Tag: cooking

Recipes: Quick and Easy Chicken Broth

Recipe for quick and easy chicken broth using rotisserie chicken carcass and vegetables

Recipes: Grits ‘N Greens

My oh my, how do I love grits. My dad got us started early on this Southern staple by making us cheese grits on cold mornings then we progressed to a more sophisticated version with shrimp ‘n grits on our visits to the Lowcountry… Continue Reading “Recipes: Grits ‘N Greens”

homesteading: freezing herbs for the taste of summer all year round

Every autumn, I make a lot of pesto with my sweet basil and put it up to freeze.  This year, I’ll be freezing fresh basils, oregano, and thyme as well for soups and such in the winter. Before freezing herbs, there’s some prep work… Continue Reading “homesteading: freezing herbs for the taste of summer all year round”

rainy days got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.  ~Author Unknown It’s a cool, rainy  day here–the kind of weather that makes me want to lie on the couch and doze on and off, dreaming of warm, sunny days and veggies growing… Continue Reading “rainy days got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day”

Lessons learned: canning and prayer

I wrote this one several summers ago, and with the onset of canning season, I have returned to it this week.  I find that each summer I can, this prayer practice becomes enhanced with various nuances. With the renovation of our kitchen this past… Continue Reading “Lessons learned: canning and prayer”

tomatoes: dehydrating or drying for summer year ’round

There is nothing I like more than throwing a handful of sundried tomatoes into a dish to add a bit of tangy punch and a little bit of summer.  Tonight, I wandered out to the tomato and pepper bed, rounded the corner, and ta-dah! … Continue Reading “tomatoes: dehydrating or drying for summer year ’round”

recipes: spring green salad

With all the new extra sunlight on the farm, my spring gardens have produced more than enough greens to feed our family, our chickens, and any rabbit that can jump the fence.  I’ve been experimenting a bit with salad ideas and came up with… Continue Reading “recipes: spring green salad”

growing grace farm’s Mediterranean chicken

The other day, I managed to find the last jar of dried Roma tomatoes pushed to the back of the top shelf.  What a gift!  Even though I am trying to be conservative in my usage (it will be another couple of months before… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s Mediterranean chicken”

Thai peanut lettuce wraps and stir fry veggies

I’ve been all about some Thai food cooking recently so I thought I’d repost this one.  Enjoy~ There are some days that I am simply tired of having food sensitivities.  I miss going into any restaurant anywhere and ordering anything I want without having… Continue Reading “Thai peanut lettuce wraps and stir fry veggies”

recipes: turmeric chicken and root veggie stew

With all this lovely cold rainy January weather, I’m back to my old favorites for lunch so thought I’d repost a few.  I created this one last year and have actually made it on several occasions without the chicken this year–the veggies are so… Continue Reading “recipes: turmeric chicken and root veggie stew”

2014’s new favorites in our kitchen

Tonight as I was searching through some homesteading posts, I came across this one from much earlier in the year.  Was a great surprise to be reminded of a few items I’d not used in awhile. I figure since we are rounding out 2014,… Continue Reading “2014’s new favorites in our kitchen”

growing grace farm’s ginger peach jam~a tribute to my Pop

Today would have been my grandfather’s 108th birthday.  God love him~he lived until he was 99 3/4 and died peacefully while eating his second dessert.  We could all be so lucky. This time of year, I grieve his loss as he was the man… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s ginger peach jam~a tribute to my Pop”

growing grace farm’s Saturday morning apples

Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, I came home delighted to begin cooking and baking in my new kitchen.  I had come across some beautiful Honey Crisp apples at the store and decided to create an apple tart for our family celebration. And by “create,” I… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s Saturday morning apples”

recipes: cooking with cranberries

It is my favorite holiday season–Thanksgiving!  I thought I’d start posting a few recipes over the next few weeks to celebrate the foods served during this time year.  As you know, however, we like to shake it up a bit so I encourage you… Continue Reading “recipes: cooking with cranberries”

