Cultivating and Cooking with Swedish Whitebeam Berries

Swedish whitebeam berries are ripe about the end of September. Middle of September last fields of grain are harvested here. Now, if grain harvest wasn’t good, perhaps due to bad weather or fungus, people used the berries of Swedish whitebeam to supplement or sometime even substitute grain. The flesh has a mild, somewhat “boring” flavor, while the seeds, once ground, develop a pleasant marzipan type flavor, and are rich on fat.

Making Boiled Cider, with Recipe for Scalloped Apples

Boiled cider is the secret ingredient. All through the year, a bit of cider reduced to a syrup adds deep apple flavor to so many recipes. It’s no work, very economical, and your house will smell fabulous all day!

Grass vs. Grain: Improving the Nutritional Profile of Beef (And Making Pastured Meat More Affordable)

Staring at the prices of beef in the grocery store can be disheartening, especially if you’re hoping to toss that grass-fed, pasture-raised beef into your cart. Is the price tag really worth the health benefits? In short, YES! You know the saying, “You are what you eat”? Well, the truth is, you are what you eat eats, too! Find out how to make healthy, sustainable meat a financial reality.

Using Wild Yeast To Make Pineapple Vinegar

I typically prefer to make my homemade vinegar with pineapple scraps. Now this really is a win-win situation. I've never failed making homemade pineapple vinegar and it's so easy to make! I'll show you how I do it in this post.

Local Growing, Local Eating

Growing our own vegetables means a fundamental shift in our eating patterns as we strive to consume only locally grown produce, beans, and grains.

Fresh Produce Storage Tips for Peppers, Lettuce, Tomatoes, and More

Fresh produce is one of the cornerstones of healthy diet, and each season brings its own cornucopia of fruits and vegetables into supermarket aisles, farmers’ markets and, of course, backyard gardens. But how do you make the best of your garden harvest (or even supermarket harvest) to extend its shelf life?

Bread-Baking Equipment and Ingredient Tips for Beginning Bakers

With the necessary basic equipment and best-quality ingredients on hand, you are ready to begin baking beautiful breads of all kinds — from the basic sandwich breads to delicious pastry treats. You can explore a whole world of different breads, all with flavor far superior to any you can find in groceries and at a cost of pennies on the dollar.

Add Variety and Fun from Garden to Table with 'Yard-Long' Beans

Each year we choose a vegetable for our garden that we have never grown before and will offer fun and variety. This year, we chose the yard-long bean based on its name alone. After a little bit of experimenting in the kitchen, we learned to love its unusual texture and flavor.

Oatmeal-Raisin-Nut Cookies

Try your hand at baking this delicious, slightly chewy, slightly sweet, but oooh-sooo-yummy oatmeal cookie! The world needs this cookie recipe.

Samphire: A Superfood from Wild Shores

Samphire is the accepted name for the plant Crithmum Mairitinum, although along the banks of the River Dee where my grandmothers and great-grandmothers foraged for it, it was always known as sampkin. It is also sometimes known as glasswort, as it used to be used in the glassmaking industry. It is known in France as salicorn, or “horn of salt”. It is also, confusingly, sometimes called Sea Asparagus.

‘Tomato Stuff’: Tapenade-Style Tomato Spread for Sauces, Dressings, and More

With a bonanza supply of dehydrated tomatoes put by, I made this delicious spread that we’ve always called just “tomato stuff.” It’s like a tapenade, although without anchovies. I use it by itself to spread on thin slices of baguette or water crackers for an elegant appetizer and also use it by the big spoonful for enrich a pasta sauce instead of tomato paste, make a quick pizza, add body to a vegetable soup, add big flavor to a vinaigrette dressing, dress a plain dish of spaghetti, and put a bit of zing into a bland stew.

Healthy Food Begins with Community

Four refugees in Maine have started a cooperative farm producing fresh, chemical-free produce and prove that community is an important ingredient in healthy food.

Food Storage Options when Living Off-Grid

Because I like high-quality food but live somewhere that doesn't have a year-round growing season, the best way for me to ensure I have it available is to stockpile, store, and preserve food when it is in season and plentiful.

Cook for a Night and Eat for a Week with a Wood-Fired Oven

We built our own clay oven for backyard pizza and bread-baking. One of our favorite things to do is fire up the oven for a weekend afternoon/evening and prepare a variety of meals that will last all week. A bit of work on the weekend provides meals for a week with the unique wood-fired flavor of the outdoor oven.

Italian-Style Pressed Sandwich Recipe

Years ago, a friend who once lived in Italy described a sandwich she had prepared for a picnic. Adapted to foods we can buy locally, it works well for late-summer suppers after a sweltering day in the gardens. It’s a lifesaver for days when I just don’t know what time dinner will happen until it happens.

How to Make Fancy Sauerkraut

Fermented sauerkraut not only gives us digestive enzymes and probiotics, but the process itself makes all the vitamins and minerals present more bio-available. And it's delicious! We needn't eat a lot of it either. Condiments are vital go-alongs with our meals.

Home-Based Food Businesses Thrive in California

Whether your food product is gluten-free, a loaf of bread made with organic wheat, or chocolate carefully crafted with organic cacao, more culinary entrepreneurs than ever before are launching their food product business from their home kitchens thanks to their state’s “cottage food law.” California is leading the way with laws for cottage food operators.

What To Do With Overcooked Jam

Is your homemade jam thick and almost Is your homemade jam too thick and almost like candy? Here's how to fix it.candy? Here's how to fix it.

Healthy Snack Invented on Indian Reservation Faces Stiff Corporate Competition

The Pine Ridge Indian reservation is not the first place you’d look for good news about creating a new kind of economy that works for everyone. Pine Ridge is home to a fast-growing natural foods company, which created a healthy new product in the booming snack-food industry. Native American Natural Foods was inspired by wasna (a concoction of cured buffalo meat and berries) to invent the Tanka Bar — which is now for sale at Whole Foods, Costco,, natural-food stores and other groceries across the nation.

Grainger County Tomato Bruschetta

The Lodge at Buckberry Creek prepares a flavorful Tomato Bruschetta with Grainger County tomatoes, known for their rich flavor, texture and homegrown appearance. But your vine-ripened, freshly picked tomatoes are perfect for this recipe.

Dark Molasses-Oatmeal Bread

This yummy loaf is a little darker than regular oatmeal bread, due to the molasses, which also gives it some sweetness. Once again, I’m using home ground hard red wheat flour, which gives an indescribable flavor. No flour mill? No problem, just substitute regular whole wheat flour and all purpose white, respectively. The blend of whole wheat and white flour makes a lighter loaf than if made from 100% whole wheat.

Healthier Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread is a great way to use this veggie when it is in abundance. I wanted a recipe that was a bit healthier than the traditional version, but still as moist and delicious.

Mushroom Hunting in France

While staying in France this summer, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to forage for mushrooms. We were hoping for 'Ceps' and 'Chanterelles', but we found something we had never expected.

Healthy ‘Texas Caviar’ Southern Pea Salad Recipe

Folks here mostly cook purple hull peas with quantities of fatty pork. Although this is similar to the way we Yankees bake beans, I wanted to try something healthier, more Mediterranean. I came up with a pea salad they call “Texas Caviar” and developed my own version of this healthy, nutritious dish.

Freezing Broccoli and Beans

You get the most nutrient-dense vegetables by eating or freezing them immediately after picking. Don't know how to freeze broccoli or beans? Read on to learn vegetable freezing techniques.

Homemade Nectarine Preserves Recipe

A commercial pectin recipe for this preserve calls for 4 cups of fruit to 7 cups sugar. I use about ¼ of that: at least twice as much fruit and half the sugar, so my jams and preserves taste of the fruit instead of sugar and have half or less calories. As well as the usual breakfast toast spread, try adding your own homemade preserves to plain yogurt.

How to Make Glaceed Cherries

You can easily make your own glace cherries for fruit cakes and your Christmas stollen. The cherries you do yourself will be a darker red instead of that false neon color and will be made with only cane sugar and very little or no GMOs. These will actually taste like sweet cherries, with no odd chemical aftertaste. You’ll also save money.

A Cool-Sipping Summer Honey Cocktail

This cocktail makes use of honey simple syrup, and simple to make it is. It’s just a 50/50 concentration of honey and water, simmered together. (Regular simple syrup is just water and white sugar, same ratio. Try it for sweetening ice tea.) The recipe calls for Ungava gin, and if you can’t find it, use any high quality gin that’s readily available, although Ungava would be preferred for its unique flavor.

Making Fruit Jelly Using Apples for Pectin

Making fruit jellies without a lot of added sugar is easy when you let chopped apples supply the pectin your fruit lacks. A simple test of jelly on a cold plate tells you when the jelly point is reached.

Home-Canned Chili Recipe

Follow this recipe for a home-canned chili that can be stored and saved for a later date.

The Elusive DIY Reuben Sandwich and Family Secrets Revealed

The pieces have all come together. Proper restraint has been shown and I managed to put together a pretty darn good homemade (all but the cheese) Reuben sandwich. However, it is not without some consequences and revelations of a none too proud family tradition.

Slow-Cooker Pork Roast with Summer Vegetables

Use your bumper crop of garden vegetables to create a deliciously savory pork roast. Paired with ripe tomato, savory squash, fresh pepper, and hearty carrots, it is an easy dish perfect for simple summertime living.

Sauteed String Beans Recipe

Here's a recipe for sautéed green beans and guidelines for blanching and freezing green beans for garden food preservation.

Tomato-Basil Bruschetta Recipe

Use sun-ripened tomatoes and sweet basil from your garden to craft this deliciously simple Italian recipe. Earthy and vibrant in flavor, this bruschetta is sure to become your new summer staple.

Tips for Buying Kitchen Staples in Bulk

Buying certain foods in bulk is a great way to save money, packaging, and shopping time, while opening up new opportunities to support good farmers. Here are some tips and considerations for buying and handling bulk foods in a homestead setting.

Make Gazpacho Soup with Heirloom Tomatoes

I never much cared for gazpacho, and that’s probably because I lived in Colorado and Alaska most of my adult life. You must have great tomatoes to make great Gazpacho. After I tasted gazpacho made with heirloom tomatoes like 'Cherokee Purple', 'Brandywine', 'Marmonde' and others from my garden, I realized what I had been missing.

Connecting to Tradition by Canning with Children

Little hands aren’t meant to get in the way — they are helping hands if you let them be. By having our little people help us while we are cooking, gardening, or doing some other task, they are learning a life lesson from you. And best of all, you’re making memories.

Cookies from the Toaster Oven

My little toaster oven does a great job baking eight or 10 cookies, uses very little electricity itself, doesn’t heat up the kitchen, and saves the air conditioning. The variety is endless — see some flavor ideas below. Start with the basic dough and add to it, such as for these Toasted Almond Cookies. They’re buttery, tender, melt-in-your-mouth cookies.

Foraging Wineberries: A Delicious Invasive

Wineberries are one of the most abundant wild summer fruits, and just as delicious as their blackberry cousins. They also happen to be an invasive species and you’re doing a good deed when you eat them. Here’s how to identify, gather, and eat wineberries.

Insights on Food Sovereignty from Cuba

Recently two members of the collective Grow Where You Are were selected to visit Cuba with on a food sovereignty tour. This exciting honor is still fresh in the hearts and minds of Nicole Bluh, Operations Coordinator and Maricela Vega, Agroecology Intern. Below each of them shares a bit of their reflections about local food systems and the people at the center of them.

'Chiffonade' Chicken-in-the-Garden Soup and How to Barter

In summer, which gardener hasn’t struggled to keep on top of the harvest and found the lettuces grown tall and inedible? The French have a soup called ‘chiffonade’ which is made with lettuce, and my mother-in-law let me in on a secret: she makes it with bolted lettuce. It may sound a little strange to cook lettuce, but don’t be discouraged, it is wonderful in this soup.

Freezing Corn and Berries

Taking a little time to freeze some corn and berries this summer can not only save you some serious money, but it can make your winters much more pleasant. Here's how to freeze berries and freeze corn for year-long food security with summer flavor.

Easy Greens and Fruit Smoothie Recipe

I used to think I needed a fancy juicer and special ingredients to make a smoothie. Not so. I pulled out my old blender that I hadn't used since my margarita days a decade ago. Then, I poked around in the fridge to see what kind of fruit was on hand. I clipped some lettuce from the garden, added water and cinnamon and — voila — a terrific smoothie, easier than pie.

Make the Most of Blueberry Season with Blueberry Preserves and Dehydrating

Blueberries are a superfood — one of the fruits highest in lycopene and antioxidants. Take advantage of their season and stock up. They do very well in the dehydrator and make scrumptious preserves to dollop on plain yogurt, slather on toast, or to fill quick little tartlets. This is a very thick, low-sugar preserve, very different from the Sure-Jel type.

The Beauty of Imperfect Fruits and Vegetables

What needs to happen is a change in attitudes. Such a change is not coming soon enough to your favorite grocery store. If more of us buy imperfect-looking produce, grocery stores will be able to change our dependence on harsh chemicals used to grow perfect-looking fruits and veggies. It’s up to all of us to support the imperfect produce movement and bring back taste, nutrition and a healthier planet. How will you vote?

Baking Bread in a Toaster Oven

Two years ago, I bought this little toaster oven, and I think it paid for itself the first year in energy savings just to bake up a pizza, a potato, or small casserole. And I discovered that it does a fine job baking fresh bread. The day before, I stir up some simple dough, enough to bake up my choice of a pizza, burger buns, or 2 ficelles (mini baguettes), a small fougasse, or ciabatta or focaccia — all without heating up the kitchen.

French Liver Terrine Recipe

This French-style terrine is a great introduction to using offal in the kitchen, even for people who might think they won't like it.

Homemade Peach Jam Recipe

We are still learning about our little peach tree. Last year, our first real crop delighted us but in no way prepared for an almost doubling of the crop this year. However, friends had given us peaches in the past, and I took the opportunity to learn how to make peach jam. That effort and the tree seems to have each paid off and our shelves are now loaded with a new inventory of peach jam. The recipe is simple and straightforward and a great starting point for that bumper crop you have this year.

Healthy and Safe Grilling Tips for the Summer

Summertime is for grilling. However, to grill safely, there’s a lot to consider. After all, you do not want to ruin a backyard barbecue with a bad tummy ache or a burn! To avoid this, I always recommend the following tips for a safe grilling season.

Buckwheat Corn Muffins with Blueberries

Milling your own flour is a delicious way to add nutrition and flavor to your recipes. Want maximum taste? Mill your own buckwheat for these Blueberry Corn Muffins.

How to Make Elderflower Syrup

Elderflowers can be found growing on wasteland, even in the heart of the city. Learn how to use the flowers to make a simple syrup for adding to refreshing summer drinks.

3 Low-Sugar Methods for Preserving Strawberries

Strawberries are a core component of our annual diet, as they’re one of the easiest fruits to grow and preserve. Many guidelines for strawberry preservation call for extraordinary amounts of added sugar, which we’ve found quite unnecessary for the fresh, sweet, high-quality berries we grow. Here are the three main ways we handle our fresh berries.

Dry Curing: The Tastiest Way to Preserve Meat

There are plenty of methods for preserving meat. Dry curing involves salting and then drying of meats until they are safe to eat and shelf-stable, even at room temperatures. With a little bit of salt, some time, and the right conditions, you, too, can turn your leg of venison into prosciutto or your farmstead's pork belly into pancetta.

A Primer on Specialty Mushrooms (with Royal Trumpet Mushroom Soba Salad Recipe)

Here is a primer on specialty mushrooms. Exotic mushroom varieties are daunting to most consumers. They ought not be intimidated by these strange but tasty morsels. There are several sources for recipes including the Mushroom Council, my website, or by using search engines. Mushrooms deserve a place at your table due to taste, availability, and purported health benefits.

The Homemade Sauerkraut-and-Corned-Beef Reuben Sandwich that Almost Happened

I had every intention of writing a DIY Reuben Sandwich post this month and, while I did manage to make some sauerkraut and corned beef, I hit a bit of a glitch at the end. The effort was there, but my execution - or better still - will power, failed me. However, in the end, I had a great batch of sauerkraut and a tasty, if short-lived, corned beef to show for my efforts. With a little planning and some time, corned beef and sauerkraut are both easy to make and great tasting.

Fast and Easy Homemade Salad Dressings

If people knew how easy and delicious homemade salad dressings can be, store-bought dressing sales would plummet. You, too, can make your own salad dressings without having a culinary school degree or cooking experience. Learn to make Oil and Vinegar with Tarragon and Homemade Ranch with Roasted Garlic here.

New Orleans-Style Crawfish and Shrimp Boil

For this huge celebratory feast, invite a dozen or more of your best friends. Stock up a supply of your favorite beverages, including iced tea, lemonade and some adult drinks, and get ready to party!

Baking Sandwich Breads (and Pizza Crust) Using a Pre-Fermented Starter

European breads are frequently made with an overnight starter, called “Poolish” or “Biga”. A super-easy way of developing dough I learned from Peter Reinhart (author of The Bread Bakers Apprentice) has helped me to quickly put together some delicious, full-flavored sandwich breads. Here’s how.

Simple Recipes for Spring Roots and Greens

Prepare simple recipes using greens and roots from the spring garden, including Dandelion Green Salad Recipe, Sauteed Sorrel Recipe, Braised Parsnips Recipe, and how to make Hyssop Tea.

When Life Hands You Garlic Mustard, Ferment It!

Garlic mustard is the poster child of invasive species. Brought as a food crop for home gardens by settlers, this is a great wild food to pick with wild abandon. Eat it and ferment it while helping out local ecosystems.

Baking Sandwich Breads: Basic White Potato, Whole-Wheat Potato and Oatmeal Bread

If you’re going to get all the ingredients out and make a mess, you might as well bake a lot of bread. There are several breads I like to make, starting with the “whitest” and proceeding through to the darkest dough. Here are recipes for a basic white potato bread, a whole-wheat potato bread, and an oatmeal bread. Each recipe makes two loaves in a standard 9-by-5-inch pan.

Bone Broth Basics

There is much controversy over the health benefits of bone broth, you can find articles all over the web that fall into one of two camps: bone broth is another unscientifically supported health fad or bone broth is a health booster. I fall into the second camp. This type of broth is a fairly new phenomenon in the west, but it certainly isn’t a new thing.

Sourdough Vegetable Stromboli

Stromboli, like its cousin the calzone, is a flexible way to combine favorite toppings and bread. Leaving out the meat and adding veggies makes this Stromboli lunchbox-friendly.

Simple Whole-Wheat Sourdough Starter

If you have flour, water and time, you can capture yeast from the air and make your very own sourdough starter. It's a surprisingly simple process with delicious results!

How to Make Fruit Kvass with Probiotic Benefits

Probiotics and digestive enzymes are important to our health. Fruit kvass is a fermented drink that can be made quickly and cheaply to provide digestive health benefits. Celeste Longacre shows you how and includes a basic kvass recipe with blueberry, strawberry, and orange.

Flower Essence Jellies

I combined my love of jelly making and my love of flowers. Using flowers in some sweet form is not something new. Mountain people have always known that there are plants that have the ability to cleanse, uplift, heal and so on. I start my process with the first early (Native) flowers of Spring. Red Bud bloom (from tree) which is high in Vitamin C, Violet (we call them Johnny Jump Up), Dandelion and Forsythia.

Bottling Great Elderberry Flavor

Most great ideas start small. That’s how Katie and Ben Reneker, founders of the Carmel Berry Company, started out handcrafting small batches of syrups and cordials with elderberries or elderflowers wild-harvested or grown on their small farm.

Alternative Health When Living Off-Grid, Really!?

When was the last time you thought of the food you ate as medicine to feed both your body but also your well being? Modern medicine has recently started to focus on preventative care but historically has only been a way of last resort or once things have already gone bad. There needs to be a balance.

How to Render Oil from Beef Fat

My freezer is full of beef fat and I finally rendered tallow for cooking oil. We raise some pastured beef for our family, and while we enjoy the grass-fed beef, we have been slower to learn the art of cooking with homemade oil. That's changing. Read how and why I learned to render oil from beef fat to make homemade cooking oil (tallow).

Complying with State Cottage-Food Laws for Home-Based Food Businesses

Making and selling processed foods legally involves more than filling containers with your favorite recipes and selling them at the local farmers market. It requires compliance with a variety of state and perhaps federal regulations and processing guidelines designed to ensure that food products are packaged safely and properly.

