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    Our Best Peach Salsa Recipe for Canning

    by  • September 12, 2014 • 12 Comments

    Our final batch of salsa that we canned for the year, Chunky Peach Salsa, was definitely our best.  And maybe that is because after canning 3 other batches we learned a couple things. One thing we learned was not to cook the peaches very long or they got lost amongst the tomatoes.  Basically we now just...

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    Canning an (Almost) All-Garden Salsa

    by  • September 9, 2014 • 5 Comments

    Alright, a few days ago I got a bit romantic about our love of preserving.  Now, however, we’re in crunch mode so I’m feeling slightly less amorous about the whole thing. For one thing we have a huge bag of tomatoes on the floor, another full of peppers, and peaches are covering our hutch....

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    But how do you find the time?

    by  • September 5, 2014 • 14 Comments

    “How do you guys find the time?”  At least one friend has asked us that.  Now that I think about it, we sometimes ask ourselves the question.  We don’t really have a good answer.  We often mumble something like “Well we make time for it.” But that doesn’t really seem like a good answer....

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    Cooking Slowly to Save Time (and a Giveaway!)

    by  • August 20, 2014 • 9 Comments

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    When it comes to cooking from scratch you can save time, money, and energy by planning ahead.  However, you can go one step better than simply planning by actually cooking ahead. Slow cookers (or crock pots) are a great way to prepare a meal in advance and come home and eat right away.  Most...

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    Locavore Meal Plan – Mid August

    by  • August 11, 2014 • 1 Comment

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    Meal-planning is an important part of our week.  As locavores, it makes eating locally much easier because we take the time to figure out what seasonal foods are available and how we can use them.  If you live in a similar climate (we’re in Southern Ontario, which is a pretty classic upper-midwest climate) you...

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    Locavore Meal Plan for Mid-Summer

    by  • July 28, 2014 • 10 Comments

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    This post was originally written for Food Bloggers of Canada. Welcome to The Local Kitchener!  If this is your first time here you should check out the book giveaway going on right now.  It’s a book about food, farms, and family, and how those things are all intertwined.   My family has been meal...

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    5 Plant-Based Changes in My Life and a Book Giveaway

    by  • July 24, 2014 • 27 Comments


    Several months ago I was given a book recommendation by the farmer who runs the CSA that we joined this year, Fertile Ground Farm.  Shortly after talking with her about Farmacology I put a hold on it at the library. (It’s of course also available online but you should really buy it from your local book seller,...

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    100% Spelt Overnight Waffles

    by  • July 14, 2014 • 0 Comments


    We’ve been using spelt as our flour of choice since noticing that Oak Manor makes a “light” spelt, which has been sifted to remove some of the large bran particles.  This sifting makes it easier to use it as a replacement for white flour. Our family—primarily Madame—loves waffles, and for me as a sourdough...

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    Kohlrabi Robertson: A Kohlrabi and Bok Choy Pizza

    by  • July 10, 2014 • 2 Comments

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    This pizza is my tribute to a great musician.  At the same time it’s also my tribute to an awesome vegetable that I was happily just introduced to. One thing I always loved about The Band, of which Robbie Robertson was an integral—and Canadian—part, was the way they took traditional sounds, styles, and instruments...

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    Sharing the harvest? Kale and Cabbage Moths

    by  • July 4, 2014 • 0 Comments


    Greens week has been a huge success and I owe it mostly to my garden!  It has been pumping out the leafy veggies prolifically!  However, that abundant production has not gone unnoticed in my local ecological community. Cabbage moths have happily found themselves a nice place to lay their eggs—the kale, which is technically...

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    Creamy Tangy Dill Dressing

    by  • July 2, 2014 • 2 Comments

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    On Sunday afternoon I went down to Port Stanley on Lake Erie with my several of Madame’s siblings.  Before leaving I hastily threw together a salad with some of my garden Mesclun and kale then topped the salad with a few of the strawberries from last week and some fresh serviceberries from the street...

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    Week of Greens

    by  • June 30, 2014 • 1 Comment


    Our garden has been pumping out the greens for the last several weeks.  Our CSA also started a couple weeks ago, which we were very excited about since this is our first time participating.  The main thing from the CSA so far is also greens.  Yes, there have been a few radishes, kohlrabi, herbs,...

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