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

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

Huckleberry Milkshakes – Recipe

It’s been a tradition of ours even before we moved to Idaho to make regular outings to the regal stands of cedar in the mountains snaking across the Panhandle region; we spend countless hours working tirelessly throughout the season to pick huckleberries by the quart until we have a few gallons put up for later use. While they improve anything they’re added to, huck-shakes are a treat on the unforgettable level, and they’re surprisingly easy to make. Continue reading Huckleberry Milkshakes – Recipe

Huckleberries: Purple Gold of the Northwest

Since our very first trip to Idaho back in 2017 I have been absolutely hooked on hucks. I’m convinced there’s nothing that can’t be made better with huckleberries! Ice cream, milk shakes, turnovers, scones, pancakes, jams and jellies, you name it! My husband even had chicken and waffles with huckleberry syrup at a restaurant downtown. Continue reading Huckleberries: Purple Gold of the Northwest

Harvest Grains Artisan Bread – Recipes

I love a good piece of artisan harvest grains bread. A dear friend of mine, my fiddle instructor and my knitting buddy for many years, showed me her favorite snack when I was a teenager spending my summers weekending at her tiny cabin: a thick-sliced piece of whole grain bread, crusty and hearty, with a piece of cheese melted over the top. I look forward to that gooey snack every time I buy a bakery loaf like this, which is not very often. In an effort to make and eat more whole foods I’ve added bread to my weekly baking … Continue reading Harvest Grains Artisan Bread – Recipes

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