3 Artisan Sweet Breakfast Breads

Bake some delicious rustic breads — Cranberry-Pecan, Apple, and White Chocolate Apricot — and stock the freezer for special breakfasts and “high tea.” All the fruits in these breads give the loaves a craggy surface that’s wonderfully crunchy. These all keep for months wrapped well in the freezer. If you get them out the night before, they’ll be ready to slice for breakfast, toasted or not.

Healthy Salad in a Jar

The Salad in a Jar (aka Mason Jar Salad) has become popular for a reason. You, too, can make these delicious, easy, healthy, and convenient grab-and-go lunches!

Stalking the Wild Fruit: Foraging Local Fruit by State

There is wild fruit nearly everywhere, free for the picking. This spring, as soon as leaf buds swell in your area, go looking for blooms. Take a ride, get somebody to drive for you, so you can search roadsides and fields, along railroad tracks, in power line right of ways, and maybe even an abandoned homesite, looking for brushy shrubs, brambles, vines and trees with white flowers.

'Slow Fish': Justice on Our Plates (with Video)

Slow Fish 2016 celebrates movements dedicated to honoring food producers, protecting the land and waters we love, increasing food access, and celebrating our cultural diversity.

Gingerbread Muffins Recipe

Gingerbread isn’t just for dessert. It’s also a great way to start off the day – after all, molasses is full of healthy iron, calcium, and B vitamins – and makes a filling after-school snack.

Dismantling Food Regimes

In our current food system, growers are undervalued and supermarkets hoard profits. How do we create solidarity between migrant workers, family farmers and urban growers to empower a thriving local food economy?

Guilt-Free Frozen Desserts

Whip up incredibly delicious faux ice cream in just minutes. These guilt-free frozen desserts, including Peach Frozen Dessert, Banana Faux Ice Cream and more, are actually good for you!

Preserving the Bounty: Dehydrating Cubed Potatoes

It's often much cheaper to buy a large bag of potatoes than to just pick up a few or buy a smaller bag. So when I see that large bag go on sale I grab them! But how to get good use of all those potatoes in that mammoth bag? I dehydrate them!

Jam On: The Universal Jam Recipe

Make jam with whatever is in season! This recipe works with almost any fruit. The results are modestly sweet and balanced with freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Signs of Spoiled Meat

If you’re questioning, from a food safety standpoint, whether the meat you have is safe to eat or truly rotten meat, you need to understand the proper cooking temperatures for meat and how they work to eliminate most meat spoilage bacteria.

Cheesy Pepper Sourdough Bread

Dark winter days seem to call out for bread, and while straight dough breads are lovely, nothing can compare to a tangy sourdough loaf.

Scaling Up Local Foods Cooperatively

The Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative has a plan to take the local food movement to the next level. They're vying for big contracts with institutional buyers and competing with major corporations. And they're cooperatively owned and run by Maine's farmers and consumers.

Simple Whole-Wheat Sourdough Bread Recipe

This is my go-to recipe for making our weekly bread. It provides consistent, crusty results, uses only three (ish) ingredients, and takes about 40 minutes of active time. It’s also 100 percent whole-wheat/whole grain, which is the rule for bread in our house. Don’t be put off by the 7 hours of time required — most of that is passive time while you wait for your bread to rise.

Securing or Expanding Your State Cottage Food Law

Democracy is essential for the expanding cottage food laws in the US. There are many steps you can take to be able to sell homemade food products in your state. First, get the cottage food law passed that allows you the freedom to earn.

Make Your Own Candied Citrus Peels

Making your own glace citrus peels is easy. You can save the peel from lemons, oranges, grapefruit and pomelos as you eat them. Just toss the peel into a zipper bag and keep in the refrigerator up to 4 days. I used Jacques Pepin’s method as guidance here.

Freezing Whole Tomatoes

Yes, you can freeze whole tomatoes! Preserve the harvest in a flash and save the saucing for later.

Refrigerator Dough for American and European Pastries

This pastry dough recipe can be made in 10 minutes and rest overnight in the refrigerator. It’s simple and easy to work with as you bake up your choice of American or European pastries, including Italian Panettone, Cinnamon-Pecan Sticky Buns, and Brioche Raisinee. Dough and pastry recipes included.

5 Survival Foods to Consider for Your Emergency Supplies

Five foods have been used throughout history to sustain people during winter months, for long-distance travel, or in times of famine: coconuts, flatbread, pemmican, butter tea, and dried plums. Find out how to prepare and store these foods for your emergency or travel needs.

Buying a Pork Share

Buying a half-pig directly from a farmer ensures quality and well-raised pork, although it will cost more than supermarket pork. Understanding how to fill out a cut sheet guarantees you get what you paid for.

Kentucky Bourbon Balls Recipe

Back in the early 1950s, my family moved to northern Kentucky. We had the great fortune to live just down the street from Louella Schierland, one of the contributing authors of the iconic Joy of Cooking. Mrs. Schierland gave my mother this recipe and I remember that these bourbon balls were stored in a coffee can in the refrigerator. I’ve made some changes to the original to avoid today’s GMOs. Makes about 40 treats.

Pan Lebkuchen Recipe

Let’s go to Germany for great lebkuchen (aka, gingerbread)! Aside from great beer and sausages, you will find that this is one of the country's ancient but addicting Christmas treats.

Bake Chewy, Gluten-Free Almond Cookies

I found a recipe in the King Arthur Cookie Companion that I developed a little so that I can now gift my gluten-intolerant friends with delicious cookies. Homemade almond paste is best here, but store-bought will do. Freshly made, these cookies have chewy texture; after a few days, they become airy and crunchy. Just as delicious either way. This recipe makes about 30 two-inch cookies.

How to Make Great Kale Chips

Kale chips are the rage and they cook up quickly, but they can be tricky to make. Here are some tips to making great kale chips.

Make the Best Oatmeal Cookies

My favorite, best cookie recipe just happens to actually be pretty healthy and a good choice for after-school snacks. I used to keep a tin in my office, available to anyone who hadn’t had time for lunch. They have enough protein, iron and whole grain to make them guilt-free. This recipe makes about 60 two-inch cookies that freeze well.

Marchand de Vin Sauce Recipe

I love classic New Orleans food! Sometimes, though, the chefs are absolutely reckless with the butter, so I adapted this rich and very savory, New Orleans-style mushroom ragu for a healthier diet. I use portions of this Marchand de Vin sauce to enrich beef stews, other sauces, and in the version of Eggs Benedict called Eggs Hussarde. A dollop of this makes a plain meal into something really special.

Shortbread Hearts with Cranberries

If you love shortbread — and a lot of people do — this is the cookie to make. The colorful cranberries make them really pop at Christmas time. This delightful recipe comes from "Christmas Cookies: Dozens of Yuletide Treats for the Whole Family" by Monika Römer.

Duck Soup with Wild Rice Recipe

A hearty and delicious soup, made with a leftover duck carcass (or other poultry), fresh vegetables, wild rice and mushrooms and flavored with smoked ham, sherry and curry powder. Just in time for the holidays!

The Holiday Charcuterie Platter

The holidays are here and you want to put together a charcuterie platter for your next party. Make it an impressive feast of the eyes with your own cured pork belly and duck prosciutto. With some pink curing salt, kosher salt and a few common household herbs and spices, you can serve up a delightful and delicious tray of home cured meats and pickles that your guests will love, but beware, they may ask you to make something for their next party.

Gardening, Artistry and a Beer-Infused Honey Mustard Recipe

Winter signals a retreating indoors for a slower speed in lifing — one filled with thoughtful reflection, the finishing up in processing of the foods my garden has gifted me, and returning to my arting. As a preview to my forthcoming cookbook, I have included my favorite, beer-infused honey mustard recipe below.

Hunting for Food

Hunting isn’t for everyone, but what I would like to do is share with interested readers, hunters included, how hunting and fishing helps me provide my own food and move a step closer to a sustainable life here on my farm.

10 Tips for Better Roasted Root Vegetables

Roasting enhances the flavor of root vegetables, as long as the vegetables are cut in uniform pieces and aren't crowded in the pan and are roasted in a hot oven.

Bone Broths: Low-Cost, High-Quality Nutrition

Bone broths are all the rage these days. And with good reason! You can find plenty of articles explaining that nourishing bone broths, rich in protein, gelatin and minerals, are soothing to the gut and healthy for bones, skin, hair and joints. And for someone recovering from surgery or illness that needs to be on a very light or liquid diet, bone broths are soothing, light and nutritious.

Cranberry-Orange Relish

Homemade cranberry-orange relish adds a bright, tart flavor to the Thanksgiving table.

Putting Up an Abundance of Apples

Our attempt to save a zillion apples by making dried apple rings, applesauce, apple butter, cider, pies and frozen apple slices.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe for Canning or Freezing

Cranberry sauce (or cranberry relish) is very easy make and preserve by freezing or canning. Use it through the holidays and beyond; it makes a great yogurt topping or spread for toast, as well as an accompaniment for Thanksgiving turkey dinners and the day-after sandwiches.

Grow, Process, and Use Sorghum Syrup

Want to satisfy your goal of self-sufficiency and your sweet tooth? Consider growing sorghum, crushing the cane, and boiling it down into sorghum syrup.

Make Your Own Almond Paste

It’s easy and very economical to make your own almond paste. You’ll use this to fill pastries, cakes and your special Christmas Stollen. This makes 2 pounds, 2 ounces — as much as six of those pricey little cans — and you control the quality.

Kefir Crème Fraîche

Kefir culture can be used to start a broad range of dairy ferments. This recipe shows how kefir grains will culture cream into delicious creme fraiche - a tasty, healthy alternative to whipped cream. Part 2 of a series of articles explaining how to use traditional cultures for cheesemaking.

Know Your Egg Shed, Part 1

An egg shed could be defined as: the eggs produced within a certain distance that go to a specific place. That place could be your kitchen. In chicken-friendly, local food-supportive, low carbon-footprint communities, backyard flocks and small family farms produce eggs. The takeaway message is that egg shed needs for a family, or a community, are relatively easy to meet. A household or a community can somewhat easily be protein self-sufficient.

Electric Pressure Cooker

Electric pressure cookers are a wonderful way to prepare meals in a flash – even when the recipe calls for meat or dry beans

Preserve Your Food in a Root Cellar

Food preservation can be an energy-intensive proposition for any homesteader, but building a root cellar will pay off in the long run. This old-fashioned method of food preservation is one of the simplest ways to keep traditional storage crops like onions, winter squash, apples, pears and root vegetables like turnips, carrots and potatoes.

Simple Bean Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Squash Recipe

Pressure cooking is a quick, healthy and efficient way to cook a myriad of dishes. In this recipe from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Topeka, Kan., vegan cookbook author Jill Nussinow introduces a simple bean chili recipe that includes nutritious fall favorites, sweet potatoes and squash.

Apple Guacamole Recipe

Use the last fresh foods of fall to make a lively guacamole. The apple guacamole is not only a fine substitute to traditional guacamole, but it is lovely in its own right. It’s flavor is subtle, but complicated. It tasted great with homemade nachos. I can even imagine experimenting with different kind of apples for different flavors. The green apple gave is a sour punch, but a sweet apple could work too for a different effect.

Make Homemade Spiced Apple Cordial

After the first of the crisp fall apples have started to soften, I love to have a sip of this for dessert on a cold winter’s night. This homemade apple cordial tastes like the absolute best apple pie you ever drank! Here is how I preserve the goodness of apples laced with sweet spices.

No-Knead Einkorn Sourdough Bread, the Easiest Recipe Ever!

I’d been experimenting with sourdough (no added yeast) bread for more than a year. The final result is the easiest—and best—bread I’ve EVER made or tasted. I mean seriously, I’m so excited about this recipe!

Fig ‘Salami’ with Figoun Infused Red Wine Recipes

Fig Salami is a unique substitute for the usual cured sausage on a cheese plate; because it’s fruity, it works as well before or after dinner. It takes minutes to make, but plan ahead so it has time to set up and “cure” four or five days — after that, it will keep weeks in the refrigerator.

Harvest Vegetable Soup with Naughty Garlic Bread Recipes

The beauty of this soup is it makes use of what ever vegetables you have on hand, is completely vegetarian (unless you want to add chicken or beef), and cooks up pretty quickly. This is a crowd-sized recipe, and I have already cut the recipe in half for you. If you’re feeding two armies, by all means double it.

Freckled, Pumpkin Yeast Bread

Pumpkin bread doesn’t have to be sweet. Here moist pumpkin and chopped pecans combine to make a satisfying and unusual yeast bread.

Vegetable Quiche Recipe from Leanne Brown’s 'Good and Cheap'

"Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day" is a cookbook demonstrating why having kitchen skills, not budget, is the key to great food. "Good and Cheap" is not a challenge to live on so little — it’s a resource for those who face this reality, or anyone in need of stretching a tight budget.

‘Court of Two Sisters’ Eggplant Casserole Recipe

Twenty-five years ago, my daughter and I treated ourselves to New Orleans' famous Jazz Brunch at the Court of Two Sisters. One dish impressed me so much, I begged for the recipe. Our server took my plea to the kitchen and the chef actually sent down a copy! I have made some minor changes and offer it here that you, too, can enjoy this comforting eggplant dish.

Boiled Apple-Pear Syrup

But it doesn’t have the cloying sweetness of sugar-added syrups, plus the pears give the syrup an earthy flavor base. Combine autumn’s apples and pears to make a versatile natural sweetener, with no sugar added. Find out what apple-pear syrup tastes like, where to find it and how to make your own at home.

Unusual Fruits, Part 3: American High-Bush Cranberries

The American High Bush Cranberry is a neglected fruit that deserves more fans. Fruits are high in Vitamin C and anti-oxidants. The fruit is also high in natural pectin so it makes a great jelly. Fruits (drupes) are similar to Thanksgiving cranberries in color but with their own distinctive flavor. Whether you pick them from the wild or from your own planting, learn to tell the difference between the Native American High Bush Cranberry and the bitter European kind.

Sweet Red Pepper and Watermelon Rind Relish Recipes

Back in the 1950s, there was a restaurant in Stamford, Conn., named The Hamburger Den that was a local favorite, not just for pretty good burgers, but for pots of delicious relish on each table. Later, in the 90s, I decided I had to make that relish I so loved and finally came up with what I remembered to share here.

Orange-Oatmeal Zucchini Bread

Last year my zucchini patch threatened to take over the neighborhood. I made lots of bread, but concentrated on using zucchini in non-traditional yeast breads. Turn too much zucchini plus tangy citrus into a delectable quick bread.

Healthy Chocolate Silk Pie with Gluten Free Macadamia Crust

This is a chocolate pie unlike any others I have made. It starts with a crumb crust consisting of granola and macadamia nuts ground together, and bound with melted butter, like an extravagant graham cracker crust, only better. The filling consists of silken or extra soft tofu with over half a pound of chocolate.

Cuban-Style Sofrito Recipe

Not to be confused with Italian sofrito, which is a mix of sautéed vegetables used as a sauce base, this Cuban version is a pungent mix of raw herbs and vegetables. Cuban sofrito is used to add freshness, herbal notes and zing to many Cuban dishes.

Waste Not, Want Not with This Watermelon Rind Pickles Recipe

The white part of watermelon rind makes a delicious pickle! Be sure to take a little time to make some for a garnish on sandwiches or as a key ingredient in Red Pepper Relish. The recipe below has won several ribbons in State Fairs over the years.

Sugared Pistachio Cookies Recipe

With a dough mixed entirely in the food processor, these salty-sweet, chewy-crisp pistachio cookies are as easy to make as they are to devour.

Southwest Hatch Chili Pesto Dressing Recipe

If you are lucky enough to come across some Hatch chili peppers and favorite variety of basil, here is a pesto recipe with a friendly amount of spice. Try it atop a Southwest chicken salad and transport yourself to New Mexico. (If you can’t make the festival, you can still make the pesto and dressing.)


The MOTHER EARTH NEWS INSTITUTE kicks off Nov. 12-15, at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. Four days immersed in craft cheesemaking.

Watchdog Group Formally Challenges Allegedly Illegal Agribusiness Appointments to USDA Organic Governing Board

The Cornucopia Institute has formally asked the USDA to review Ashley Swaffar’s appointment to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), contending she does not meet the legal qualifications for the position. Cornucopia’s request to the USDA states that the new NOSB member, a full-time employee of an agribusiness involved in organic food production, neither owns nor operates an organic farm and should not hold the farmer position on the NOSB.

Pesto Three Ways

Every summer, I make sure that I get plenty of pesto made and put up in little tubs in the freezer — enough to get me through the winter. There are three different kinds I like to have on hand for use in various dishes: Italian Pesto, French Pistou, and Hatch Pesto. They’re easy to make, freeze well, and make an ordinary meal into something special.

5 Top Tips for Cheese Making at Home

Who would have thought that making your own cheese at home could be so much fun? I have produced cheese as a hobby regularly since 2009, so I thought it would be practical to share with some valuable tips that I have learned along the way.

Do I Have to Soak Beans Before Cooking?

Did you forget to soak your beans before whipping up a dip or dish? Don’t fret — soaking beans isn’t always necessary. Here are the pros and cons.

For Sale: Homemade Products from the Homestead

Finally, the freedom to earn from our home kitchens. In 42 states (and counting), home cooks can now sell to their neighbors and community certain "non-hazardous" food products made in their home kitchen, often with very few regulations or governmental entanglements.

CSA Farms Address Profound Global Concerns

It’s going to take more than individual efforts to meet the profound challenges of global climate change. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is one proven pathway for organizing groups of people to apply their strengths and intelligence in this essential responsibility. We need hundreds of thousands more CSA farms.

If a Chicken Never ...

If a chicken never sees the sun, never gets to hunt for food in thick grass, never gets to take a dirt bath with her friends, never gets to flirt with a rooster, can she lay an egg? She’ll lay something, but can you call it an egg?

Escargot: A Taste of France

As I’ve been volunteering on a small organic farm in southern France, I’ve had the pleasure to eat some of the best meals of my entire life. Escargot (or cooked snails) isn’t a dish reserved only for high-cuisine in up-scale French restaurants. You can make delicious escargot at your own home and enjoy an authentic taste of France!

Black-Cap Raspberry Pancakes Recipe

Make wholesome pancakes with local native fruit. With fewer local raspberries surviving pest infestation in Vermont, having so many tiny black caps has been a real treat. We have been eating a lot straight from the bushes. But our favorite use for black caps is in these thick, long-cooking pancakes.

Chunky Gazpacho Recipe

Spain’s enduringly popular cold soup is a summertime refresher. My version includes a bit of agave syrup.

Chiles Rellenos Recipe

Its name means "stuffed peppers" and this dish of green chiles stuffed with Monterey Jack cheese is a crowd-pleaser.

Fermenting Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes, the young flower stems of the garlic plant, have delightful flavor and can be preserved through lactic-acid fermentation in pickles, a convenient flavor paste, or as an ingredient to kraut or kimchi.

Bacon Recipe Roundup

Isn't time you make some bacon? My favorite bacon curing recipes from across the internet.

Mishaps in Making Mead

I started my first batch of mead after all these years back in October-November. You all may remember my post about the mead. Well, I had trouble with getting the damn thing to start. Here's what happened.

Cherry Mostarda Recipe

Make your 4th-of-July cook-out extra special with this spicy, sweet relish.

How to Pickle Radishes (With Recipe Variations)

Radishes are among the very first non-leafy greens available in the spring. While radish pickles can be canned, I find them more delicious as refrigerator pickles. They can last up to 2 months (but trust me, you’ll eat them long before that time). I create all kinds of variations: Asian-style for use in ramen, sweet, spicy, citrus, and more.

Which Herbs Grow Best Together

Love herbs and gardening? Here are a few things you should know when it comes to companion planting and herbs.

Grilled Sourdough Flatbread

It may be too hot to bake, but it’s not too hot to enjoy sourdough bread. The answer – grilled sourdough flatbread.

Perfect Rhubarb Pie from Garden to Table

Rhubarb, a once-neglected fruit (or vegetable) that was hard to find, is making a comeback as a result of the real food movement among gardeners and cooks. Based on decades of self-reliant living, I give the reader all the information that is needed to produce a perfect rhubarb pie from garden to table, from planting, growing, and harvesting, to producing a pie with a never-fail pie crust.

Natural Mint Tea

Nothing could be easier than growing a pot of mint for dozens of culinary uses, including brewing mint tea!

Homemade Lime Curd Recipe

This oozing mixture of sugar, limes, eggs, and butter adds a bright, fresh acidity and craveable sweetness to anything it touches.

