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Summer cocktails: refreshing drinks for hot days

When it’s this hot out I like to cool off with summer cocktails with fruity flavors that bring to mind afternoons relaxing on a tropical beach. These summer cocktail recipes are easy and delicious, with our without alcohol. Blood Orange Spritz Blood orange soda Lime wedge Gin or vodka...

Tomatillo salsa: a simple, flavorful sauce

This recipe was inspired by a locally made brand of tomatillo salsa that I still buy on occasion. But with summer coming around again, I’m looking forward to making my own. Ingredients 2 pounds fresh tomatillos, paper husks removed 3-4 fresh jalapeño chilis 2 heads garlic Olive oil Salt...

Tomato sauce, A Recipe with a Kick

Despite the challenge of our cold climate, I love growing tomatoes, and plant them every summer. And after 10 years, I’m even getting pretty good at cultivating them. Of course, then there’s the question of what to do with all the tomatoes we can’t use immediately, to which I...

Broccoli Mac: Macaroni Casserole

This macaroni casserole is a hearty dish has been a go-to when I need a dinner plan for a couple of nights, and either don’t know what to make, or can’t find as many fresh ingredients in the middle of winter. It’s comfort food for sure, but with the...

Quinoa salad, a quick and healthy lunch

Quinoa. Salad. Two words that strike boredom and possible fear in your average lunch-goer. I was skeptical of quinoa myself, at first. But I’ve found it to be a versatile and easy-to-make grain that plays well with a range of other flavors. Use the recipe below as a starting...

Dye wool with Tansy Using These Easy Steps

This was the first time I’d tried dyeing with tansy, and I was pleased with the speediness of the dye set and the resulting color. While a tint shift didn’t work as planned (adding ammonia did not yield a green shade as promised), the color we did get was...

Brew your own kombucha

It’s the hot new health trend that’s been around for thousands of years! Yes, even I have been bit by the kombucha craze. But at $5 – $6 per bottle it’s also a very expensive habit. So, I decided to try making my own kombucha at home. The first...

Dye wool with madder

Madder root, or Rose Madder, is a traditional woody shrub that has been cultivated and used for thousands of years to create red tones. While I’ve used other sources to create red, I’ve found this one to be the most reliable. However, it is temperature sensitive, so carefully attention...

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