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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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Ranch Dressing Recipe – On The Fire

Ranch Dressing Recipe – On The Fire

Ranch Dressing Recipe This Ranch Dressing recipe is the other half of an episode of On The Fire. Rather than try to put two recipes with a long list of ingredients together on one entry I decided to separate them. Simple is good. Ranch dressing is great on salad and as a dip. I like a little on baked potatoes. Do you love a fresh tomato or cucumber sandwich? Try this dressing instead of mayo. You’re welcome. Really. It’s that…

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Dandelion Fritters – Wild Harvested Appetizer

Dandelion Fritters – Wild Harvested Appetizer

Dandelion Fitters – Wild Harvested Appetizer Wild harvested dandelion fritters -doesn’t that sound nicer than going out to the backyard to pick the flowers off what most people think of as a week? When I was a kid we picked the flowers with the longest stems. We held them just right, thumb beneath the flower, and said “momma had a baby and it’s head popped off,” and then we’d flick the flower off with our thumbs. We stuck the small…

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Lemon Custard Recipe – On The Fire

Lemon Custard Recipe – On The Fire

Lemon Custard Recipe Custard is one of those foods most people could give or take. I love a flavorful custard. Bland? ehh…I’ll pass. It’s easy to add flavor, especially something as simple as lemon custard. You need the zest of two lemons. That’s all. I’ll add variations to the end of this post. You can add more flavor with the lemon or omit the lemon and change it up completely. If you want more lemon flavor you can add a…

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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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Rabbit Nuggets – Wild Harvested Food from the Forest

Rabbit Nuggets – Wild Harvested Food from the Forest

Rabbit Nuggets This recipe covers rabbits and hares, wild or domestic. We have too many snowshoe hares around the house. They can be be hard on a garden, fruit trees and brambles. And now, they can present a new problem. Canada lynx follow the hare population in Maine and have moved into our area. As beautiful as they are, I don’t want them here. The best way to lighten the possibility of their presence is to control the hare population…

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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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Beef, Vegetable & Barley Soup – Another Hearty Soup from On The Fire

Beef, Vegetable & Barley Soup – Another Hearty Soup from On The Fire

Beef  Vegetable Barley Soup Beef Vegetable Barley soup is one of my favorite soups. I like to make it on a Friday morning, store it in the fridge, and serve it as a hearty, easy dinner at the end of a busy week. This soup stores well in the fridge for three or four days, long enough to keep you well fed over a weekend or during a long week. If you don’t have stew beef on hand you could…

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