Cooking with a Big Green Egg

It could well be that you have never heard of the Big Green Egg, a lot of folks haven’t, so this is where this blog comes in. Big Green Eggs originated in Japan, a number of centuries ago, and at that time they were called Kamado cookers. Learn how to cook with a Big Green Egg for the ultimate outdoor cooking experience.

Cubed Spring Radish Kimchi and 5 Reasons to Make It

Radishes are the red and white stars of my spring pickling classes. If you have more radishes in your garden than you can eat, or if you are just looking to try something new—I say pickle them! Not convinced? Here are five reasons radishes are to be fermented and a recipe for Spring Radish Kimchi to get you started.

How to Regrow Lettuce

Purchase romaine lettuce once, regrow it again and again! Use this simple tutorial to slash your salad bill while enjoying tasty, healthful greens.

Tostones Plantain Recipe

Tostones, or twice-fried plantains, are a crispy and delicious taste of the tropics.

Institutional Food

Hospitals traditionally are famous for their terrible food. A recent experience shows it has not changed much.

How to Make Your Own Mayo

A recipe for whisking up a batch of homemade mayonnaise and a full serving of DIY empowerment.

Honey of a Mess

My surprise when I thought the mead making wasn't happening.

Easter Babka Bread

Babka is traditionally made in Poland, Russia and other Eastern European countries. Apparently babka is a popular Christian Easter bread, but is also made in the Jewish tradition.

Foraging for Redbud's Flavorful Flowers

Redbud's bright pink blossoms are one of the glories of spring, but they're not just eye candy. Those lovely blossoms have a delicious flavor that is like a green bean with a lemony aftertaste.

Buffalo-Chicken-Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Stuffed with blue cheese, chicken and celery and simmered in a spicy Buffalo-inspired sauce, these petite peppers pull double duty as hearty entrée or delightfully sloppy hors d’oeuvre.

Oyster Mushroom-Pineapple-Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe

This deliciously sweet and sour stir-fry is perfect for when you want a spicy dish that will knock your socks off. This stir-fry is gluten-free and the pineapple reduces the amount of additional sugar needed.

5 Reasons Why Your Bread Dough Doesn't Rise

Despite our best efforts, sometimes flour plus water plus yeast doesn’t equal a tantalizing loaf of bread, but is just a large lump of dough. Here's how to fix it.

Commercial Tortillas

What do you have when chemicals and preservatives are added to a simple tortilla?

Pickled Apples Will Be Your New Favorite Food

Most of us grew up with pickled cucumbers, and possibly with beets or onions – but in other eras or parts of the world, humans pickled a much greater variety of foods, including mushrooms, meats, and fruits. Some cookbooks from the 1800s carried recipes for pickling apples, and old radio programs from the Depression promoted it as a cheap and delicious way to get vitamins all year.

Ideas for Preserving Citrus Fruit

Preserving citrus is easy with these flexible techniques and recipes that you can try with almost any variety of citrus.

Why a Farmer Stars in My Response to Fifty Shades of Grey with Recipe

A forty-something woman stumbles into a booth at a farmer's market, looks up, and sees a handsome farmer. You may know that the blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey also begins with a tumble and winds up with love. It's no coincidence: my book Fifty Weeks of Green is a comic response to Fifty Shades that celebrates sustainable living.

How to Make Sprouts

Spice up your winter diet with the toothsome crunch of sprouts.

How to Render Beef Tallow at Home

To ensure you have quality fat in the kitchen from pastured animals, learn how to render beef tallow at home. I’ve rendered beef fat into quart jars of tallow two years in a row and consider myself seasoned in the art of avoiding too much of a mess in making it. The fat lends a flavor to dishes that is particularly desirable for Mexican foods, fried potatoes and savory pie crusts. This fat keeps for three months in a refrigerator.

Invest in Regular Family Dinners (With Recipe)

Gather your extended family around the table to share home-cooked, healthy meals on a regular basis. Reap the rewards of laughter, pleasure, and deepening relationships for very little money. Get started with my recipe for Beans with Caramelized Onions and Carrots. Ten servings cost about ten dollars using organic, heirloom beans and about seven dollars using pinto beans.

Cheesemaking Trials

Ilene White Freedman starts her cheesemaking trials with an aged pressed cheddar cheese with goat's milk from the farm.

Shredded Kale Salad Recipe

With a little bit of elbow grease, you can turn kale fresh from the garden into a delicious raw salad in the middle of winter.

How To Boost Nutrition Using Whey

Whey is the liquid that remains after milk is curdled. Full of protein and nutrients, whey can be used to soak beans or grains, as a substitute in baking, and for lacto-fermented vegetables, such as sauerkraut.

Coconut Ginger Winter Squash Soup Recipe

Butternut squash are an important winter food, the rich orange flesh delivering vital nutrients in a sweet and velvety goodness that can be utilized in a variety of ways.

Free Chicken Stock

After the chicken dinner and hot dish and salads, there is one free meal left in that bird!

Cold-Weather Foraging for Hardy Henbit Greens

Henbit and red dead nettle are two tasty leafy greens that are available even when there is snow on the ground. Here's how to identify them in the field and use them in recipes.

Crafting Wine in the Midwest, Part 1: Reasons to Make Your Own Wine

Before you begin to make your own wine in the Midwest, it’s good to have an overview of the craft itself and also determine if your area of the country is an area where grapes be successfully grown and utilized for wine production. As with many hobbies, it is not just the end result, but the process itself, that provides an intriguing experience.

Lentil-Coconut Soup Recipe for a Snowy Day

This lentil-coconut soup recipe offers a rich and unique way to prepare protein-packed lentils using coconut milk and Indian spices. The masala and ginger will help cut the winter chill, transporting your taste buds to someplace warmer.

Slow Cooker Venison Roast

Use your slow cooker to create a flavorful, pull-apart venison roast. Crushed tomatoes, onions and simple seasonings give this dish a savory and mouth-watering flavor.

Savory Seasoned Cracker Recipe

Use olive oil, garlic, oregano and more to create an appetizer that is both savory and satisfying. Easy to make, these seasoned crackers will be a hit at your next holiday gathering.

Comforting Tortilla Soup Recipe

Use garden tomatoes, peppers, onions, beans, and more to create this simple yet nutritious tortilla soup recipe. Ground venison adds a healthful and satisfying punch of protein.

Let's Make Granola

Healthy homemade granola; easy on your budget, good for your family.

Tea Straws

A bombilla is a Latin American tea straw used to drink yerba mate. Why not use it to enjoy all kinds of loose herbal teas? Ilene White Freedman shares a story, a tea recipe and links to others recipes.

Holiday Gift Bags

Delight your host by taking one of these homemade treats.

Comparing Commercial and Locally Produced Raw Honey

What could be lurking in the commercial honey you buy? Maybe it’s not honey at all, and would you think honey is healthy if you knew it contained corn syrup? Let’s talk about how commercial honey is produced and why you might want to find a local source for raw honey.

How to Make Chocolate-Toffee Crackers

Use saltine crackers to make a sweet and salty candy. Coated with marshmallows, chocolate, and toffee, it is the perfect treat to give or enjoy this Christmas season.

Pumpkin-Spice Granola Recipe

From the familiar fall flavors of pumpkin, pecans and oats to the warm and welcoming spices perfuming the air as the mixture bakes, this pumpkin spice granola recipe truly embodies the season.

Artificial Sweeteners

What is the true nature of artificial sweeteners? Are they safe? Read on and find out the latest on these questionable products.

DIY Spice Mixes

Making your own spice mix is a quick, easy DIY project. Ilene White Freedman shares her chili powder DIY project woes. Learn from her discoveries before you start your batch.

Pick and Pack a Peck of Pickled Peppers

A pickled pepper recipe that packs quite a punch. Don't be discouraged by November's nine degrees in the sun weather. Now is a great time to pull out your water-bath canner and put up your late-fall harvest for winter month garden-fresh eating.

Old-Fashioned Uses for Salt

Salt has a number of uses around the home, including scouring smelly pans, whipping up a salt brine, crafting homemade facial scrubs and more.

The Fine Art of Dumpstering

Food from a Dumpster? It's not for everyone, but the Dumpstering philosophy—that the value of food cannot be defined by its price tag—is worth investigating.

Annie’s Green Tomato Salsa Recipe for Water Bath Canning

This year I took several liberties in developing a new version of salsa verde. I don't grow tomatillos so I use green tomatoes. I won't call it salsa verde (except on the lids of my jars), because it isn't authentic. But let me tell you, it is GOOD. Here is Annie’s Green Tomato Salsa Recipe good for use when water bath canning.

Movie Review: The Seeds of Time

Modern, industrial agriculture as we know it today is running out of time, and it's much later than we think.

Purple Sweet Potato Fingerling Salad Recipe

Trendy purple sweet potatoes are a less sweet but no less tasty variety of sweet potatoes and are delicious prepared a number of interesting and unusual ways. Try this salad warm or cold for a scrumptious meal!

Honey Wine or My Foray into Mead

Way back when, I made mead. I think it was back with Leif Erickson or some guy by that name. Of course, back then we had rotary phones, the Internet existed as ARPANET (look it up), and I was on the cutting edge when it came to computer development. I also stumbled across a USENET post for how to make mead.

How To Make Ancho-Chili Powder

It took a year for Ilene White Freedman to make homegrown, homemade Ancho-Chili Powder. Find out how she did it.

Three Ways to Enjoy Beans

Beans are usually divided into two categories: shell and snap. Shell beans have thicker pods and are typically cultivated for their seeds. Snap beans are harvested before their seeds ripen and are grown for their tasty pods. However, I've discovered there is some leeway in how beans are harvested and used.

Slow Cooker Applesauce Recipe

Apples in autumn are crisp and glorious. Use your fresh bounty to create this delicious homemade applesauce in a slow cooker.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe

This is the best comfort food recipe: sour cream coffee cake. Enjoy it with a great cup of tea or coffee.

Simple Easy Blueberry Milk

Check out this delicious, refreshing treat that comes in handy when there are too many blueberries to know what to do with.

Foraging for Ginkgo Nuts

Hidden inside the stinky orange pulp of the fruits of the ginkgo tree is a delicious, pistachio colored edible seed. Here's how to identify and prepare ginkgo (without the stinky parts) by foraging for ginkgo nuts!

Crockpot Candied Cider

Use your crockpot to make this cinnamon-sweet, apple candied cider treat perfect for warming up a cool autumn evening.

How to Prevent Alzheimer's With Diet

Learn how to prevent Alzheimer's with diet. There is plenty of time for people to make brain-healthy lifestyle and dietary choices to potentially delay the onset of this dreaded and devastating disease.

Pesto Pesto Pesto

The green of summer available right in your freezer year round!

Foraging Heart-Healthy Hawthorn

Hawthorn fruits are in season in late summer and early fall. They are delicious, and also heart-healthy — eat your medicine!

How to Freeze Peppers

Use this simple technique to preserve your bounty of fresh summer peppers.

All About Fresh Fruit Butters

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.

Squash and Black Bean Chili Recipe

This Squash and Black Bean Chili Recipe is made with Buttercup squash and black beans, a perfect vegetarian choice for your next lunch or dinner meal.

Savory Sage Scones Recipe

This Savory Sage Scones Recipe uses fresh sage from the garden and cheddar cheese, making a great side dish to accompany eggs, poultry, soups and stews.

Dried Raisins Recipe

Learn how to dry grapes using this Dried Raisins Recipe, the process makes it easy to preserve your grape crops in one day when using a food dehydrator.

Canning Tomato Broth

Separate the tomato water from tomato pulp to make a delicious broth.

Oca Con Salsa Picante Recipe

This Oca Con Salsa Picante Recipe uses diced oca and shrimp combined with spicy salsa. Oca is an excellent source of carbohydrates, phosphorus and iron, as well as essential amino acids.

Spinach or Arugula Pesto Recipe

You can learn how to make this Spinach or Arugula Pesto Recipe using olive oil, garlic, cheese and spinach or arugula to create a delicious no-cook sauce perfect for pasta.

Basil Pesto Recipe

You can learn how to make this traditional Basil Pesto Recipe using olive oil, garlic, cheese and basil to create a delicious no-cook sauce perfect for pasta.

Kohlrabi Kohl Slaw Recipe

Learn how to cook with kohlrabi, a member of the cabbage family. This Kohlrabi Kohl Slaw Recipe is a perfect choice to pair with picnics or a lunch or dinner meal.

Kohlrabi Fries Recipe

Learn how to cook with kohlrabi, a member of the cabbage family. This Kohlrabi Fries Recipe is a healthy choice to pair with a lunch or dinner meal.

Summer Berry Coffee Cake Recipe

Coffee cake seems to be the forgotten step-child of breakfast breads. Although once very popular coffee cake has been eclipsed over the year by the proliferation of bagels, large, gooey muffins, and egg and sausage breakfast sandwiches.

Avocado Fudge Pops Recipe

Beat the heat with a healthier chocolate treat! Avocados, cocoa, and honey create fudge pops or pudding with fewer than five minutes prep.

Heirloom Cherokee Popcorn Pie Recipe

Pair this Heirloom Cherokee Popcorn Pie Recipe with strong coffee and vanilla ice cream for a unique and delicious take on your next dessert.

Cherry Crostata Recipe

This Cherry Crostata Recipe is a simple, delicious way to use summer’s rubies.

Empanadas Dulces de Calabaza Recipe

This Empanadas Dulces de Calabaza Recipe uses homegrown heirloom pumpkin puree to fill these crispy, sweet dessert empanandas.

Delicious, Nutritious, Ice-Cold Watermelon Cooler

Stephanie Tourles, author and Seven Springs, Pa., FAIR Speaker, shares how to make a delicious, ice-cold watermelon cooler. Refresh after a day in the heat with this super easy and nutritious drink.

Sesame Roasted Turnips Recipe

Turnips are a cool weather crop that makes a great side dish. This Sesame Roasted Turnips Recipe uses fresh from the garden turnips to pair with your next meal.

Turnip Apple Slaw Recipe

Turnips are a cool weather crop that makes a great side dish. This Turnip Apple Slaw Recipe uses fresh from the garden turnips to pair with your next meal.

Rosy Pickled Turnips Recipe

Turnips are a cool weather crop that makes a great side dish. This Rosy Pickled Turnips Recipe uses fresh from the garden turnips to pair with your next meal.

Homemade Hungarian Sausage Recipe

This Homemade Hungarian Sausage Recipe is easy to make, the recipe uses pork shoulder and spicy Hungarian paprika to create a savory sausage for your next dinner meal.

No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread Recipe

This No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread Recipe is easy to make and creates moist and chewy artisan bread with no kneading required. Includes recipe, ingredients list, instructions, step-by-step photos and a video demonstration of the technique.

Homemade Italian Venison Sausage Recipe

This Homemade Italian Venison Sausage Recipe is easy to make, the recipe uses deer or elk, fennel and spicy cayenne to create a savory sausage for your next dinner meal.

A Salute to Food Heritage in France

France puts a premium on preserving its food heritage. Here's one example of that country's many food heritage sites, this one in Brittany.

Best Ever Pickled Asparagus Recipe

What to do with all that surplus asparagus? Maybe you have too many pole beans? Or okra? This is the best ever recipe for pickling extra asparagus, and the recipe can also be modified for any thin vegetable you might have from your garden's bounty! Canning is such fun!

Dobra Baking Mix Recipe

This healthy and easy to make Dobra Baking Mix Recipe can save you time and money in the kitchen.

Drop Biscuits Recipe

This easy to make Drop Biscuits Recipe makes a delicious and healthy side biscuit or topping for stews.

No-Bake Cherry-Vanilla Snack Bars Recipe

With six simple ingredients, these easy, no-bake, cherry-vanilla bars are a wholesome alternative to over-processed and over-packaged supermarket snacks.

Wild Berry Jam Recipes

The fresh berry season is so fleeting, that it almost calls out for preserving, especially in the form of jam.

Gourdseed Skillet Corn Bread Recipe

Cornbread will taste even better using this Gourdseed Skillet Corn Bread Recipe, the combination of flavorful gourdseed corn cooked in a cast-iron skillet makes for an especially delicious cornbread.

More Tips on Roasting Green Coffee at Home

Roasting green coffee at home is not only easy, but the first step in making a truly great cup of coffee. Roasting at home also does not mean you are limited to small batches; follow the instructions below to roast 3 lbs of beans and get ready for a great cup!

100 Percent Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread Recipe

This 100 Percent Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread Recipe is made from a five minutes a day for fresh-baked bread technique, creating a moist-and-chewy-on-the-inside bread with a crispy crust on the outside.

Neapolitan Pizza Dough Recipe

This Neapolitan Pizza Dough Recipe is made from a five minutes a day for fresh-baked bread technique, creating a moist-and-chewy-on-the-inside dough and a crispy pizza crust on the outside.

Sticky Pecan Caramel Rolls Recipe

This Sticky Pecan Caramel Rolls Recipe is made from a five minutes a day for fresh-baked bread technique, creating a moist-and-chewy-on-the-inside sweet roll with a crunchy crust on the outside.

Caramelized Onion and Herb Dinner Rolls Recipe

This Caramelized Onion and Herb Dinner Rolls Recipe is made from a five minutes a day for fresh-baked bread technique, creating a moist-and-chewy-on-the-inside roll with a crunchy crust on the outside.

Easy Naan Bread Recipe

This Easy Naan Bread Recipe is made from a five minutes a day for fresh-baked bread technique, creating a moist-and-chewy-on-the-inside flat bread with a crisp crust on the outside.

Master Boule Master Bread Recipe

This Master Boule Master Bread Recipe is made from a five minutes a day for fresh-baked bread technique, creating a moist-and-chewy-on-the-inside dough and a crispy crust on the outside.

Crispy Chapati Bread Recipe

This Crispy Chapati Bread Recipe makes a crispy Indian bread similar to tortillas and is a great bread addition to any meal.

Tangy Labneh Recipe

Labneh, or yogurt cheese and also known as Greek yogurt, is easy to make and enjoy. Use this tangy labneh recipe to learn how to make labneh for your household.

Superquick Ricotta Recipe

Learn how to make homemade ricotta with this superquick ricotta recipe. It pairs great with crackers or use it in your lasagna.

Homemade Cream Cheese Recipe

Homemade cream cheese is free of preservatives and better than store bought! Use this homemade cream cheese recipe and enjoy your own cream cheese!

Easy Mozzarella Recipe

This easy mozzarella recipe is great for everyone! Our 30-minute mozzarella recipe will ensures that you can enjoy your mozzarella today!

Pickled Asparagus Recipe

Pickled vegetables are a great way to jazz up your meals, especially in the late winter, early spring time when the grocery store vegetables are looking a little worse for the wear.

Lazy Gardener's Tomato Sauce Recipe

Not enough hours in the day? Want to make tomato sauce but are short on time? Use this recipe to make great-tasting tomato sauce (using frozen tomatoes)at your leisure. Perfect for pressure canning and delicious!

Seeded Sourdough Oatmeal Baguettes

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.

Spring Asian Noodle Recipe

Use the freshest spring veggies to create a cost-effective dish packed with nutrition and flavor. It's seasonal eating at it's best.

9 Things to Do With Dandelions

Unlike many wild foods that take a long search, dandelions are found in almost every wood and meadow. And while many wild plants require special training to identify and discriminate from similar-looking poisonous plants, dandelions can be readily identified by every schoolchild.

Nut Butter Cups Recipe

Two-ingredient nut or seed butter cups are a satisfying alternative to the typical chocolate treat.

Making Loose-Leaf Tea Easy

Dawn Combs, a self-described “tea snob”, shares her tips for making the perfect cup of tea. Kick the tea bags and balls to the curb! Dawn Combs shares how to perfectly infuse your cup of tea.

Ginseng Bitters Recipe

An herbal, earthy and nutty cocktail bitter with a little extra ginseng zing on the side.

'Cooking With Fire' by Paula Marcoux

From roasting on a split to baking in a tannur, you'll find rediscovered techniques and recipes that capture the flavors of wood-fired cooking in "Cooking With Fire" by Paula Marcoux.

Zaatar Bread

Zaatar bread is a soft, Arabic-style bread topped with olive oil and the tangy spice mixture called zaatar.

Easy Poolish Bread Recipe

This recipe will show how one extra step can add extra flavor and texture to your homemade poolish bread loaf.

Italian Fried Doughnuts

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.

Making Echinacea Tincture

Echinacea tincture is easy to make. Getting through the psychological inertia might be the hard part of the process.

