Preserving Cherries with Whiskey

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  This summer, just when I had thought I had canned, dehydrated, frozen, and made jam out of a season’s worth of cherries, I found a huge basket of cherries at the Public Market. Cheap. Real cheap. Like the kind of cheap where I expected half the basket to be … Continue reading

My Week on Wednesday and Pancake Day

Pancake Day (a roundup of pancake posts) via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Hello, and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday! We are all about pancakes today! Next Wednesday (February 18, 2015) marks the beginning of Lent, which for many Christians is the reflective, penitentive season before Easter: growing up we used to talk about, “giving things up for Lent.” Ideas like, … Continue reading

Roast Chicken Stuffed with Cranberries, Apples, and Sweet Potatoes

What's for dinner tonight? Try this simple roast chicken stuffed with cranberries, apples, and sweet potatoes! Via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

        A couple of years ago, I created one of my favorite dishes ever: Sweet & Savory Sweet Potato Stew. As it turns out, the combination of sweet potatoes, apples, cranberries balances beautifully with savory sage. This recipe takes that flavor combination and… well… stuffs it in … Continue reading

Bûche de Noël

Bûche de Noël or Yule Log // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

A couple of years ago the Boy had to do a project for school: Research the Christmas traditions of another country or region. The place he drew out of the hat? France. We learned a lot, but one of the things he found most interesting was the Bûche de Noël, or … Continue reading

Winter Vegetable Medley

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  The family joke is that my husband used to ask for Brussels sprouts on his birthday… because, while my husband disliked Brussels sprouts, his older brother loathed them, and being the much-younger sibling, his chances to pick on his brother were few and far between. With a certain sense … Continue reading

White Hot Chocolate with Gingerbread Spice

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The other day, when I was working on my Gingerbread Cookie Latte post, two of the most adorable little kids were following me around with these sad puppy eyes. (Yes, they were my kids, and no, they don’t drink coffee.) So I decided to make them a special drink of their … Continue reading

Gingerbread Cookie Latte

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You may have already noticed this… but I really have a thing for those expensive coffee-house drinks. But I can’t do them anymore. Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. When you begin your shopping through an affiliate link, the price stays the same for you, but I may … Continue reading

My Week on Wednesday and Ancestral Cookie Recipes

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Hello, and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday! The holiday season is in full swing… and I want to talk about cookies. Most families have special cookie recipes… the sort of cookie that simply has to be baked before the winter holidays can really happen. And as I have … Continue reading

Jan Hagel: A Dutch Christmas Cookie

Jan Hagel: A Dutch Christmas Cookie // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

  Normally you will find me taking traditional recipes and making them more real food-friendly. I’m prone to removing white flour and replacing it with sprouted flour, and switching out the sugar for honey, or maple syrup, or sucanat. But I’m not actually going to do that this time. (Okay, maybe … Continue reading

Grandma’s Apple Pie

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Whenever I make an apple pie, I always think of my grandmother. As I said before, I grew up in the middle of an apple orchard, and apples were a big part of my childhood. They funny thing is, I do not actually remember my grandmother ever teaching me to make … Continue reading