Monday, November 17, 2014

The New American Herbal: Braised Chicken with Tarragon

Braised Chicken with Tarragon, from The New American Herbal

I'm almost embarrassed to admit it, given how many magazines I see these days featuring tarragon...I've never tasted it!  When did Tarragon become the little black dress of the culinary world and how did I miss it?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Make Organic Fertilizer at Home Using Whey

Little Miss Muffet would be ecstatic, with this method for fertilizing the yard and garden with Whey.

When making cheese at home, the curds go to the cheese itself and the whey is leftover.  But as it is so full of nutrients that it is a shame to lose it down the drain.

This organic homemade fertilizer is a great use for the whey, which helps nourish the garden as a natural, DIY organic plant food.

Step one:
Make cheese...which can be surprisingly simple like this Homemade Ricotta recipe.  The cheese gets eaten...yum...and the whey is the byproduct.

Step two:
Make a whey solution, of 50% whey and 50% water.  This is very important, as full-strength whey will burn the plants.

Step three:
Water the garden with the whey solution, aiming for the ground around the plants and roots - trying to avoid the leaves.

Photo: Courgette Flowers the Morning After - Courtesy of Tom Anderson

Monday, November 3, 2014

French Farmhouse Soup

Farmhouse Soup is a classic French blended soup that is overflowing with clean-eating goodness and healthy nutrients.  It is a warm, cozy bowl of satisfying vegetables.  

How to make homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk has always intrigued me.  How do these dry little nuts turn into a creamy drink? It is simple, actually!  Turning a handful of almonds into a bottle of healthy milky goodness takes just a few minutes with this recipe.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

the kitchn: short on vowels, big on kitchen goodness

the ktchn: short on vowels, big on kitchen goodness!

The kitchn is charmingly missing vowels in its title, but is filled with fantastic content for the home & food crowd!

This reference is a combination of kitchen remodeling inspiration, recipes, and introduction to cooking techniques. There is something about spending a few minutes in someone's kitchen that builds a connection - even if it is only on the page - and the kitchn does just that by giving a personal introduction to its contributors and their kitchens. This gives the book a very personal, intimate feel that is very pleasant!  

Monday, October 27, 2014

French Financier Almond Pastries

Amazingly Delicious! French Financier Almond Cakes by Lavende & Lemonade

These light, airy French Financier pastries are a delight.  Financiers are traditional French bite-sized cookies that have a texture reminiscent of sponge cake but with a hint of almond.  The name is said to come from the fact that they look like adorably delicious little bars of French pastry gold when they come out of the oven.

Financiers are the perfect afternoon tea snack, or really...the perfect anytime snack because they're so good!  I like to eat them on weekend mornings, dunked into a warm Cafe Latte.

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