DIY Wheat Thresher

Reader Jenna Winkeller of Gilbert, Ariz., wrote to us about a homemade device that can make small-scale wheat cultivation far more efficient: a DIY wheat thresher crafted from just a bucket, drill and chain. Check out a video of it in action, and get instructions for assembling your own version of this wallet-friendly, timesaving tool.

Early Spring Foraging: Violets

Violet leaves are one of the best wild edible salad greens. Their pretty, edible flowers are only in season for a few weeks.

Fresh Chevre Cheesecake Recipe

Made from creamy chevre (fresh goat cheese) instead of the typical cream cheese, this surprising cheesecake is sure to please cheese lovers and dessert lovers alike.

Sourdough Hot-Cross Buns

Hot-cross buns, full of warm spices and sweet fruit, are a tasty springtime treat.

Homemade Bread Made Easy (Video)

MOTHER EARTH NEWS blogger Karen Will demonstrates a simple, light, wheat sandwich bread that requires minimal kneading and basic ingredients.

Pie Crust Therapy

Spring brings about manic bouts of project planning and completion, but at least there is pie!

Making Sourdough Biscuits

Sourdough biscuits is one of those perfect recipes that uses up plenty of ripe starter, but doesn’t take all day to rise.

Garlic as Medicine

Learn how to take garlic as medicine — garlic is a potent natural antibiotic and immune-booster.

Basic Long-Term Food Storage

Being knowledgeable about long-term food storage can save you money at the supermarket and lead to a healthy diet.

Early Spring Foraging: Garlic Mustard

Garlic mustard has spicy, delicious leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots. It is an invasive species that may be harvested without sustainability concerns. In fact, you'll be doing your environment a favor if you eat this plant!

Greek Yogurt

This blog teaches readers how to make homemade Greek-style yogurt.

Mascarpone Recipe

Italy’s traditional cream cheese, mascarpone, is easy to make with either tartaric acid or lemon juice.

Paneer Recipe

Paneer is the quickest cheese you can make, and you can use distilled white vinegar or lemon juice.

Fromage Blanc Recipe

Learning to make fromage blanc or chevre takes minutes, but the rewards last a lifetime.

What Is a Proofing Box

A proofing box is a critical tool in cooking sourdough bread; here is a simple way of making one.

Curried Pinto Beans Recipe

Indian-inspired curried pinto beans are a fragrant, flavorful, and filling vegetarian main dish that's light on both the wallet and the waistline.

Quick and Easy Naan

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.

How to Render Lard (Video)

Learn how to render lard, which is actually lower in saturated fat than butter and margarine.

Baking Cinnamon Rolls

Baking and sharing cinnamon rolls can create happiness. Cinnamon and honey will make your baked goods irresistible.

Introduction to Home Distilling

The spirits industry is changing dramatically. However, owning and knowing how to use a still could be of great benefit to you. Knowing how to make a strong alcohol puts you in an immediate position of power.

Soft Sourdough Pretzels Recipe

Once you have eaten a soft, sourdough pretzel, all other pretzels will pale in comparison. Luckily they are simple to make yourself.

Cold-Weather Bean Soup Recipe

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.

Cold Weather Foraging: Birch

Birch trees are easy to identify in winter thanks to their distinctive bark, and they offer a hot drink, aromatic flour and sweet syrup to cold weather foragers.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

After trying this super simple recipe, you'll never open a can of Campbell's again.

Greek Country Bread Recipe

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.

Garlic Oil

If you eat raw garlic for its health benefits but find it difficult to consume, garlic oil can be an effective alternative. You can even make it at home!

How to Make Basic Pizza Dough

This recipe is a great introduction to all the joys and possibilities the world of home made pizza represents.

Basic Artisan Bread Recipe

This recipe provides delicious bread with minimal time commitment and plenty of room to explore the wonders of homemade bread.

How to Make Artisinal Pizza

Use from-scratch dough, homemade marinara, and seasonal veggies to create a mouthwatering handcrafted pizza.

Choosing Olive Oil

Choosing olive oil you love will depend on whether you want fruity oil, peppery oil or another flavor profile.

Olive Tapenade Recipe

This olive tapenade recipe is excellent on crostini or tossed with pasta. How to pit olives: Lay olives on a cutting board and crush with the bottom of a cast iron skillet.

Olive Oil Cake Recipe

Olive oil contributes to a tender crumb in this traditional olive oil cake recipe.

Homemade Garlic Sausage Recipe

Get started making your own charcuterie with this easy Garlic Sausage Recipe. By making your own sausage from scratch, you can use your own quality meat, customize the flavorings and leave out anything artificial.

Crock-Pot Apple Butter

Just in time for holiday season (and good all year long), you can use tart, just-picked apples to create a flavorful apple butter that’s perfect to give — or keep.

Jan Hagel Cookies Recipe

These are buttery, not too sweet Dutch cookies with a yummy cinnamon sugar and walnut topping.

Holiday Breads: How to Make Potica

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.

Bread-baking as Therapy

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.

Inspired by Homemade Bread

Jonathan Sadowski shares what motivates him to be a bread baker. He then provides a preview of what to expect from his future posts.

Sarah's 'Farm Chi' Kimchi Recipe

Sarah is a friend to the farm who taught Ilene Freedman how to make "Farm Chi." Farm Chi is Sarah’s version of kimchi, fermented mixed vegetables from the seasonal farm harvest.

Best Gifts for Bread Bakers

Are there any bread bakers on your holiday list? Now you know what to to give them. Delight them with these helpful gifts.

Hearty Venison Chili Recipe

Use venison to create a pot of rich, meaty chili perfect for warming up on cold, fall days. So good, there won’t be leftovers to freeze.

Rewriting Holiday Traditions

Ilene Freedman and her family reshaped their Chanukah tradition to feature family activities instead of presents.

Foraging in the Cold Months: Chickweed

Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a common garden weed that thrives in the cool temperatures of late fall and early spring. Here's how to identify and use this delicious wild vegetable.

Ricotta and Kefir

In this blog we explore making your own ricotta and kefir, with recipes!

Types of Cinnamon: Cassia and True Cinnamons

The types of cinnamon can be confusing. Whether you prefer cassia, Ceylon cinnamon, Saigon Cinnamon or Vietnamese Cinnamon, it’s good to know the different types of cinnamon.

Win an Electric Grain Mill

Win a WonderMill Electric Grain Mill from the Bread Experience, Plus All the Equipment You Need to Make Artisanal Breads.

Baked Chicken With Cinnamon Recipe

This chicken with cinnamon recipe is a long-time favorite from a now-closed Kansas City restaurant. Serve it with mashed potatoes, noodles or rice to soak up the flavorful gravy.

How to Make Your Own Kefir

Kefir is very rich in probiotic nutrition and quite simple to make at home. This blog will help you learn how to do so.

Easy Goat’s Milk Cheese: Queso Blanca

When you have goats, you need to do something with all that milk. Why not try making Queso Blanco, an easy cheese which tastes great and cooks well.

Soup Swap!

Soup swaps are a great way to fill your freezer with real food.

Time for Apple Strudel

Sue Van Slooten shares her easy recipe for apple strudel— a delicious pastry of phyllo dough, apples, spices, and of course, butter.

How to Make Nut Milk Recipe

Learn how to make nut milk, a delicious beverage of its own and a nutritious alternative to cow’s milk that can be turned into nut yogurt, nut cheese and even nut ice cream. Almond milk is the most popular type of nut milk, but any nut will work.

Pastured Turkey Cooking Tips

Choose a pastured turkey rather than an industrial turkey this Thanksgiving. Follow these turkey cooking tips and discover why heritage turkeys are a better choice than commercial turkeys.

How to Make Nut Butter Recipe

Learn how to make nut butter, an easy-to-make, healthy ingredient with numerous uses. Roasting nuts lends a deeper flavor to the nut butter, and grinding nut pieces instead of whole nuts is a good way to save some money.

How to Roast Nuts Recipe

Learn how to roast nuts, and you’ll improve nearly every recipe that calls for nuts. Luckily, roasting nuts is easy and may boost their antioxidant levels. You can make these with or without oil, salt and honey.

The Many Uses for Canning Jars

Over the years, my uses for canning jars have multiplied. You can use pint jars and quart jars as convenient storage containers for leftovers, fill the jars with bulk foods, and much more.

How to Freeze Eggs

Learning how to freeze eggs is a snap with this simple bagging plan.

Woodstove Sweepstakes Winner Enjoys New Bun Baker

Woodstove sweepstakes winner Ken Newman plans to use his new Vermont Bun Baker to heat both his home and his meals. The Bake, Crackle and Broil Giveaway, sponsored by MOTHER EARTH NEWS, awarded the $3,400 woodstove to Newman earlier this summer.

How to Make Tangy Sumac Extract

Tastes like lemonade, has the beautiful blush color of rose wine, and comes from a plant that's almost certainly growing near you - here's how to make and use sumac extract.

Ginger Glazed Parsnips Recipe

Kris Wetherbee shares this ginger glazed parsnips recipe, one of many ways to prepare this delicious root vegetable.

Winter Parsnips and Carrots Recipe

Joan Gussow shares a winter parsnips and carrots recipe from Jennifer Wilkins using vegetables that grow throughout the winter season.

What is Ritual Slaughter?

“The Gourmet Butcher” Cole Ward breaks down the meanings of Kosher, Glatt Kosher, and Halal.

Foraging and Cooking With Wild Sorrel

How to identify, harvest and cook with wood sorrel and sheep sorrel, both common weeds that have the same exquisite lemon flavor as cultivated French sorrel.

Empty Nest Day

A basic, but oh so good, soup recipe that anyone can make.

Morel Mushroom Quiche Recipe

This morel mushroom quiche recipe is the perfect way to incorporate fresh vegetables and herbs from your garden into a healthy, satisfying meal.

Exploring Regional Food Systems

When Rachel Zegerius, camp program manager, set out to overhaul the food purchasing system at our small camp in Southwest Michigan five growing seasons ago, I began building relationships with the local farming community from the soil up.

Watermelon Rind Pie

Watermelon rind is this frugal pie's summery secret ingredient. Think of it as summer mincemeat.

Basil Cream Sauce Recipe

Barbara Pleasant shares a basil cream sauce recipe you can make using fresh basil from the garden.

Lemongrass Semifreddo Recipe

Try this Lemongrass Semifreddo Recipe and relish an Italian dessert similar to a delicious, rich frozen mousse.

Pear Sorbet Recipe

This Pear Sorbet Recipe is a refreshing treat sure to tantalize the senses.

Coffee Granita Recipe

Instead of coffee and cake after dinner, end an evening in style with this Coffee Granita Recipe.

Peach Sherbet Recipe

This Peach Sherbet Recipe is reminiscent of biting into a fresh peach, but with a cool, creamy consistency.

Lemonade Watermelon Sorbet Recipe

Fragrant and round with a tart lemony bite, this Lemonade Watermelon Sorbet Recipe has the flavor and texture of ripe watermelon.

Backyard Mint Ice Cream Recipe

Bright and sweet-scented muddled mint and fresh cream make this Backyard Mint Ice Cream Recipe completely refreshing.

Melon Sherbet Recipe

This Melon Sherbet Recipe is the perfect way to end a summer meal.

Melon Gazpacho Recipe

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.

Melon Salad Recipe

Try different combinations of melon and salty cheese in this Melon Salad Recipe: watermelon with blue cheese, cantaloupe with ricotta salata, casaba with feta, or whatever creative concoction you dream up.

Find Local Food

These online tools can help you find the best sources for local food, including local farmers markets and community-supported agriculture programs.

Fresh Cherry Pie Recipe

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.

Doughnuts, Part 2

If you want a superior doughnut (or any product), start with the best.

Quail Meat Comeback (With Recipes)

Quail meat is making its comeback as there has been more of a demand due to the composition of the meat and exotic taste. Restaurants and grocery stores are supplying more quail meat to feed their consumers. There is a lack of producers, therefore education and encouragement is needed to increase the popularity further and meet the demands.

Melon Smoothie Recipe

This Melon Smoothie Recipe is a refreshing way to enjoy cantaloupe or other melons for a delicious breakfast.

Delicious and Beneficial: Water Kefir Soda-Making 101

What exactly is water kefir soda? Well, I describe it as pop that makes you forgo buying cans from the store, all while making your tummy happy. The experts call it a “probiotic beverage made with kefir grains that consist of bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship.”

Chef Paul Fehribach To Revive Great Lakes Food Culture

Paul Fehribach sees history in food, cooking methods and recipes and he’s planning a Chicago restaurant that will source 100 percent locally and champion the historic foods and recipes of the Great Lakes region.

What to Know About Imported Seafood

With the U.S. importing 91 percent of its food, many crucial details of what we're consuming can be hard to trace: how our seafood is caught or produced, health codes across borders, and how the ecosystems are being affected. But does that matter?

Blazing Trail Mix: 3 Top-Notch Recipes to Fuel Your Moves

Spent your fair share of time perusing the crowded nut aisle at Trader Joe’s, but find yourself just a little uninspired? Consider this: Trail mix is simply a combo of fruit and nuts (and sometimes, maybe sweets) — a combination pretty much begging for a little hands-on action. Perhaps it's time to shake up one of these three smart-snacking recipes, all sure to get you right through a mid-day slump.

Pressure Cooking Basics (Video)

Preparing nutritious meals from fresh ingredients is a snap with a pressure cooker. Demystify this energy-efficient device with our tutorial.

Smoked Peaches Recipe

Smoked peaches make a great stuffing or sauce for grilled chicken or pork.

Better Living Through Chemistry?

Have you ever wondered why our food has become so industrialized? Where some of those chemicals that are in almost everything, came from?

Introducing Find Good Food on HOMEGROWN introduces Find Good Food, a new page that includes national and state-by-state resources for locating family farmed eats near you. Read it! Share it! Add to it! Make it your own—and help make it even better.

Eat Local When Eating Out!

Restaurants are at the vanguard of thoughtful sourcing, choosing local, sustainable farms and cooking seasonally.

DIY Ginger Bug and Lacto-Fermented Soda

Make your own “ginger bug” and natural soda from nothing more than ginger root, sugar, water, and fruit juice. The ginger bug, soda starter culture of healthy bacteria, consumes the natural sugars present in fruit juice and causes carbonation to make a fun experiment and soda pop you don’t need to be afraid to give your children.

Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs: The Chicken That Threw Me a Change-Up

According to FDA data, the quantity of antibiotics sold for livestock use in this country continues to rise, topping 29 million pounds in 2011. This has a direct effect on the efficacy these same drugs will have on us. Sam Spitz has personal experience with a resistant illness and asked him to tell his story. It’s a cautionary tale that should have us all making better food choices. Read how we can all influence the campaign to end the misuse of antibiotics in livestock and keep antibiotics working for us when we need them!

What Cooking Oil Labels Really Mean

Descriptions on oil labels are not defined by law, and are sometimes deceptive. Learn what these terms — such as cold-pressed, expeller-pressed and extra virgin — really mean, and which terms indicate quality.

Cooking at home…on vacation

Cooking meals on a vacation can be easy. Bring some essential items with you and enjoy homecooking, on vacation.

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

This simple sauce is traditionally paired with Mediterranean pita sandwiches filled with gyro meat or falafel. It’s also delicious as a dip for toasted bread or raw vegetables. Try it on grilled lamb burgers, too.

Country Cooking Cookbooks

Want to try your hand at country cooking? Already consider yourself an expert of the form? Either way, you'll probably find a lot to interest you in these four cookbooks.

A Few Reasons to Love Plum Organics

One of our "14 Sustainable Food Companies You Can Trust," Plum Organics is good for your baby's health and the health of the planet.

The Search for Rare, Heritage Apples

The past year was a rewarding one for apple discovery, because I potentially found the apple that started my apple search about sixteen years ago — the ‘Harper’s Seedling’ apple.

Delicious, Nutritious Barley Risotto

A healthier version of the classic rice risotto, delicious barley risotto is easy to make and can be modified with whatever ingredients you have in your kitchen.

Butternut Bisque 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.

Hybrid Seeds vs. GMOs

Confused about the difference between hybrids and genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? Learn more about how cultivating hybrids is different from developing GM vegetable varieties.

Sorrel-Strawberry Sorbet Recipe

For super-smooth sorbet, churn this sorrel recipe in an ice cream maker. For a treat just as refreshing but studded with icy crystals, simply stick the mixture in your freezer. Got kids? Freeze this sorbet in freezer pop forms instead.   

Local Tabbouleh Recipe

We refer to this Mediterranean side dish as “local” because you can probably find all of the ingredients close to home. Here, sorrel is a perfect local substitute for the lemon juice usually called for in tabbouleh recipes.   

Sorrel Soup Recipe (Schav)

"Schav" is a traditional Russian-Eastern European soup of sorrel and potato that is refreshing served cold, and heartening served hot.

Making Clementine Candles

How to make candles you can really light from the peel of Clementine oranges. A wintertime craft...just oil and an orange peel!

How Does Beefalo Meat Taste?

Compared to regular beef, beefalo meat is lower in fat, higher in nutrition, and has a lean, juicy, full-bodied taste.

The Animal Lover's Dilemma: A Quest for Sustainable Farming Techniques

Elizabeth Van Deventer has been on a quest to find the answer to sustainable farming and an ethical diet most of her life. Follow along as she discovers the impacts of producing tea, palm oil and fruit, and how she eventually settles on a lifestyle that is in tune with the earth and all of its creatures.

Holiday Fudge

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).

Five Easy-to-Grow Gourmet Vegetables

Growing some of the most delicious and sometimes expensive gourmet vegetables doesn't have to be hard. Artichoke, bronze fennel, kohlrabi, leek, and savoy cabbage are among the vegetables that grow well from seed.

Methods of Syrup Making

In general, syrup making is a matter of collecting and heating sap, but how you go about those two things is your choice.

Dinner Rolls for a Crowd

If you just happen to need white dinner rolls for a crowd at Thanksgiving, here's the recipe. Also, check out some really cool contests and special offers from King Arthur Flour.

The Pickled Pantry

The thing about self-sufficiency, working with nature, making delicious food: There’s always something new to learn.

Cider Apples of Renown

If you're going to press your own apple cider you need the right cider apples.

Fried Shallots Recipe

Breading and cooking shallots in hot oil yields a tasty topping for simple dishes. Or you can enjoy these crispy shallot rings all on their own. Either way, this Fried Shallots Recipe is sure to please your taste buds.

French Shallot Soup Recipe

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.

Caramelized Shallots Recipe

Cooking with shallots adds depth to many dishes in your home kitchen. Try this Caramelized Shallots Recipe to put in soup for a delicious alternative to onions.

Cherry Pie Recipe

Honey sweetens sour cherries in a traditional favorite American cherry pie.

Fiesta Beef Potpie Recipe

Beef potpie is a favorite of guests and families alike. This variation is both unusual and delectable.

Scrumptious Pumpkin Recipes

Why confine this fall favorite to the pie plate? Pumpkin’s fragrant flesh lends itself to an assortment of sensational eats, from simple pumpkin pudding to more adventurous pastas and pastries.

Fireplace Cooking

Fireplace cooking may be a lost skill, but it's one you can regain with a little practice.

How to Wash Produce Properly

This guide on how to wash produce will help keep your foods safe. Avoid food-borne illness by washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly.

Chicken Processing for the Uninitiated

‘Pluck A Lotta Chickens: A Live Demonstration’ was in the Timberstone Room, which holds several hundred people. I sat second row, center. Once they started the process, it wasn’t nearly as bizarre as I thought it was going to be.

Adventures at King Arthur Flour

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.

Efficient Food-Preparation Tips

Money and time being finite resources, efficiency is the order of the day if you care about maintaining a healthy diet. These food preparation tips will help.

HOMEGROWN Life: Canning Tomatoes 101

Tomatoes are the gray area of canning. They're not quite acidic enough to just straight can like fruit but the right amount of added acid can keep you from having to pressure can them. Here are the basics on canning tomatoes.

Grind Your Own Flour With a Bike-Powered Grain Mill

A bike-powered grain mill is a more efficient and incredibly fun way to grind your own whole-grain flours and meals. Check out our video of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS staff using a GrainMaker mill to grind 'Floriani' grain corn into a nutritious cornmeal.

Introduction to Fermentation With 'SandorKraut'

Fermentation expert Sandor Katz (aka SandorKraut) gives a cultural and historical introduction to fermentation practices, including the nutritional benefits of homemade sauerkraut and other fermented foods.

