4/16/2013 9:40:41 AM
Readers share stories
of food preservation methods.
4/16/2013 9:31:20 AM
Great-Great-Grandmother shares how generations of her family has continued the tradition of preserving food.
4/16/2013 9:06:10 AM
Reader tells of life during the Great Depression and how food preservation was necessary for survival.
4/15/2013 4:31:15 PM
A couple shares canning recipes made with fresh produce from the garden and fruit trees.
4/15/2013 3:18:36 PM
Freezing corn fresh from the garden in summer means your family can enjoy delicious, home-grown corn in winter.
4/15/2013 2:55:14 PM
Woman recalls going from asking elders for
advice on canning vegetables to becoming one of the elders.
4/15/2013 2:32:25 PM
Woman shares her rewarding experiences of
preserving the bounty of her garden vegetables.
4/15/2013 2:23:08 PM
Summers spent freezing and canning food for the winter months.
3/20/2013 2:50:58 PM
Discover the basics of the boiling water bath method and the pressure canner method in this home canning guide.
2/18/2013 1:32:02 PM
Readers share stories of old-fashioned natural cures.
2/18/2013 12:55:07 PM
Grandchildren were grateful for most of grandma’s natural remedies.
2/18/2013 12:44:44 PM
Mom got old-fashioned
sassafras tea recipe from Grandma.
2/18/2013 12:36:47 PM
A recollection of an
old family recipe for drawing salve.
2/18/2013 12:21:55 PM
Granddaughter reflects on grandmother’s old-fashioned homemade remedies.
2/12/2013 1:02:26 PM
Grandmother’s old-fashioned natural treatments cured many ailments.
2/12/2013 11:55:23 AM
Neighbor’s remedy for pain in heel paid off.
2/12/2013 11:41:23 AM
Mom was always ready with healing treatments for childhood illnesses.
1/28/2013 1:18:44 PM
DIY ‘Barrel Oven’ design takes outdoor oven construction to new heights. This portable pig pen would be a great tool for plowing with pigs.
1/21/2013 4:37:19 PM
Puffy soufflé omelet is baked, then served immediately for a great brunch treat.
1/21/2013 4:23:43 PM
For a great dessert, serve a chocolate soufflé; ingredients include cocoa powder and vanilla extract.
1/21/2013 4:00:01 PM
A hard-boiled egg, some minced onion and a few other ingredients creates a classic egg salad; serve on lettuce, in a sandwich or stuffed in tomatoes.
1/21/2013 3:47:27 PM
Hollandaise adds the perfect touch for these Eggs Benedict; use either Canadian bacon or smoked salmon on the English muffin before adding the eggs.
1/21/2013 3:31:07 PM
Whole grain bread makes a great base for this strata recipe, which includes thyme and Canadian bacon.
1/21/2013 3:09:36 PM
Egg yolks and egg whites are beaten separately, with cheddar cheese and fresh herbs added, to give this cheese soufflé its lift and flavor.
1/21/2013 2:41:33 PM
This unfolded omelet is great way to use leftovers, and you can cook on the stovetop or under the broiler.
1/21/2013 2:24:42 PM
Add shredded cheese to the eggs and pie crust before you bake this simple cheese quiche.
1/21/2013 2:03:15 PM
All you need for great scrambled eggs is a baking pan, eggs, cream cheese or cottage cheese and your oven.
1/21/2013 1:47:55 PM
Cook hard-boiled eggs in hot water and avoid boiling; peel when eggs are cooled.
1/21/2013 1:34:34 PM
Ramekins and a dash of half-and-half make great individual baked eggs for a family brunch.
1/21/2013 1:14:39 PM
Use a slotted spoon to remove poached eggs from simmering water before yolks lose creaminess.
1/21/2013 12:28:47 PM
Learn the basics of preparing poached eggs, baked eggs, omelets, cheese quiche and more.
1/9/2013 12:16:25 PM
Hank is thrilled about Shannon Hayes' latest book: Long Way On A Little
1/8/2013 6:19:50 PM
Have you ever considered making your own extracts? It's easy and only takes a few ingredients and a bit of patience.
12/18/2012 3:40:51 PM
Nothing says ‘country decor’ more than a vintage cast iron sink. Except maybe a log cabin. Or a big pick-up truck. But nothing says ‘botulism’ or some other sort of nasty bacterial infection more than a vintage cast iron sink that’s been scratched
12/18/2012 12:43:33 PM
Make wonderful family memories in the kitchen.
