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Apple-Maple Syrup

I’ve decided to experiment with syrups. I’m trying not to eat the typical syrups found at the store, preferring to use maple. A guest at the inn brought me fresh maple syrup last spring, made by a friend of his here in Maine. I put it away for winter, because that’s when I usually eat […]

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Beef Stock

Making your own stocks saves money on your grocery bill. The bone of the roast are used, after it has been roasted and most of the meat removed. It is fine to leave small pieces of meat on the bone. The finished product may be frozen in ice cube trays, and then placed in a […]

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Homemade Honey Butter

Zowie and I like honey butter. We once made this for a Thanksgiving party we threw for the daycare when the children were young, though it can be used any day: Holiday, Sabbat or not. The recipe can be halved for normal table use. For larger gatherings, this recipe serves well. (Update 2017) I don’t […]

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Homemade Vegetable Stock

By not having to purchase canned vegetable stocks, you’ll save money on your grocery bill.  Use the peels and ends of the vegetables from your cooking ventures, along with some pieces of whole vegetables, if necessary.  Herbs may also be used. Nothing has to go to waste completely. The finished product may be frozen in […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Homemade Chicken Stock

Use chicken bones and skin to make a stock for soup.

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015 http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Quick Tip: Save Money by Growing Your Own Herbs

As a quick note, I want to point out that it is far cheaper to grow your own organic herbs than to purchase them. Keep in mind that organic foods are healthier, and are not significantly more costly to grow than the alternative. Use organic soils, and organic seeds that have not been genetically modified. […]

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Hanging Herb Bundles

I love the scent of fresh herbs lingering in my home. The aroma seems very homey to me, making me feel warm and safe. It is interesting how different scents can make you feel. Tied herb bundles should be hung on a wall in the kitchen: Out of direct sunlight. Away from heat sources such as […]

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Hanging Herbs to Dry and Dried Herb Gift Jars

When my daughters were young, I’d bring them Trick-or-Treating each year. There was this one house we would go to, where the woman of the house always had multiple herbs hanging in bunches from her porch ceiling. She would invite us through into her kitchen, and the aroma of the porch was marvelous. I’ll always […]

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Spice Profile: Ginger

This herb is a perennial from the sub/tropics, used in creating different types of recipes. Some perfumes are made using ginger, as are medications and different types of condiments. It’s often used in Asian cuisine. Ginger helps with ailments such as Motion sickness Dizziness Morning sickness Arthritis Note: Consult a doctor if you are being […]

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Spice Profile: Nutmeg

Nutmeg is a wonderful spice used throughout the year, but especially during the autumn and winter months. It is great for use in pies, cakes, puddings, ciders, and more, giving a sweet taste and aroma. Nutmeg aids in (use in small amounts, AFTER consulting a doctor) Flatulence Digestion Vomiting Lowering blood pressure Detoxifying the body […]

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Herb Profile: Basil

This herb is related to the peppermint. The leaves of the basil are round, often pointed. They can be used to make tea, and are dried for other purposes as well. The health benefits of basil are varied, and include Antibacterial properties Heart benefits Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any […]

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Herb Profile: Bay Leaf

Bay leaf is an herb that grows on a tree, which is a bit unusual.  It‘s a bitter, spicy herb used in many recipes, and can also be used to prevent bugs from getting into foods and food areas. This is why I suggest placing them on pantry shelves. Bay has many health benefits, including […]

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Herb Profile: Peppermint

Peppermint is an herb that is often used as a flavoring for many products including gum and candy. It makes a great tea, hot or cold. Peppermint is widely grown in Europe and is a very calming herb, and can help with: Headaches Anxiety Asthma Nausea Induces perspiration when needed It also has antiviral and antibacterial […]

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Oregano

Oregano is an herb that has a flavor described as not only warm, but balsamic as well. It is aromatic. The name Oregano means ‘Mountian Joy’. Oregano has many essential nutrients, including: Lots of Vitamin K Iron Fiber Omega 3 fatty acids Oregano also has health benefits. They include anti-bacterial properties. Note: Consult a doctor […]

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Herb Profile: Chamomile

Chamomile, a member of the daisy family, will grow easily in a home garden or on a windowsill. The tea has been used for medicinal purposes for a long time, and are made from the flower head to take advantage of the oils. Chamomile is good for many ailments, including Anxiety Cankers Diarrhea Eczema Insomnia Gingivitis Migraines […]

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Herb Profile: Rosemary

Rosemary is an attractive herb. It is said to mean friendship, and has health benefits. Rosemary helps to prevent Cancer Menstrual cramps Digestive issues Note: Consult a doctor if you are being treated for any illnesses before using any type of food for its’ health benefits. Rosemary is very useful in cooking, and can be […]

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Herb Profile: Parsley

Parsley is a Mediterranean herb. Very aromatic, parsley is used as a seasoning as well as a garnish and is very easy to grow and dry. It is packed full of Vitamins C and A and has many antioxidants, making it very good for you. Parsley’s health benefits include Optimal health Heart health Use for […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Herb Profile: Chives

Popular among Greeks, Egyptians and Romans, chives are easily grown in any garden, or even where there is no garden.  They are part of the lily family, like onions and other types of herbs. Chives originated from Asia and Europe, coming to the United States later. Both the leaves and the flowers are edible. Chives […]

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Spice Profile: Cinnamon

Did you know that cinnamon is not only a spice, but it is also a tree? It’s true. The tree grows in places like Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Cinnamon is commonly purchased ground in used in baking, but can also be purchased as sticks for making hot mulled beverages and for crafting purposes. Some of […]

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