Vegetable Art by Lynn Karlin

Calling all gardeners — If you want to view a remarkable series of photographs of vegetables as art, check out Lynn Karlin’s exhibit, Taking a Stand: the Pedestal Series.  You can view the series here or at the Maine Farmland Trust in Belfast, Maine from September 28 to November 14th.

Oven Fried Home-Grown Potatoes

A single, volunteer potato produces 10 pounds of potatoes in a hot bed. A recipe for addictive, oven-fried potatoes.


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.

Fruit Juice from Fall's Harvest

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.

Voyages in Food Security

My boyfriend and I traveled from Orlando, FL with the expectation that we were going to encounter a life-changing experience. It was well worth it. I felt like a kid in a candy store.

Pumpkin Purée Recipe

Cooking pumpkin for pie is as easy as, well, pie! Make your own homemade pumpkin purée with this simple recipe calling for either pumpkins or squash.

Soup in a Pumpkin!

Small pumpkins or squash make great individual bowls for serving these easy soups.

September Ahoy!

Looking ahead to September, it gives us all an opportunity to expand our horizons with furthering our knowledge and skill sets, baking and otherwise.

Let's Get Busy

Can a civilization this profoundly removed from the visceral participation in farming and food even survive? Can the assumptions, like cheap energy, cheap grain, and processed food that can be nutritious, really continue into the future?

Pesticides and Home Canning

The author of STAND UP AND GARDEN discusses why it is safe to can and otherwise preserve produce that's grown in an environment in which pesticides are used.

Dill Pickles ... and Straight Talk About Canning

There's no need to be afraid of canning. With basic skills a cook can safely prepare and process excess produce during the summer and have a ready supply all winter. An easy way to start is with dill pickles, with extras like garlic and hot peppers.

Food in the New Climate

In an era of increasing volatility of the weather and climate, we need new coping skills. Preparedness is an important factor in dealing with bad weather events.

Dinner Table + Fruits & Veggies = Happy Families

Drag them... pull them... tie them to a chair! Whatever you have to do to get your family to sit around a table and eat healthfully--do it! We are losing the simple act as gathering as a family a sharing a meal. Do you hear the dinner bell? Let's go!

Texas Barbecue Recipes

Joan Nathan shares Texas barbecue recipes from the Koontz family HK Ranch Fourth of July celebrations.

What to Do With All That Zucchini? Make Fiori di Zucca!

Anyone who grows zucchini faces the inevitable question: What do I do with all this zucchini? Tom Finerty from Your Garden Show has a nifty answer from his Italian neighbors: fried squash blossoms (Fiori di Zucca).

Tapping Trees and Making Syrup

Tapping trees and making syrup is a late winter/early spring ritual across many parts of the U.S. The following steps generally describe how to do both.

7 Turkey Cooking Tips

For a tasty, perfectly-done turkey dinner, follow these guidelines. Originally published as "Turkey Tips" in the November/December 1990 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

How to Grow Sprouts

The basic technique for how to grow sprouts requires some attentiveness and a few simple pieces of equipment but otherwise isn't hard.

An Adventure With French Onion Soup

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.

Summer Food Festival Recipes

Guide to summer food festival recipes, including recipes for chicken jambalaya, garlots, zucchini gazpacho and cranberry sour-cream coffee cake.

Centro Ashe Announces Group Trips To Costa Rica

The Roots and Culture Tour is an incredible opportunity for all those interested in working towards a more sustainable and just food system to dive into the local food system in the small and amazing Talamanca Region of Costa Rica.

Gardening for Climate Change

Climate change is here to stay, with violent and unpredictable weather. This presents challenges to home gardeners, so is there a way to storm proof our gardens?

The Amazing Serviceberry

Introducing the serviceberry, a beautiful landscape tree or shrub suitable in much of North America, to the edible landscape. Serviceberry -- or sarvis -- comes in many regional forms and produces edible berries.

The Home Cook: A Secret Ingredient

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.

Fresh Strawberry Recipes

Sweet, juicy and blissfully bite-sized, homegrown strawberries embody everything we love about eating from the summer garden. Get your fresh red beauties performing deliciously in these dishes both sweet and savory.

Gardening and Food

Part of gardening is knowing what to do with your veggies after you've grown them. Here, we will examine what to do with those pie pumpkins this upcoming Fall.

Leftover Salad Recipe

Leftover salad can easily become gazpacho. Originally published as "A FINE BLEND" in the May/June 1980 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Romesco Sauce Recipe

This Romesco Sauce Recipe is easy to make and makes a wonderful dipping sauce for grilled vegetables or a hearty spread for sandwiches.

Are Old Canning Recipes Safe to Use?

When it comes to safe methods for canning foods, this is one instance in which modern advice is better than old-time techniques. Use canning recipes that have been tested and verified safe by food scientists, who have learned a lot about food preservation over the years.

Meringue Science: Perfecting the Egg White Foam

The network of proteins in egg whites lends itself to a miraculous transformation to egg white foam, which you can use to create delicious dishes with light texture and lots of volume.

100 Ways to Use Eggs

Compiling a list of 100 ways to use eggs is easy. From scotch eggs and huevos rancheros to crème brûlée and hamburger patties, this integral ingredient consistently finds its way into our favorite dishes.

Lively Potato Salad

A very lively potato salad recipe that is always a hit at potlucks.

Toward the Future

Where are we headed, vis a vis our food systems? Can we as individuals make a difference in our food? Yes!

Meringue Cookies

Some people call meringue cookies meringue kisses, meringue drops, or simply meringues. Whatever you want to call them, these sweet little cookies are equal parts chewy and crunchy, and everyone loves them.

Roasted Eggs and Joe

Try this unusual version of shirred eggs made with coffee and cream.

Roasted Eggs and OJ

Try this delicious take on shirred, or roasted, eggs. You'll love the sweet, tangy flavor of orange juice in your morning eggs.

Using and Storing Eggs

Learn how to store eggs properly, how to freeze eggs for long-term storage and how to use eggs in different kinds of recipes.

Perfect Soft or Hard Boiled Eggs

Learn how to make perfect soft-boiled eggs and hard-boiled eggs. Includes cooking times for quail eggs, chicken eggs and duck eggs.

Perfect Poached Eggs

Learn how to make perfect poached eggs. Includes instructions for poaching quail eggs, poaching chicken eggs and poaching duck eggs.

Gruyere Gougeres (Cheese Puffs)

The technique for making these easy cheese puffs is the kind of recipe that every cook should have up her sleeve.

Pink Pickled Duck Eggs

Duck eggs are incredibly rich and tasty, and pickling them takes them to a new level of awesomeness.

Poached Scrambled Eggs

The secret to perfect scrambled eggs is gentle cooking, which can be achieved by this unusual but simple method.

Migas Recipe

Migas is a favorite Mexican brunch dish, and a great way to use farm-fresh eggs.

Huevos Rancheros Recipe

Try classic huevos rancheros with delicious farm-fresh eggs for a wonderful breakfast or brunch.

Cheesemaking: Simple and Fun

Sue Weaver provides her expertise on making homemade cheeses and yogurt and how to raise a happy, healthy, and highly productive backyard cow.

Wild Man in The Suburbs!

Jerry is no ordinary guy. Don’t be fooled by his rather gruff exterior. Laughing eyes, and a twitch at the corner of his mouth, quickly verify that humor lies within! This wild man in the suburbs has some interesting hobbies which keep him well fed!

A trip to the Almonds in California

A short introduction to the almond pollination adventure going on in California right now. Bee Culture spent 3 weeks exploring this annual event, traveling from Bakersfield to Chico, visiting orchards, beekeepers and almond growers.

Grilled Artichokes Recipe

Grilled artichokes have a robust flavor that’s deliciously tempered by a cool dipping sauce.


Quick! Boil some water! We need bagels, and we need them now. In this post, we are going to make bagels, perhaps one of the weirder breads you can make. It's not hard, it's fun even, but different.

Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce

This delicious fish sauce-based dipping sauce pairs perfectly with fresh vegetables or homemade tempura.


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.

Caribou Coffee Achieves Rainforest Alliance Milestone

The Rainforest Alliance is pleased to announce that Caribou Coffee is the first major coffee company in the US to source 100 percent of its coffee and espresso beans from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.

Baked Vegetable Chips

Have a lot of leftover garden goodies? Make baked vegetable chips! They are easy, healthy, satisfying and delicious.

Whole Radish Pasta

This delicious pasta uses the entire radish, including the nutritious greens.

Maple Baked Radishes

Roasted radishes are sweeter and less spicy than the radishes you might be used to.

Pizza-Making Supplies: Build Your Arsenal

These pizza making supplies, which include pizza peels, baking stones, pizza cutters and other handy tools, will give you a leg up when it comes to preparing perfect pies.

Pink and Black Radish Bake

Black winter storage radishes can be roasted with bright, pink radishes to create a warming vegetable side dish best served atop of bed of crunchy salad greens.

Daikon Cake Recipe

Experiment with this daikon radish cake recipe to enjoy a Chinese New Year treat with a twist.

Christmas Panettone

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.

Learn to Make Cheese

 Learn how to make many different kinds of homemade cheese with these articles from the Archive.      

Meatless Monday Recipe: Yummy Veggie Meatloaf

Veggie meatloaf makes for a hearty, delicious entree or side dish perfect for vegetarians and vegans at Thanksgiving. Check out these three varieties: one features chickpeas, one lentils and one vegetarian meat substitute.

Supermarket butchers

Cole's opinion of those guys in white coats behind the supermarket meat counter.

We Have a Winner!

Our winner of the KAF dough whisk is Dea Keen, and here is her pizza dough recipe.

Dough Whisk Giveaway

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.

Meatless Monday Recipe: Thanksgiving Specialties

No one will miss the meat when you serve up fabulous vegetarian versions of Thanksgiving favorites. Try two versions of mushroom stuffing, mushroom gravy or delicious roasted Brussels sprouts this holiday!

Feel-Good Friday: That's Not Honey, Honey

In more shocking news about the honey on U.S. store shelves, a Food Safety News study analyzes more than 60 jars of honey and finds that nearly all of them have been ultra-filtered to disguise their potentially tainted and toxic origins.

Help Solve the Real Food Deficit

Kashi, the natural food and lifestyle leader, will support organizations that provide education and greater access to healthy foods in cities across the U.S.

Meat Loaf Musings

Cole describes some not-so-honest butcher practices involving meat loaf mix. Buyer Beware!

Backyard Vegetable Gardeners: Go Get a Hoop House for Winter!

It is not difficult to set up a backyard hoop house to extend your growing season. The result is abundant, delicious greens and extra months with your hands in the soil. Share information here on backyard hoop house gardening and cuisine.

Homemade Reese’s

Handmade candies are always better than store-bought. If you're a fan of the peanut butter-and-chocolate combination, mix up these delicious little truffles.

Tomato Jam

Try something really unusual on your toast or English muffin: Tomato jam. And it tastes really, really good!

4 Pumpkin Recipes to Spice Up Your Halloween

It’s fall time and Halloween is just a week away. That means there are pumpkins everywhere. Not only are pumpkins great for carving, but they are also great for eating as well.

Unsafe Food

Cole remembers some of the not-so-great things he saw in supermarket meat departments.

Creamed Spinach Recipe

Add a depth of flavor to spinach with rich cream and spicy nutmeg in this substantial side dish that pairs well with roasted meats. Leftovers are wonderful topped with grated cheese and broiled.

Butternut Squash Gratin Recipe

This butternut squash gratin recipe is a mouthwatering twist on au gratin potatoes and can be prepped in advance and frozen.

Farm to School Month

Celebrate harvest season by helping bring local food onto kid's lunch trays at schools across the country during Farm to School Month.

Apple Soup Stock Recipe

This recipe for apple stock adds a depth of fall flavor to dishes normally cooked with chicken stock or vegetable stock, such as butternut squash soup.

Reheating Red Meats

The Gourmet Butcher explains the best ways to re-heat red meats.

How to Eat Seasonally

These resources will help you learn how to eat seasonal foods in order to save grocery money.

Things to Go With Your Bread

Want to add some flavour to your breads? Here's two suggestions, one sweet and one savoury. Enjoy!

2 Easy Homemade Spice Blends

Apple pie spice and quatres epices are two easy spice blends you can make yourself for fabulously fresh flavor.

A Real Food Challenge: October Unprocessed

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.


Should The Gourmet Butcher produce a deer butchering DVD?

Road Trip

The Gourmet Butcher's road trip to the Fair.

How to Make Homemade Apple Juice

No juice extractor? No problem! This easy method for making fresh, delicious apple juice will have you sipping in no time.

Food at the Fair

Wondering what delicious meals and snacks we’ll be serving up at the Fair? Wonder no more! See what food options will be offered by Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Fair exhibitors.

See y'all in Pennsylvania.

A brief preview of Cole's presentation at the Mother Earth Fair Sept 24/25 at Seven Springs, PA.

Sweet Potato Leaves Recipe

Try this simple, delicious and nutritious sweet potato leaves recipe in the Filipino tradition.

Milk Recipe: Chinese “Fried Milk”

The popular idea that the Chinese have always shunned milk products is quite inaccurate. Try Anne Mendelson's wonderful recipe for Chinese "Fried Milk" to see how wrong we've been.

Sourdough Go-Withs and Irish Pancakes

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.

Milk Recipe: Turkish Revani (Yogurt-Semolina Cake With Lemon Syrup)

In Greece and Turkey, revani is the general name for a family of cakes made (usually) with durum-wheat semolina or a semolina-flour mixture, which are soaked after baking in some kind of syrup. You'll adore this simple, lemon-flavored version from Turkey.

SunWorks Solar Food Dryer Now Available

Looking for a better way to preserve all that garden produce without a hot kitchen canning project? A new solar food dryer promises to dry food fast and save energy and money using the sunshine in your back yard.

Double Chocolate Stout Cake

Just in time for Labor Day, a dessert made with beer--Double-Chocolate Stout--that everyone will love.

The Astonishing Story of Real Milk

Most modern dairy products are mere shadows of their rich, creamy, soul-satisfying predecessors. Come with us on a journey to discover how wonderfully delicious and nutritious real milk can be. Learn about pasteurization, homogenization, the dairy industry and raw milk issues.    

How to Make a Tofu Press

Helen Prescott reveals how to make a tofu press for homemade tofu that's delicious and cheap. Originally published as "Tofu: Press It, You'll Like It" in the January/February 1985 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Vegetarian Recipes From Around the World

Vegetarian cooking can open up a new world of food possibilities. Judith Klinger explores vegetarian recipes from around the world. Originally published as "From the Cookfires of the World" in the January/February 1985 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Vegetarian Soybean Recipes

Soybeans are extremely healthy, and they're easy on the pocketbook. If you're new to the world of soybeans, these vegetarian soybean recipes will help you get started. Originally published as "Sumptuous Soybean Repasts" in the January/February 1985 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Sourdough Biscuits

This is a simple beginning recipe to use your sourdough starter to make biscuits. These biscuits will definitely have the sourdough "tang" associated with these breads.

Take a Bite of Farm Aid!

The Farm Aid concert is a chance for us to shine a spotlight on these people who work every day to put good food on our tables.

4 Recipes for Your Summer Harvest

It’s the middle of summer and you are likely enjoying the harvests. There is` so much to do with all that fresh and flavorful produce, but what should you do?

Bread! in Nova Scotia

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.

Pieday Lime Coconut Cream Pie

This "award winning" pie takes a little time, but is well worth the effort. Substitute lemon if you're not a fan of lime.

Introducing Uncle Matt’s Organic Orchard-Style Apple Juice

Uncle Matt’s Organic, best known for their line of premium organic orange juices, announced today the launch of its new 100% organic, not-from-concentrate, orchard-style apple juice. The next best thing to drinking it fresh from the orchard!

Food Waste in America

We are taught when we are kids not to waste food, but it doesn’t seem as if that lessen has stuck with us.

Addictive Peanut Sauce Recipe

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.

Sourdough Spelt Bread

Try spelt, an ancient grain more easily digested than wheat, in your next loaf of sourdough bread. You'll love it.

Bread! At Sea!

Bread! hits the water on Lake Ontario while taking a week long sailing course. The Rosemary Olive Oil Sourdough was featured for dinner.

How to Render Lard

If you're a fan of real food and real fats, learn how to render lard the easy, old-fashioned way.

Australia to Texas - Learning Cheesemaking Skills

In order to build skills for our move from Australia to Texas, we have been taking various classes and workshops. Recently, we took a weekend workshop at an excellent cheese factory close to where we live on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne.

Sorrel Stars in Russian Soup

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.

Rosemary Olive Oil Sourdough Loaf

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.

Sourdough, Part 2

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 Beginner's Guide to Sourdough

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.

Summertime Sippers: Sustainable and Organic Wines

Crisp, fruity, chilled and all-around refreshing, these sustainably produced wines are perfect for the hot days ahead. Check out the included guide to understanding organic and biodynamic wine labels. 

All You ‘Knead’ to Know About Breads

Bakers, farmers, millers and oven-makers from across the country will unite at the annual Kneading Conference to share their knowledge of bread- and pasta-making.

Bread Machines: Love Them or Hate Them

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.

Flavor Combinations 101

If you want to know what foods compliment each other the best, check out the Flavor Bible.

Yes, You Can Can (and Cook, Too)!

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.

Make a Sassier Salad

This spring, try more interesting salads with spicy, crunchy, and colorful greens.


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.

Help! I'm Allergic to Bread

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.

Spiced Lettuce Soup

Don't knock it until you've tried it. Our lettuce soup is more than tasty.

How to Thicken Soup

There's more than one way to thicken soup, but this one is instant.

Save Money Cooking Easy Vegan Dishes

Cooking vegan sounds complicated, but it's surprisingly simple and cheap! Without perishable ingredients to worry about, you can whip up a cake or banana bread for pennies using kitchen staples. Substitute organic tofu in meat dishes for a low-cost spin, and make the bulk section your best friend for a healthy budget!

Organic Coconut Sugar and Honey Crystals

Organic Coconut Sugar is made from sap collected from the freshly cut flower buds of organic coconut palm trees grown on small, sustainable farms.

Loss of Food Skills Ongoing

The further degradation of our societal food skills are examined here, with small town food craftsmen becoming an endangered species, in this case, my local butcher.

Sweet and Tart Mulberry Pie Recipe

Fresh mulberries are a delicious summer treat, especially when made into mulberry pie. Originally published as "Country Lore: Sweet and Tart Mulberry Pie" in the August/September 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Assorted Sauerkraut Recipes

Whether you want yours pure or a little jazzed up, we've got sauerkraut recipes for every preference.

Food Prices Might Be Rising, But You Can Do Something About It

In the United States, we are feeling the effects of the rising food prices as well. When you take a deeper look into the prices, it’s not the food that is causing the price to rise. It’s everything else that goes into getting the food to your plate t

Tips on Eating Locally in Early Spring

We would like all our food to be grown locally, but when it's too cold to grow outside, we often rely on what we've stored from the previous season. Calzones offer one more way to cook with stored food.

Easter Dove Bread: La Colomba di Pascua

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.

Recipe from the Root Cellar

It's not difficult to eat locally during the long winter months if you have preserved the previous year's harvest. Even while we wait for spring to arrive, the root cellar may still be providing our dinner.

A Sweet Time of the Year

Cam and Michelle enjoy a visit to their neighbour's "sugar shack" during maple syrup season!

Gluten-Free Cooking with Cookbook Authors

The Gluten and Allergen Free Expo provides a chance to be inspired and energized by the most passionate and creative gluten-free cookbook authors and bloggers.

The Price of Food and Oil

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?

Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free Review

Amy Green's Simply Sugar and Gluten Free: 180 Easy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less offers quick, flavorful and nutritious meals, snacks, and desserts.

Welcome to the Gluten-Free Foods and Recipes Blog!

You can live a joyful gluten-free life! Through this blog, Wendy Gregory Kaho and other gluten-free experts will share their firsthand experiences and favorite tips for living well with celiac disease. The blog will regularly feature gluten-free foods and recipes, cookbooks, Internet resources, and much more.

All About Real Maple Syrup

Spring is the season for freshly tapped, pure maple syrup. Learn all about real maple syrup, including which maple syrup companies operate sustainably, how to whip up your own tasty maple butter, and how to tap maple trees to make maple syrup.

How Did America Lose Its Connection With Food?

While there are many events that have lead us to where we are today in terms of food, there are some things/events that stand out the most in my mind. Growing your own food is one way to reverse the trend.

