I’ve planted seeds directly in the garden, but never really started seeds indoors. After a humbling discussion with my community garden neighbor “Oh I start all my plants from seed,” he said. “Don’t you?” It was high time I started seeds myself.
Dried strawberries are easy to make and just heavenly to eat. And strawberry season is in full swing. (Well, not in Minnesota. My strawberry plants are still sleeping under six inches of snow.) Take advantage while berries are fresh and inexpensive.
Preserved lemons are the darlings of citrus season. They're the perfect counterpoint to a dreary winter's day, adding bright flavors to slow cooked dishes like beans & grains, braised meats, salads & sweets. And they're fabulous in a martini.
You know that feeling you get when the many places you've been & the many tastes & smells you've experienced suddenly collide at once? Mussaman Corned Beef is fusion deja vu, a blend of Southern Thai & traditional Irish American all in one.
Here's a way to use the entire apple in drying. I got the idea for Apple Dust from drying leftover skins from canning tomatoes. My dust has a lovely pink color & a light apple flavor. Perfect for mixing into yogurt, oatmeal & pancakes.
I love marmalade. Once a year I get to capture a little citrus heaven. That & I’ve been watching to much Downton Abbey. This year I'm blending classic Seville oranges & blood oranges for a unique fruity flavor & aroma, with a towel-snapping bite.
Grass-fed beef is perfect for jerky. Naturally lean, the rich mineral flavor of the beef shines through. I made two kinds of jerky, one with smoked salt, maple and mustard, the other with dark soy and garlic chili paste.
Pork loin spiced ham with juniper, black pepper, maple syrup and smokey scotch whisky. My smoker is out in the snowy yard, so the scotch whisky adds a little smoke without me dawning my snow boots. Time to embrace Winter!
Rendering your own lard is a snap. Lard does wonderful things to food, making pastries flakey, deep fried foods crispy and sautés profoundly flavorful. But the most important component of good tasting lard is the source of the pork fat.