Nourishing Traditions

Garlicky Beans and Kale

Garlicky Beans and Kale

To make it through most days with ease, quick cooking, but nutritious dishes are a must. This is one of those recipes that takes just minutes to prepare and really satisfies the palate. Paired with lots of garlic, and fresh greens, this is a quick cooking recipe that can stand up on its own, or paired with a variety of different proteins. For those folks who enjoy eating meat, try cooking some bacon first, then completing the recipe in the bacon fat, yum!

Rice Noodles in Ginger Broth

Rice Noodles in Ginger Broth

Having spent the better half of November in Los Angeles, my body acclimated to the tolerable heat of the west and for a moment, I had forgotten that Maine was just starting to settle into winter. My first morning back east, I was greeted by a blanket of soft, fluffy snow that would continue on and off for the next day or so.

Liver Pate

Liver Pate

Last weekend we processed one of our lambs for meat. This unique opportunity gave me with a first hand experience in processing an animal from start to finish. I have butchered many larger animals in the past as well as various small game birds, fowl, and chickens, but this felt like the most the most intense and personal experience I have yet to have with animal husbandry.  With taking the life of an animal, I feel it is most important to utilize as much of the animal as possible. In consuming its flesh and utilizing the hides and bones, I feel we honor the animal and keep its spirit with us.

Braised Short Ribs

Braised Short Ribs

The first frost of season greeted us here last night. Thankfully I paid attention and didn't repeat what I did last year, which ended up a few pipes burst in the greenhouse. As summer starts to wind down, I really begin to enjoy my favorite season of the year. The shift into fall brings changes in the kitchen as well. Simple, light salads are beginning to phase out as long, low slow cooking phases in. 

Colorful Kraut

Colorful Kraut

I love the idea of eating from the rainbow. Consuming a variety of different colors provides the body with a wide range of nutrition as well as beauty. This recipe is no exception. Colorful kraut not only looks beautiful, it is loaded with beneficial bacteria to keep our immune systems strong & and our digestive system is tip-top shape. I love making sauerkraut for the family and mixing and matching vegetables, herbs, and spices provides a nice variety to our staple diet.

Romesco Sauce

Romesco Sauce

Romesco, the classic Spanish sauce is one of my go-to recipes that is not only simple to make, but a very versatile condiment. This fiery sauce can be used as a spread on your favorite sandwich, a dip for roasted vegetables, or a delicious sauce for roasted or grilled meats and fish.