St. Patrick's Day Wholemeal Irish Bread

This bread hearkens back to a time when Irish soda bread was a more rustic, country affair — not all gussied up with mostly white flour. We're talking about a somewhat large, delicious, nutty tasting loaf made with wholemeal flour and yes, a little bit of white flour to lighten up the texture. Get your St. Patrick's Day celebration off to a great start with this authentic, Irish Wholemeal Bread.

Bread Lore

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.

Bread and Soup for Dinner

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!

Cooking Is Important

Take control of your food with a return to the kitchen, and learn to love the time you spend there cooking with your family.

Illegal Synthetic Additive Found in New Organic Milk

New organic milk contains Omega-3, which is not approved as an additive to certified organic milk. The Cornucopia Institute found this illegal synthetic additive in new organic milk in its latest investigation.

Converting Regular Recipes Into Vegan Recipes

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!

Get Your Local Food From a CSA

Pass the cold, wintry months with warm thoughts of how you can eat more local food while supporting sustainable agriculture this coming season.

Low Fat vs. Low Low Fat Dairy Products

Learn what the percents on dairy products really mean, and what the differences in taste and calories between low fat dairy and low low fat dairy are.

Canned Food Safety

Learn about canned food safety from our expert. Open or unopened, canned food may not be safe after a certain amount of time.

How to Use Extra Apples

Too many extra apples? There is no such thing. Apple ideas include making apple butter, applesauce and drying your apples.

Is Walmart the Solution to Creating a Healthy Diet for Americans?

With a new program promising to reduce the price of fresh fruits and vegetables and reduce the levels of not-so-good-for-you ingredients in their house brand products, Wal-Mart aims to make a positive change in the diet of the average American.  

Spotlight on Spring Varieties

This spring, look for specialty items such as black radishes, cheddar cauliflower, Meyer lemons, orange thyme, purple sprouting broccoli, Seckel pears and Treviso radicchio at local farmers markets and grocery stores. And get out and go foraging for wild and ephemeral edibles!

Winter's Fast Food

There's no need to go to the grocery food in the winter if you have stored food in a root cellar, freezer or canning jars. Most of the work of preparing this food has already been done and so that winter meals are easy, nutritious and delicious.

Working for a Local Food System Revolution

More kitchen gardeners growing some of their own food, but most of us still buy food at the supermarket. And with growing interest in homegrown, local, seasonal and organic food, greenwashing becomes more of a problem. If you have information to report about how supermarkets in your area are — or are not — helping us build a better local food system, please post it. Include how the supermarket staff reacted when you asked for more local food options.  

Rooting a New Livelihood

New Roots for Refugees, a program in the Kansas City area, helps fleeing refugees establish a new home and contributes to the local food system.

Gary Paul Nabhan at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Author and food and farm advocate Gary Paul Nabhan gives a presentation on how we can change our food habits to become more sustainable at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.

Vermont Peanut Butter Company

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.

Warming Gluten-Free Recipes

These warming winter recipes from Eating Well magazine are made with whole grains – delicious gluten-free foods for everyone to enjoy! 

New Dietary Guidelines For Vitamin D

The Institute of Medicine released new Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) guidelines for vitamin D. And you may be surprised to find out that pastured eggs contain more vitamin D than standard commercial eggs.

Gluten-Free Foods: Cookies, Crackers and Snack Product Review

Many people living with gluten intolerance, wheat allergies or Celiac disease are often left without many standard snack options. The MOTHER EARTH NEWS editorial team samples and reviews organic, gluten-free foods to find some yummy, gluten-free snack products.

BeerScattergories: Light vs. Dark

Is that light or dark beer? A sarcastic beer salesman discusses that difference — and the absurdity of asking the question.

Holy Whole-Grain Corn Nutrition

Cornmeal of whole-grain varieties, such as 'Floriani Red Flint,' is much more nutritious than de-germed yellow cornmeal (the type typically sold in supermarkets because of its long shelf life). Our testing shows that Floriani is an especially good source of fiber, protein and minerals.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Drinks From the Cider Press

Fresh apple cider is a traditional part of fall harvest celebrations - a part that we at MOTHER EARTH NEWS wouldn't miss! We put the Whizbang Apple Grinder and Cider Press to the test, and happily sampled the fresh apple cider as a result.

Victoria Rhubarb

Grown in kitchen gardens throughout the world, Victoria rhubarb is a classic heirloom vegetable that can add its superior tart flavor to more than just pies.

Ohio Court Ruling on GMOs and rBGH Milk Asks: Got Pus?

Concerned about unlabeled food products that contain artificial growth hormones and genetically modified organisms? A recent court ruling in Ohio took the first step in reversing laws limiting consumer awareness about what’s in their milk.

Delicious Floriani Grain Corn Recipes

If you’ve never cooked or baked with ‘Floriani Red Flint’ grain corn, you’re missing out! Here are some yummy Floriani recipes, including polenta, pizza crust, hush puppies and corn mush, for you to try.

Canning Safety Tips

Learn about three concerns of pressure canning foods— equipment reliability, foodborne illness and altitude adjustments — and start pressure canning safely!

Do You Work in Food?

Readers share resources and information about their food-related jobs.

Photo of the Week: Crunchy Delight

Freshly picked apples make a perfect treat for any age in this week’s Photo of the Week. Keep snapping and sharing for your chance to have one featured in the magazine!

Enjoy Fall Flavors With Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes

Sweet potatoes are vitamin-packed powerhouses, and have a sweet, rich flavor that lends itself to a variety of recipes. From fun sweet potato biscuits to a traditional molasses sweet potato pie, use these healthy sweet potato recipes to enjoy one of fall’s best flavors.

Photo of the Week: Taste of the Farm

Tasty jars of canned food await readers in this Photo of the Week. Continue posting your photos for a chance to be featured on our site!  

Bread-Folding Techniques

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.

Food is Love

Simran Sethi enjoys the fruits of late summer at a local farm dinner.

5 Great Bread Recipes

These five great bread recipes from Eating Well Magazine have all the variety and flavor you’re looking for, plus some.

Carrot Apple Nut Muffins Recipe

This recipe for carrot apple nut muffins makes use of fresh ingredients that are abundantly available in the fall.

Rishi Tea Introduces 12 New Teas(2)

Rishi Tea has handcrafted 12 new loose leaf tea blends, including 6 innovative botanical blends, 3 delicious chai teas, 2 energizing green teas and an aromatic oolong – perfect for fall and the holidays.

Reusable Food Covers to Help Lower Plastics in Waste

Every year, Americans use enough plastic wrap to cover the entire state of Texas (EPA). Plastic wrap and other food covers are almost impossible to recycle and contain harmful chemicals that can seep into our food. CoverMate™ Food Covers provide a simple, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution.

Photo of the Week: Oversized Egg!

One reader submits a photo of an oversized egg. Remember to submit your photos every week at our CU photo-sharing website. Maybe one of your shots will be the next Photo of the Week!

Country Lore: Okra Seeds Are a Treat

A Tennessee couple has discovered okra seeds will still be good to eat if pods aren't harvested in time. Originally published as "Okra Seed Treats" in the August/September 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Homemade “Vodka” Tastes Great

Homemade vodka is easy to make and tastes great. Stay tuned —  MOTHER EARTH NEWS has an article coming up next year about Artisan Alcohol Distilling.

Non-Dairy Cheese: Product Reviews

Whether you abstain from dairy by choice or you’re lactose intolerant, you probably know how difficult it can be to find really great non-dairy cheese. I’ve taken away some of the guesswork by reviewing some popular brands: Vegan Gourmet, Daiya, Dr-Cow, Chreese and The Vegetarian Express. Read about my dairy-free cheese experiences, and let us know which brands you’re loyal to.

Dry Goods and Staples: Costs for Packaged vs. Case vs. Bulk

When you buy in bulk, you don’t pay the extra costs for packaging and marketing. By buying bulk dry goods you can store, you can save lots of money on groceries. Many natural food stores and co-ops offer case discounts, too, usually at a discount of 10 to 20 percent. And don’t forget to consider joining a buying club to save even more.

The USDA Food Guide Pyramid: Operative or Obsolete?

In 2005, the USDA MyPyramid was introduced as an updated version of 1992 USDA Food Guide Pyramid. While nutrition experts pointed to flaws in the original pyramid, many have found significant flaws in the new food pyramid as well. These graphics have played a key role in nutrition education for American children, but as they continue to be reformatted and reworked, will Americans lose their faith in the USDA?

Eating Organic on a Budget: Seven Things You Should Know

Eating organic on a budget doesn’t have to be a headache. These seven tricks and tools will help you find organic fruits and vegetables within your price range. From joining an organic food buying club to canning and pickling, learn what you need to know to make smart decisions about organic produce.

Country Lore: Shave that Hard Salami

If your hard salami is too hard to chew don't give up. A grater can make it usable again. Originally published as "Save That Salami" in the August/September 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Winning Heritage Chicken Cooking Competition Recipes!

The winning recipes of the Heritage Chicken Cooking Competition — hosted by Frank Reese of Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch — have been announced! The Grand Prize winner was Ann Knowles of Salina, Kan., with her Baked Chicken a la Tucson. Heritage chicken breeds are an integral component of sustainable farming and add to poultry’s overall genetic diversity, as opposed to industrial chicken breeds that comprise the vast majority of chickens produced in the United States.

Photo of the Day: Peace, Love, and Tomatoes

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!

Gluten-Free Baking Mixes and Other Gluten-Free Products

Gluten-free baking is becoming more popular all the time, even among people who don’t suffer from Celiac disease. With all the new gluten-free desserts and other products on the market, which are some of the best (or at least good) products? The editors of Mother Earth News sampled several new gluten-free products.

A Modest Beer Proposal

A hilarious beer sales dude discusses the need for mo betta beer education.

Corn Pancakes a la Floriani

Try this wonderful corn pancake recipe with flavorful ‘Floriani Red Flint’ heirloom grain corn.

Spring Recipe: Savory Bread Pudding

Turn old bread into a brand new meal — make savory bread pudding! Originally published as "Savory Spring Bread Pudding Recipe" in the April/May 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Heritage Chicken Cooking Competition

Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch announces the heritage chicken cooking competition. With the right recipe for whole-bird, cut-up, de-boned or barbequed heritage chicken, you could win $1,000. Plus, you'd be contibuting to a worthy cause — promoting heritage breeds.

Choosing the Right Countertop Grain Mill

Learn how to choose a quality and versatile grain mill to grind flour at your own home. Also, see reviews on specific grain mills and the many health benefits that fresh-ground grains have to offer.

Sour Milk for Cooking

Should you toss that slightly sour milk, or can you use it for cooking? Our expert has a few recommendations.

Glorious Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables

The Seed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit network of gardeners dedicated to preserving and passing along heirloom seeds. Here is an exclusive sampling of recipes from Seed Savers Exchange calendars, featuring exquisite garden photos by edible-landscaping expert Rosalind Creasy.

Litchi Tomato

The thorny, cherry-like Litchi tomato fruit is easy to grow and has a wide range of culinary uses.

Anadama Corn Bread Recipe

This corn bread recipe is based on a classic combination of cornmeal and molasses, and is perfect at Thanksgiving or served with a hearty stew.

Cinnamon Raisin Whole Wheat Bagels Recipe

With just five minutes a day of effort, you can make superhealthy breads with nutritious whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Plus, you’ll save big bucks on groceries. Includes recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Whole Wheat Bagels.

Multi-Grain Bread Recipe

For seasoned and aspiring bakers, here's a multi-grain bread recipe that uses a popular cereal mix to deliver a mix of flavors and the benefits of fiber, vitamins,and phytochemicals. Originally published as "10-Grain Bread Recipe" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

The Master Recipe: Whole Grain Artisan Bread

Mix up a large batch of up our whole grain artisan bread recipe, store it in the refrigerator, and when you need to bake a fresh loaf you'll have the dough all ready to go. Originally published as "The Master Recipe: Whole Grain Artisan Loaf" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

No-Knead Healthy Bread Recipes

These healthy bread recipes are full of nutritious whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Mix them up yourself and save big bucks on groceries. Originally published as "Healthy No-Knead Bread Recipes" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Garden Recipe: Taste of Italy

For a taste of Italy and Italian flair, try this scrumptious, healthy entrée. Originally published as "Garden Recipe: Braised Eggplant Stuffed with Garlic" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Garden Recipe: Nectarine and Raspberry Streusel

With its 2010 calendar filled with garden-fresh recipes and vibrant photos, the Seed Savers Exchange delivers an elegant celebration of garden diversity. This recipe for Nectarine and Raspberry Streusel combines the sweetness of nectarines and the tartness of raspberries, and tops it off with a savory and crumbly streusel.

Japanese Barley Bowl Recipe

Bored with white rice in Asian dishes? This Japanese barley bowl recipe gets a unique kick from barley's nutty flavor.

Barley and Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

This is no ordinary turkey meatloaf recipe. The pearled barley will disappear into your meat and boost flavor. Originally published as "Turkey and Barley Meatloaf with Sage Recipe" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Garden Recipe: Prizewinner Green Beans with Tomatoes and Herbs

With its 2010 calendar filled with garden-fresh recipes and vibrant photos, the Seed Savers Exchange delivers an elegant celebration of garden diversity. The superior flavors of heirloom veggies won’t disappoint in this recipe for Prizewinner Green Beans with Tomatoes and Herbs.

Garden Recipe: Corn Bread

Sweet, savory corn bread is a classic food that makes a great companion to hearty soups and stews.

Garden Recipe: Apple Salad with Pecorino Romano

Looking for ways to indulge in the fabulous flavors of the forbidden fruit? Our apple salad with pecorino Romano recipe is a good place to start, especially if you're experimenting with heirloom apples.

Chocolate Barley Bundt Cake Recipe

Don’t tell anyone, but our barley bundt cake recipe produces a whole-grain, relatively low-fat dessert. Some people might not think it really is a cake!

Sweet and Savory Barley Recipes

With twice the cholesterol-lowering fiber as oats, maybe it's time we all ate more barley. Here are a few barley recipes to get you started.

Roasted Green Tomatoes

How to roast green tomatoes to be eaten alone or to boost the flavor of other recipes.

Tropical Applesauce Muffins Recipe

Enjoy the taste of the tropics — even in the dead of winter — when you whip up this tropical applesauce muffins recipe.

Cinnamon Raisin Bars With Vanilla Icing Recipe

Not merely sweet, cinnamon raisin bars make for a healthy snack or dessert in your lunchbox. Originally published as "Cinnamon Raisin Bars with Vanilla Icing Recipe" in the October/November 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Apple Cornmeal Cake With Brown Sugar Sauce Recipe

Apple juice, applesauce, and brown sugar sauce make this variation on cornmeal cake a special treat. Originally published as "Apple Cornmeal Cake with Brown Sugar Sauce Recipe" in the October/November 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Molasses Spice Cake With Lemon Frosting Recipe

Lemon frosting and molases spice cake might be available from a store, but nothing you could buy would ever taste like this recipe. Originally published as "Molasses Spice Cake with Lemon Frosting Recipe" in the October/November 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Baking With Applesauce: Cakes, Muffins and More

Delicious AND healthy baked goods? Certainly. Just try baking with applesauce. Originally published as "Bake With Applesauce: Cakes, Muffins and More" in the October/November 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

You are What You Eat: Be Something Better

The creators of Food Inc. make a great effort to teach their audience about where our food comes from and about the effects of our industrial food system. After seeing the documentary, MOTHER EARTH NEWS blogger Jenna Woginrich was inspired to write her own argument about the way we view and consume food - and ask: Will those who most need the education ever see the film?

EVENT ALERT: Chefs Collaborative Summit

The Chefs Collaborative National Summit will bring together leaders from around the country for conversations and workshops about our food and food systems. The Summit provides a great opportunity for chefs interested in sustainability to engage in meaningful conversation, continue their education through practical workshops, and share expertise from the culinary field.

Tastes Like Heritage Chicken

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) and Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch recently announced the definition of heritage chicken. The event included tasting meat of four breeds of heritage chickens.

City Farmer Wins Grand Prize in Growing Green Awards

The winners of The Natural Resources Defense Council's first-ever Growing Green Awards include a city farmer and a local food promoter. Originally published as "City Farmer Wins NRDC Award" in the October/November 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Country Lore: Perfect Squash Pie Recipe

You've heard of pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie. This reader loves butternut squash and wants you to try her squash pie recipe. Originally published as "Perfect Squash Pie" in the October/November 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Country Lore: Homemade Jelly ... From a Can?

If you enjoy homemade jelly but have run out of fresh fruit, one reader has learned canned frozen juice concentrate works fine as a stand-in. Originally published as "Homemade Jelly ... From a Can?" in the October/November 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Country Lore: Dutch Oven Beer Bread Recipe

Self-rising flour, sugar, beer, and a Dutch oven are all you need to bake this simple, delicious beer bread recipe. Originally published as "Dutch Oven Beer Bread Recipe" in the October/November 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Delicious, Whole-Grain Homemade Hamburger Buns

Once you discover the rich goodness of homemade hamburger buns, you’ll never be satisfied with wimpy store-bought varieties again. Originally published as "Delicious, Homemade Whole-grain Hamburger Buns" in the August/September 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Local Food: Help Community Supported Agriculture

Community supported agriculture gets a boost from LocalHarvest’s online database of local food providers — and you can help add to it. Originally published as "Help Locate Local Food" in the August/September 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Edible Dahlia Bulbs

Dahlia bulbs have a surprising variety of flavors, and their big, beautiful blooms brighten gardens. Originally published as "Edible Dahlias" in the August/September 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Strawberry Arugula Salad Recipe

For a dash of color and sweetness prior to the main course, try strawberry arugula salad. Originally published as "Strawberry and Arugula Salad Recipe" in the June/July 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Strawberry Ice Recipe

Strawberry ice makes for a refreshing frozen treat for the Fourth of July, and can be prepared a day ahead.

Country Lore: Sumac Lemonade

A reader in Massachusetts describes how his family collects sumac berries to make tart sumac lemonade, or sumac-ade as they call it. Originally published as "Sumac-ade: Nature’s Pink Lemonade" in the June/July 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Four Strawberry Recipes for Strawberry Season

It’s strawberry season, and there are so many ways to enjoy spring’s first fruit! Originally published as "Strawberry Recipes: 4 Mouthwatering Seasonal Strawberry Treats" in the June/July 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Organic Valley's Pasture Butter is Pure Perfection

We’re spreading the word about Organic Valley’s new addition, Pasture Butter. Originally published as "Pasture Butter is Pure Perfection" in the June/July 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Homemade Butter: The Best You'll Ever Have

Whether you want it creamy or cultured, learn the secrets of fresh sweet homemade butter. Originally published as "How to Make Butter and Buttermilk" in the June/July 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe

Lin Nowicki shares her recipe for Buttermilk cornbread, a great side-dish paired with chili.  

Buttermilk Whole Wheat Pancakes Recipe

Lin Nowicki shares her recipe for Buttermilk Whole Wheat Pancakes. Originally published as "Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe" May/June 1975 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

A reader with three decades of baking experience shares his verson of homemade whole wheat bread. Originally published as "Country Lore: Wholesome Bread" in the December 2006/January 2007 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Country Lore: Use Canning Jars for Storing Leftovers

Storing leftovers but don't want to use plastic containers? Canning jars are a perfect alternative. Originally published as "Country Lore: Use Canning Jars to Store Leftovers" in the April/May 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Restaurant Chains Slow Down Fast Food

O’Naturals, a chain of organic fast-food restaurants, is part of a growing effort to “slow down” the U.S. fast-food industry and introduce delicious, healthier food alternatives into Americans’ busy lifestyles.

Kitchen Counter Gardening: Try Sprouting Seeds

If you want tasty, nutritious fresh vegetables during winter, sprouting seeds is the way to go. Moisture, air, a suitable container, a handful of seeds, and a few days are all you need. Originally published as "Kitchen Counter Gardening: Try Sprouts" in the February/March 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Ecogastronomy: A Pioneering Food Studies Program

Ecogastronomy is a unique food studies program offered by the University of New Hampshire for students interested in nutrition and sustainabile food production. Originally published as "A Pioneering EcoGastronomy Program" in the February/March 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

The Return of a Great Red Corn Variety

This heirloom red corn has traveled the world. Nows its rich, distinctive flavor has finally come home. Originally published as "The Return of a Great Corn Variety" in the February/March 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

It’s true! You can reduce your grocery bill, and enjoy better and healthier food in the bargain. Originally published as "Cut Your Food Bills in Half" in the February/March 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Happy Thanksgiving! Want a new vegan dessert to serve at Thanksgiving? Try the Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Pie from the Web site Care2 Inc.