recipes: growing grace farm’s mediterranean chicken

This week, I’ve been craving Greek food, and I don’t mean gyros.  I’ve been longing to cook something healthy and delicious in spite of busy schedules and house renovations.  And so tonight, even though we had to leave for my daughter’s chorus performance at… Continue Reading “recipes: growing grace farm’s mediterranean chicken”

recipes: enjoying autum greens

In autumn, the sun sinks just low enough in the sky that she hides behind our trees most of the day.  The farm sadly surrenders to shade which means that fall veggies for us are limited primarily to greens.  No matter.  We love chard,… Continue Reading “recipes: enjoying autum greens”

growing grace farm’s cinnamon honey applesauce

You know Mother Nature, she is bountiful one season then rests the next.  Last year, we had not a one apple on any of the trees on our family property.  This year, however, we were able to gather three cloth grocery bags full in… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s cinnamon honey applesauce”

growing grace farm’s honey citrus slaw

I love me a good fish taco.  Seriously, I have tried fish tacos from the coast of SC to TX, and from FL all the way to WI.  What I have found that makes or breaks a good fish taco (besides the freshness of… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s honey citrus slaw”

my daughter’s extra garlicky green beans

Ever since she was a toddler, my child has loved herself some garlic.  Given the health benefits of this perennial bulb, I have gladly allowed her to partake of it in many forms.  Her favorites?  Roasted and pickled. One of her favorite recipes is… Continue Reading “my daughter’s extra garlicky green beans”

Easy fruit lemonades

Aahh, the weekend before exams, and my daughter has sequestered herself in her room for the better part of it.  What better way to remind her that summer is around the corner than to make her a mid-afternoon treat of blueberry lemonade. I have… Continue Reading “Easy fruit lemonades”

Cinco de Mayo turkey burgers and fruit salsa

Reposting this one as it’s already been requested for Cinco de Mayo~ Even as a committed locavore, I do get a hankerin’ for summer tropical fruits now and again.  A Spring Break trip to DC also introduced me to a new turkey burger recipe… Continue Reading “Cinco de Mayo turkey burgers and fruit salsa”

recipe: Gracie Girl’s black bean and saffron rice casserole (gluten free)

One of my deepest regrets as a homesteader is that I did not sit my Granny down and write out all of the recipes she kept locked tightly in her head.  Even if they had read “a pinch of this, and a handful of… Continue Reading “recipe: Gracie Girl’s black bean and saffron rice casserole (gluten free)”

recipe: growing grace farm’s “just one more slice” zucchini bread

Removing all grains from my diet for my health’s sake was a challenge but easily accepted once my body started feeling better.  There are a few foods, however, I mourn the loss of–an aromatic thin crust pizza loaded with veggies, a warm glazed donut… Continue Reading “recipe: growing grace farm’s “just one more slice” zucchini bread”

thrifty thursdays: mason jars part 2

So, if you don’t already know it, I’m in love with Mason jars.  Well, Mason jars and pallets, but that’s another blog post.  I know we’ve already covered Mason jars once on Thrifty Thursday, (that blog post is here), but ol’ Mason and I… Continue Reading “thrifty thursdays: mason jars part 2”

recipe: my daughter’s favorite crepes

Since my daughter was a baby girl, crepes have been our traditional “special breakfast” on the weekends.  Sadly, they are no longer as healthy now as they were when she was younger–I kindly “thank” a mother who had the same tradition but made hers… Continue Reading “recipe: my daughter’s favorite crepes”

sugar snap peas: spring’s candy

A few years ago, I started a batch of sugar snap peas on our deck and in front on the triangular trellis.  By late May, we had fat sugar snaps dangling from the vine.  I was so excited that I came running in and… Continue Reading “sugar snap peas: spring’s candy”

slow food

It would be simple to define “slow food” as “the opposite of fast food” or “food that is cooked slowly.”  I prefer, however, to think of slow food as food that has not only been prepared slowly but also cultivated slowly–food that has taken… Continue Reading “slow food”

growing grace farm’s creamy chicken and wild rice soup (gluten free)

