Recipes

Chard Pie

by Daisy Main Dishes

If this recipe sounds familiar, you may have seen the Zucchini Pie I posted a few weeks back. It follows the same general formula but the featured vegetable this time is my beloved chard. By the way, when you tell your family what you are cooking, you might want to spell the word chard lest […]

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Zucchini Fritters

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

It’s getting to be that “what-am-I-going-to-do-with-all-this-zucchini” time of year!  Here’s my FAVORITE zucchini recipe. Zucchini Fritters 2 pounds zukes salt 1 onion ~1/2 cup whole wheat flour 2 eggs salt and pepper 1. Wash zukes. 2. Grate with uber-cool grandma’s hand-crank grater thingy onto a cloth. Sprinkle with salt and ignore for ten minutes. 3. […]

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Tomato Basil Soup

by Daisy Main Dishes

1 medium onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped 1 T. oil 1 quart fresh tomatoes, coarsely chopped 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth 6-8 leaves fresh basil, chopped salt and pepper to taste 1 Tablespoon butter, optional Extra basil for garnish In a medium large saucepan, brown the onion and garlic […]

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Homemade Edamame

by Ivory Soap Recipes

Soybeans are super easy to grow and if you’re in the South, you can still be planting them RIGHT NOW.  Just get some soybean seeds, plunk them in the ground about 9 per square foot, and watch them grow. In about ten weeks, once the pods feel full, try this recipe. Homemade Edamame Big pile […]

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Roasted Kohlrabi and Carrots

by Daisy Recipes

Kohlrabi isn’t a new vegetable by any means, but it’s an unusual sight in American supermarkets. When it does appear, most people don’t know what to do with it.  It’s really a versatile vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked in many types of dishes. As far as the flavor, think turnips and cabbage. […]

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Broiled Tomatoes

by Daisy Recipes

Nothing beats a plate of sliced homegrown fresh tomatoes, but sometimes it’s good to mix it up a little bit. Here’s another option for when the countertop is overflowing with mankind’s favorite deadly nightshade. Broiled Tomatoes 4-5 ripe fresh tomatoes 1 slice wheat bread 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese about 6 good leaves fresh basil, […]

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Blackeyed Pea Fritters

by Daisy Main Dishes

These are a variation on the African standby. They are traditionally deep-fried, but I like to cook them up in a skillet. It’s a tasty way to round out those summer garden vegetable plates with a bit of protein. Blackeyed Pea Fritters makes about 8 fritters 1 can blackeyed peas, drained 1/2 onion, coarsely chopped […]

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Chard Soup with Gnocchi

by Ivory Soap Main Dishes

Here’s a tasty way to use my new favorite vegetable: chard. Tear off a chunk of rustic bread to help soak up the broth. Chard Soup with Gnocchi serves 4-6 1 T. olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms pinch red pepper flakes 8-10 good-sized chard leaves, […]

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Whole Wheat Crepes

by Daisy Breads

I may be crunchier than I thought because I think these taste even better than the ones made with white flour. Whole Wheat Crepesmakes about 10, 8″ crepes 3 eggs1 cup milk1/4 cup water1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour1/2 tsp. salt2 T. melted butter Wisk all ingredients together or blend in blender or food processor. […]

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Strawberries and Spinach: A Love Story

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

Don’t you just love love? You know, when two very different souls unite to form a greater whole than the sum of their parts? And then, you toss them together in a delicious salad drizzled with a tangy-sweet vinaigrette? That’s my kind of love story. Spinach and strawberries don’t just make a handsome and delicious […]

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Easy Homemade Sour Cream

by Daisy Dairy Foods

1. Put 4 tbsp cultured buttermilk in a bowl (introduces protective, delicious, lacto-bacteria found naturally in all unpasteurized milk.) 2. “Splash in” 2 cups half and half. 3. Cover and leave out 12-48 hrs to achieve desired thickness and sourness. FOR THE LOVE OF PETE DON’T STIR IT!!! 4. Refrigerate to stop lacto-bacteria growth and […]