Make Exotic Lavender Nougat Candy

A reader reveals how to make lavender almond nougat candy from scratch. Originally published as "Country Lore: Make Exotic Lavender Nougat Candy" in the October/November 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Talking Turkey for T-Day

This Thanksgiving consider opting for a pastured turkey instead of a commercially raised bird, and think about buying local Thanksgiving foods, too.

Vegetarian and Vegan Thanksgiving Meals

Vegetarians and vegans can enjoy an excellent meatless Thanksgiving dinner. Check out these great vegetarian and vegan recipes and websites.

A Toast to Roasted Vegetables

Roasting is the best way to cook winter root vegetables, because dry heat coaxes out and concentrates flavors. Use this simple method and fool-proof tips to bring out the best in  parsnips, carrots, rutabagas and other root vegetables.

Homemade Cottage Cheese Recipe

Try this Homemade Cottage Cheese Recipe. Milk and buttermilk, heated in a crockpot overnight, will make a creamy and tangy old-fashioned cottage cheese. Originally published as "Country Lore: Make Your Own Cottage Cheese" December 2008/January 2009 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

Looking for a way to get rid of your ranch dressing? Try our Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza! A new take on an old favorite, this tangy pizza can be made easily at home without the fuss or high cost of delivery.

Tap the Culinary Wisdom of Our Ancestors: Whole Grain Millet Recipes

Whole grain millet recipes add variety and nutrition to your diet. Before rice and wheat conquered our food system, this lesser known whole grain was grown in part because it was hardy, fast-growing, needed little water or care, and was incredibly nutritious.

Eggciting News!!!

The results of our latest nutrition tests show that eggs from hens raised on pasture (true free-range eggs) exceed commercially raised eggs in vitamin D content.

Taste Test of the Week: Organic Valley Pasture Butter

Organic Valley's new Pasture Butter is a standout among cultured butters and organic food products. This is one of the few products available today that respects Mother Nature by paying attention to the seasons, not to mention the needs of our food-producing animal friends.

Savoring Bean Gleaning Season

In addition to the beans you planted to harvest dry, a good gleaning may yield a surprising harvest of gourmet beans.

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza Recipe

Use this Cast Iron Skillet Pizza Recipe to produce crispy pizza in your favorite cast iron skillet. Originally published as "Country Lore: Crusty Frying-pan Pizza" October/November 2008 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Using a Pressure Cooker Saves Time and Creates Delicious Meals

Using a pressure cooker saves time. You can prepare nutritious meals for your family quickly and use less energy by cooking in a pressure cooker. Originally published as "Country Lore: The Joys of Pressure Cooking" October/November 2008 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

The Sweet Sound of Lids A-Popping

The work of growing, harvesting and preserving your own food comes together in the satisfying instant when canning lids pop. Don't leave the kitchen until you've savored the sound of a job well done.

Growing Heirloom Gourdseed Corn

Today’s bland hybrid corns are a casualty of the industry’s focus on mass production and multi-purpose. Why not try growing heirloom gourdseed corn, a variety rich with history and flavor?

Taste Test of the Week: Kaia Foods Premium Raw Granola

We're trying it before you  buy it! Every week Relish — one of our weekly blogs — features taste tests on various organic foods and snacks. This week we're featuring Kaia Premium Granola in raison cinnamon, dates & spices and cocoa bliss. Read on to find out what we thought!

The Perfect Tomato Sandwich

When the right bread envelopes sun-ripened tomatoes, one of the most righteous tastes of summer is yours to enjoy.   

Taste Test of the Week: Kopali Organics Snack

We're trying it before you  buy it! Now Relish, one of our weekly blogs, will feature taste tests on various organic foods and snacks. This week we're featuring Kopali Organics snacks in Goldenberry. Read on to find out what we thought!

Don’t Forget Your Reusable Grocery Bags!

Although many of us enjoy the free plastic bags we get from grocery stores, they may be costing us money and damage to the environment. Find out more about this growing problem and review the results of a recent poll.

What to Do with Windfall Apples

Slightly underripe apples that fall to the ground must be picked up, so why not cut away the bugs and bruises and put them to good use? Here’s how to turn windfall apples into supernutritious drinks and snacks.

Salmonella Outbreak Moves to Hot Peppers

Have you kept up with the recent salmonella outbreak in tomatoes? According to the Centers for Disease control, the outbreak may have moved on to hot peppers.

How to Dry and Freeze Tomatoes

Learn how to dry and freeze tomatoes and preserve fresh garden tomato flavor using these two simple methods.

Stewed Tomatoes Recipe

This Stewed Tomatoes Recipe is a perfect side dish featuring preserved garden tomatoes.

Mexican Ranchero Sauce Recipe

This Mexican Ranchero Sauce Recipe is a perfect sauce for Mexican food featuring preserved garden tomatoes.

Make Your Own Fruit Juice From Berries

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.

Homemade Cracker Recipes

Want to make fresh, homemade crackers from scratch? With this simple and tasty rye cracker recipe, you can save money and create a delicious snack that will be a hit at any gathering of family and friends. And make sure to share your own nutritious cracker recipes. We'd love to hear from you!  

Salmonella in Tomatoes Still an Issue

Still anxious about the Salmonella found in tomatoes? Although some cases have been reported as recently as late June, don’t let it stop you from enjoying fresh, seasonal tomatoes. 

It's Garlic Scapes Season: Try This

You'll love this recipe from William Woys Weaver for garlic scapes sauteed with tomatoes, white wine and sheep's milk cheese.

Almost No-knead Bread: Also Worth Trying

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.

What Is Clarified Butter?

A culinary arts professor explains what clarified butter is, how to make it, how to use it, and why margarine is not a good substitute.

How Do I Pasteurize Raw Milk at Home?

If you have access to raw milk, it's surprisingly easy to pasteurize it on your own kitchen stove. Here are the basic steps you need to follow.

Reclaiming the Kitchen: The Art of Cooking

In this excerpt from her newest book, Barbara Kingsolver discusses how her family came to connect with food culture and the art of cooking. A day of cheese making proved to be just what the doctor ordered.

Reap the Benefits of Dandelion Greens

For many, harvesting wild dandelion greens is a beloved springtime ritual. Learn how to use dandelions and enjoy the health benefits of dandelion greens in a variety of ways.

7 Hearty Oatmeal Recipes

Try one of these hearty oatmeal recipes and start reaping the health benefits of oats.

How to Make Easy, No-Knead Crusty Bread

Learn how to bake no-knead crusty bread that’s deliciously moist and chewy inside, but still has the beautiful outer crust of rustic, peasant loaves. The No-Knead Dutch Oven bread technique and recipe is easy even for beginners. Includes recipe, ingredients list, instructions, step-by-step photos and a video demonstration of the technique.

Choose Eco-Friendly Local Organic Beer and Wine

For delicious and eco-friendly beverages, try local, organic beer and wine. Choosing organic wine and beer is good for the environment, because it ensures that healthier farming techniques are used to produce the ingredients, including less use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. 100-percent organic products are also prohibited from using many preservatives, notably sulfur dioxide in organic wine. Originally published as "Good Libations" December 2007/January 2008 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Learn How to Make Homemade Sausage

Learn how to make homemade sausage. Making sausage at home from ground elk meat, venison or pork is simple. You can create recipes that satisfy each member of your family. Originally published as "Country Lore: Homemade Sausage How-to" December 2007/January 2008 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

How to Bake a Cake in a Jar

Learn how to bake a cake in a jar. Homemade holiday gifts are fun to make and even more fun to receive. You can make these unique cakes-in-a-jar for a festive holiday treat. Originally published as "Country Lore Bake a Cake in a Jar" December 2007/January 2008 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Specialty Garlic Restaurants

If you're the type that enjoys a good garlic appetizer, garlicky salad, garlic entree, garlic beverage, and maybe even a garlic dessert, you'll want to find time to visit the world's best garlic restaurants.

How to Roast Garlic

Roasting garlic is incredibly easy. And you can use the soft, mild and nutty cloves in so many different ways.

Easy Refrigerator Pickled Garlic

Making pickles can be time-consuming, but this method for easy garlic pickles couldn't possibly be any easier. Or tastier!

Garlicky Bruschetta Recipe

Bruschetta, the classic Italian appetizer, brings out the best of a few basic ingredients: tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, basil and fresh bread.

Why Does the Dutch Oven Technique Work So Well?

Learning a little bit about the science of bread baking will help anyone trying to master home baking better understand the goings-on inside a loaf and consequently improve her or his skills. The popular no knead, Dutch oven technique is extremely good at producing rustic loaves of bread that are moist and chewy on the inside, but still crispy and crusty on the outside. This discussion will help you understand how that balance is achieved.

The Best Bread Book I've Ever Read

Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes by Jeffrey Hamelman is an indispensable resource for would-be home bakers.

Make a Healthy Homemade Baking Mix

A healthy homemade baking mix can save you money and time in the kitchen. Learn how to make this easy baking mix and try it out in one of these tasty breakfast recipes. Originally published as "Country Lore: Save Time and Money with this Homemade Baking Tip" October/November 2007 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Warming Winter Soups

Now is the season for making delicious homemade winter soups. With a good stock, basic kitchen staples, fresh produce and the following recipes, you can put any of these soups on the table in no time.

Meet Real Free-Range Eggs

A recent MOTHER EARTH NEWS study found that compared to conventional American eggs, real free-range eggs have less cholesterol and saturated fat, plus more vitamins A and E, beta carotene and polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids.

Fall's Sweetest Harvest: Homemade Apple Cider

If you want to try really delicious homemade apple cider, look for fresh local cider in the fall. You can find it from small cider mills, or press it yourself with a backyard cider press.

Quality Standard Ratings for Organic Milk Brands

Here’s a guide from the Cornucopia Institute providing quality standard ratings for organic milk brands. With increased interest in organic and hormone-free milk comes a need for help in identifying the companies who meet organic standards, because the term “organic” isn’t strictly regulated. Originally published as "Best Brands of Organic Milk" October/November 2007 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.    

How to Toast Nuts

Toasting nuts is quick and easy, but helps bring out a world of rich flavors. Try these simple techniques with almonds, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, walnuts, macadamias or almost any kind of nut.

An Epicurean Delight

A simple but fresh-from-the-farm meal inspires passion for local food.

How to Cook Green Beans

Here's a quick guide to the various ways to cook fresh green beans. Includes optimum cooking times for blanching, boiling, steaming, sauteeing, stir-frying, grilling, roasting and braising.

Eat a Burrito for American Farmers

On Wednesday, August 29, you've got a rare opportunity to support family farms across America just by going out to lunch. Stop by any Chipotle restaurant, and be sure to order one of their menu items featuring naturally raised pork, chicken or beef. A portion of these proceeds, up to $50,000, will be donated to Farm Aid.

What is Naturally Raised Meat?

Are you curious what 'naturally raised meats' means to the restaurant chain Chipotle? Learn about where their meat comes from and how the animals are raised.

Filming Nature's Liberty

Our recap of several compelling films on the benefits of local, sustainable food and agriculture.

Why Support Organic Ag?

An article about why organic agriculture is the best system for developing nations, plus many other reasons to support organic farming.

Perfect Summer Pesto Recipes

You can make these great summer pesto recipes using basil, parsley or arugula. The recipes are easy to create, simply use olive oil, garlic and herbs to create a delicious sauce for pasta. Originally published as "Country Lore: Perfect Summer Pestos" August/September 2007 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Seasonal Eating Supports Local Farmers

Seasonal eating provides you with the freshest food ingredients. You can enjoy better food and support local farmers by buying meat, eggs and produce in season. Originally published as "Eat In Sync with the Seasons" August/September 2007 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Enjoy Fresh Local Food: Seasonal Storage

Enjoy fresh, local food all year long. A guide to simple seasonal storage, such as canning, freezing, dehydrating and more. Originally published as "Enjoy Fresh, Local Food All Year" August/September 2007 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Community Canners: Learning Food Preservation Basics

Experience the camaraderie of community canning by learning food preservation basics at local workshops and extension programs. The community members learn canning techniques to preserve fresh fruits and vegetables. Originally published as "Canners Come Together" August/September 2007 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Welcome to Relish!

Relish is a blog about celebrating delicious alternatives to America's industrial food system.

Shocking News About Meat

Buyer beware: 'Fresh' meat may be preserved with carbon monoxide and diluted with salt water.

Help Bring Great Corn Back to Our Table!

Corn is the great native crop of the Americas, yet even though industrial agriculture produces millions of pounds of corn every year, it’s nearly impossible to buy a bag of good-tasting, whole-kernel corn or fresh-ground whole cornmeal. Corn is a perfect grain crop for home gardeners, and the flavor of some varieties can be far better than most of us know. We're launching a campaign to locate rare grain corn varieties with great flavor, before they all are lost.

Comparing Eggs: How Do Yours Stack Up?

Whether you live in the city or country, here’s how to find healthy, delicious, farm-fresh eggs — and even raise a few happy chickens of your own.

Wine-Stewed Leeks With Dry Figs

Chances are you've never wanted to prepare or consume stewed leeks with dry figs. You should reconsider, because this is good.

Leek Quiche Recipe

Leek Quiche may not be the best known variation on an old favorite, but it's one you'll soon learn to appreciate it you try it.

Chinese Peach Soup Recipe

Thanks to imperial China, we have this delicately flavored peach soup that can be served hot or cold.

Foraging in Maryland: Two Families Eat Local

A rudimentary distribution system made foraging in Maryland a challenge, but the authors and their families were determined to only eat local food. And for the most part succeeded. Originally published as "Suburban Foraging: Two Families Eat Only Local" in the August/September 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

How to Find the Best Local Food

Here are 20 ways to get fresh, sustainable, local food in your neck of the woods. Originally published as "How to Find the Best Food" in the August/September 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Homemade Pet Food Recipes

Store-bought natural pet food varieties are fine most of the time, but every now and then why not treat your cat or dog to all natural homemade pet food?

Tomato and Cheese Pizza Recipe

Store-bought varieties can't compare to this simple variation of tomato and cheese pizza on a whole grain crust.

Blueberry Jam Recipe

This simple recipe for blueberry jam will give you a treat you can keep for yourself or a popular product to sell at farmers' markets.

The Food Ecology of Organic Pizza Vs. Conventional Pizza

An organic pizza may cost more in dollars and cents than a conventiona pizza, but there's more to food ecology than money. Originally published as "The Ecology of Pizza" in the June/July 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Natural Pet Food

A growing number of people are seeking out natural pet food for their dogs, cat, birds and other companion animals. Originally published as "Natural Pet Foods" in the June/July 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Three Bean Salad Recipe

Here's a variation on three bean salad that uses an unusual combination of heirloom beans.

Ginger Pickled Carrots Recipe

This Ginger Pickled Carrots Recipe adds a little zing to your carrots. Originally published as “Pickled Carrots With Ginger” in the April/May 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Salsa de Aji Límo

Create this Salsa de Aji Límo and friends will be asking for the recipe at your next party. Originally published as “Aji Límo” in the February/March 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Cornelian Cherries

Cornelian cherries are an ancient fruit that is delightfully floral in preserves and other sweet confections.

Country Lore: Roasted Squash Seeds

You will get a bonanza of great flavor and nutrition from squash and pumpkin seeds, which are loaded with protein and fiber.

Reconsidering Calcium

Rather than relying on milk, we should get calcium from a variety of sources.

The Power of Fruits

Choosing to utilize the power of fruits is one of the most important and enjoyable ways to stay healthy.

Garlic Scapes

Enjoy the distinctive flavor of garlic scapes, a delicious flower stem.

Lily’s Chickens

From raising your own chickens to growing your own food, the decisions we make about what we eat have an astonishing power to change the world around us.

Join the Real Food Revival

Buy fresh from local farmers and enjoy the world’s healthiest, best-tasting food by joining the real food revival.

Mouse Melons

Kissin’ cousins to cucumbers, Mexican mouse melons pack a flavorful wallop despite their Lilliputian size.

Snake Gourds

Let the snake gourd; a showy, exotic vegetable take center stage in your garden and in your kitchen

Dr. McCay's Miracle Loaf

McCay developed a highly nutritious bread made with soy flour, wheat germ, wheat flour and dry milk. This recipe applies these ideas in a wonderful miracle loaf.

Yokohama Squash

Enjoy the buttery-rich flavor and floral fragrance of this rare heirloom, Yokohama squash.

America's New Breadbox

If you like flavor and nutrition merged with convenience in your homemade bread, this appliance is for you.

Teaching Students about Real Food

Several initiatives are being proposed in an attempt at teaching students about real food and the impact their choices have.

Eat, Drink and Be Healthy

Here’s the pros and cons of soy, meat and dairy products in an effort to eat, drink and be healthy.

Grow Your Own Rosemary

Rosemary looks beautiful in the garden, in the ground or in a pretty pot. In summer, its needle-shaped green leaves are topped by tiny blooms in shades of lavender to purple — and some even bloom pink.

News About What You Drink

Surprising news about water, soda, tea, alcohol and what you drink in your daily diet.

Grow Your Own Mint

Punch up the flavor of a salad or a cream sauce with a sprinkling of minced fresh mint.

Make Masa: Nixtamalized Corn

About 1,500 B.C., cooks in coastal Guatemala figured out that cooking dried corn in alkali water removed the kernels' skins and produced a softer dough than unprocessed ground corn.

Growing Your Own Thyme

Growing your own thyme pleases people in so many ways it should be no surprise that more than 300 types have come into cultivation.

Grind Your Own Grain Corn

So, let's say you grow a great crop of grain corn or buy some from someone else. How do you grind it?

Eco-Eating: Being Good Food Citizens

Eco-eating is no easy affair. We need to act as "food citizens" by taking personal responsibility for shaping our food system. A short excerpt from the author's book, The Eco-foods Guide.

Real Food Revival

Visit your local farmer's markets and roadside stands and join the Real Food Revival for great home-grown food.

Mad Cow Timeline

Mad Cow Timeline April/May 2004 By Lindsey Hodel 1986: Discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly called mad cow disease, in cattle in Britain. 1988: British government bans cattle feed containing cow parts and begins destroying BSE-infected cattle. (Eventually 3.7 million cattle are ki

How Hot is Hot?

Today, high-performance liquid chromatography is used to measure the actual capsaicinoid content of chiles in parts per million, which is then converted to Scoville Units.

Learn All About Crosnes

Learn how to grow and cook with crosnes, a tiny, twisted tuber also known as Chinese artichokes or chorogi.

Shopping for Sustainable Seafood

Get tips on how to purchase contaminate-free, sustainable seafood for your meals, includes organizations to help you make environmentally responsible seafood purchasing decisions and a most sustainable seafood buying list.

Black Kale Salad Recipe

John Navazio shares this black kale salad recipe from the book Local Flavors by Deborah Madison, this salad is a great side dish when made with fresh kale from your garden.

Onion Pie Recipe

Brook Elliott shares this onion pie recipe that uses multiplying onions to enhance the dish.

Chicken Chinense Recipe

Brook Elliott shares this chicken chinense recipe that uses Rakkyo onions to enhance the dish.

Baked Garlic Recipe

Brook Elliott shares this easy baked garlic recipe, perfect for adding to Italian recipes or spreading on ciabatta bread.

Renewable Energy Living: Genetically Modified Food Fight

The Green Gazette column shares renewable energy living topics, including everything you want to know about genetically modified food and the controversy surrounding it. Originally published as "Green Gazette" August/September 2003 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Choosing the Best All-Purpose Skillets for the Kitchen

Anne Vassal talks about her picks for the best all-purpose skillets and shares the pricing and test results with MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers. Originally published as "In Search of the Perfect Skillet" August/September 2003 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Growing Fresh Basil in the Garden

Barbara Pleasant shares information on growing fresh basil in the garden, choosing basil varieties and using this intensely scented herb in your meals. Originally published as "Basil Passport to Paradise" June/July 2003 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Choosing a Food Dehydrator

David Cavagnaro provides a guide to choosing a food dehydrator, including test results for four dehydrator models, the differences between stackable dehydrators and box-and-shelf dehydrators and dehydrator buying tips.

Healthy Vegetarian Hot Dog Recipe

James A. Duke and Claire Anderson share a healthy vegetarian hot dog recipe using all the extras you use for the bun sans the meat.

Roasted Soybeans Recipe

This nutrition packed Roasted Soybeans Recipe is a healthy snack choice for any occasion.

