Author Archive | Diana

Cooking

Cooking Great Food From Scratch

With the holidays just around the corner, we are entering baking season.  Most of us have memories of mothers and grandmothers baking cookies and pies and other wonderful treats on chilly fall and winter days; or big family dinners with steaming bowls and platters crowded on the table.  Despite the popularity of the Food Network […]

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Food Preservation

Food Preservation – Preserving Your Harvest     

It’s that time of year in Vermont… apple season.  We live near several family owned orchards that have a plethora of apple options – pre-picked, pick your own, utility apples, fresh pressed cider, and mouth-watering apple cider donuts.  It’s also the season for some wonderful wild mushrooms such as Black Trumpets – a relative of […]

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Getting Started With Bees

Getting Started With Bees – The Queen and her Court – Part 1

Did you know that honey doesn’t spoil?  It is literally good forever.  Honey was found in Egyptian tombs and after 3000 years, it’s still edible.  Honey is Nature’s most amazing sweetener.  Unlike sap used to make syrup, and cane used to make sugar, the honey of bees requires no processing before use; just take it straight […]

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Homestead eggs

Eggs! Eggs! Eggs!

In my mind, the #1 benefit of having poultry on our homestead is fresh eggs. They are a wonderful food; small, self-contained, nutritional treasures. An average chicken egg is 50g, containing 6g of protein, and about 78 calories. In a 2000 calorie/day diet this represents 12% of the daily recommended protein and only 4% of […]

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