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No-Measure Whole Grain Pancakes

by Daisy Breakfast

Technically, yes, you have to measure, but they are the kind of measurements I can hang with–approximate. I make these all the time because I don’t have to get a cookbook or recipe card out. I just scoop, dump and stir. The measurements are approximate and that’s the beauty of ’em. No measuring spoons or […]

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Zucchini Pie

by Daisy Main Dishes

Gardeners—get ready. Summer’s almost here. Can the squash harvest be far behind? Zucchini Piemakes one 11-in. pie 1 large or 2 smaller zucchini, sliced3 eggs1 cup milk4 oz. grated cheese like monterey jack, mozzarella, cheddar, or any combo1 tsp. each chopped fresh oregano and rosemary1/4 tsp. salt1 T. chopped roasted poblano peppers (or a similar […]

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Turnip Greens Tips and Grapefruit Salad

by Daisy Recipes

In my post on Fake fake broccoli, I wrote about how I have been using the bolted tips of my turnip greens like broccoli raab. I made it into a salad the other day and it was very refreshing.This is another guideline-style recipe. Size yours up or down according to your needs. Wash and coarsely […]

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Cilantro Pesto

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

The cilantro is going great guns and the best way I know to use a lot of it at once is pesto. And wow, if you are a cilantro fan and have never tasted cilantro pesto you are in for a treat. I use pecans because I have a lot of those, too, but you […]

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Spreadable Butter

by Daisy Dairy Foods

I love butter. I’ve heard you can leave it out in a crock safely or in a special bell-like contraption which holds it under water, but that isn’t going to happen in my house where resides a refrigeration enthusiast. So I really like spreadable butter but rather than pay more for diluted whipped butter from […]

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Applesauce Muffins

by Daisy Breads

Slightly sweet, whole-grain, spiced muffins. Applesauce Muffinsmakes 12 2 cups whole wheat flour1 tsp. baking soda2 tsp. cinnamon3/4 tsp. salt1/2 tsp. nutmeg1/8 tsp. cloves1/2 cup vegetable oil of choice (I used canola)1/2 cup sugar1 egg1 1/2 cup applesauce1 cup chopped pecans Combine ingredients from flour to cloves in a medium bowl. Combine oil, sugar, egg […]

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Effortless Clotted Cream

by Daisy Dairy Foods

Seriously. This stuff takes no effort. All you need is a coffee filter, funnel, and some heavy whipping cream. If you can only find ultra-pasteurized, like me, it takes WAY longer than it would with anything else.Do this with it:Leave in the fridge for two hours. Scrape cream off sides of filter. If, however, it […]

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Spinach Salad

by Daisy Recipes

5 oz. fresh baby spinach2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms, I used “baby bellas”1/2 cup pecan halves4-6 cloves garlic, sliced2 cups sliced, cooked chicken breast1 large apple, chopped, I used Fujioptional, crumbled feta or chevre cheese, about 4 oz. Rinse and dry the spinach (a salad spinner does the trick for me). Set aside.In a medium […]

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Fake Fake Broccoli

by Daisy Recipes

I’m a two-time broccoli-growing failure. Maybe, I thought, I could grow broccoli raab–it’s smaller and not as intimidating-looking as the real thing.So I looked into broccoli raab and it turns out my garden is already FULL of it.Broccoli raab isn’t broccoli at all. It’s in the turnip family, as in turnip greens, more specifically bolted […]

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Columba di Pasqua

by Daisy Breads

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 cool dove shape that makes it special. The most common version you see is baked in a mold to help with the shaping, but I’m skeptical my local grocer carries those […]

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Banana Pudding

by Daisy Dessert

My tweak on this classic? Less sugar in the custard. Don’t miss it AT ALL. To me, it’s a definite improvement. Banana Pudding 3 1/2 T. all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar pinch salt 3 eggs, separated 3 cups milk 1 tsp. vanilla 1 (12 0z.) package vanilla wafers 6 medium bananas 1/4 c. sugar 1 […]

