive Yeast Bread.
This blog is called Breadcrumbs, because it brings together a diverse set of topics, including the patron saint of bread, sourdough, starters, yeasts, and a recipe for corn pancakes.
Fusion Bread Salad makes use of the cherry tomatoes and basil that are prime right now--and you don't have to heat up the kitchen to make this hearty, nutritious main dish.
If you want to have some wonderful food, great scenery by the ocean, lots of things to do, I have a place for you: Nova Scotia, Canada.
Quick pickles--which don't require turning your kitchen into a sauna--are a fast, fun way to preserve abundant cucumbers (or even green beans). Simply soak vegetables in saltwater and vinegar solutions and let the flavors develop in the fridge.