Desem Bread

How to Make Desem Bread

Every whole-grain sourdough starter I’ve attempted to make has gone south at some point. Oh, there were a few successes along the way, particularly at our previous home where we had a wood stove, but since moving to a home that stays cooler, my skills as an whole-grain artisan bread-maker were a flop. Over and […]

In Search of Land and a Home

In Search of Land and a Home

The search can be difficult. For every bit of discouragement we face (seeing the ideal but so-far-out-of-our-price-range properties), the hunt also holds intrigue and excitement. We search willingly and with hope! Having previously hashed through our non-negotiables (which I highly recommend doing), the search has been fun for my man and I! When it comes […]

How To Render Schmaltz

I know what you’re thinking: “what-in-mason-jars is schmaltz?!” When the word “rendered” flashes through out minds, we think of melting down fat, right? Schmaltz is rendered poultry fat, whether it be waterfowl or land-loving birds! Chicken is most commonly used, closely followed by turkey. Waterfowl fat is used by brave souls; the flavor tends to […]

Favorite Fermenting Method

I love fermented vegetables! Absolutely delicious!¬†Winters are hard on my health and I love having a stash of kraut or raw, fermented vegetables to add to my salads. Its a nutritional kick. Over the past years I’ve experimented with various methods, including the old-fashioned, open crock ferment! The first time I witnessed the making of […]