Real Food ‘Copper Penny Carrots’ Salad

Recipes for Copper Penny Carrots have been around for years. This one has been redone without refined sugar, or canned soup. Real food you can enjoy without guilt!

A friend of mine gave me a recipe for Copper Penny Carrots years and years ago. It was something I made frequently when my kids were little.

I knew enough, even back then, to replace the refined sugar in the recipe with honey. What I failed to realize was that the canned condensed tomato soup called for in the recipe was not exactly real food.Continue Reading

Lacto-fermented Garlic Scapes

Fermenting scapes preserves them for later use, and adds probiotics to your diet. The fermented garlic scapes may used in any way that you would use them raw.

Are you in love with garlic scapes? Me, too! They are great oven-roasted or grilled, in tossed salad, potato salad, or you can even use them to make pesto.

For the uninitiated, scapes are the curly stalks that form a seed head and grow on hardneck garlic varieties. It’s a good idea to remove them to allow all the plant’s energy to form bulbs. Milder than garlic, they are a treat themselves.Continue Reading

Elderflower Fritters

If you're looking for a great treat from a foraged flower, try crispy, crunchy, elderflower fritters!

Come late August, we’ll be foraging elderberries to dehydrate for winter syrup to fight colds and flu, for pie and jelly, and for wine and liqueur.

If you’re looking for a good patch of elderberries, look for them while they are in bloom – they are so easy to spot as you drive down the road. For us in NE PA, that would be mid-June.

The flowers are edible, too, and they are so prolific, that there’s no need to worry that you’ll be reducing the number of berries available later on. There’s plenty, so enjoy them now . . . and later!Continue Reading

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Looking for a great way to enjoy those strawberries you've just picked? You'll love fresh strawberry pie!

Strawberry pickin’ time. Possibly the most wonderful time of the year. Well, next to blueberry picking time, that is.

We had a friend who had a tradition of making strawberry shortcake for dinner every year after picking strawberries. Oh yeah, we adopted that tradition without hesitation.Continue Reading