Monthly Archives: April 2012

I have learned to make yogurt, ricotta and mozzarella but several weeks ago decided to try making a hard cheese. Colby Cheese is a type of cheddar and only has to be aged from 2 to 3 months. Perfect for a first time cheese maker. It was rather a long process with a lot of heating the milk and then letting it set and then heating again. Once the curds were ready they had to be put in a cheese press. Being rather frugal my husband decided to make our cheese press and our cheese mold. He used some scraps of lumber to build the press and used a plastic jar to make the mold. Very creative and the press looked very professional by the time he was finished. The recipe I used was from the book Home Cheese Making by Ricki Carroll, one of the best books around for home cheese makers. This book is available in our Home Front Store. First the milk was heated to 86 degrees and the starter was added. The milk was covered and allowed to sit for an hour. Making sure the milk’s temperature was 86 degrees the rennet was added, stirred for Read More […]

First of all, for all who have been wondering about the mystery item mentioned yesterday in The Pantry Game, we had one correct guess Miracle Whip! Amazing what is in a commercial jar of mayonnaise. Today’s recipe is another family favorite. If you haven’t tried overnight waffles you’ve been missing an awesome treat! I love this simple recipe; you mix up the majority of the ingredients the night before. In the morning you add the butter and an egg and the mix is ready to be turned into delicious waffles. What better excuse to enjoy maple syrup. I enjoy using this recipe when we have company. It makes for a delicious, easy breakfast in the morning without much effort on your part. Amazing Overnight Waffles 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp yeast 1 Tbsp sugar ½ tsp salt 2 cups milk 6 Tbsp butter, melted 1 large egg Nonstick spray Butter for the waffle iron (op) Waffle iron Combine the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a medium size bowl. Add the milk and whisk until blended.                   Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let stand overnight at room Read More […]

Today I want to mention a fantastic cookbook that can help you to use all those wonderful items you have stored in your pantry. We have the link to this book in our Home Front Store. Just click on the link on the right side of the page and you will find the link. The book is called Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. This book will teach you as much about nutrition as it does about cooking. It is full of recipes and the information given is easy to understand. I highly recommend this book.  Nourishing Traditions has a section called “Know Your Ingredients” where it will list the ingredients and you have to guess the item. Hence the Pantry Game! I will list the ingredients for you and you can try to guess the item. Enter your guess under the comments and tomorrow I will give you the answer! This is an item that could very well be in your refrigerator! It is also something that you could easily make yourself. Product: Water, soybean oil, sugar, vinegar, food starch-modified, salt, cellulose gel (microcrystalline cellulose), mustard flour, egg white, artificial color, sodium caseinate, xanthan gum, cellulose gum, spice, paprika, natural flavor, Read More […]

We’re having a cold, dreary day here in Vermont. It’s been raining on and off and I’ve even noticed a few snow flurries. Not the day to be working outside. Instead I have an inside project. I’m sure you’ve seen the seed tape they sell in catalogs. Designed to help you plant those very small seeds like carrots so you don’t have to do as much thinning. Did you know you can also make these easily at home? Here’s what you’ll need: Flour paste – ¼ cup flour and enough water to make a paste. Strips of paper to make the tape, you can use black and white newspaper, single-ply toilet paper or a thin paper bag. Something to dab the glue on such as a small paintbrush or a toothpick. Start by making the paste, start with the flour and add enough water until you have the consistency of a paste. Check your seed packet for the recommendations as to how far apart the seeds should be planted. Dab the paste onto your strips of paper as far apart as you would plant the seeds. Just drop the seeds into the paste. Drop the same number of seeds that Read More […]

I’ve been meaning to try making my own tortillas for some time. Today I finally got around to it. I checked out a number of recipes online and basically they are all the same! 1 ¾ cups masa harina 1 1/8 cup water In case you’re wondering what masa harina is it is finely ground corn meal.                 In a medium bowl, mix together masa harina and hot water until thoroughly combined. Turn dough onto a clean surface and knead until pliable and smooth. If the dough is too sticky, add more masa harina. If it begins to dry out, sprinkle with water. Cover dough tightly with plastic wrap and allow to stand for 30 minutes. Preheat a cast iron skillet or griddle to medium-high. Divide dough into 15 equal size balls. Using a tortilla press, a rolling pin, or your hands, press each ball of dough flat between two sheets of plastic wrap. Immediately place tortilla in preheated pan and allow to cook for approximately 30 seconds, or until browned and slightly puffy. Turn tortilla over to brown on the second side for approximately 30 seconds more., then transfer to a plate. Read More […]

Several weeks ago I shared a recipe for Kale chips. My husband and I enjoyed these so much I wondered if there were other vegetable chips I could make at home.  After a bit of searching I found a recipe for Broccoli Chips on I decided to give it a try. First time around I usually try a recipe as it is written; second time around I make a few changes. This recipe was really good, the only change I would make would be to either try seasoned breadcrumbs instead of the panko bread crumbs or just use more seasoning. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Ingredients: Broccoli Stalks 1 cup panko bread crumbs 1 egg plus a splash of milk, whisked together A dash of salt, onion powder and cayenne pepper (mixed in with the crumbs) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice the broccoli stems into thin coins. Dip the coins into the egg mixture and then coat them in the panko mix. Place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake the broccoli coins for about 10 minutes or until the coins are tender and fragrant. You could fry these too but Read More […]

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