Kitchen DIY: Cooking Dried Beans

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Though I’ll greedily inhale multiple bowls of plain pintos in their “pot liquor,” beans are generally regarded as not so special on their own, and therefore find their way into other dishes. Spanning the spectrum of colors, shapes, and sizes (peep the beauties from Rancho Gordo), beans are literally the foundation for a world’s worth of incredibly tasty recipes.

And if there’s one simple kitchen technique to have in your back pocket, it’s cooking a pot of beans.

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Kitchen DIY: Homemade Corn Tortillas

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Somewhere along one of several cross-country moves, between the excessive heat, bumptious conditions, and random acts of God, the antique cast-iron comal I scored for my husband shattered. Its sister tortilla press fared better and is well-loved to this day.

Almost a year ago now (has it really been?) I rhapsodized about those south TX tortillas and introduced plantain tortillas to the blog. Those are no less stellar now, but these, these, are the real deal corn tortillas, hand-pressed with love, and I’m here to encourage you to try making them in your own home!

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Celeste Fig Jam (Raw + Sugar-Free)

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“Fall [is] the time when everything bursts with its last beauty,

as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” 

— Lauren DeStefano

Our southern autumns may not be as beautifully striking as those we grew up with in Wisconsin, but the upshot is an extended growing season that keeps the kitchen well-stocked with freshness. It presents the best kind of dilemma: how to preserve the harvests before they fade.

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How To Make Creamy Homemade Yogurt

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I’ve done it at home for many years now, and each time the process of making yogurt strikes me as something out of a magic book.

That it can regenerate pretty much indefinitely from glugs of milk and a few saved spoons of starter is a wondrous trick of nature not at all lost on me when a set jar quivers just so. Sorcery — okay, fine, science — at its creamiest!

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Preserving Fresh Flavors + Rosemary Olive Oil

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The sky is clear and the sun is magnificent. With the recent rains, the greens are gradually returning — yellows, pinks and whites of the azaleas not far behind. Spring!

Passionate about nature and gardening, I love incorporating the fresh, healthy flavors that grow around me. To celebrate the advent of this season of renewal and joy, I’m sharing a recipe that truly expresses my love.

Made at least a dozen times throughout the year, I consider homemade herb oils an invaluable addition to my kitchen. Variance with the supply from our beds and pots provides an opportunity to explore new herbs regularly, and preserve the flavors and aromas of fresh herbs. Among our favorites are oregano, chive, sage and rosemary.