My daughter is not a fan of soup much anymore.  I attribute that to her fourth grade year when I believe she took soup to school every day. There is now only one soup that she’ll request, a creamy chicken and wild rice soup… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s creamy chicken and wild rice soup (gluten free)”

rainy days got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day

It seems that we no longer have snow in winter where I live–Winter brings with her cold rain now, and for us natives, it is depressing.  I am taking measures to “work through” the impact of global warming on my home town, and some… Continue Reading “rainy days got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day”

recipes: turmeric chicken and root vegetable stew

In an effort to make a quick soup one Saturday with some leftover chicken, I created this recipe which is delightfully hearty for cold winter days.  After adding so many cubed root veggies, it took on the form of a stew.  Seasoning it with… Continue Reading “recipes: turmeric chicken and root vegetable stew”

my “new favorites” in the kitchen

This past year, I searched for new additions to my cooking staples to liven up the limited diet I can consume. Rather than being frustrated by it, I considered it to be an endeavor, one that required much taste-testing and creativity.  I thought I’d… Continue Reading “my “new favorites” in the kitchen”

recipes: growing grace farm’s winter morning breakfast frittata

Being a bit limited by my grain-free diet, I have spent a lot of time experimenting with breakfast recipes.  I mourn the loss of my favorite breakfast, oatmeal with sea salt, sliced banana and a drizzle of maple syrup, but I have created some… Continue Reading “recipes: growing grace farm’s winter morning breakfast frittata”

recipes: pepper poppers

Thought I’d start posting  some appetizer ideas for those who might be entertaining on New Year’s Eve.  Enjoy! Well, I will be the first to admit it.  I fell for the large bag of small red, yellow, and orange sweet peppers.  No, they’re not… Continue Reading “recipes: pepper poppers”

recipes: winter weather, summer salad

My daughter’s school chorus sold citrus to raise money this season.  We recently received our order and are overflowing in tangelos, oranges, and red grapefruit.  I’m looking forward to making this salad as a light and cleansing option after all the holiday treats.  Enjoy!… Continue Reading “recipes: winter weather, summer salad”

recipes: growing grace farm’s sunshine bread

Having a bad cold weasel its way into the farm has left us a bit under the weather.  Needless to say, our juicer has been quite busy the past several days.  This afternoon as I pulled the catch container from behind the machine, I… Continue Reading “recipes: growing grace farm’s sunshine bread”

my new favorite: growing grace farm’s tribute to Chocolat

So, there are very few treats I can delight in during the holiday season since I am basically grain and nut free.  Tonight, I had a craving for something a little sweet and just happened to have the fixins for this delight in our… Continue Reading “my new favorite: growing grace farm’s tribute to Chocolat”

recipes: gluten free sweet potatoes with topping

Yumm!  I just made this one up in the kitchen and couldn’t wait to share.  This recipe made a 9×13 pan full.  BTW–gluten free doesn’t always mean “healthy,” but it’s nice to indulge once in awhile! Growing Grace Farm’s Gluten Free Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes… Continue Reading “recipes: gluten free sweet potatoes with topping”

recipes: cooking with cranberries

It is my favorite holiday season–Thanksgiving!  I thought I’d start posting a few recipes over the next few weeks to celebrate the foods served during this time year.  As you know, however, we like to shake it up a bit so I encourage you… Continue Reading “recipes: cooking with cranberries”

recipes: growing grace farm’s dried apples

This past week, I found a great deal on bags of organic apples.  Just my luck!  Apples have become a staple of my grain-free breakfast and my daughter’s school lunch.  I continue to look for options for this fruit as they are so delicious… Continue Reading “recipes: growing grace farm’s dried apples”

recipes: growing grace farm’s salted maple roasted root veggies

It is always good to revisit the recipes on your blog–I’ll be trying this one later this week! Oh, yeah!  What a great feeling to come home to a basket full of local root veggies waiting to be roasted on a cool autumn night. … Continue Reading “recipes: growing grace farm’s salted maple roasted root veggies”