Recipe: Homemade Gluten-Free Cherry Pie

Last summer, shortly after our move back from Oregon, Chad and I had one of the best welcome home presents ever. Our sour cherry trees were covered with fruit and the birds weren’t eating them yet. Years before, Chad had planted a few small cherry saplings – volunteers from his dad’s orchard – shortly after…

Recipe: Gluten-Free Sourdough Pancakes

Life-Changing Two-Ingredient Pancakes How many times have you wanted pancakes but didn’t have a mix on hand? This recipe will show you that you’ll never need to buy a pancake mix again – gluten-free or not. Really. I make my pancakes with only TWO ingredients: eggs and sourdough starter. You can use either gluten-free sourdough…

Recipe: Make Your Own Milk Kefir

How to make your own milk kefir Knowing how to ferment foods is an excellent homesteading skill whether you’re living on a small farm, in a city apartment, or somewhere in between. Knowing how to ferment will empower you to make your own nutrient and probiotic-rich foods, help save you money, and is also just…

Recipes: How to Make Fermented Sauerkraut

Make Your Own Homemade Sauerkraut Making homemade fermented sauerkraut used to scare me. Along with the fear of botulism, I was also confused and unsure how to proceed. I really wanted to try to make this delicious, pro-biotic-rich condiment, but was utterly lacking in confidence.

Recipe: Winter Squash Potage

“Potage” is a French word used to describe a soup. While living in France I learned that the term “potage” referred to the type of pureed soup that I’m cooking here. Others call this a “veloute.” Whatever you call it, I find it utterly delicious – showcasing the flavor of whatever vegetable you use –…

Recipe: Gluten Free Sourdough Starter

Most of us have probably heard that fermented foods are healthy for us, increasing the biodiversity in our microbiomes. Fermentation is also an exciting way to see nature at work – seeing an inert mixture develop bubbles and start to smell heavenly is a fun science lesson and provides a tasty cooking ingredient.