Farm Recipes

Pecan Pumpkin Bread

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 10 comments

Pecan Pumpkin Bread

I admit I’m a little disappointed that the days are getting noticeably shorter. I spend more time doing farm chores in the dark now, than in daylight. However, it’s all worth it once the classic aromas of fall begin to permeate every corner of the kitchen. The scent of pumpkin and spice has been filling the kitchen all week, but sadly, up until now, the end product wasn’t even remotely edible. This is because I was crafting multiple batches of Spiced Pumpkin soap in preparation for the upcoming holiday rush. However, the side effect of the soap-making is that I was left...

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A Fall Favorite: Apple Tart

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 18 comments

A Fall Favorite: Apple Tart

As much as I love spring peas, and summer tomatoes, nothing really compares with the warm, rich flavors, and aromas, of fall. When it comes to the kitchen, fall is most definitely my favorite time of year, as the chilly autumn months herald the arrival of peak apple season! It’s the season to cozy up by the fire with mugs of steaming hot fresh apple cider, or warm slices of fresh, sweet apple pie, or in this case, apple tart! The more crisp, fresh, and sweet the fruit, the better, and apples are never better than they are at this time of year, especially when picked straight from the...

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Pluot & Frangipane Tart

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 10 comments

Pluot & Frangipane Tart

Mid-late summer is peak season for some varieties of plums and pluots. Yes, pluots. Not all of the fruit in our orchard is heirloom, in part because, along the coast, we have to grow varieties that will perform well here. Apricots don’t like our cool coastal weather, so our compromise was to grow pluots and apriums instead. This year it’s been a battle of farmer versus squirrels in our orchard though. As is often the case with the squirrels, they’ll gleefully take fruit from the tree before it’s truly ripe. In an attempt to salvage as much fruit as I could from our...

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Meyer Lemon Meringue Tart

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 10 comments

Meyer Lemon Meringue Tart

If you make the Meyer lemon curd that I posted here, you’ll find yourself with a number of left over egg whites. Oh, what to do, what to do?! The best part about that lemon curd recipe is it implores you to make a lemon meringue tart with the leftover egg whites. Isn’t that genius?! Not that I really needed an excuse to make dessert. Personally, I prefer this type of lemon meringue tart over the typical mile-high incarnations of lemon meringue pie. With this tart you’re not confronted with an enormous mass of whipped egg white on a plate, that bears a striking resemblance...

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Meyer Lemon Curd

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 6 comments

Meyer Lemon Curd

If you have access to Meyer lemons, and access to farm-fresh eggs, you’re cheating yourself if you don’t make Meyer lemon curd. Trust me! I love lemon curd, and as a child growing up in England it was just as likely to be served on the table with toast in the morning, as jam or marmalade. Yes, you can, and should, eat lemon curd for breakfast. Or brunch. Or lunch. Or dessert. Honestly, there’s no wrong time to eat lemon curd, is there? Store bought lemon curd, though, pales in comparison to homemade, and fortunately, making your own is actually very simple. The only caveat...

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Preserved Meyer Lemons

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 4 comments

Preserved Meyer Lemons

Preserved lemons are commonly used in North African and Middle Eastern cuisine, and they may be found in some specialty food markets, but are often quite expensive. However, they’re extremely easy to make yourself. If you, a friend, or a neighbor, have a particularly productive lemon tree, I highly recommend making your own preserved lemons. This recipe can be made with regular lemons, including Eureka, or Lisbon, but if you have them available, Meyer lemons are preferred as they are slightly less acidic, and less bitter. For this recipe you’ll need 10 blemish free, slightly...

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Classic Dill Pickles

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 4 comments

Classic Dill Pickles

The cucumbers are quite literally spilling out of the garden. Personally, I’m thrilled, as it wasn’t that long ago that we had a fence failure, and the deer delighted in devouring the plants. They bounced back though, with a vengeance! For pickling cucumbers, this year I decided to keep it simple. Plant plenty of a single variety of heirloom cucumbers, in the hopes that the crop comes in all together to help make pickling a little more efficient. That’s exactly what I did by planting the heirloom ‘Homemade Pickles’. A fabulous name, for a great, and productive...

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We’re In A Pickle…We’re In A Jam!

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Farm Blog, Farm Recipes | 22 comments

We’re In A Pickle…We’re In A Jam!

While most sensible folk are off relaxing, vacationing, and enjoying the dog days of summer, we’ve been peeling, chopping, slicing, zesting, juicing, pickling, and jamming our way through July. It’s that time of year, when the garden waits for no one, and every trip to the garden adds another chore to the canning and preserving list. As much as I’d rather be swinging in a hammock in the shade, with a good book, and a tall glass of iced tea, I’d prefer not to see fresh, homegrown, quality food go to waste. The more I can put up now, the less we have to buy later. I...

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