Category Archives: April 2012

April 23-28 Cured Meats and Homemade Soap

It was a busy week here at the backyard farm with lots of projects winding up and new ones starting. The soap had cured enough to finally trim and use.  I shaved off the white, powdery ash that had formed … Continue reading

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Spring Pruning of the Raspberries

We’ve had such a wet spring in the Pacific Northwest that I am really behind on all of my winter and spring pruning and gardening.  We finally had two days in a row in the seventies and when I walked … Continue reading

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Spring Pruning of the Grapes

I started some of the pruning this afternoon with the grape vines.  I might be too late, but I thought it would be better late than never.  I pruned each spur from the main runner back to two buds.   … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning – Part 1

Today I decided that it was the day to straighten up the freezers.  I started by taking everything out of Freezer #1 and laying it out on the pool table in the garage.  All was going well until I hit … Continue reading

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Canadian Bacon

I found a couple of pork roasts on clearance and since we are curing and smoking a pork belly for bacon, I thought I’d try these for some Canadian bacon.  The only hitch might be that they were packaged in … Continue reading

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Boccone Dolce

I first had this dessert with my BFF on “girls day” at a local restaurant called Papa Hayden in Portland, Oregon.  It’s crunchy and creamy, light and fruity, and altogether delicious.  It looks so difficult to make, but when I … Continue reading

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Pancetta

Thank you very much to Mark S. at Belly to Bacon for the recipe idea and procedures for trying my first Pancetta.  Joe had ordered 5 pounds of pork belly from Shy Anne Meats to make into bacon.  When I picked … Continue reading

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What to do when you have too many Pineapple…..

I suddenly discovered that I had neglected to keep an eye on the underripe pineapples that I bought last weekend and suddenly I had two overripe pineapples. I tried two recipes; pineapple cake and pineapple cordial.  I had one success………the … Continue reading

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SUCCESS with Sourdough

I gave up for a while on the Sourdough in the Bread Machine idea and tried instead to use the “Bread in 5-minutes a Day” method.  I started out with the basic recipe substituting starter for 1/2 cup flour and … Continue reading

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Food Storage on a Budget – April 2012

Planter’s Peanut Butter: This is on sale at Albertson’s through Tuesday 2/$6.00. I used two $1 off 1 coupons found at this site and then used two Albertson’s double coupons from the Sunday paper to bring the total cost down to … Continue reading

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