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TAG : Spring 2019

Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Scalloped Potatoes. Photo by Getty Images/Azurita.Scalloped PotatoesYields 8 to 10 servings.Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter1/3 cup flour 1 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper1/2 teaspoon paprika3 cups milk1/2 cup shredded American cheese5 cups sliced potatoes 1/3 cup chopped onion ...

Preserving Fresh Fruit

Photo courtesy of Ten Speed Press.Whether you grow your own fruit or purchase it at the local farmers market, now is the time to preserve that delicious flavor so you can enjoy it all year long. Following are a few recipes you and your family are sure to enjoy.RecipesGolden Mango and Lemon ...

Marble Bundt Cake Recipe

Marble Bundt Cake. Photo by Getty Images/MarianVejcik.Marble Bundt CakeYields 8 to 12 servings.Ingredients:1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, divided1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature3 cups sugar6 large eggs3 cups cake flour2 teaspoons salt3 teaspoons ...

Mixed Berry Cobbler Recipe

Mixed Berry Cobbler. Photo by Getty Images/ALLEKO.This is a family favorite. If you use frozen berries, be sure to thaw and drain them first. If you don’t, they’ll thaw as they bake and will produce excess liquid, making the cobbler soupy.Ingredients:2 cups berries (elderberries, ...

Honey-Roasted Carrots Recipe

Honey-Roasted Carrots. Photo by Getty Images/fermate.Honey-Roasted CarrotsYields 6 to 8 servings.Ingredients:2 tablespoon honey4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil1 teaspoon cumin1 teaspoon ground coriander or 2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon pepper2 pounds carrots, ...

News Briefs from the Capper’s Farmer May 1929 Issue

An advertisement for Perfection Oil Burning Ranges from the May 1929 issue of Capper's Farmer.Must Let Lime DissolveBy Walter J. Daly Several years ago, John Randall, Linn County, Kansas, decided to try out lime as a means of raising legumes. He applied it and sowed sweet clover in the ...

Knit a Nifty Dishcloth

This is the third of 12 basic homestead skills we’ll be presenting throughout the year from Kimberlee Bastien’s new book, 52 Homestead Skills. We invite you to join Kimberlee and her family on their homesteading journey. Visit the 52 Homestead Skills page to learn more about this series and ...

Letters to the Editor: Quilt Memories

The author's first quilt, made with a small quilt top she found in her deceased mother's belongings. Photo courtesy Janette.Learning to QuiltBy Janette, via emailMy mother quilted a lot when I was young, and my two older siblings were blessed with learning the craft from her as she ...

English Elderflower Cordial Recipe

English Elderflower Cordial. Photo by Getty Images/knape.Elderflower cordial is the key ingredient for a cool and refreshing summer drink. Ingredients: 2-1/2 cups water3 cups sugar1 lemon, sliced12 to 15 large elderflower clusters3 tablespoons food-grade citric acidDirections:Place water in ...

Golden Mango and Lemon Chutney Recipe

Golden Mango and Lemon Chutney. Photo by Ed Anderson.This is a pretty, glowing, golden chutney. It’s good with seafood because it’s bright and tart, and it has a nice lemony kick. Don’t substitute brown sugar for the granulated sugar if you want to keep the golden hue of the fruit in ...

Glazed Easter Ham Recipe

Glazed Easter ham. Photo by Getty Images/bhofack2.Glazed Easter HamYields 12 to 15 servings.Ingredients:1 fully cooked, spiral-sliced ham (10 pounds)1 cup brown sugar3 tablespoons honey2 tablespoons mustard1 cup pineapple juice1/2 teaspoon herb seasoning blendDirections:Preheat oven to 350 F. ...

Growing, Harvesting, and Using Elderberries

Ripe elderberries bring sweet rewards to gardeners. Photo by Getty Images/pejft. If you’re searching for an easy-to-grow plant that gives back to you in many ways, consider the elderberry. I can’t think of any plant on my suburban farm that’s so versatile and trouble-free. With only ...

Elderflower Tea Recipe

Elderflower Tea. Photo by Getty Images/eskymaks.This simple tea starts with picking some fresh flower clusters and removing as many stems as possible. It’s best to remove all the tiny flowers from the stems, although that’s difficult to do. Some small stems are fine, as they’ll be ...

Elderflower Fritters Recipe

Elderflower Fritters. Photo by Getty Images/alle12.Elderflower fritters, also sometimes called pancakes, are essentially fresh elderflowers dipped in a light batter and deep fried. Ingredients: Oil, for frying1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour2 eggs1/2 cup milk1/2 teaspoon saltElderflower ...

Editor’s Note: Learning Acceptance

Group Editor Rebecca Martin. Photo by Queren King-Orozco.Shortly after I’d bought my first house, I was gung-ho to tackle some homeowner projects, including a bathroom faucet needing to be replaced. That presented the perfect opportunity to test my DIY chops, so I wrangled a lesson from my ...

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