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Moderately Sinful Chocolate Pecan Pie

by Daisy Dessert

This isn’t a “diet” pie or a sugar-free pie. It’s a pie. It’s naughty. Just not as much as usual. Less than half the sugar of the typical pecan pie, no butter. Nothing particularly righteous about 2/3 of a cup of sugar, but it’s better than two cups. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway. […]

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Classic Omelet

by Daisy Breakfast

One of the great things about the humble omelet is its customizability. (Is that a word?) I wanted to learn how to make the egg part the “right” way. Then I could concentrate on the additions. Classic Basic Omeletmakes 1 2 T. butter3 large eggssalt & peppera few drops of wateroptional: about 1/2 cup of […]

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Freezing Greens

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

My overwintered greens had begun to bolt so it was time to pick them and put them up before they were reduced to spindly leaves and yellow blossoms. If you’ve never frozen greens, the hardest part traditionally is washing them but since mine are in raised beds and the bugs haven’t found them yet one […]

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Easiest Cream Cheese

by Daisy Dairy Foods

Frankly, there are about 385 million ways to make a basic cream cheese, but this is the one that I think is most accessible to the average W-mart shopper. Easiest Cream Cheese 1. Buy a quart of plain, active culture, one ingredient yogurt. Even if it says ORGANIC, still check the back. 2. Plop in […]

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Perfect Scrambled Eggs

by Daisy Breakfast

Having tasted delicious scrambled eggs and then been unable to recreate them myself I tried to figure out what I was doing wrong. A little research into the way the French do it and I was on my way. Nothing fancy here, just a little patience. And of course butter. Basic Scrambled Eggsfor two 2 […]

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Homemade Puff Pastry

by Daisy Breads

There’s no reason to fear puff pastry. It only contains 4 ingredients (including the water) and the major effort is waiting for it to chill several times before you can make it into flaky croissants, crisp palmiers, or delicious fruit turnovers, to name a few. Puff Pastry makes about 1 pound 7/8 cup unsalted butter […]

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Easy Homemade Yogurt

by Daisy Dairy Foods

To make yogurt, you have to have yogurt or a store-bought culture. THAT was a big disappointment to me. I like doing something from SCRATCH-O-LA. But, then I learned why. It’s not because the art of yogurt making is lost. It’s because we pasteurize in this country. The naturally occurring, beneficial bacteria that are born […]

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Classic Poached Eggs

by Daisy Breakfast

What you need: eggs, the fresher the better1 quart of simmering water1 T. vinegar1 bowl of cool water1 bowl of warm water 1. Once the water has begun to simmer, take the pan off the heat and dip the eggs, uncracked, into the water for about 40-50 seconds. Remove them from the water. Replace the […]

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Fast Fresh Jam

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

Ivory’s Diet-Breaking Delicious Jam 3 cups crushed, warmed, frozen strawberries 3 cups organic sugar (or white *sigh*) 1 cup water 1 box Less or No Sugar Needed Sure-Jell (found in baking section and looks just like this) 1. Stir together Sure-Jell and sugar, then water. Boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about a minute. […]

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Quick Creme Fraiche

by Daisy Dairy Foods

Creme Fraiche is sour cream’s understated, elegant cousin. CF is less sour, much creamier, and would never have the word “light” on her container. There is no such thing as reduced fat creme fraiche. Or if there is such a thing, it’s an abomination. Quick Creme Fraiche 1. Warm 2 cups of heavy whipping cream […]

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Homemade Scones

by Daisy Breads

Scones come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. Here is one basic, traditional version. Customize it and make it your own. Simple Scones Note: For the best result, if you know you are going to be making this, say, for breakfast the next morning, freeze the butter in advance. Take it out before you start […]

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Cast Iron Care

by Daisy Recipes

This is me seasoning my brand spanking new bacon press. But before this glorious moment occurred, my hubby ran it through the dishwasher. Have you ever seen that? RUST!!! The way to remove rust from cast iron is the combination of oil and salt. (Yet another use for that leftover warm kitchen grease, ladies.) Ewww, […]

