Category Archives: LEARN

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Wicked Marmalade (vegan)

WICKED MARMALADE One of my favorite things to make (and EAT) is homemade jams and marmalade. There is just something about the flavor and color that homemade jams and marmalade has that is NEVER found in a store bought variety. Also, I think homemade recipes use more fruit than commercially made products. Maybe it is […]

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Jalapeno Oil (vegan)

JALAPENO OIL Making your own flavored oils not only saves you money but you are guaranteed that the ingredients are fresh and of high quality. I have been making my own flavored oils for years now and currently have quite the collection going. A fun thing that I have done is I save all my […]

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Pumpkin-the Natural Serving Dish

PUMPKIN-THE NATURAL SERVING DISH Since the Holidays are coming up, I am always looking for ideas to make my festivities memorable for my guests. One way to do this is to have  unique dinner settings and decorations. One of my most versatile “secret holiday decoration weapons” is the PUMPKIN- as a serving dish. I can […]

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (vegan)

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS The best part of carving your Halloween jack-O-lantern is that you get an added bonus… the pumpkin seeds! Here is the base recipe to roast the perfect holiday pumpkin seeds. Some people like to spice them after they roast them, you can if you like. Remember a little goes along ways when […]

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Poached Eggs

POACHED EGGS In my opinion, poached eggs are the healthiest way to eat an egg. They are cooked without any added fat and if done right, do not need any additional seasonings or toppings like butter. Poaching eggs can be really simple to make and can easily be done for the masses. When making multiple […]

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Using Herbs and Spices

USING HERBS AND SPICES Boredom with the same food can be the number one killer of staying on a healthy track, so why not mix it up a little. There are a ton of herbs and spices out there besides garlic powder, salt and pepper. Fresh herbs can be grown in a window herb garden […]

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Pickled Chilis and Garlic (vegan)

PICKLED CHILIS AND GARLIC Pickled vegetables can be a great addition to sandwiches, a deli tray, a bloody mary and to my favorite…. a MARTINI. The process is simple but the result is pretty complex. This is just one example of a combination that I like, you can create your own with just about any […]

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Aspens Are Changing

ASPENS ARE CHANGING Yes, this is my favorite time of year! I love the colors and the crispness of the air that Autumn brings us. I am very fortunate to live in an area that has both of these attributes. Every year since I was much younger, I have traveled to the mountains in the […]

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Fire Kindling Bag

FIRE KINDLING BAG      As the days get colder and the nights drop below freezing, my fireplace is in full swing now. Yes, I do have a central heating system but it is only set at 50 for the nights if the fireplace isn’t doing it’s job or dies out before I can replenish logs […]

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Roasted Chicken Stock/Soup

ROASTED CHICKEN STOCK AND SOUP ROASTED CHICKEN STOCK– makes about 10 cups stock 1 whole PESTO ROASTED CHICKEN bones and skin, cooked, meat removed, shredded and reserve in refrigerator  (see recipe PESTO ROASTED CHICKEN here) 3 cups vegetable trimmings (reserved vegetable trimmings from roasted chicken recipe PLUS 1 whole large organic yellow onion, 6 whole […]

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Brandied Fruit Herbie

BRANDIED FRUIT HERBIE      Brandied Fruit “Herbie” has been a longtime favorite of my family’s kitchen through out the generations. It is a sweet, homemade alcoholic concoction that is made on your kitchen windowsill in an old large pickle jar. As a kid we always had a large jar of “Herbie” on the refrigerator. This […]

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Cup O Joe

CUP O JOE         Ever since I was a little kid, coffee has always been a very soothing smell to me and it still very much is. I am one of those whom only drink coffee socially not in the morning. GASP! You say, yes I am one of “THOSE” that do not require a […]

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Orange Chili Vinegar (raw-vegan)

ORANGE CHILI VINEGAR 2 liter recycled glass wine jug 8 large fresh organic garlic cloves, peel and split lengthwise 3 large organic hot banana peppers (from your window herb garden) 1 Tbsp. fresh ground dried organic orange peel 7 cups raw cider vinegar vinegar 2 one (1) liter recycled glass decorative or wine bottles Hold […]

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Orange Peel Grinder

ORANGE PEEL GRINDER Making your own spice grinders is very easy and you can be guaranteed of the quality of spices that you are making. Here is a step-by-step recipe to make your own organic dried orange peel (do this every time you eat an orange and you will never run out) 1 sterilized glass […]

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TOFU- the OTHER white meat

TOFU — THE OTHER WHITE MEAT Tofu has been around for centuries as a staple in many diets. Chinese legend has it that tofu was an invention to Prince Liu An (179-122 BC). It is very popular in East and Southeastern Asian cuisines and is an important source of protein in the vegetarian diet of […]

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Strawberry Fields Forever… In a Jar!

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER… IN A JAR!      As summer comes to an end and fall starts to show its colors, I look back at all the fruit that was in abundance just a few weeks ago. Walking through a farmers market or even at the store, Mother Nature showed off a rainbow of colors.  I […]

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Organic Eggs

ORGANIC EGGS      When you pick eggs for you and your family there are a few things you should know about labeling of eggs. There are basically only a couple of labels we see with eggs; ORGANIC, FREE RANGE or PASTURED, and CAGE FREE. Labeling eggs NATURAL and that the hens are HAPPY  means […]

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Window Herb Garden

WINDOW HERB GARDEN      Growing herbs indoors allows you to have fresh organic herbs and small fruiting vegetables like jalapenos or hot banana peppers anytime during the year. I grow fresh organic herbs and chiles right in my window sill year round. I live in an area where we get snow about 6 months out […]

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Farmers Market

FARMERS MARKET       Farmers markets have been around for decades. The only difference is that decades ago they were on the actual farm, not behind the local mall or empty library parking lot on Saturday.  When grandma got her produce/dairy/eggs it was from either her farm or the local farm up the road. She could […]

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Rustic Lifestyle

RUSTIC LIFESTYLE       A rustic lifestyle is a very simple concept and can be easily adopted into anyone’s schedule. My definition of a RUSTIC LIFESTYLE is embracing all that is natural and simple. I am not talking about going back to the Stone Age, I am talking about going back to a life that was […]

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