Food and Entertaining

Learn kitchen skills, get advice on hosting and party planning, plus recipes for every season and occasion.

Homemade Mincefruit Stirs Childhood Christmas Memories

By Susan Berry, Horticulturist/Homesteader

Susan finally learned to appreciate homemade mincemeat after becoming a homesteader and canner. Bringing back wonderful memories of childhood, mincemeat is now a holiday staple at her house.


Preserve Your Pepper Harvest

By Erin Sheehan

Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.


Canned Pumpkin Pickles - a Sweet Fall Treat

By Erin Sheehan

An easy way to make beautiful and tasty pumpkin pickles.


Soup - Winter's Perfect Comfort Food

By Susan Berry, Horticulturist/Homesteader

Learn to can your own homemade soups and always have a hot, hearty meal waiting in your pantry.


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Cucumbers and Memories

By Donna Rae Barrow

A trip to the garden to grab some cucumbers for a delicious down-home salad sends me on a trip down memory lane. Do you remember this recipe from your grandmother's kitchen table?


Pear-Cranberry Conserve with Almonds and Crystallized Ginger Recipe

Excerpted from Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin by Allison Carroll Duffy

The combination of pears and cranberries in a conserve is delightful, especially with the addition of almonds and ginger.


Margarita Marmalade Recipe

Excerpted from Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin by Allison Carroll Duffy

With plenty of south-of-the-border flair, and a generous kick of tequila, this grown-up marmalade is just plain fun.


Honeyed Plum-Cardamom Jelly Recipe

Excerpted from Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin by Allison Carroll Duffy

Laced with the subtle, quietly complex flavor of cardamom, this jelly is a sophisticated accompaniment to scones at breakfast or afternoon tea.