How to Prepare Garlic for Long Term Storage

How to Prepare Garlic for Long Term Storage

“Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing.” -Oscar Wilde In a world that is so fast-paced, so aggressive, so offended all the time, so self-absorbed, it can be hard to know…just where does one fit in? Where should your opinions lie? In which direction […]

Homemade Mint Extract

Homemade Mint Extract

I always feel a little extra trashy when I drag a big old bottle of the world’s cheapest vodka up to the register at the liquor store. There’s this urge to explain myself. “It’s not what you think! I’m not trash, I promise! It’s for extracts. Yes, extracts. No, I don’t actually drink this stuff…honest.” […]

Rhubarb Butter

Rhubarb Butter

Childhood could be summed up in a stalk of rhubarb dipped in sugar. Am I right? I don’t know how I consumed so much of the stuff, paired with store brand bleached white granulated sugar and actually enjoyed it. But I did. And I still love rhubarb. I have a particular affinity for the deep […]

How to Make a Sheepskin Rug

How to Make a Sheepskin Rug

Winter time is project time around these here parts. Our winters are long. Cold. Dark. And did I mention…long? As of right now, despite spring’s arrival on the calendar, we’re still under several feet of snow and seeing below-zero temperatures. But that’s life in my part of the world. And so deal with it we […]

Planning for the Permaculture Garden {Lake Time Magazine Article}

Planning for the Permaculture Garden {Lake Time Magazine Article}

I’m so happy to share that I’ve contributed another garden related article to Minnesota’s own Lake Time Magazine. As spring approaches (well, it is currently snowing outside my window, but we’ll try to keep things positive here), there’s no better time to start thinking about the upcoming gardening season and how you can do it […]

Dry Cured Guanciale

Dry Cured Guanciale

Winter officially arrived in northern Minnesota this weekend, and with it the inevitable desire to stay indoors. It’s the time of year when all I can think about is sleep and food. And because I have 3 small children, sleep is limited. So why not focus on the other option? Which is exactly what I […]

How to Prepare Turkey Feet for Use in Stock

How to Prepare Turkey Feet for Use in Stock

Give me just two minutes and I can explain. You still here? Good. I was worried I’d scared you off with a few harmless little turkey feet. Okay, big. Big turkey feet. Big turkey feet that somewhat resemble dinosaur feet. I get it. They’re not super pretty and yes, feet are gross. We can agree […]

How to Prepare Caul Fat

How to Prepare Caul Fat

It’s pig butchering season here on the farm, and with it comes so much excitement, emotion, and inevitably, exhaustion. Those of you who have raised and butchered your own animal, you know that reverent feeling that comes over you during this time. When you hold in your hands a part of that animal, you don’t […]

How to Build a Keyhole Raised Garden Bed

How to Build a Keyhole Raised Garden Bed

I am endlessly intrigued by interesting and unique ways of approaching the ordinary. Especially when it comes to gardening. You probably know that about me by now. When I was introduced to hugelkultur, my personal perspective on food production was changed forever. It was no longer as simple as sticking a seed into the ground, […]

Pickled Garlic Scapes

Pickled Garlic Scapes

I don’t know about you, but I love garlic. Looove it. I love adding it to pretty much everything I cook. I love how the smell lingers on your hands long after you’ve handled it. Some might find that gross. Not I. But what’s more, I really love growing it. I love the fact that […]