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A Chicken Dish Using Preserved Lemons

At the beginning of January 2016 I posted an article about how to preserve lemons. It takes at least a month for them to be ready to use. Here's one recipe that worked out well for us. I've added some notes that may help you make it even better. The olives, olive oil, onions, chicken and ...

A Pen of Premium Berkshires

It's 1889. My husband's grandfather's family has just immigrated from France to Bakersfield, California to open a bakery. They bring their old country ways and embark upon creating a little French community where they've finally settled. In later years my husband remembers the smell of the ...

Homemade Paneer Cheese

I was gifted with a couple gallons of cow's milk recently. Friends had bought some for the youngsters that were visiting with their parents. The said youngsters did not drink much of the milk and not being milk drinkers themselves or wanting to waste it they asked if we would like the milk. I ...

Easy to Make Suet Bird Feeders

Back in old Ioway the deer would browse the corn fields and get nice and fat in the winter. At my mother-in-law's she even had a conservation easement (or whatever it's called) to let a certain number of acres stay in corn just to feed the deer. That was nice for the deer and nice for the ...

Homemade Preserved Lemons

While the rest of the country is smothered under a blanket of snow, we here in California are just getting started with citrus season. Meyer lemons are loading down the trees and mandarin orange stands are advertising their sweet goodness. I guess folks in Florida and Texas are enjoying ...

Bayberry Christmas Candles

Christmas is always a time of excitement for me. When we were kids we got the Sears catalog a couple months before Christmas and we would immediately start poring over the toy section with great zeal. We would circle the toys we hoped for and then we would make our little lists. Sometimes ...

Stalking the Wild Christmas Tree

Every year we venture up into the mountains of the Mendocino National Forest to find the perfect wild Christmas tree. People around here jokingly call it Tree Hunting Season. Tree Hunting Season comes right after Deer Hunting Season ends. Like any hunting it's not an easy jaunt down to the ...

Homemade Butter Magic and Sad News

It is with great sadness that I tell you that my dear friend and teacher Anna Dearing has passed. You will remember her as my teacher for how to crochet old fashioned rag rugs. I wanted her legacy to live on and I hope I've succeeded somewhat. She was a wonderful person and a great teacher!This ...

Enhance the Natural Beauty of Pine Cones

Our ranch partners with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to preserve the range land for wildlife grazing. Every year Bob Hammond, who is a Program Manager for the RMEF, comes out for a visit to judge the condition of the forage. Bob is a wealth of natural information and we always look ...

My Olive Curing Experiment

We live in Northern California. There are olive trees all over the place. We even live close to one of the premier olive oil producers anywhere, Lucero in Corning. Corning is the center of olive growing in Northern California. To prove the point we have 15 Mission olive trees on our property ...

The Best Ever Onion Confit

My paternal grandmother Daisy was not a great cook. For example, she took her green beans, added fat back and boiled them to death. Store bought white bread was her preference and I don't remember a single recipe of hers that I would want to replicate or pass on. Except one. Her onion confit ...

The Keystone Cops Revisited

A few minutes ago as I was sitting and writing at my computer I heard the familiar Ack Ack and I knew that our guineas were close by. I called out to Marty, "I think we have some visitors!" and sure enough there they were crowding our front step peering in some sort of demented Guinea way. I ...

Guineas Are From Mars Chickens Are From Venus

Can we come in and play with you?Now I have little troughs of water for them in strategic places and when I feed the chickens I scatter mealworms and game bird crumble on the ground near the chicken pen. They are starting to expect me and come running. I don't think that they will gather round ...

Homemade Olive Oil: Part One

“The olive tree is assuredly the richest gift of heaven.” – Thomas Jefferson We live in olive country in Northern California. Our ranch itself has eight mature Mission olive trees. Every year I think about making my own olive oil or curing my own olives. I’d cure some in a heartbeat if ...

Happy to Be Here

This is my first blog for the Capper Farmer family and, boy, oh howdy, I can tell you I am happy to be here. It’s an honor to be among you, and I can’t wait to join the discussion about all-things-small in farming and homesteading. I even have a discussion point for this introductory ...

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