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How to Make Ricotta Cheese at Home

by Daisy Dairy Foods

Do you know how to make ricotta cheese?  It’s easy and fun. How to Make Ricotta Cheese Soft, fresh cheese is easy to make at home.  As long as you have whole milk around, there’s no reason to rush out to the store. Do you remember the Miss Muffet rhyme?  Curds and whey?  That’s what […]

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Canning Pecans

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

One of the best things about canning pecans is that laboring over a hot stove during the cooler months is actually pleasant. Here’s what came back from the pecan-crackers: Two of those are ours. Yep. Full of cracked pecans. Thank you ancestors for your insight in planting pecan trees. We are deeply in your debt. […]

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Sweet Potato Biscuits

by Daisy Breakfast

These combine two of my favorite things: biscuits and sweet potatoes. Very moist and flavorful and so easy to make, especially if you already have one lonely leftover sweet potato laying around. I recommend doubling this recipe for a family. Sweet Potato Biscuitsmakes 8-10 biscuits 1 cup whole wheat flour1 1/2 tsp. baking powder1/4 tsp. […]

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Favorite Chicken Soup

by Daisy Main Dishes

It’s still soup weather. In spite of the temperature, I am lucky to have some overwintered cilantro in the garden. It’s in short supply but worth picking a few of the precious stems for this soup. The garnishes really make it come alive. Favorite Chicken Soup4 entree-sized servings 1 T. oil1 medium onion, chopped2 garlic […]

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Homemade Breakfast Sausage

by Daisy Breakfast

You probably know you can make your own sausage in a slaughter-it-and-toil-for-a-week kind of way, but you can also stir up a batch of breakfast patties super easy with just a little ground meat and a few common herbs and spices. And then you know what’s in it. Turkey Sausagemakes 8 patties 1 lb. ground […]

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Homemade Lefse

by Daisy Breads

Lefse (lef-suh) is a Norwegian griddle bread, sort of a potatoey Scandinavian tortilla. Serve hot with butter and cinnamon-sugar or jam. Or just devour them plain. This recipe is enough for two or three–double or triple it for a crowd. Lefsemakes 12 1 1/4 lbs. potatoes1 T. butter1/8 cup milk1/2 tsp. salt1 1/2 cups all-purpose […]

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Danish Coffee Cake Valentine

by Daisy Breads

Family Valentine’s Day brunch fare. Cranberry-Almond Danish Coffee Cake 1/3 cup milk2 T. sugar1/2 tsp. salt1/4 cup butter1 pkg. dry active yeast1/4 cup warm water3 cups all-purpose flour2 eggs1 tsp. almond extract1 tsp. grated orange peel3 T. softened butter Filling:1/4 cup sugar1/4 cup brown sugar1 tsp. cinnamon1/3 cup dried cranberries1/3 cup sliced almonds Glaze:3/4 cup […]

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Rosemary-Garlic Roasted Potatoes

by Daisy Recipes

Make more of this than you think you will need. Rosemary-Garlic Roasted Potatoesserves 2-4 (max.) 2 1/2 lbs. mixed white or yellow and sweet potatoes, scrubbed & cubed (peel sweet potatoes)6 good-sized cloves garlic, minced1 large sprig rosemary, coarsely chopped1/4 cup canola or olive oil1 tsp. salt, plus more to tastecracked black pepper, to tastepaprika […]

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Banana-Pecan Pancakes

by Daisy Breakfast

I’m contemplating a lawsuit against myself for failure to make these pancakes until now. All those wasted years . . . Banana-Pecan Pancakesmakes about 15 4-inch pancakes 1 cup whole wheat flour1 1/4 tsp. baking powder1/8 tsp. salt1 tsp. cinnamon1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 med-lg bananas)1 cup milk1 egg2 T. oil, plus a little […]

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Potato & Onion Omelet

by Daisy Breakfast

This is an adaptation of tortilla de patatas, a common Spanish specialty. It’s a very simple dish, made with everyday ingredients, but it’s a delicious change from ordinary eggs. I made a 3-egg version which serves two hungry people, but the recipe is easily doubled or tripled. Potato & Onion Omelet 3 eggs1 lb. potatoes […]

