A True Winter Soup

Today it snowed… again. I thought spring had taken hold, but alas, no. Well, maybe! Weather predictions show 70 degree days on our near horizon. So for tonight’s dinner we really ate from our stores. I made a soup out of dried leeks, dried red onions, a cache of potatoes I found while planting this…

Happy New Year!

That’s what it feels like when ramp season arrives … the year is finally beginning. Spring has finally sprung. I may still have on my insulated overalls, but the heavy jacket remains on the hook in the house. Ramps are painting the wooded hillside with the first green brush of the year and the birds…

Ohhh, the season of strawberries!

  Gotta love strawberries! We’ve been eating them with yogurt and cereal and tonight we had a salad with strawberry dressing. We will definitely have it again! This is the dressing  we made, but because the strawberries were so fresh and sweet we skipped the sweetener. We had fresh greens, with toasted walnuts and local…

Beets!

First fresh beet salad of the season coming! Gently wilt beet greens. Slice fresh beet into matchsticks and top with fresh onion greens, toasted walnuts and a bit of goat cheese. Dress with mustard dressing … I made mine with pickled beet juice and artichoke jar leftovers plus some mustard … a little wild, but…

Salad Dressings with Lemon Balm

These two dressings use lemon balm, a strong citrus-scented member of the mint family. Light and Bright Lemon Balm Dressing Ingredients: 1 cup olive oil 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar 1 cup fresh lemon balm, minced 4 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper nasturtiums for garnish Combine all ingredients. Cover…

Zesty Herb Dressing

1 T vegetable oil 2 T raw apple cider vinegar 1/3 orange, cranberry or grapefruit juice ½ t oregano* ½ basil* ¼ t black pepper ¼ t salt * These amounts are for dried herbs. For fresh herbs use three times the amount. Try different combinations of fresh herbs. Mint is a good addition especially with…