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…

Maple Syrup Season: Our Favorite Maple Syrup Recipes

Maple Syrup Season Last years maple syrup production was a rollercoaster. The first sap flow started in February, and it stopped and started multiple times due to the variable weather. In mid-April, some of the taps were frozen. Near the end of April the maple leaf buds started to swell and the season was finally…

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…

Updating the 1000 foods list

Wow, what a busy summer! We haven’t posted for a while, but we are hoping to start sharing soon some of the amazing foods and varieties that we have enjoyed over the summer. From the garden to the farmers market to the great outdoors, we have been pursuing health, adventure and culture in diversifying our…

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…

Radish mini challenge: #2 Daikon radish with Culantro

Daikon radish Daikon radish is not a new radish to us. It is actually one of our favorites. It is a mild tasting radish, easy to snack on. The kids like it raw and pickled, or served in soups and salads, and with veggie dip. I think its a favorite because it is nice and…

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…

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.)

Mother’s Day and Morels

Morel season is about the same time of year as Mother’s Day where we live. On Mother’s Day weekend our small community throws its annual mushroom festival which usually marks the beginning of morel season in our area.  For these three days people from all around the surrounding areas come out to celebrate this weird…