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Peasant Bread

by Daisy Breads

Ivory’s culinary memory is impressive. I served this bread to her and another friend, alongside some tomato soup, ten years ago, and she has remembered it ever since. She recently suggested I make some for the blog.It takes three days to get the “sponge” ready, so you have to do some advance planning. I doubled […]

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Turn Your Oven Into a Bread Proofer

by Daisy Recipes

A bread proofer is standard equipment in a commercial kitchen. It’s simply a big metal cabinet with racks for trays of dough (rolls, doughnuts, loaves of bread).  It maintains a warm, moist environment for the yeast to prosper and create perfectly-risen baked goods. Few of us are going to have a bread proofer in our kitchens, […]

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Homemade Muesli

by Daisy Breakfast

This is part recipe, part guideline. “Authentic” muesli has a number of variations, most of which claim to be “the” recipe, just like grandma in Switzerland/Austria/Germany used to make. This version is consistent with what most sources agree are the most important characteristics of good muesli: lots of oats, no added sugar, and dried fruit […]

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A Week of Sandwiches in a Day

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

I learned a great trick a few months back. FREEZING pb&j. Now, I can make enough for a week, or more, all at once. Here’s the method. 1. Lay out your bread. 2. On EACH slice, spread some peanut butter almost to the very edge. 3. On EACH (or every other) slice, spread some jelly […]

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Homemade Fruit Roll-ups

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

They are indeed yummy, but truthfully, they were so yummy that this was the only pic I got of them before they disappeared…and it has a GLARING white spot right behind those words. So, my taste assessment is there for your ocular protection. 1. Liquefy some fruit and adjust sweetness to taste. I did bananas […]

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Easy Black Bean Turkey Chili

by Daisy Main Dishes

Aside from a little minor chopping, this is basically a “dump-it-in” recipe, a nice change after the cooking-intensive holidays. It’s thick enough to serve sloppy joe style if you prefer. We like ours with a sprinkle of grated cheese and a cast iron skillet of cornbread on the side. Double or triple the recipe for […]

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Salade Nicoise-ish

by Daisy Main Dishes

I’m riding high on orange juice and Claxton Fruitcake and I need to come down to earth before I start in on the Christmas cookies. Julia Child to the rescue. I’m making a version of her Tuna Nicoise Salad for lunch/dinner: nutritious, sane, HEARTY and my favorite salad. I love that Julia insisted on canned […]

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New Favorite Apple Pie Recipe

by Daisy Dessert

Overheard during The Dessert Phase of Thanksgiving dinner: “Mmmmm.” “I thought your favorite pie was cherry pie!” “Not since I tried this apple pie!” Guess that recipe needs to make it onto the ol’ blog, then: Little House Apple Pie 1 recipe 2-crust pie crust, unbaked6 1/2 cups thinly sliced, peeled tart baking apples such […]

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Perfect Pie Crust Step By Step

by Daisy Recipes

This is my go-to pie crust. After years of “cutting in” shortening and/or butter (“consistency of cornmeal”, WHAT?), sprinkling in ice water, even vinegar and eggs, I tried this recipe and never went back. Why? It’s easier and faster. It uses vegetable oil–healthier when you eat the amount of pie I sling around here. It […]

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“Lightly Spooned” Flour v. Scooped Flour

by Daisy Breads

A lot of holiday baking is in full swing, so I thought I’d share the results of a little experiment I’ve been intending to try for some time. This isn’t exactly a life and death issue, but it’s something I wonder about whenever I haul out the flour. It’s tedious, so is taking the time […]

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Saturday Morning Oatmeal Biscuits

by Daisy Breakfast

Yes, these biscuits aren’t going to win any high-rise contests (no they’re not cookies!), but they are good and, incidentally, nutritious. The fat is trimmed down considerably with the addition of plain yogurt–that, and the whole grain content, will put a twinkle in your cardiologist’s eye. One of the reasons they are so height-challenged is […]

