Extreme Vegetable Soup: A Super Soup Recipe

This extremely delicious soup recipe is sure to warm you up on a cold day. I don’t know about you, but when it is cold outside, I can’t get enough warm soup. Comfort food Well it is cold and snowy out. It still feels like winter with the snow outside and the kids throwing snowballs!…

Chestnuts: Chestnut and Chanterelle Pot Pie

Chestnuts and Chanterelles Chestnuts are a starchy nut with an almost potato-like texture; chanterelles, a mushroom with sweet and savory overtones. I had never eaten either before today’s cooking adventure. Chestnuts are a tree nut, but they are not your typical high protein, high fat nut. They have about 44 grams of carbohydrates for every…

Flu-fighting Winter Root Salad Dressing

The Challenge The challenge to keep our diet full of diversity and variety is a little harder in the winter without access to all the fresh fruits and vegetable varieties from the local farms, markets and our own garden. But, even in the simple task of trying to stay healthy during the winter months when…

Delicata squash stuffed with highbush cranberry wild rice stuffing

Stuffed delicata squash I just ate the best meal I have ever lunch-boxed to work! Delicata squash stuffed with highbush cranberry and wild rice stuffing was amazing. Delicata squash was much sweeter than I expected making a nice contrast for the sour cranberries and the rustic wild rice. And, not in the recipe title, the…

The winter cold frame: Update

The winter cold frame I wasn’t sure how the greens would look after the 12°F cold nights we’ve been having. But, I was pleasantly surprised. Winter greens I am happy to report that the greens are still going strong after the cold 12°F. They could use a little water, which I plan to supply. And…

Dandelion greens with dinner

Dandelion greens Autumn, among other things, is one of the best times to experiment with greens. Dandelion greens aren’t that fancy or new to us, but they don’t taste as bitter when the weather is cool. And that makes them a great addition to any fall meal. These greens pictured above are from the grocery…

Okra- oven roasted

Oven roasted okra I was never much a fan of okra. I think I may have mentioned this before. I always thought of okra as slimy and I don’t really like my vegetables to be slimy. But, A few years back I discovered that I do like pickled okra, and just recently I decided to…

What to Grow in a Northern Fall Garden: In October

The fall garden I am just not ready to give up the garden. It is October and the farmers and gardeners around me are turning over the soil and putting their gardens to bed for the winter. Just the other night the temperature dipped down to 23°F. But, nestled in their cozy beds, my plants…

The Extreme salad, inspired by Stephen Barstow: 30 ingredients or more

The Extreme Salad, inspired by Stephen Barstow, is becoming a new family meal time tradition. Stephen Barstow Stephen Barstow is the world record holder for making a salad with the most different varieties of plants. 537 different varieties of plants, all in one salad!!! That is inspiring. And, he lives in Norway near the arctic…

Fruits and roots: Malanga rhubarb medley

Malanga at the store There are 2 varieties of malanga at the market where I buy it. One is long and skinny, the other looks more round like a potato (with hairy skin). I had some fresh rhubarb, so I thought, I should make some fruits and roots. And that is how the malanga rhubarb…