Kohlrabi slaw: A Crunchy Treat for Early Spring

Kohlrabi Slaw Kohlrabi slaw is a great salad for winter or early spring. Using 2 colors of kohlrabi, carrots, and an apple, cut matchstick style, this colorful crunchy salad is just the right mix of green and sweet. For a little extra bite I add some radishes, not shown in this image. Print Kohlrabi slaw…

Banana Flour Pancakes: gluten-free and grain-free

Pancakes for breakfast Pancakes are a favorite breakfast food around here. Usually we add in some fruit, nuts and berries to make them extra special. We have been making gluten free pancakes for a while now, but our new cooking challenge is the grain free pancake. Everyone loves banana pancakes in our house, so it…

Kale Berry Salad: How Many Varieties Of Kale Are There?

Craving Fresh Greens In the spring I am always craving salad. After months of root vegetables and preserved foods from last years garden, I am ready for something fresh. The wild greens are just sprouting, and the garden is newly planted, but kale is still available from hoop houses and cold frames. I decided to…

Community Supported Agriculture

Signing up for the CSA Well we just signed up for a summer of fresh local farm products including; vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs honey, syrup, soap and maybe even milk. I can hardly wait for June! We signed a contract with a local farm and paid the fee. In return we receive a weekly selection…

How To Eat Beets: History, Planting Instructions, Nutrition and Recipes

Mangles, Sugar Beets, Garden Beets, Chard, and Perpetual Spinach … What’s the diff? The beet is a master of variety. While plants like lettuce or the tomato might vary in characteristics of its edible part, each beet type emphasizes a different use of the plant. Chard for example emphasizes the edible leaves and so the…

Creamy Malanga Soup Recipe

Comfort food Creamy soup is a favorite comfort food in our family during the winter months. Usually it is a creamy potato soup base with various vegetables added in for variety. Creamy potato asparagus soup is amazing. But why should potatoes do all the work? This creamy malanga soup recipe can stand alone as a…

Dairy-Free, Creamy Swiss Chard

Hmmm … how to eat chard Swiss chard is an easy to grow, prolific garden green, but it’s not always easy to find recipes that use it. Baby chard is good in a salad, and chard pie is pretty good too, but our favorite side dish that features chard is our dairy-free, creamy swiss chard….

Roots: The winter pantry superstar

Roots instead of grains In the effort to eat less grain, we have been eating root vegetables with our meals; as many different varieties as we can find. (We are on a temporary elimination diet–more on that later and how it’s helped with our quest for food diversity.) I am looking forward to exploring some…

Beet Kvass Recipe Without Whey

Beets Red, white, yellow, long, short, flat, round and huge–garden beets come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. All of them are tasty, and all of them would work great for this beet kvass recipe without whey! Beets are a great root vegetable for including in a wide variety of dishes. If you have set…

Sweet Violets, and a Look-Alike.

Making a Backyard Salad I love making salad with spring greens. This salad that I made from picking plants in my backyard is mostly violet greens and flowers. I plan to mix in some red lettuce and top it with oil, vinegar, blueberries and some goat cheese. Violets are pretty easy to identify with their…

Morels while mowing

A little gift from the effort of mowing the lawn.  These morels, might look a normal size in the picture but they were actually as big as a hand.  (See the spoon for reference.)