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How to Form a Loaf of Bread

by Daisy Breads

Well, duh, you make the dough into a loaf shape and put it in the pan, right? Yes, yes you do. You are absolutely right. Unless . . . . . . you are kinda weird and like to do perfectly simple things the long and complicated way just because you know how. Like me. […]

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Welsh Tarts

by Daisy Breakfast

Check your jokes about Walesian virtue at the door–these are serious pastries–seriously tasty. Very good for a dessert buffet, a special picnic, even a breakfast tray. The quality of these tarts is dependent on the quality of your jam filling. Above I have used my Blackberry-Blueberry Jam and my Pear-Lemon Preserves. It’s hard to pick […]

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How to Cook Tofu–Fry It!

by Daisy Main Dishes

Tofu is one of those things–you either like it or you don’t. If you dislike tofu, chances are you have never had fried tofu or you are just fundamentally opposed to the idea of a bean curd product, period. I respect that. I’m not a tofu pusher. It is a little widgey. This post is […]

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Mixed Pickles a la Ike

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

This post was written in mid-September and somehow I never got around to posting it. It’s a little dated in terms of the storm, but it also seems timely for end-of-season veggie stragglers, so I am posting it now. I have written before about the woefully inadequate tomato trellis I constructed. It seems my trellising/staking […]

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Homemade Butter

by Daisy Dairy Foods

Homemade butter is one of those things that you make for TASTE. You haven’t really lived until you’ve had butter that’s less than hour old. Mmmmmm…. Fortunately, making butter is really easy! All you need is whipping cream and a way to agitate it. I used a mixer. HOMEMADE BUTTER[Yields one pint of butter (just […]

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Pickled Hungarian Wax Peppers

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

I have too many of these hungarian wax peppers to eat fresh: —but too few to go into extreme canning mode, so I made one petite pint of pickled peppers. Pickled Hot Pepper Stripsfrom Summer in a Jar: Making Pickles, Jams and MoreA. Chesman 1 cup white vinegar 1/2 cup water 1 garlic clove 1/2 […]

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Homemade Veggie Burgers and Burger Buns

by Daisy Breads

This recipe is a copycat version of Houston’s Restaurant’s Veggie Burger, a favorite of mine. (Pictured here with Burpee’s Early and Often hybrid tomato, Purple Beauty Sweet Pepper, dill pickles from Picklebush cucumbers, and some variety of chicory, I think.) It is a big improvement over the frozen grocery v-burger, and the ingredients are relatively […]

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Roasted Poblano Peppers

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

Until recently, I had no idea what to call certain hot, green, dreidel-shaped peppers in my garden. They weren’t even supposed to be there, according to the packet of hot mixed peppers I planted. But there they were. After a bit of research, I introduced myself to a new amigo: the poblano pepper. Then what? […]

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Homemade Pita Bread

by Daisy Breads

Why make your own pita bread? Because you can. Part Whole Wheat Pita Breadmakes 10 1 pkg. active dry yeast1 1/2 tsp. sugar1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees)1 1/2 tsp. each salt and vegetable oil2 cups whole wheat flour2 1/2 cups all-purpose or bread flour 1. Combine yeast, sugar and water in a […]

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Homemade Herbal Tea

by Daisy Beverages

There are many edible herbs and flowers that can be found in suburban yards. Today, I’m making homemade herbal tea with Marigold and Stevia. Marigold tea is supposed to be good for indigestion and menstrual discomfort, but I just like the idea of drinking my yard. 1. The first step in making herbal tea is […]

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Homemade Spinach & Onion Panini

by Daisy Main Dishes

This is one of those relatively quick meals that belies the time it took to put it together. I’m not sure when panini fever hit America, but I imagine it coincided with the introduction of numerous dedicated electric devices which, I assure you, are not essential to make this sandwich. If I want to press […]

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Sweet Potato Soup

by Daisy Main Dishes

Oh. My. Gosh. I just had the best soup, ev-ah! Start with some of these… Mine were blanched and frozen from last time sweet potatoes were $.25 a pound. (I’m growing my own this year.) I’d been looking for a way to use them ever since. I think I’ve found it. It’s super easy and […]

