Nature's Pantry Blog at Allrecipes.com (6/2009)

Nature's Pantry

 
Jun. 2, 2009 7:24 am 
Updated: Aug. 12, 2009 7:36 am
My husband and I are trying to eventually be able to grow almost all of the produce we will be eating . Of course we will never be able to grow citrus and peaches but we are expanding our little orchard each year. We have small trees that we planted several years ago. We are adding new… MORE
blueberry blossoms
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blueberry blossoms that get more sun and are few days older. We have about 1/2 acre of these
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Wild strawberries are everywhere!! They take awhile to pick but their tiny goodness is well worth it
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Wild plums. These are super heavy producers!
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Can_It_Rachael

Living In
Rhinelander, Wisconsin, USA

Member Since
May 2005

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Vegetarian

Hobbies
Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work

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About Me
I live in the northwoods of WI. I always have an ample supply of venison and fish in my freezer! Altho our garden season is a short one, I really like to have the whole family get involved in planting in the spring. I am married to my best friend and we have 2 kids. Hubby and I used to live in Minneapolis,MN but we prefer the rural life. The only things I miss about city living are the ethnic food stores and huge farmers markets...
My favorite things to cook
Canning is a passion! I often have 2 pressure cookers going and I have been known to pull "all nighters" when it's corn and tomato season.. I grill as often as possible and am really enjoying exploring new vegetarian recipes grilled or otherwise. During the winter, (about 7 months here ) I can usually be found making bread and cookies. I experiment with lots of different flavors when making yeast or sour dough breads. I try and not use commercial foods because I want to know EXACTLY what we are eating. My hubby will eat anything,my son is a vegetarian,and my daughter is a picky eater. One thing the whole family agrees on is SPICY!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Each year I can about 500 lbs of tomatoes making sauces and salsas. My kids love getting right in the middle of helping chop and dice. Christmas baking and candy making has become a family gathering time. Lots of fun and laughs in the kitchen !
My cooking triumphs
I was about 11 or 12 and I made fresh bread for when my grandparents came. They asked if it came from the bakery in town. I was thrilled! To this day I am not sure if they really didn't know but that statement all those years ago set me off on a good foot for bread making!
My cooking tragedies
I was pressure cooking venison ribs and the pressure release valve "blew" on my cooker! What a mess! I had greasy liquid everywhere. Anyone who has cooked venison ribs knows that the tallow (fat)hardens like wax when cool. I even had to repaint the ceiling from that disaster.... I also have a habit of melting rubber spatulas....
 
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