11/29/2012 4:41:30 PM
Being a home coffee roaster is easier than you think with these easy steps.
11/27/2012 11:55:27 AM
Save time and prepare nutritious whole foods by pressure cooking them.
11/6/2012 11:12:31 AM
Tips and how-to advice from turkey experts.
10/30/2012 3:46:37 PM
Silicone measuring cups and bowls are flexible for easy pouring.
10/30/2012 10:47:20 AM
A silicone clip-on spout that attaches to bowls, pots, pans, skillets and double boilers for mess-free pouring and straining, and doubles as a spoon rest.
10/29/2012 12:08:29 PM
Cooking stand displays recipes easily on an iPad or other tablet.
10/29/2012 12:00:42 PM
Protect iPad while cooking, and organize recipes easily with this handy organizer.
10/29/2012 11:42:25 AM
A list of great gift ideas for the 2012 holiday season.
10/15/2012 3:46:58 PM
Learn to carve watermelons for Halloween.
9/27/2012 2:46:59 PM
Whether you start with seeds or sets, growing onions can be an easy and tasty endeavor.
9/5/2012 11:01:55 AM
Some things are a mystery; especially some older kitchen tools. These two didn't come with directions but I managed to solve both mysteries. One tool seems quite useful, the other not so much.
9/4/2012 4:27:27 PM
How to choose and use the right kitchen knife for the job.
7/30/2012 4:37:59 PM
Making pumpkin rings was an autumn ritual, and was just one of the many ways we preserved food for the winter months.
7/27/2012 1:48:57 PM
Cave men knapped glass knives for hunting. During the Great Depression glass knives became quite the item to have. Glass knives cut cleanly and didn't tarnish like carbon knives. They were a perfect in the kitchen and at cutting cakes for tea.
7/27/2012 10:46:58 AM
Render lard and revisit the virtues of your grandmother’s secret ingredient.
5/2/2012 9:12:31 AM
Fannie Farmer was a superstar chef before "superstar" was a word. She's one of my heroes. If you love baking, read why she should be your hero too.
5/1/2012 11:23:34 AM
Stocking up on supplies reduces your number of shopping trips. Planning meals ahead of time can save time and wasted trips to get those supplies. And a few minutes invested in preparation in the evening can make hectic mornings a whole lot smoother.
3/15/2012 10:47:21 AM
Written to be used with Pomona’s Universal Pectin, this Low-Sugar Recipe: Apple Cider Jelly with all fruit offers another way to enjoy fresh pressed cider.
3/15/2012 10:33:45 AM
Written to be used with Pomona’s Universal Pectin, this Low-Sugar Jam Recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam is the perfect blend of sweet and sour.
3/15/2012 9:44:56 AM
Sweet Cherry Jam, when made using Pomona’s Universal Pectin, becomes a great low-sugar jam recipe.
3/15/2012 8:56:12 AM
Whether it’s for sweet cherry jam or apple cider jelly, your recipes for canning jam and jelly call for pectin. Here’s a new one to try that’s great for low-sugar jam recipes.
3/8/2012 3:43:47 PM
Kansan recalls her mother's kitchen being papered with Capper's Weekly newspapers, and making laundry soap in an iron kettle
2/28/2012 11:46:02 AM
Tips for choosing the right cut of meat for your meal.
2/22/2012 11:59:48 AM
Louisiana woman shares her depression era recipe for peanut brittle.
2/22/2012 11:22:32 AM
Iowa man recalls how his mother could make delicious meals out of 'bare bones'.
2/22/2012 9:09:33 AM
Kansas girl recalls her mother making homemade cinnamon rolls during the depression era
2/20/2012 10:28:33 AM
Iowan recalls with fondness the filling, delicious country breakfast that her parents managed to provide, even during the lean times of the depression era
2/15/2012 1:16:34 PM
Alabama man remembers eating homemade corn bread and smoked pork on his grandparents' family farm
2/15/2012 12:42:54 PM
Roasting a turkey using an old-fashioned reflector oven (or tin kitchen) is not only easy, it's absolutely delicious!
