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Pumpkin Chowder – On The Fire

Pumpkin Chowder – On The Fire

Pumpkin Chowder It’s damp and cool this morning, 46°, and I’ve been working on firewood. I want comfort food today even though I don’t particularly need comforting (but my muscles might by the end of the day), something warm and satisfying. The New England Pie pumpkins we were given were irresistible. I baked two and let them cool overnight. Chicken stock came from the freezer, onions, potatoes and corn from a local farmstand, celery and garlic from my garden, and…

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Strawberry Rhubarb Cookie Bars – On The Fire

Strawberry Rhubarb Cookie Bars – On The Fire

Strawberry Rhubarb Cookie Bars Early summer, the magical time when strawberries and rhubarb are ready to be picked at the same time. It’s a short window here on the homestead. Rhubarb pops up as soon as the ground thaws but strawberries are much later in breaking dormancy. Rhubarb starts to go to seed when the strawberries are starting to show a faint blush of red. Garden tip: Cut the seed stem off to keep the rhubarb going a while longer….

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Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms – On The Fire

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms – On The Fire

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms Have you ever grilled stuffed mushrooms? I used to always put them in the oven but since buying a grill that has a thermometer – in the grill they go. They get the little bit of smokey flavor from meat juices dripping on the heat, giving them a little extra oomph in flavor. While I do love mushrooms, this recipe uses button mushrooms because of their sturdy, empty caps, and I don’t think they have a lot…

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Rhubarb Muffins – On The Fire

Rhubarb Muffins – On The Fire

Rhubarb Muffins I think rhubarb is an under-appreciated vegetable. It’s a vegetable. You knew that, right? Ya…me either for a long time. Here’s an easy way to get folks who don’t like vegetables (I can’t believe that’s even real.) to eat one. Disguise it as a treat. These Rhubarb Muffins are sweet and a nice change from the typical strawberry rhubarb pie or jam. Chop the rhubarb into small pieces, no larger than 1/4″. Rhubarb is bitter. You can minimize…

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Maple Syrup Dumplings

Maple Syrup Dumplings

Maple Syrup Dumplings MMmmmmmmm  Comfort food warning! Comfort foods don’t have to be eaten only when one is in need of comfort. Sometimes the best time to partake is in the company of a friend you haven’t seen in ages. The maple season started early this year and so did the maple treats. I was invited to visit a friend on her homestead in the early days of tapping. She made maple syrup dumplings that we enjoyed with hot coffee…

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Cranberry Nut Bread Recipe – On The Fire

Cranberry Nut Bread Recipe – On The Fire

Cranberry Nut Bread When I walked into the grocery store and saw big, beautiful fresh oranges on display my first thought was “Time to get out my favorite cranberry nut bread recipe.” That’s what everyone thinks of when they see oranges, right? Cranberry nut bread without orange zest and juice lacks flavor. Fresh squeezed orange juice and zest make all the difference. I double this recipe so I can share a loaf or keep one in the freezer for later….

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Cream Puffs – On The Fire

Cream Puffs – On The Fire

Cream Puffs Our Christmas edition of Big Wild is all about food. It took me two weeks to decide on a dessert for the show. Denny Corriveau and John Schumacher returned to cook with us. At first I felt like I’d really need to step this up and make something fancy. Christmas is all about family and food, but food was never fancy. I reminded myself of my own words of advice – good food doesn’t have to be fancy…

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Baked Grouse with Brown Rice, Cranberries and Walnuts

Baked Grouse with Brown Rice, Cranberries and Walnuts

Baked Grouse with Brown Rice, Cranberries and Walnuts It’s been a good hunting season for ruffed grouse, or partridge as most folks here call them. Do you know the difference between grouse and partridge? The locals say grouse is what you hunt with a guide and bird dog while partridge is what you hunt on your own, the difference being the amount of money spent on the excursion. 🙂 We’re going with grouse today. Baked grouse, brown rice, cranberries and…

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Dutch Apple Pie – Streusel Topping

Dutch Apple Pie – Streusel Topping

Dutch Apple Pie Dutch Apple Pie was known as Sour Cream Apple Pie in my house when I was growing up. It was a once-a-year treat, always at Thanksgiving. Pies in general, unless it was pumpkin pie, were a holiday treat. This might have made Dutch Apple Pie special in one way but the decadent, somewhat old fashioned, filling, deliciousness of this pie would have kept it special if we’d had it every week. It’s hearty, not overly sweet (cut…

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