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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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Turmeric Dog Treats – Easy on the Joints

Turmeric Dog Treats – Easy on the Joints

Turmeric Dog Treats Turmeric is a known anti-inflammatory for humans and dogs. Ava is aging, going on eight in a few months. She carries extra weight as a side effect of her epilepsy medications. Extra weight is hard on a dog’s joints so I’ve started making turmeric dog treats. Ava and Zoey are fussy about their treats and like these so it’s a double win for us. I shared the recipe for Peanut Butter Oatmeal treats and mentioned that they’re…

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Sweet & Savory Apple Spice Turkey Brine

Sweet & Savory Apple Spice Turkey Brine

Sweet & Savory Apple Spice Turkey Brine Brining a turkey seemed to me like a lot of time and unnecessary ingredients. What’s wrong with normal turkey? We either raise or buy our turkeys locally. I like the flavor of a pastured, fresh, home-grown turkey. Turns out there’s nothing wrong with plain turkey at all but it really can be even better. I love apple spice turkey brine. It’s sweet and savory, adds a bit of salt to the flavor, and…

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Bourbon Meatballs – On The The Fire

Bourbon Meatballs – On The The Fire

Bourbon Meatballs I love these meatballs. Love them. I’m not a big fan of bourbon alone but Bourbon Meatballs is one of my favorites. I make these for appetizers or increase the size of the meatball and use them as an entree. The bourbon gives this recipe a rich flavor. Definitely not for kids so if you want to make a meatball everyone can enjoy you may replace the bourbon with apple cider. If you’re in a time crunch or…

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Pickled Fiddleheads Recipe

Pickled Fiddleheads Recipe

olPickled Fiddleheads Recipe Fiddleheads are the first wild plant food we forage each year. They break through the duff in wet spots along river and stream banks. I like them steamed or simmered and topped with butter, salt and pepper. Sauteed in butter and sprinkled with blue cheese crumbles is a favorite. The stronger flavor of the fiddleheads is a good match for the blue cheese. It’s a mouthful of flavor. But pickled fiddleheads, they’re the best. Pickled fiddleheads are…

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Salted Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Recipe Salted caramel apple pie is my new go-to pie for potluck suppers, Thanksgiving dinner, having guests over, and girlfriends’ lunch when it’s my turn to host here on the homestead. Steve takes it to office luncheons.¬† This pie is rich, sweet and immensely satisfying so you might consider a smaller-than-usual slice. Hahaha…no. Eat the pie. Enjou the pie. I am all for kids in the kitchen. Mine started cooking when they were three or four…

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Chicken Brown Rice (Grouse) and Vegetables

Chicken Brown Rice (Grouse) and Vegetables

Chicken Brown Rice (or Grouse) Working full time, running a homestead that produces most of our food, hunting season and home renovations make for exhausting days. Having a simple one-pot meal like Chicken Brown Rice that requires very little preparation time is a life saver some days. This recipe works well with chicken, grouse, turkey, woodcock and other upland game birds. I used to make this with duck but have decided I like duck prepared in other ways much better….

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