Strawberry Rhubarb Pie: A perfect combination of sweet and tart

Strawberry Rhubarb Cream Pie Strawberry rhubarb pie is the perfect spring and early summer pie. It’s perfect because it tastes so good, but also because the strawberries and rhubarb can come right from the garden, as fresh as it gets! We are still a little early for strawberries here in Michigan at the end of…

Bush cherries and Cherry trees: Ripening fruit

The cherries are getting ripe! As we get close to the time for the Traverse City Cherry festival, we have been checking all the cherry trees for ripe fruits. There have been a few ripe cherries each day and several more on the way. Our tree cherries are getting ripe, but so are the bush…

Baby apples!

Scarlet surprise Prarie spy Golden delicious Baby apples Scarlet surpise, Prarie spy, and Golden delicious apples are three of our apple trees in the orchard that are starting to produce this year! The first 2 varieties are not so easy to find at the store. And Golden delicious apples are delicious, in applesauce especially. I…

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…

Blood Orange: A Surprising Citrus Treat

I love citrus fruit in winter. Something about the cold dark winter days makes me crave the bright colors and tastes of citrus. Mandarins and grapefruit have been consistently in the grocery cart, and no matter how many I buy, this household of six consumes them within a couple days. But today the store had…