Blueberry Lavender Jam, Part II

by Heather Harris Brady Okay, so now we have our pretty little lavender sachet all ready to go. We’re ready to jam! This is a freezer jam, if your freezer’s anything like mine you’ll need to plan accordingly. Freezer jam can make you feel like a rock star. It’s super easy and it keeps the…

Blueberry Lavender Jam, Part I

by Heather Harris-Brady Although you can expect to pay gourmet prices at the store for a jar of blueberry lavender jam, it’s easy to make your own. While you can totally buy dried lavender buds, in part one here I’m going to take you through the process of drying your own herbs in the microwave…

Creamy Fresh Ricotta – Intro to Cheesemaking

  There’s probably not too many twisted kitchen geeks like me who will stare down the barrel of a three-day weekend and think awesome – finally I have time to make cheese! But there must be a few of you, right? Helloooo. . . . Actually you don’t need a long weekend to make ricotta,…

Harvesting Hops

For some reason WordPress has been having problems with my pictures lately. Sorry about that, I’ll work on getting it fixed. I am the proud owner of one vigorous Cascade hop plant. What  you’re seeing is just a tiny fraction that has sprouted up through a hole in the landscaping fabric. I bought it about…

Sugar Free Ketchup for .33 cents a Bottle!

My husband has been making a concerted effort to limit his intake of sugar, but it is amazing how much sugar is hidden in condiments. It is equally amazing how much it can cost to purchase sugarfree versions! So, because I had some beautiful tomatoes from my aunt’s Amazonian tomato patch, I made him a…

Storing Leaf Lettuce

After the last post on Goat Cheese Salad I thought it would be a good idea to talk a little bit about storing leaf lettuce. The colander of lettuce, above, was one week’s haul from my itsy-bitsy garden. While I would love to have a huge garden to roam around in and grow all kinds…