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Coturnix a la Española: Adaptation of a Spanish-Style Quail Recipe, circa 1898

Contains: Gluten/wheat, eggs. Is: Probably extremely “retro”. You can use gluten-free bread  for the breadcrumbs, if desired. A 19th-century recipe from California for Codornices a la española (Spanish-style quail) was prepared by stuffing quails with a mixture of mushroom, green onion, parsley, butter, lemon … Continue reading

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Homesteading in August, Here at Zone 5

June was the month of drought and too much heat (at least for my New England sensibilities).  July was the month of rain, including quite a few good soakers.  (There was one good gully washer that took people’s gravel into … Continue reading

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Homesteading in June, Here at Zone 5

Animal, Mineral and Vegetable…. Four-legged friends:  At the moment, there’s just Serenity the 19 and a half year old ragdoll cat.  It is not fair to her to bring in another cat (although she has a history of getting along … Continue reading

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Spring Homesteading Plans, 2021

Or, The Annals of Future Food! We had six inches of snow by late morning, Friday 4/16.  Most melted by Saturday; it was all gone by Sunday morning. It is the time of year that if and when it does … Continue reading

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Maple Syrup Time – Stage 2, Sap into Syrup for Beginners & Small Scale Tapping

During this first year, I’ve learned most maple syrup folks decide to boil down their sap outdoors, or in dedicated sugar houses/huts.  This should be done at the outset – the humidity released is not really good at these levels … Continue reading

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Maple Syrup Time – Stage 1, Collecting Sap

Yes, the sap is running!   (And yes, for some of you in lower latitudes and elevations, the sap has finished running this year.) This is a first-year experience for me – I did try on one tree last year but … Continue reading

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Homesteading: Chickens and Quail, Updates and Coop Life

Life is moving along with regards to both the chicken and the quail.  Most of this post is about cooping them, along with adorable poultry photos…. Chickens:  The main (first) coop now has five hens and one rooster.  The rooster … Continue reading

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Homesteading: Evaluating This Year’s Veggie Successes and Failures; Planning for Next Year

Raised Beds:  Potatoes:  A marked success.  We will use more Yukon seed potatoes next year.  I can purchase in a local store, although perhaps I will have some seed potatoes from this year? Cucumbers:  They grew well here, but I … Continue reading

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Dehydrating Summer Squash / Courgette Chips, Onions, and (again) Grape or Cherry Tomatoes

Contains:  Potential nightshades, read carefully.   Is:  Vegetarian, vegan, paleo, Whole30, homesteading, Putting Food By! You can use your oven, but temperatures, especially at the low range needed for dehydration, can be iffy – but instead of not dehydrating at all … Continue reading

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Prepping to Sell or Donate Home Grown Chicken Eggs

(This is the full and complete version of this blog post.  It was uploaded as incomplete this past Tuesday by accident.) These are my personal guidelines that I follow for donation or sale of extra chicken eggs from my back … Continue reading

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