2/15/2012 10:27:07 AM
New York woman recalls delicious, simple breakfast made by her grandparents on their family farm
2/15/2012 8:55:21 AM
Nebraskan remembers her childhood on her family farm: her grandparents' old homestead
2/13/2012 2:01:21 PM
Nebraska woman recalls the simple pleasure of eating homemade vegetable soup cooked on a wood stove with her mother and brother on their family farm
2/13/2012 10:29:41 AM
An Illinois woman recalls her wood cookstove and other cherished conveniences on her family farm
2/13/2012 10:15:36 AM
Maintaining the family farm was a way of life for this Iowan
2/13/2012 9:46:28 AM
A Missouri woman recalls making molasses from sugar cane as a cash crop for her family farm
2/13/2012 9:12:25 AM
An Iowa woman remembers her mother preparing meals on the family farm using a wood-burning stove, and recounts what it was like to live without electricity
2/9/2012 3:49:02 PM
An Iowa woman recalls threshing time on her family farm, and the flurry of activity that surrounded it
2/9/2012 3:21:06 PM
An Iowa woman recalls her childhood farm chores on her family farm, including carrying water to the kitchen
2/9/2012 11:45:31 AM
Kansas woman recalls rendering lard in a copper boiler, caring for chickens, and other chores of her childhood on the family farm
2/2/2012 7:31:11 AM
An overview of the College of Marin cheesemaking certification program
12/30/2011 11:05:20 AM
Here are a few of the old-timey homestead food dishes our ancestors might have made.
12/18/2011 12:33:41 PM
Another DIY Saturday adventure: making my wife's Christmas wish come true by upgrading the kitchen sink.
12/12/2011 10:15:12 AM
Hank reports on building his kitchen island's cabinet doors and drawer fronts.
12/5/2011 9:51:16 AM
Hank reports on building the drawer boxes for his kitchen island using home grown lumber.
11/28/2011 12:01:01 PM
Hank reports on enclosing the sides and bottom of his kitchen island and converting black walnut logs into planks for its top.
11/22/2011 4:25:53 PM
Make goodie jars for everyone on your gift list this year.
11/22/2011 3:06:53 PM
Food safety tips to live by.
11/22/2011 2:36:35 PM
Tips and a recipe perfect for hosting an easy, elegant and festive party.
11/8/2011 12:50:13 PM
Hank reports on using hand tools to complete most of the homemade kitchen island's framing.
10/7/2011 4:00:00 PM
Consider growing and cooking rutabagas this year, for an easy way to give your dinner some roots. Mash them, slice them or throw them in a casserole. These unique vegetables will win you over.
10/7/2011 3:15:45 PM
Eating venison from deer that have fed off of natural crops is healthy, and if you process it yourself, it’s inexpensive, too.
10/7/2011 1:42:47 PM
In this article about home meat curing, learn how to make summer sausage, snack sticks, homemade salami and even high-temperature cheese.
10/6/2011 12:14:26 PM
Seven indispensable ingredients make your gluten-free baking transition easier.
10/6/2011 11:31:04 AM
Anyone can make homemade bread, and here's proof in the form of easy bread recipes from our bloggers.
10/3/2011 3:41:41 PM
Grinding corn to make homemade cornmeal produces a better product for baking bread, and now has Hank growing farm more than sweet corn.
10/3/2011 3:13:40 PM
Learn how to make sourdough bread, and cook up some hearty and delicious pioneer fare in your kitchen.
10/3/2011 1:33:54 PM
Try this Sourdough Bread recipe next time, and take ordinary sandwich-making to the next level.
9/9/2011 4:43:39 PM
Try this No-Knead Sourdough Bread recipe the next time you want a delicious yet slight different sandwich.
8/11/2011 3:26:02 PM
With these easy slow cooker recipes, cooler temperatures offer numerous opportunities to dust off that slow cooker and create some wonderful fare.
8/11/2011 10:51:08 AM
Start one of our slow-cooking recipes, Hamburger Soup, in the middle of the day, and it will be just right come dinnertime.
8/11/2011 9:03:14 AM
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service today launched a photo contest to look for and promote best practices in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
7/23/2011 4:54:03 PM
Preserving the tomatoes from your garden (or a farmer's market) by freezing them is quick, easy and requires little equipment or skill.
6/16/2011 11:22:45 AM
Hank is stunned by the depth of deception in food marketing practice.
6/14/2011 2:54:57 PM
This butter chess pie recipe is a Southern tradition.
6/14/2011 2:18:23 PM
Try this Vinegar Pie With Vanilla recipe next time you're in the mood for something out of the ordinary.