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Berry-Lemon Pudding Cake

by Daisy Dessert

This is probably my favorite dessert ever, and I am not given to choosing favorites of anything. But. . . summer berries, tart and creamy lemon pudding, and tender sponge cake? This is as good as it gets. 1/4 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar (see P.S. below) pinch salt pinch nutmeg 1 cup buttermilk, or […]

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Peach Pistachio Conserve

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

People don’t make enough conserve. I don’t think I tasted conserve before I started making it myself. In fact, I think most people don’t know what it is. Basically, conserve is fruit, usually chopped, preserved with sugar or honey, and often with nuts and spices added. It is served in a way similar to preserves, […]

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Pear-Lemon Preserves

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

Pears and lemons are soulmates, two halves of one ambrosial whole. To me, this is the only way to make pear preserves, with thinly sliced whole lemons, peel and all. —————————– Pear Preserves Southern Living Cookbook 10 large pears (about 5 pounds), peeled, cored and chopped 4 1/2 cups sugar 3 cups water 2 lemons, […]

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Canned Pear-Apple Mincemeat

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

Lookit I got! Brother’s wife’s sister’s husband’s parents’ pears! I am planning pear-lemon preserves, canned meatless mincemeat, and perhaps pear butter or pickled pears. Too much? Not enough, I say. Bring on the paring knife, rustle up the Big Bowls, boil those jars, crack open the new box of rings, rosin up the cutting board […]

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Peanut Butter Play-doh!!!

by Daisy Recipes

My kids live on this stuff, but I’ve realized recently that it’s not as well known as I thought. Maybe some people just use it for occasional playtime, but in my house, it’s lunch. Peanut Butter Play-doh big blob of peanut butterdecent squeeze of honeycoffee grinder full of dry milk (It’s an EXACT science, you […]

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Homemade Artificial Sweetener from Stevia

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

This recipe will make no-cal, no-carb, liquid sweetener, for coffee, shakes, tea, or what-have-you But, if you need it as a scoopable powder, I can’t do that…yet. Anyway, you need three things: a stevia plant (I got mine at Depot), water, and a microwave. First, pluck a handful of leaves off the plant. Wash and […]

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Stove Top Popcorn

by Daisy Recipes

Mmmm, heaven in a bowl on Saturday night. I have been popping my own corn in the cast iron kettle for a couple of months now. When Mr. Ivory and I had some regular microwave popcorn recently we were shocked at our reaction…BLECH! I thought I was being frugal, cutting down on waste, eliminating questionable […]

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Applesauce from Peels and Cores

by Daisy Recipes

Fresh from the Orchard I have my frugal moments and this may have been the pinnacle. I made about 4 pints of applesauce out of the peels and cores left over from making canned apple pie filling . I was very discriminating, however, and meticulous about removing all (and I mean all) of the seeds […]

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Beginner Canning–Dill Pickles

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

I had a bumper crop of cucumbers this year from my own garden and the CSA. It was time to make pickles! I had never done it before so I started with a pre-mixed package of kosher dill spices from the local discount store. I bought pint jars and the $7 Canning Tool Set. (I […]

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Homemade Apple Pie Filling

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

It’s apple time and I found a recipe that makes truly mouth-watering apple pie filling. It is great to be able to make a crust, pop open a can of homemade pie filling and voila!– homemade apple pie, so superior to store versions. I INTERRUPT THIS POST TO ASK A QUESTION: IF THIS IS NOT […]

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Irish Soda Bread

by Daisy Breads

Sometimes I want homemade bread, fast. Real bread you can slice, make into toast, spread butter and jam on, make a sandwich out of. So I make Irish Soda Bread. Very satisfying, a good slicer, and, as I mentioned, fast. It is also a good-looking bread, wholesome and rustic. I got the recipe from an […]