Guide to Buying Organic Wine

This guide to buying organic wine provides a list of wine brands and states that carry organic wines for purchase.

Fresh Soybeans: Cooking Tips

Discover these fresh soybeans cooking tips, including soybean cooking times, soaking soybeans, where to buy store-bought soybeans and cooking fresh vs store-bought soybeans.

Spicy Mango Salsa Recipe

MOTHER staff members' share a Spicy Mango Salsa Recipe, this fruit salsa with Sinahuisa hot pepper pairs perfectly with fish or chicken.

Gooseberry Pie Recipe

Celebrate the holidays by making this Gooseberry Pie Recipe, gooseberries are one of the special holiday fruits you can find available during Christmas season.

Celebrating Holiday Fruits During Christmas

Joan Gussdow reminds readers it is a special treat to indulge in celebrating holiday fruits during Christmas season. Originally published as "A Time for Treats" December 2002/January 2003 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

How to Grow Kiwi and Gooseberries Fruit

Kris Wetherbee explains how to grow kiwi and gooseberries, including information on climate for growing, light requirements for plants and type of soil for planting.

Fava Bean Soup Recipe

This delicious Fava Bean Soup Recipe is easily made using fresh fava beans from your garden.

Better Baked Bread Using Wood Fired Ovens

Discover how you can create better baked bread using wood fired ovens, includes how wood-fired ovens work, baking bread and steam and how wood-fired oven heat bakes breads.

Fava Bean Salad Recipe

This delicious Fava Bean Salad Recipe is easily made using fresh fava beans from your garden.

Cooking Meats With Wood Fired Ovens

Outdoor ovens can be used for more than baking bread, try cooking meats with wood-fired ovens, making soups, roasting vegetables and even baking cookies and cakes in your oven.

Cooking With Antioxidant-Rich Raspberries

Kim Wetherbee shares information on cooking with antioxidant-rich raspberries, including varieties to plant, preserving raspberries and a rasberry salsa recipe. Originally published as "Raspberries" October/November 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Test for Drinking Water Safety

Claire Anderson suggests water contaminants are often found in public drinking water and that you test for drinking water safety in your home.

Purifying Water Using Passive Solar Water Distillation

Passive solar water distillation is an inexpensive, low-tech alternative for pure drinking water without bottles, including types of distillers, cost comparisons, going automatic or electric. Originally published as "Water Wiser Solar Stills" August/September 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Fast Food Nation Book

Sarah Beth Cavanah discusses the success of the Fast Food Nation book and implications on how we produce food in America. Originally published as "Fast Food Fine Read" August/September 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Preserving Red Bell Peppers for Winter

Annelle Durham describes her easy method of preserving red bell peppers and other garden vegetables for winter. Originally published as "Sweet Red Winter Peppers" August/September 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

How to Make Goat Milk Cheese

How to make goat milk cheese, including tips on making cheese, supplies, utensils and sources for cheesemaking. Originally published as "How to Make Cheese: French Goat Cheese and Mild Goat Cheddar" June/July 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Taking Charge of World Community Food Sources

World community food sources are abundant while people starve and the social, political and economic costs of dietary excess continue. From this chaos people have been inspired to make local decisions about their food sources and land use. Originally published as "A Harvest of Progress" June/July 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Experimenting With Original Food Canning Ideas

These original food canning ideas produced unique recipes that won awards and raves from family and friends. Originally published as "Joy of Canning" February/March 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Stuffed Tomato Recipes: A Meal in an Edible Bowl

Virtually any recipe for stuffed peppers also works well with stuffing tomatoes. Try these stuffed tomato recipes, a delicious meal in an edible bowl. Originally published as "TomatoBowls" February/March 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

The Benefits of Growing Organic Food

Eliot Coleman shares his experience with organic products and explains the benefits of growing organic food. Originally published as "Beyond Organic" December 2001/January 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

How to Prepare Artichokes From the Garden

K. C. Compton shares how to prepare artichokes from your garden, including how to trim and boil artichokes and a dip for your favorite edible thistle. Originally published as "More Than One Way to Skin an Artichoke" December 2001/January 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

A Simple Skillet Bread Recipe

The Ask MOTHER column shares this simple skillet bread recipe, a few ingredients and a quick kneeding produce a bread in 15 minutes that is highly nutritious, delicious and a cinch to prepare. Originally published as "Simple Skillet Bread" December 2001/January 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

How to Make Homemade Fresh Cream Butter From Scratch

Make homemade fresh cream butter from scratch is easy, save money using cream for your butter and the satisfaction of butter made easy and delicious too. Originally published as "Make Yourself a Little Pat of Butter" December 2001/January 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

Useful Kitchen Tips

Here are some useful kitchen tips that will make cooking and cleaning tasks easier to do.

Beyond the Basic Burger

The American backyard in the isn’t complete without summer burgers on the grill. Spice up the basic burger with these unique recipes and tips.

Seasonal Tomatoes

We grew seasonal tomatoes — from fried green tomatoes before frost begins to cherry tomatoes all the way up to Thanksgiving.

Small Swords

Some shopping guidelines to eliminate cutlery confusion and help you zero in on your knife needs.

Simple Steps to Bread Baking

Bread baking is cloaked by a bit of undeserved mystery — many people assume it takes a long time and involves complicated steps but that couldn't be further than the truth.

Sprout Salad

After weeding the garden, don't throw tiny thinnings from newly sprouted plots in the compost bin — put them in the salad bowl.

Make Easy Meals With Tortilla Wrap Recipes

Anne Vassal shows you how to make easy, nutritious meals from these tortilla wrap recipes, including Pesto Wrap Bites, Chicken Satay Wrap, Southwestern Wrap and California Wrap.

American Iced Tea Culture

American iced tea culture is more popular than hot tea, with people drining 50 billion cups of tea, 40 billion of them as iced tea. Includes information on ready-to-drink iced teas and an iced tea recipe for McDermott Brew. Originally published as "Iced Teas" December 2000/January 2001 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

A Pineapple Zucchini Tropical Drink Recipe

A MOTHER reader shares how to make her healthy pineapple zucchini tropical drink recipe. Originally published as "A Tropical Recipe" October/November 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Thanksgiving Recipes for Two

Thanksgiving doesn't have to mean a crowd of folks and hours of labor. Enjoy a simple, savory feast with Thanksgiving recipes for two. Originally published as "A Simpler Thanksgiving" October/November 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Ways to Prepare and Store Homegrown Corn

Anne Vassal shares ways to prepare and store homegrown corn, including roasting corn, storing corn and recipes for Chilaquile Casserole, Southwestern Corn Chowder, Roasted Corn Salsa and Quinoa Salad. Originally published as "Shuck and Chive" August/September 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Environmentalists Fight Against the USDA National Standard for Organic Food

The USDA national standard for organic food will regulate the production and processing of organic foods, with consumers and environmentalists protesting the choice to consolidate the current patchwork of "organic" or natural labels on foods. Originally published as "When the Growing Gets Tough" August/September 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

A Turn of the Century Cookbook: Our Home Cyclopedia

Laura Taxel shares recipes from the turn of the century cookbook Our Home Cyclopedia and a spin on variations from this cookbook and tips to modernize the recipes. Originally published as "The Good Cook Book" June/July 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Take Caution When Using Baby Soy Formula

Take caution when using baby soy formula, a baby fed entirely with a diet based on soy products may develop a serious thyroid disorder. Originally published as "A Word of Caution" June/July 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Easy to Make Old-Time Pie Recipes

These easy to make old-time pie recipes have few ingredients and are quick to put together to create an old-fashioned pie experience. Originally published as "Simply Delicious Simple Pies" June/July 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

Commercial vs Homegrown Food: The Farmers Market Scam

Farmers Market often are faced with a scam of commercial vs homegrown food. Commercial farmers may grow their own food using hydroponics but it is not the same quality as produce grown from small local farms. Originally published as "The Market Scam" April/May 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Congress and the Genetically Engineered Food Act of 2000

Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduces the Genetically Engineered Food Act of 2000 that requires the labeling of any food that is genetically modified. Originally published as "Congress Steps In" April/May 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Beans are a Nutritious Vegetarian Choice for Meals

Beans are a nutritious vegetarian choice and a complete protein when paired with rice or corn at the same meal, making the protein is complete. Originally published as "The Complete Bean Protein" April/May 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

The Ultimate Light Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancake Recipe

Learn about this ultimate light fluffy whole wheat pancake recipe to make the most delicious, healthy pancakes for breakfast. Originally published as "The Ultimate Pancake" April/May 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

Tapping Maple Trees and Making Maple Syrup

Tapping maple trees and making maple syrup at home can be done using these detailed steps. Follow along as veteran tree-tapper Alan Garbers shows you how to mine your maples for a taste of heaven. Originally published as "Ambrosia" February/March 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

From Bulgar to Kasha: Secrets of Cooking With Grains

Anne Vassal shares the secrets of cooking with grains, including types of grains for meals and recipes for a wide variety of grains. Originally published as "The First Crop" February/March 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Genetically Altered Seeds May Pollute Conventional Crops

Genetically altered seeds cause controversy. Canadian farmers claim they are the victim of unwanted cross-pollination and worry that their conventional crops could be contaminated by wind-borne genetic pollution. Originally published as "Seeds of a Police State" February/March 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Healthy Whole Grains for Your Diet

Whole grains are one of the most complete health foods, learn about new healthy whole grains for your diet. Includes descriptions of grains and grain storage methods. Originally published as "Grain Glossary" February/March 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

Grandma's Italian Holiday Bread Recipes

Anita Fagiano shares her grandma's Italian holiday bread recipes, a perfect old-fashioned memory to create for the holiday season. Originally published as "Grandma's Biscuits" December 1999/January 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

Build a Gingerbread House From Scratch

Learn how to build a gingerbread house from scratch for the holidays, includes recipes for making gingerbread for the gingerbread house, royal icing recipe, a pattern for the gingerbread house and instructions on how to put your gingerbread house together. Originally published as "Holiday Homestead" December 1999/January 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

Cooking With Wood

Learn about cooking with wood. The smoke flavor food gains cooked on a cookstove can be a new experience for homesteaders. Originally published as "Cooking With Wood" December 1999/January 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

Dr. Wes Jackson Interview: The Role Of Sustainable Agriculture In The Community

This column features ecology and homestead news, this issue features an interview with Dr. Wes Jackson on getting back to the land and the role of sustainable agriculture in the community. Originally published as "Defending Food: A Talk With Dr. Wes Jackson" December 1999/January 2000 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

Classic Christmas Recipes

Try these holiday dessert recipes for a chocolate roll, cranberry steamed pudding with rum sauce, snowball cookies and date-nut crunches. Originally published as "Holiday Heirlooms" in the October/November 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Cole Slaw Recipes

Serve your cabbage as a side or main course with these simple, creative cole slaw recipes. Originally published as "The Unexpected Slaw" in the August/September 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

About Using Old Canning Jars

Learn why you should retire old canning jars from their role of putting up food and treat them as antiques instead.

Wild Coffee Alternatives

Here are some substitutes for coffee using native plants: acorn, burdock, California coffeeberry, carob, chicory, dandelion, grains and sow thistle.

Two Companies Switch to Unbleached Paper Food Containers

Dioxins make their way into the water stream in the paper bleaching process, but Ben & Jerry's and Starbucks say no more. They're switching to unbleached paper food containers. Originally published as "I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for ECO-Pints" in the August/September issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Oven-Dried Sweet Corn

Technique for drying sweet corn in the oven and a recipe for cooking dried sweet corn. Originally published in the June/July 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Cooking Smoked Meat

Get that delicious, smoky flavor on tender chicken, ribs, fish or sausage. Originally published as "Cookin' with Smoke" in the April/May 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

For Love of Chocolate

It turns out your love of chocolate has a scientifically sound basis — it really does make you feel better. And it's not necessarily bad for your physical health either.

Hot Peppers: The Flouring Inferno

Want to amp up your cooking? Here's a little info about assorted hot peppers and some recipes to get you started. Originally published as "THE FLOURING INFERNO" in the December 1998/January 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Raising a Holiday Turkey

You could always buy one at the supermarket of course, but raising a holiday Turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas will yield tastier meat. Originally published as "A REAL THANKSGIVING BIRD" in the October/November 1998 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

What Is Organic Food?

A lot of parties—notably farmers, distributors, retailers, consumers, government agencies, and environmentalists—have an interest in the answer to the question "What is organic food?" Originally published as "WHAT IS ORGANIC FOOD?" in the August/September 1998 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Vegetable Marrow Marmalade

In the 1930s some of the resourceful ladies of rural Canada made marmalade from vegetable marrow.

How to Make Homemade Ice Creams

Learn to make homemade ice creams, sorbets, granitas and frozen yogurts.  Originally published as "Nothin' But Scoop" in the June/July 1998 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Italian Recipes for Cooking Light, Everyday Foods

Try these simple Italian recipes for cooking light, everyday foods including white lasagna, a delicious eggplant sandwich, tomato and mozzarella salad and a unique connoli recipe. Originally published as "Mangia Mediterranean" in the February/March 1998 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Food Packaging Lessons From a Roadside Fruit Stand

A country man and his inner-city Little Brother discuss differing opinions in food packaging and fruit labels at a roadside fruit stand. Originally published as "City Food/Country Food" in the FEBRUARY/MARCH 1998 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

How to Make Homemade Holiday Food Gifts

MOTHER's Kitchen column shares how to make homemade holiday food gifts for friends and families, including recipes for flavored oils, holiday breads, biscotti and homemade chocolates. Originally published as "A Homemade Holiday" December 1997/January 1998 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

The Ten-Minute Guide to Home Winemaking

Sue Robishaw creates easy-to-make homemade wine recipes, read up on her ten-minute guide to home winemaking. Originally published as "Days of Wine and Vinegar" December 1997/January 1998 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

How to Prepare and Cook Pies

How to prepare and cook pies. Includes how to roll pie crust, recipes for whole wheat and graham cracker crusts, key lime pie, vegan apple cider pie, whiskey sweet potato pie and mocha ice cream pie. Originally published as "The Lost Art of the Pie" October/November 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Recipes for Chilled Summer Soups

Recipes for chilled summer soups, including cooking recipes for minty cuke, blueberry, and roasted red pepper soups, gazpacho and vegan harvest chili. Originally published as "Summer Soups" August/September 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Preparing Healthy Picnic Food

Preparing healthy picnic food using seasonal fruits and vegetables, including cooking recipes for grilled chicken breasts with vegetables, three bean salad with garlic dressing, grilling corn and creamy dill potato salad. Originally published as "Have Your Cake and Bring it Too!" June/July 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Farming Advice: How to Season and Clean Cast Iron Pans

Farming advice from MOTHER and her readers, including how to season and clean cast iron pans and a recipe for cast iron cornbread. Originally published as "Country Lore" June/July 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

The Secret to Cooking Mexican Food

MOTHER's kitchen shares the secret to cooking Mexican food, including recipes for: chicken enchiladas with salsa verde, refried beans, red rice, jicama and orange salad and Mexican coffee. Originally published as "Eating South of the Border" April/May 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Must Have Mexican Ingredients for Your Pantry

Stock up on these Mexican ingredients for your pantry so you can create delicious Mexican food in a snap. Includes names and descriptions of essential Mexican ingredients.  Originally published as "South-of-the-Border Basics" April/May 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

Low-Cost Cooking Recipes for Cooks on a Budget

Low-cost cooking recipes for cooks on a budget, including recipes for potato chorizo tacos, root vegetable stew, leek mashed potatoes, northern bean soup and pasta frittata. Originally published as "Cheap Eats" February/March 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Lessons in the Art of Cake-Making: Low-Sugar Cake Recipes

The author shares her lessons in the art of cake making and adapts those recipes into low-sugar cake recipes, includes recipes for Poppy Seed Cake, Orange Sponge Cake, Carrot Cake with Vanilla Cream and Blueberry Gingerbread. Originally published as "My Grandmother's Gift" December 1996/January 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

How Safe Is Our Meat: E. Coli and Salmonella Contamination Dangers

The rash of E. coli and salmonella poisonings have proven that century-old USDA meat inspection laws are badly in need of revamping to protect us from E. coli and salmonella contamination dangers. Originally published as "How Safe Is Our Meat: E. Coli and Salmonella Contamination Dangers" December 1996/January 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

Old Southern Apple Varieties

Tim Hensley runs a mail-order nursery specializing in antique apple trees and provides details of the best tasting old southern apple varieties available on the market. Originally published as "Old Southern Apples" October/November 1996 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

Making a Meal of Garden Greens

Cooking and preparing garden greens from your garden, including recipes for salads, basic vinaigrette, blue cheese dressing, Mediterranean salad, homemade croutons, and vegan spicy greens and tofu. Originally published as "Garden Greens" August/September 1996 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Canning Instructions to Preserve Food

Deanna Kawatski's canning instructions to preserve food from the harvest, including fruits, vegetables, meat and fish, as well as how to make her grandmother's favorite jams and pickles. Originally published as "Canning: A Modest Miracle" August/September 1996 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

How to Store Fresh Vegetables all Year Long

How to store fresh vegetables from the garden in every season, including: lettuce, kale, radishes, turnips, asparagus, zucchini, celery, eggplant, corn, onions, squash, pumpkins, root crops, canning, pickling and freezing. Originally published as "Eating Fresh all Year Round" August/September 1996 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Sweet and Savory Cherry Recipes

Use your bumper crop of fruit to create sweet and savory cherry recipes. Includes recipes for cherry coffee cake, grilled chicken salad with cherry vinaigrette, maple cherry sauce and cherry cheesecake bars. Originally published as "Cherry Jubilee" June/July 1996 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Barters and Small Business: Finding and Selling Wild Mushrooms

The Barters and Bootstraps column shares success stories of people who barter and open small business ventures, includes stories about finding wild mushrooms and selling mushrooms for profit.  Originally published as "The Mushroom Market" April/May 1996 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

How to Grill Fish

How to grill fish, including seafood recipes for fish and vegetable kabobs, whole fennel trout, ginger salmon with salad greens, swordfish steaks with herbs and fast fish. Originally published as "Grilling Fish" April/May 1996 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Vegetarian Cooking: Recipes for Meatless Meals

Vegetarian cooking: Recipes for meat free meals, including spinach feta quesadillas, eggplant parmesan with polenta, vegetable curry with couscous, Southwestern beans and rice salad and nondairy banana cake. Originally published as "Vegetarian Cooking" February/March 1996 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Holiday Food Tips and Seasonal Recipes

MOTHER's Kitchen shares holiday food tips and seasonal recipes sure to please, making holiday food preparation a breeze. Originally published as "Crown Pleasers" December 1995/January 1996 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 

Make Your Own Cereal

For readers fed up with the pre-mixed stuff's high price, here's how you can make your own cereal.

Saving Pie Crust Dough

A reader describes her favorite use for leftover pieces of pie crust dough.

Turkey Pita Recipe

Our turkey pita mix is good for lunch, as a light appetizer, or even for dinner.

Barbecued Turkey Recipe

At Thanksgiving or any time of year, barbecued turkey is a unique and lively treat.

Recipes for Turkey Beyond Thansgiving Dinner

You won't recognize the same old bird! Our recipes for turkey include barbecue, mango curry, soup, salad and pita sandwiches. Originally published as "Recipes for Turkey: More Than Thanksgiving Dinner" in the October/November 1995 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Vegetable Garden Recipes

You've grown a bountiful harvest in your vegetable garden, now it's time to cook some delicious recipes that use your bounty. Originally published as "Harvest Favorites" in the August/September 1995 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Great Camping Recipes for Food on the Go

Cook delicious, portable meals for hiking, camping or on the go. Includes recipes for granola pancakes, Greek chicken, campfire corn salad, summer pasta salad, last day potatoes, fruit cream. Originally published as "You Can Take it With You" in the June/July 1995 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Recipes for Comfort Foods

Cooking food that warms, including recipes for apple crunch pie, oven fried chicken, potato gratin, creamed spinach, macaroni with three cheeses. Originally published as "Comfort Foods" in the April/May 1995 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Best Recipes with Beans

Beans are packed with fiber, protein, vitamins and versatility. Here are delicious recipes for bean soup, bean cakes, and bean stews. Originally published as "The Almost Perfect Food" in the February/March 1995 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Great Potato Recipes

All hail the humble spud! If it wasn't for them, you couldn't prepare these great potato recipes. Originally published as "The Humble Spud" in the December/January 1994 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.