Recipes

Making and Freezing Pesto

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

  One day I’m searching the bare earth for signs of life, tiny green cotyledons shaped like a pair of back-to-back capitol letter Ds. Baby basil. The next day, it’s months really, but where did they go? I’m pinching, pinching, the fuzzy flowering tips with a sense of desperation–must stop them from going to seed, […]

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Easy Sew-It-Yourself Pencil Case For 3 Ring Binder

by Daisy Crafts

It’s school supply time. Is it just me, or are those lists getting longer and more complicated every year? 45 boxes of crayola crayons, 19 glue sticks, 14 bradded plastic folders with pockets, 2 cases of tissue boxes, chisel-tipped dry erase markers, thin-tipped dry erase markers, headphones, 6 packages of baby wipes, 2 kinds of […]

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A Very Excellent Granola

by Daisy Breakfast

With well over a thousand posts and goodness-knows-how-many recipes, it came as a shock for me to realize we only had ONE granola recipe. That is unacceptable for such a crunchy blog. Our only recipe (until now, that is) is Deanna’s delicious grain-free version, but for those of us who are not grain intolerant, I […]

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What I Put In My Smoothies These Days

by Daisy Beverages

I usually have a smoothie for breakfast, especially in the growing season when fresh greens and herbs are blowing up in the garden, and it’s too hot to want to stand in front of the stove. Since we keep the air very high, around 85+ degrees, we rely on fans to keep from turning into […]

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Culantro

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

  Culantro, Eryngium foetidum, is very distinct from cilantro, in spite of having a similar name. It does have a similar flavor and scent. Close your nose, though, and from its appearance, you would never confuse the two plants. In the same family as cilantro, Apiacaea, culantro looks a lot more like its cousin, parsley, […]

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Spicy Sauteed Sweet Potato Greens With Thyme and Fresh Garlic

by Daisy Garden

I only recently learned you can eat sweet potato greens. Apparently entire continents already knew this, which leaves me feeling a bit left out, like I did when I learned you can eat squash greens, too. For my maiden voyage with this new-to-me green, I went the safe route and sauteed and seasoned it up […]

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How to Make the Best Cup of Tea You’ve Ever Had

by Ivory Soap Beverages

America may have its legendary tale of the Boston Tea Party of 1773 (when Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty threw more than 340 chests of tea off three ships moored in Boston harbor), but when it comes to making the perfect cup of tea, it pays to look to the British. Long known […]

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Taco Pockets Reboot: Cheap and Healthy Version

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

Back in the day, I was drowning in little kids and the only structure I could create was around meals.  I made this hilarious, totally bad for you, not frugal summer menu.  It was just EASY.  A couple of folks complained that it wasn’t healthy or it wasn’t frugal.  Another commenter came to my defense, […]

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Making Crackers From Discarded Sourdough Starter

by Daisy Breads

I’m finally getting back into sourdough after a long hiatus. Not only is it delicious, of course, but the sourdough process does this fermenting goodness to the grain that is so healthful. If you’ve developed a sourdough starter yourself, you know that while building it up, you have to discard part (usually half) of the […]

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Persimmon-Pecan-Cranberry Muffins

by Daisy Breads

‘Tis the season to pick delicious things up off the ground. So far this fall I’ve picked up about 35 pounds of pecans (pre-shelled weight unfortunately), and enough persimmons to make 10 cups of persimmon puree. Today I looked at them and decided they looked like muffins. I adapted a few of the persimmon recipes […]

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Amazing Kamut Blueberry Muffins

by Daisy Breads

Any muffin with this amount of blueberries in it is bound to be at least good. Add tender, sweet, freshly milled kamut flour, vanilla and almond extract, freshly laid eggs, coconut oil, and a sprinkle of organic cane sugar, and well, you’ve got the picture. Here’s the lineup: Combine the lovely, fluffy, kamut flour with […]

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Clean Cornbread

by Daisy Breads

I grew up eating cornbread at least once a week. That would be six times a week fewer than my grandmother made cornbread for my father’s family. The drill back then was biscuits for breakfast and cornbread for lunch, every day. With plenty of pinto beans, turnip greens, and cold buttermilk to go along with […]

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Purslane and Cucumber Salad

by Daisy Recipes

Deanna’s been talking weeds lately, so I thought I’d continue the theme with one of my favorite weeds, purslane. Purslane is unique among weeds in that it lacks the bitterness typically associated with many of the common weeds we eat, like dandelion and dock or plantain. Especially so at this time of year; by summer, […]

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Feel Good Biscuits

by Daisy Breads

In an effort to feed my family a better “everyday” biscuit, I adapted a traditional drop biscuit recipe. With oat flour, whole wheat, flaxseed and coconut oil, I think I have a winner. They’re a little bit crumblier than your usual biscuit, but they still hold together quite well considering all the fiber in there. […]

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Columba di Pasqua–Re-post

by Daisy Breads

Note:  This is a repeat of a recipe I try to re-post each year.  I want to make another one this year.  (And guard it better from certain people this time). This is a fun Easter bread, Italian style. It’s basically just a rich egg bread decorated with almond paste and almonds but it’s the […]

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How to Make the Best Snow Ice Cream

by Daisy Dairy Foods

I suppose I should have known I was tempting fate when I declared our last snow/sleet as the Last Hurrah of winter. We got about 4 inches of perfect, fluffy snow last night, and today had snow ice cream written all over it. Encouraged by one of my brothers (who got about an 8″ snowfall […]

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Easy Homemade Vegetarian Vegetable Soup

by Daisy Main Dishes

If you’re like me, you salivate over gourmet soup recipes with exotic, esoteric, and expensive ingredients, elaborate preparation techniques, and great gobs of cream and butter. Then you go to the pantry and ask yourself what’s for dinner that won’t clog your arteries, require you to take out a loan, and will be ready before […]

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New Year’s Eve Recipes for the Figgy Pudding-Weary

by Daisy Breads

Here’s a re-post from 2008. I still feel the same way! If you are like me at this time of year, you are one table full of sweet, highly-refined and fatty treats from running for the hills to subsist off roots and berries. But there is one more culinary hurdle to leap before the party […]

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Pumpkin Seed Taste Test

by Ivory Soap Recipes

My husband LOVES Halloween and we have FIVE kids, so that means LOTS of jack-o-lanterns.  And LOTS of seeds. I checked out THIS POST to remind myself how to cook them.  I was really dreading unloading the oven of all my cast iron.  Two dutch ovens plus skillets and lids?  Ugh. Luckily for me, Step 9 of that […]

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REAL Smoked Almonds

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

Mmmmm, smoked almonds.  And not the kind with “smoke flavoring added.”  The real thing. You will need: 2 lbs raw almonds 6 Tbs Worcestershire sauce 3 tsp Onion Powder 3 tsp Garlic Powder 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper 1 tsp Sonny Salt 1 tsp ground mustard 4+ dashes of Louisiana Hot Sauce Mix wet and dry […]

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