Whole Chicken Soup Stock – Recipe

Making your own chicken stock (or any kind of broth, really) is amazingly effortless, especially if you own a pressure cooker! I threw this recipe together after butchering a naughty hen from our egg layers – you can see more about that experience in my Homestead Kitchen Diary – but you can use any whole, raw chicken you pick up locally or from the supermarket. Continue reading Whole Chicken Soup Stock – Recipe

My First Butchering Experience – Homestead Kitchen Diary

I finally got the courage to cull my first hen after we adopted a few rescue chickens from a backyard chicken owner. They had been kept indoors pretty much all their lives and came to us with a number of problems, one of which being the dreaded egg-eating. This counterproductive problem got worse and worse until the straw that finally broke the camel’s back: I came into the coop to gather eggs one day and was literally fighting off hens hand-and-claw for the few precious eggs we were getting in the dead of winter. The one in particular that I could clearly identify was a hefty white hen, which I confirmed based on the egg yolk clearly covering her face and comb. Continue reading My First Butchering Experience – Homestead Kitchen Diary

My First Loaves of Sourdough – Homestead Kitchen Diary

This post – the first of what I hope to compile as a series of notes on culinary experimentation – covers my sourdough journey thus far. While I’m still in the beginning phases of sourdough bread making I’ve fed (and killed) many starters, and I’m finally getting the hang of using ferments in my cooking. I’ve learned a lot over the past month of regular baking so while I think these notes may be helpful for another struggling home baker, they’ll be useful for me to look back on in the future anyway. In my opinion the hardest part of … Continue reading My First Loaves of Sourdough – Homestead Kitchen Diary

How to Turn Your Wet Sourdough Starter into a Dry Starter

The beauty of this method is that you only need a small amount of the starter to reactivate for each round of baking you do while it’s in the fridge. As long as it’s not moldy it will be safe and ready to use until you only have a small amount left; this remaining starter is used to mix another batch of dry starter to refill your container. Continue reading How to Turn Your Wet Sourdough Starter into a Dry Starter

Huckleberry Buttermilk Scones – Recipe

If you’ve never made scones consider this a sign! They’re amazingly delicious and so simple to make. Every time I make scones I think of Mrs. McCarthy of the TV series Father Brown, who for much of the show’s duration offers her famous “award-winning scones” to passerby at every opportunity. These aren’t quite as fancy but they’re remarkable nonetheless! Any berry can be substituted for the huckleberries; but if you live in the Pacific Northwest I highly encourage you to go on a huckleberrying lark! Continue reading Huckleberry Buttermilk Scones – Recipe

Create an Heirloom Recipe Scrapbook

I was inspired a few years ago by a gift from my mother-in-law to put together a recipe scrapbook with my most-used and precious family recipes. She is an avid scrapbooker, and while my version is much simpler in design it brings me no less joy to use it! Many of my fondest memories can be traced back to making or sharing great food with friends and family, so this project is very special to me. It contains numerous dishes that my parents and grandparents made for me growing up and they hold countless stories in their many flavors. I … Continue reading Create an Heirloom Recipe Scrapbook

My Favorite Cookbooks

Over the years I have amassed an impressive selection of cookbooks (not as impressive as my grandma’s, but I’m working on it.) I keep most of them on our bookshelf upstairs but a select few make the rotation on my butcher block. Here’s a list of the most-used, best-loved cookbooks from my collection: these contain my tried and true recipes as well as the basics which I use as a template for some of my own culinary creations! Continue reading My Favorite Cookbooks

Hearty Whole-Grain Pancakes – Recipe

This a very basic pancake recipe that has the special addition of some heart-healthy whole grains, namely oat bran, which makes for a rib-sticking hot breakfast. The oats magically disappear in the voluminous batter and give a delightfully complex flavor and texture. This is my new favorite breakfast recipe and I hope it’ll be yours too! Continue reading Hearty Whole-Grain Pancakes – Recipe

Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup – Recipe

Looking for a quick and easy comfort meal? This hearty, soul-warming soup takes less than 30 minutes to throw together and tastes like it’s made from scratch. It was a lifesaver for me on a day when our whole family was sick and I needed a quick meal to soothe our sniffles! If you don’t have (or don’t like to use) cheesecloth, I encourage you to check out the GIANT tea ball I ordered and CAN’T get enough of! I have two, one I use for diffusing bath tea (score!) and one in my kitchen for applications such as this. Continue reading Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup – Recipe

Mixed Berry Cupcakes – Recipe

After much trial and error I have finally recreated the best cake I’ve ever had – inspired by my sister’s wedding cake (the recipe for which is closely guarded and wasn’t available to a lowly home baker such as myself), a luxurious huckleberry-infused white cake that tastes like it’s straight from heaven. Moist and fluffy, decadent and refreshing, this has quickly become a family favorite and has converted even a self-proclaimed cake-hater. The secret ingredient that elevated this cake from its plain, dry predecessor is sour cream, one of my favorite secret weapons in baking. I use it in biscuits, … Continue reading Mixed Berry Cupcakes – Recipe

Huckleberry Cream Cheese Turnovers – Recipe

Our family is a dessert family. That’s why when I say these turned out amazing, I am not afraid to toot my own horn! Pastry dough has always intimidated me because in order to get that perfect, flaky golden crust, the directions must be followed exactly: knead this many times, roll that many times, fold just so… And I’m just not that precise of a cook. But after a hankering for a fresh turnover and nowhere to get one during this pandemic nonsense I busted out the beloved Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and gave it a try. My husband … Continue reading Huckleberry Cream Cheese Turnovers – Recipe