Snacks & Sides

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

by Daisy Breads

If you’re like me at this time of year, you’re 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 season takes a breather: New Year’s Eve. If the week of TV cooking […]

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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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Spicy Sauteed Sweet Potato Greens With Thyme and Fresh Garlic

by Daisy Recipes

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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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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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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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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Recipes From Elk River Guest Ranch: Cowboy Beans

by Daisy Recipes

Another recipe from my buddy Bex at Elk River Guest Ranch in beautiful CO, this time a standard of ranch cooking: Cowboy Beans At the ranch after a day of riding, hiking, and biking,  whitewater rafting or fly fishing, this is a SIDE DISH. At home, though, after a day of puttering in the garden […]

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Southern Greens Tutorial

by Ivory Soap Recipes

You will need: 1lbs of frozen greens, we like collards best “drippins” from 1/2 lb bacon salt garlic powder, onion powder (optional) stevia or other sweetener 1. Cook bacon and save the fat. 2. Pour fat from 1/2 lbs bacon into the frozen greens. Add salt, garlic and onion powder to taste. 3. Add as […]

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Turnips Twelve Ways–Recipe Round-Up

by Daisy Main Dishes

Thanks to the many, delicious responses to my plea for ways to prepare the huge basket of turnips I harvested, I have a great selection now. I didn’t want to hog them all to myself, though, especially since many of the suggestions came direct to email instead of in the comments.  Here is a round […]

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Homemade Cheez-Its

by Ivory Soap Breads

The following is a fabulous guest post from Kris Bordessa of Attainable Sustainable.  Do me a favor and go say something nice on her blog or her facebook page so she’ll write more of these for us!    After reading my true confession about Cheez-Its, a reader took pity on me and sent a recipe […]

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Roselle and Quinoa with Basil Pesto

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

Waiting and waiting for the roselle in the garden to bloom.  It seems like it’s taking forever.  Meanwhile, I’ve decided to use the delicious, tart leaves while I’m waiting.  They taste a lot like sorrel, tender with a nice, slightly sour tang.  Nutritious, too, with a healthy dose of vitamins C and A as well […]

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Make Green Bean Pickles

by Ivory Soap Canned, Dried, Frozen

This recipe comes to us from our giveaway sponsor this week: Cultures for Health Naturally Pickled Green Beans Recipe   Ingredients: 1/2 lb. Green Beans or similar bean 3 cups. Water (approximate) A few cloves of garlic, chopped A few red pepper flakes Freshly ground black pepper Fresh or dried dill week to taste One […]

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Lacto-Fermented Dill Baby Carrots

by Ivory Soap Canned, Dried, Frozen

  Timeframe: 1 week Special Equipment: One-quart jar, preferably a fermenter Cut up flexible coffee lid that can be folded through the mouth and expands approximately to width of jar Optional weight.  I used an Eggsact Egg timer. Ingredients (for 1 gallon): 1-2 bags of baby carrots 1 tablespoon salt 1 tsp dried dill Boiled and […]

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Homemade Sauerkraut

by Ivory Soap Canned, Dried, Frozen

Timeframe: 1 week Special Equipment: One-gallon jar, preferably a fermenter Plasticware lid that can be folded through the mouth and expands approximately to width of jar Ingredients (for 1 gallon): 5 pounds cabbage 3 tablespoons sea salt Boiled and cooled tap water Optional splash of Bubbies juice or other lactofermeted liquid Process: Chop or grate […]

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Grain-free Zucchini Noodles

by Ivory Soap Recipes

Zucchini makes a good twirl-able noodle.  However, it’s all about the gadget you use, not the process or recipe.  I’ve used a vegetable peeler in the past, but the product wasn’t a convincing noodle. Now I use the above Titan Julienne peeler that I got at BBY the other day.  LOVE IT!!!  I have owned […]

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Fried Green Tomatoes

by Daisy Recipes

The paths between three of my raised beds were so overgrown with untamed tomato vines that I had to walk all around the perimeter to get into the garden.  This puts me near the chicken yard which makes one squawky Australorp, the one who’s always eyeballing me, set up an opinionated rant. I don’t know […]

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Fried Squash

by Daisy Recipes

I’m going to have to buy squash to make this from now on because my eight squash plants produced a total of 4 squash before I ripped them out.  They were infested with squash borers and squash bugs and I gave them to the chickens.  I hope they ate every bug. It’ll be worth buying […]

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Garlicky Sauteed Greens

by Daisy Recipes

I love old-fashioned Southern-cooked-to-death greens as much as the next girl from here ’round, but I really love these more.  Don’t tell anybody. This method works best with younger, more tender leaves.  If you have more mature greens, trim the stems and cook it a little longer during the lid-on cooking stage below. The “recipe” […]

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Amy’s Awesome Sweet Potato Casserole

by Daisy Recipes

Truly an awesome dish. Much requested at the holiday table, but too good to save for special occasions. This recipe has no added sugar.  Pray the Miniature Marshmallow Consortium and Brown Sugar & Pecan Board don’t take this personally. They are very powerful forces, apparently. Sweet Potato Casserole 10-11 sweet potatoes (depending on the size) […]

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Roasted Acorn Squash

by Daisy Recipes

The surprise success of the garden this year was acorn squash, for two reasons. One is that I seldom have much success with squash, what with fighting squash bugs, borers, and beetles. The other reason is that I didn’t plant any acorn squash. HA! So what to do with all the unbidden, volunteer squashes? I […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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