Farmgirl School

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -Tolkien

The yeasty, earthy smell of bread wafts through the house. The sourdough rye will be perfect to sop up the soup I am making. A little butter on the still-warm bread is worth every step of breadmaking. A small glass of cold wine pulls it all together. We eat outdoors while watching the swallows swoop …

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Crispy, delicious eggplant slices on top of spaghetti with a rich tomato sauce. Fried pickles with ranch and a cold beer on a hot summer day. Fried zucchini and mushrooms are another favorite that take me back to Grandma’s house. Swinging my feet at her dining room table waiting for a plate of fried mushrooms, …

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We are in the peas! As we wind down rhubarb and pea season, I made a few great recipes for you to try. Spring Pea Soup This soup came together fast and was so creamy and delicious. Pour a few tablespoons of olive oil into a soup pan and heat over medium. Add a chopped …

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Things got more efficient after we began using a paring knife to slice down the seam of the pods to free the spring peas. “Everyone is getting a scheduled C-section!” Doug declared. It certainly made us faster as we shelled thirty-seven pounds of peas. Is it worth it? Hail destroyed the majority of our peas …

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The more you eat homemade food, the less you like store-bought, and that’s the truth! The hard stuff doesn’t even come close to the delicious, chewy texture of homemade pasta and it just couldn’t be any easier to make. In a bowl combine: 3 stirred up farm fresh eggs from happy chickens (now, folks, that …

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The shelves are still empty. Yes, at the store, but I am talking about my own pantry. I slacked the last two years canning and it shows! Not a tomato jar in sight. The pasta sauces at the store are sub-par, in my opinion, and my own are gone. This pasta sauce is fast and …

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A common question to vegans is, If you don’t eat meat, why do you look for things that look and taste like meat? The best answer I saw to this was a response on Instagram, “Because I don’t want to harm animals!” There sure is a lot of false accusations going on on social media …

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My home seemed too small to host a baby shower for my friend, but I know after all these years of gathering people, that somehow it all works out perfectly. So my daughter, Emily, and I started planning. In my small space, we amazingly, and comfortably fit eighteen people, laughing and wishing the new mama …

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When Doug and I were vegetarian (still eating dairy), folks would us, “So do you eat cheese?” “Well of course! (What moron would give up cheese?) It doesn’t hurt the animal!” was our automatic response. We took the children to a sustainability fair downtown at the Convention Center a little over ten years ago. A …

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Welcome 2020! You bring with it such promise and excitement for a new year! What are your dreams this year? What are your goals? One of my main goals this year is to up our food production. Not just gardening, though that is a big part of it. We also have a lofty goal of …

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