Don’t Waste the Pits: How to Make Cherry Pit Syrup plus Five Ways to Preserve Cherries

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I hate waste. And, let’s be honest, whenever you take fresh produce and prepare it in some way, there is waste. The peels. The tops  The pits of cherries–well hang on a sec, I’m getting to it! Sure, you can always toss that stuff in your compost pile. (Learn more about … Continue reading

Soaked Irish Soda Bread

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  Whether you really are Irish, or are only Irish for the day, you have to have soda bread with dinner on St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you’re doing the corned beef and cabbage thing, or having a good Irish Stew instead… you still have to have soda bread. It’s a thing. … 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

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

Real Ice Cream

Real Ice Cream without any added flavor. Delicious! via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

  *** Note this post is also part of Real Food Birthday Party (plus Ice Cream Recipe). It has been slightly updated, and given a page of its own for simplicity’s sake.*** When my husband and I were in Scotland, we discovered something wonderful: ice cream. Plain and simple ice … Continue reading

Mint Chip Ice Cream with Fresh Mint

Mint Chip Ice Cream // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

When I was little one of my favorite treats was mint chip ice cream… and by “treat” I mean I liked to have some every day after school. I would take my bright green treat upstairs and start on my homework. I certainly no longer have ice cream as a daily … Continue reading

Apple Rhubarb Sauce with Vanilla Ice Cream

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  Last week, on  My Week on Wednesday, I shared a recipe for Rhubarb Apple Pie from Raia’s Recipes… and I found that I could not get the combination of apples and rhubarb out of my head. And when I found a few apples at the Public Market (albeit sad-looking, … Continue reading

Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

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Cherries just taste like summer to me, ripening just about the time school lets out. They were also the first fruit to ripen on our family farm, and my mother would bring home baskets of black cherries to freeze for the winter. She would send my brother and me outside, … Continue reading