Fir Sugar

After rinsing and drying the plucked needles, combine a quarter cup of needles with one cup of sugar and process in a spice grinder until very smooth and bright green. (Wash the grinder with hot water immediately after use or its blades will remain gummed up with resin.) After grinding, transfer the highly aromatic fir sugar concentrate to a…

Winter Gathering: Parsnips and Pears

Learn all about growing, storing, and cooking with parsnips and pears. Where I live and farm in Southeastern Utah, parsnips and pears are highlights of the autumn harvest. Pears are picked in late summer when they’re still slightly under-ripe — allowing them to sweeten without becoming coarse and mealy like those left to mature completely…

Roasted Leek and Parsnip Soup with Smoky Seed Clusters

Flavorful pepita seed clusters add texture to this soup recipe with parsnips, leeks, and potatoes. Total Hands-On Time: 1 hr Preparation Time: 10 min Cook Time: 50 min Yield: 4-6 servings This soup will give you nourishment and comfort on the darkest of winter days. The thick and creamy soup have some spicy flair from…

Spiced Pear Compote

Try out this recipe with fresh pears and spice up a gathering or an everyday breakfast. Total Hands-On Time: 20 min Preparation Time: 5 min Cook Time: 15 min Yield: 6 servings Jazz up your cheese and cracker plate with this lovely spiced pear compote. Serve it alongside good-quality goat cheese and some crackers, or…

Pear and Parsnip Muffins with Rosemary

Combine fresh parsnips and pears in these sweet-and-savory parsnip muffins. Total Hands-On Time: 40 min Preparation Time: 20 min Cook Time: 20 min Yield: 12 muffins These lightly sweet muffins are perfectly moist, and the aroma of fresh rosemary will make your taste buds dance. Pair these parsnip-pear muffins with a cup of strong black…

Sweet Potato-Rosemary Biscuits

Try this sweet potato and rosemary biscuit recipe using the produce from the garden for a twist on the typical dinner biscuits. I love baking, and baked goods have always brought me joy in the kitchen. Some of my favorite recipes have been easy to change with healthy subs; others have required rounds and rounds…

Recipe Ideas for Edible Holiday Gifts

Jeannie Dunn, director of Red Moon Herbs and Jennifer Flynn, Blue Ridge Naturally Coordinator enjoyed teaching Making Edible Holiday Gifts to benefit NC Natural Products Association at Fifth Season Gardening Co. in Asheville. The students got hands-on with herbal sumac vinegar, bliss balls, edible body butter, a unique tea blend, herbal salts and a quick elixir. Students sipped on nourishing…

Glazed Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Yield: 2 loaves Pumpkin is a classic winter squash that goes well with anything in the kitchen. Try making this tasty, lemon-glazed loaf of bread with it! Pumpkin has plenty of moistening properties, which makes it a perfect ingredient for dense, delicious bread. Winter squash can be incorporated into endless dishes to add bulk, flavor,…

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This pumpkin bread has a lovely savory pumpkin flavor with a hint of pumpkin-pie spices. Due to the nature of slow fermentation, you’ll need to start your bread the day before you want to consume it. Pumpkin Bread Recipe This artisan-style bread is not sweet. It has a lovely savory pumpkin flavor with a hint…

Make Your Own Marshmallows At Home

You can DIY your own power puffs without the corn syrup or all the unpronounceable additives. Get ready—it’s hot chocolate time. Evaporated milk lends these treats a rich flavor and springy texture. They make great  gifts, and the fresh fluff is dynamite on cupcakes. Makes about 3 dozen Canola oil, for greasing 1 cup confectioners’…

Sour Power

They’re sour, saucy, and so much more. Tuck in for some new takes on the ultimate fall fruit. Just 560 of the 48,000 acres of cranberries grown in the United States and Canada are organic. Why is the chemical-free crop so small? Cranberry vines produce fruit in wetlands filled with fungi, insects, and weeds. To…

Kale And Wild Rice Salad With Pickled Cranberries

With its welcome roughage and striking appearance, this salad is well-suited to the Thanksgiving feast. Serves 6–8 4 ounces (½ cup) wild rice ½ teaspoon koshers salt, plus more as needed 1 medium shallot, finely chopped (about ¼ cup) 1 tablespoon country Dijon mustard Freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons liquid from Pickled Cranberries 3 tablespoons…