Best Pie Crust Recipe

Apropos of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share my secret pie crust recipe. There are a bazillion pie crust recipes out there. So why is this perhaps the best? Because it uses science to help get the best flake and the best taste.


2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 stick cold unsalted butter
8 oz shortening
1/4 cup ice water
2 tablespoons vodka
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt


For best crust, use CAKE flour, not all-purpose flour. Place flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor and pulse a few times to mix. Add  chunks of butter and shortening. Pulse several times, until butter is the size of peas. With machine running, pour in ice water and vodka and pulse  until the […]

2016-10-24T09:56:19-04:00November 26th, 2015|My Garden / Recipes|0 Comments

How to Select Garlic Cloves for Planting

garlic cloves It’s that time of year again.  Around the 1st or 2nd week of October, I plant my garlic. But how do you know which bulbs you should save for your seed cloves? And then how do you know which cloves from those bulbs to plant? It’s easy, once you know what to look for.

Let’s get started!

What you’re looking for are your largest, firmest, roundest bulbs. Sure, save a few to give away as gifts, if you have some garlic-loving friends. But make sure you keep enough for yourself to get your seed cloves.

Now, gently break your bulbs apart to protect  the clove wrapper. Then, here’s what you’re looking for, for seed […]

2016-10-24T09:56:20-04:00October 6th, 2015|My Garden / Recipes|0 Comments

Turning a Farming Hobby into Money

Small-scale-farming-w Photo: Timothy Boucher’s Lettuce Operation.

I’ve been growing food since I was 12 years old. That summer, I hand-dug a quarter acre garden in one of our unused horse fields  and I’ve never looked back.

It’s provided a never-ending source of enjoyment and satisfaction for me through the years.

No matter how crazy life might get, all I need to do is take a walk in my garden to lift my spirits.

As I’ve gotten more proficient and efficient, I’ve dabbled with the thought of selling locally. I figure it’s something I can do into my old age. And so I’ve been collecting resources and information to have at the ready when I […]

2020-08-25T09:49:44-04:00July 25th, 2015|My Garden / Recipes, Nature's Grocery Store|0 Comments

Best Black Bean and Corn Salad Recipe

confetti-saladWI know, there are a bazillion salsa/salad recipes, so why do you need another one? Of all my dishes, this one NEVER fails to get rave reviews–no matter how fussy the eaters! There’s something about the combination of flavors that seems to make every mouth happy.  Even though it’s really just a tricked out Black Bean and Corn Salad, it’s been dubbed “Confetti Salad” at our house because it’s so colorful.

The great thing about this salsa is that you can vary ingredients or amounts to your heart’s content, and it will still taste great! Without further ado–here’s the recipe:

Confetti Salad Recipe

  • 1 can of black beans rinsed
  • 1 can of white shoepeg corn […]
2016-10-24T09:56:20-04:00June 13th, 2015|My Garden / Recipes|2 Comments

Spring is… Springing

I can’t really say Spring has sprung yet because we’re about two weeks behind where we normally are at this time. But it’s definitely springing!


My herb and perennials garden looks to have survived the winter in one piece. Read on to view my garden by the numbers.

  1. Chives are growing.
  2. Compost is being added to replenish nutrients.
  3. If you like fresh herbs, Oregano is an easy perennial.
  4. Be careful where you plant mint, as it gets pretty invasive. But I love mint so I don’t mind.
  5. Parsley is starting to take off already.
  6. Garlic planted last fall is greening up.
  7. Wink is wondering what the heck I’m doing up on the deck when he is down below.
2016-10-24T09:56:20-04:00April 18th, 2015|My Garden / Recipes|0 Comments

Good Ol’ Standby

Betty Crocker 1976 Cookbook With the holidays fast approaching, I’m  starting to dig through favorite recipes to get a jump on some of the cooking.

While it’s true that my cookbook tastes lean toward the East, as in Middle Eastern, Indian, Japanese…  I do have my old American standbys for everyday and not-so-everyday dishes.

For instance, I still have this Betty Crocker cookbook my parents gave me when I moved into my first apartment waaaay back when.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I have dozens of its recipes committed to memory, from such frequent use.  Sometimes simple and straight forward is best.

I will also admit that there is some pretty weird schtuffff […]

2020-08-25T09:51:39-04:00December 22nd, 2013|My Garden / Recipes|2 Comments
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