Weekend Reading

Back to…Cooking School: How to Make Brown Stock

Before we get started, though, let me just clarify one thing. I see a lot of recipes and methods for “Bone Broth”. What is the difference between ‘bone broth’ and ‘stock’, you ask? Is there a difference? Yes, indeed.

Sure, both are made by simmering bones and mildly aromatic vegetables in water for a lengthy period of time, but a true bone broth is made with meat as well as bones, and often contains extra flavorings such as garlic or turnip. A stock is more ‘bare bones’ (pun intended!) containing not much more than bones, water, and mirepoix.

Think of it this way: the term ‘broth’ implies it could be a dish, while ‘stock’ is clearly just an ingredient. Hope that helps. We’re going to learn how to make a brown stock today.

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Citrus Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce

It wouldn’t be right not to tell you that I had the opportunity to guest post for the kind Alice of Savory Sweet Life this weekend. I shared my famous citrus cheesecake recipe with her readers, along with a little story of how I came across the recipe.

Of course, I’ve included plenty of tips on how to make a successful cheesecake, as well, so if you’re looking for a perfect dessert, this is the one!
From the post:

“Now, I’ve probably made this cheesecake 75 times over the past 15 years. It has graced the sweet table at baby showers, church luncheons, graduation celebrations and birthday parties galore. No matter the event, it is always a suitable dessert, and no matter the company, no one can resist a slice.”

Head here to continue reading and get the recipe for Citrus Cheesecake.

Weekend Reading

This post was almost titled ‘Weekend Reading Special Edition’ as there have been plenty of exciting things happening ’round the web this week. I know your time is precious, so let’s jump right in.

Lights, Camera, Action! A CTV Feature

I was thrilled to be featured by a  local TV station recently in a short segment on preserving summer. Head HERE to the CTV ‘Sunday Bite’ homepage, then click on the Sept 4 episode “Local produce” to view the clip. You’ll get a peek into my home and may even recognize a few recipes that I demonstrate.

Life…Your Way

Superwoman Mandi Ehman launched her highly anticipated new website Life…Your Way last week and fans around the web gave her a simultaneous virtual high-five – myself included.  Mandi has put together the ultimate site for personalized solutions for every aspect of life, be it mothering, finance, decorating, blogging or going green. Be sure to stop by and see for yourself what all the buzz is about. [Read more…]

A Fall List


This autumn, in no particular order, I want to…

  • Pick apples, eating no less than three in the process and climbing the tallest ladder to get above the branches and gaze across the entire orchard with the sun on my face.
  • Plant garlic for spring, which will require having garden plot ready to receive them. And so…
  • Build at least three raised beds by the fence, under the weeping willow. Oh, and give that thing a haircut.
  • Source an organic turkey and roast it for a group of friends. Serve with homemade applesauce. Which reminds me…
  • Make gallons of blush pink applesauce and can it. Use Cortland apples.
  • Watch my son turn 5 and burst with pride while simultaneously holding back sobs.
  • Visualize and execute a ‘rocket cake’ for said birthday. (Help me!)
  • Shoot a family holiday photo — with no attempt to top last year’s masterpiece.
  • Visit the open air market as often as possible just to gape at the seasons bounty.
  • Roast many sugar pumpkins, turn them into puree and bake up a storm.
  • Purchase way more produce than we can possibly eat at that market, then invent ways to fit 8-10 vegetables into a meal.
  • Watch our back forest turn all sorts of mapletastic colors and collect leaves with the boys.
  • Wear a wool sweater and a pretty scarf.
  • Buy two pear trees and plant them in the back yard. Name them Adam and Eve.
  • Read a book, a good book. Maybe even one about dragons.
  • Serve a harvest dinner outdoors, highlighting local seasonal food.
  • Finish dinner with toasted cinnamon marshmallows around the campfire.
  • Built this chicken coop and research for chicks next spring.
  • Air out my down douvet and then replace my cotton quilt with it.
  • Make lacto-fermented salsa.


What’s on your fall list?