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.” […]

Nasturtium Pesto Recipe

Nasturtium Pesto Recipe

Are you ever amazed to find yourself in the exact same spot you were a year ago, mind blown by how quickly you got from then to now? As we get older, I think we are all more aware of this. In between, time can seem to crawl. We drudge on through the harsh winter […]

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 […]

Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Candied Bacon

Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Candied Bacon

It’s not hard to tell that it’s pig processing time around here. We are actually nearing the end of it, with a few projects left to complete. I have 30 pounds of pork belly sitting in a maple brown sugar cure in the refrigerator as we speak, destined for the smoker in a couple of […]

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 […]

Easy Homemade Granola

Easy Homemade Granola

Raise your hand if you will pretty much die if you don’t eat breakfast in the morning. That would be me. Some of my most difficult moments are in the morning before I’ve eaten, and the kids are bugging me for breakfast. It’s pretty much understood that mom needs some fuel in the tank before […]

Nose-to-Tail Eating: Marinated Pig Heart

Nose-to-Tail Eating: Marinated Pig Heart

Quite possibly the greatest service that you can offer an animal that is to be eaten- outside of seeing to it that they are well-fed, watered, sheltered, and cared for- is to let as little of it as possible go to waste. That isn’t always easy, especially in modern society where the meat we find […]

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 […]

All Purpose Flaky Pie Crust

All Purpose Flaky Pie Crust

The perfect pie needs a perfect crust. One that is both beautiful and delicious in all of its flaky glory. Yes, flaky. If you are a person, flaky is not good. But if you are a pie crust, you are exactly who you should be. And all other pie crusts will envy you. Now, making […]

Garlic Stuffed Pork Rib Roast

Garlic Stuffed Pork Rib Roast

If I’ve learned anything over the years of feeding, growing, and harvesting the variety of animals that we raise to feed the family, it’s that I have a much greater respect for the food we eat. When you’ve put in the work all on your own, start to finish, the desire grows inside of you […]