Hummus is fabulous served with a bit of feta cheese and kalamata olives.

Homemade Hummus

It kind of blows my mind that so many people buy hummus out of the refrigerator case. But then it occurred to me that maybe it's because that's the only hummus they've ever had. Maybe they don't know how easy it is to make! The first time I had hummus it was homemade by a […] Read More

Gluten free pizza crackers for your snacking pleasure.

Homemade Gluten Free Pizza Crackers

After reading my true confession about Cheez-Its, Amanda from High Prairie Homestead took pity on me and sent a recipe for homemade cheese crackers. I guest posted about making a gluten free version of Cheez-Its for Little House in the Suburbs, but while I was at it I decided to experiment with a gluten free […] Read More


Organic Foods and Bulk Buying Options

  I do not claim to be fully self-sufficient. While I continually strive to improve that, there are just some things that I'll never be able to produce myself - and I'm not willing to do without. I still depend on growers in other climates to produce the wheat, the oats, and the corn that […] Read More


Preserving Tomatoes as Salsa

Preserve your garden's bounty with this simple salsa recipe.

Liliko‘i -- or passion fruit -- is the epitome of tropical flavor and perfect for turning into jelly.

Lilikoi (Passion Fruit) Jelly

Otherwise known as passion fruit, liliko‘i is Mother Nature’s answer to a SweeTart. The first sour bite of a liliko‘i will jangle all the way back to your jawbone. Stick with it, though, and you’ll catch the tropical sweet undertones if this much-loved fruit. Filled with small black seeds wrapped in a juicy orange membrane, […] Read More

Don't just compost the rinds! Save them to make watermelon rind relish, a super easy knock-off of Del Monte's hamburger relish.

Watermelon Rind Relish

Save your watermelon rinds to make a knock-off old fashioned hamburger relish!

Beets fresh out of the garden are destined for this favorite "beet caviar" salad.

Beet Caviar: The Irresistible Purple Salad

Beets fresh out of the garden are destined for this favorite "beet caviar" salad.

Grainy mustard - it's a snap to make at home!

Homemade Grainy Mustard – Yes, Really

Mm. Mustard. I love mustard. But those fancy pants Dijon mustards give me a headache. I can get organic Dijon that comes in plastic. Or non-organic Dijon in glass. (Go figure, right?) Then it occurred to me that this is yet another product we've become accustomed to buying ready to use, when there's a perfectly good […] Read More

DIY chicken stock

Homemade Chicken Stock

Chicken stock - or bone broth - is easy to make and essentially free!

Making bulk sausage at home is easy.

Homemade Spicy Italian Sausage

Making homemade sausage is really easy to do and the results are so much better than the stuff from the grocery store. It takes me about 15 minutes to make a batch of this sausage. All you need is ground pork, some spices, and red wine. I encourage you to try this, especially if you've […] Read More