Watermelon Rind Pickles

Watermelon Season is just around the corner, and just like a true homesteader Maddie Miller believes in waste not, want not. We try not to throw anything away and watermelons are no exception. The seeds can be used for a new crop and the rinds perfect for a sweet, spicy, and savory treat. Maddie generously […]

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How to make Roux

A roux (rue) is the “mother” of many sauces: Béchamel, Espagnole, Velouté. But it is also the base of flour and fat used to thicken and flavor many Southern dishes: mac and cheese, gravy, gumbo, au gratin and scalloped potatoes. Many cooks are intimidated by the fancy name, but this is an easy sauce to […]

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Tea for Two…Versions of Earl Grey Cookies

My biggest issue with “Tea” cookies is lack of flavor. I’m not a subtle gal, and this carries over to flavors as well. When I bite into an Earl Grey Cookie, I expect to taste the distinct flavor of Seville oranges. Sadly, this has not been my experience. To remedy this, I add a few […]

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Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients: 2 cups butter 1 cup packed brown sugar 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp of vanilla, almond, or lemon extract Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Cream butter and brown sugar. Add 3 to 3 3/4 cups flour. Mix well. Sprinkle board with the remaining flour. Knead for 5 minutes, adding enough flour […]

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Stalking Wild Asparagus: The Hunt is on!

I grew up with a dad who was well versed in what to eat (and what not to eat!) from the woods, the yard, and even the roadsides. Eating berries from the hillside and mushrooms from deep in the woods is one of the great pleasures in life! If you didn’t grow up with wild […]

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