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Spicy Fried Okra

by Daisy Recipes

Hi Ivory, Remember the fried okra I made yesterday and couldn’t stop eating? It was a modified version of one I found on a great New Orleans cooking site which calls for 3 egg yolks and buttermilk. I didn’t have any buttermilk and I purely hate separating eggs not knowing what to do with the […]

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Sumac Lemonade

by Daisy Beverages

When I was small my mother taught me to make what we called “Sumac Juice”. Since, I have learned it is more commonly referred to as “Sumac Lemonade” or “Indian Lemonade”. While most roadside recipes tend to be in the “acquired taste” category, the beverage made from Staghorn Sumac (rhus hirta) berries is just plain […]

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Homemade Lime Extract

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

I want to make lime extract today. I think it would taste amazing in tangy shortbread cookies speckled with little bits of lime zest. I found two different recipes for lime extract, and I may try both of them for comparison. Can’t have too much lime anything around. The first procedure is to zest one […]

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Blueberry-Peach Conserve

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

I had pretty much given up on my peach trees. After all, they were impulse buys at the garden center, little “Patio Peaches” which are only about 4 feet tall at maturity. Year after year, they lived up to their promise in terms of ornamental value only, loaded with dark pink, crepe-y blooms each spring, […]

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Homemade “Maple” Syrup

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

If you’re like me, watching your kids DUMP real maple syrup on their pancakes is like watching them flush gold down the toilet. That stuff is SO expensive! BUT, I also can’t stand to feed them that maple-flavored-high-fructose-corn-syrup JUNK at the store. So, I now make my own maple-flavored natural sugar syrup. Homemade “Maple” Syrup […]

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Homemade File Powder

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

I grew up with an abundance of sassafras trees all around me. I don’t know how I knew the leaves were edible because I have eaten them for as long as I can remember. Someone must have told me they were okay to eat, because I doubt I taste-tested all the foliage in our yard. […]

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Homemade Sourdough Bread

by Daisy Breads

When I run out of an ingredient or a supply my first thought isn’t necessarily, “Gotta hop in the car and go to the store.” It’s, “Can I make this myself out of stuff lying around the house?” Although I consider myself environmentally conscious, it isn’t a particularly eco-minded or righteous impulse. I just hate […]

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Homegrown Fried Okra

by Daisy Garden

The okra has started coming in. Just a handful, I only have a few plants, but I wanted to show them to you. This is the first year I have grown okra. I love fried okra and remember my grandmother and my mother making it in great quantities. We popped them like peanuts, barely patient […]

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Oven-Dried Tomatoes

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

Dear Ivory, I love the chicken house!! And the photo–the wind gently swaying the willow. I feel transported to the–you know, that area of land of low topographic relief supporting grasses and herbs and having a mesic climate–what is it called? Never mind, it’ll come to me. I love the chickens!! They are such big […]

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

Hey Ive, Oh no you didn’t re-use a disposable bottle of Stuff. Don’t you know how many meetings and memos and how much high technology went into preventing you from pulling a stunt like that? Stop it. Stop it right now. And here I’ve been making vanilla extract, all innocent-like. I have had one poor […]

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Vanilla Custard Ice Cream with Homemade Vanilla Extract

by Daisy Dairy Foods

I have been trying to decide on the perfect recipe for trying out my homemade vanilla extract which has been steeping for several days now. The vanilla extract is on the right and the glass on the left contains brandy only, so you can compare before and after. Quite a bit darker and more vanilla […]

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Homemade Organic 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

by Daisy Breads

Dear TL, I heard that you were just about ‘inherit’ a bread maker, so I thought you’d like a VERY DEPENDABLE bread recipe for kids lunches (and yours). Breadmaker Sandwich Bread Go buy these bags at the grocery:You will also need a jar of fast-acting yeast, water, and salt. Put 1.25 c warm (75-80 degree) […]

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Blackberry-Blueberry Jam, low sugar

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

So far this year I have harvested about 33 pounds of blueberries and blackberries. I don’t know if that sounds like a lot to you, but it is like most things–no matter how much one has, one always wants more. Especially more berries. That said, I am very pleased with my berries. I have frozen […]

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