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How to Make Fruit Shrubs

Shrubs are a great way to preserve fruit when you don’t have the time or energy for canning. It’s also suitable for fruit that’s a little past its prime that you wouldn’t want to can anyway. I often make shrubs with the tail ends of a fruit crop, or after a foraging trip where I managed to grab a few handfuls of berries but not enough for a major cooking project

beeswax salve

How to Make a Beeswax Salve

Working in a greenhouse and on a farm where they go from wet to dry, dirty to scrubbed clean, and bitterly cold to warm throughout the day, my hands go through Hell in the Spring and often look like it. Regular lotions don’t do much since they instantly get wiped or washed off, but I have found that a thick application of beeswax salve keeps the cracking at bay.

pumpkin walnut muffins

How to Make Pumpkin Walnut Muffins

When I was a kid my mother always made pumpkin-cranberry muffins in the Fall so I associate them with changing leaves and cold mornings waiting for the school bus, but these sweet and richly satisfying muffins are good any time of year. A can of pumpkin puree from the store will do just fine for this recipe, but if you’re blessed with an abundance of pumpkins in your pantry like we are, making your own is very simple.

hushpuppies

Spicy Jalapeno Hushpuppies

Hushpuppies are an unassuming food, but oh so satisfying. And for something so simple there are a million ways to make them, from sweet and cake-like to packed full of embellishments like onion and cheese. We like to focus on the cornmeal flavor to let our homegrown corn shine.