One of our feral “working cats” accidentally got out of our workshop when we weren’t aware the shop door latch wasn’t working properly. Given the number of predators around here (coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions) this was a rather disconcerting
I am working on an e-cookbook set that will include recipes I haven’t put on the website. I wanted the covers of the books to reflect the tasty recipes inside. That meant I had to learn basic food photography. I
Living in the middle of the wilderness, you really get an understanding of it’s an eat or be eaten world. Although I could never watch a carnivore kill another animal, once an animal has died, it is not so upsetting
My friend Melanie wanted to make us dinner even though she’s not a vegetarian. We were still eating dairy back then and she created a lasagna with spinach, zucchini, and black beans. This was another favorite recipe I thought we’d
At one of our neighborhood potlucks before Saturday night at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, our neighbor, Janet, brought homemade bread and feta cheese from her goat. (Ginny the goat is a precocious milker which means she’s never been pregnant, but
I wanted a recipe for something creamy that I could use on crepes, enchiladas and pizza or in lasagna. I wanted cheese without it being cheese Someone suggested a Vegan Macaroni and Cheese recipe by Allison Rivers Samson. This
Coconut Butter is essential for making many dairy-free dishes creamy. It is also expensive often costing $12 for a 16 ounce jar. You can make it for about $4 to $5 worth of shredded coconut. Most sources I’ve seen use
While I was gathering eggs from the chicken coop, my shadow dog, Firetruck, was doing some desert gathering as well. Obviously all the dogs were interested in what she was carrying in her mouth. I asked her to give it
For those of you who don’t live in the Southwest, this is what we all wait for every summer. Until you’ve smelled the creosote (the smell of rain) or had lightning strike right out your window, you don’t know what
This is a quick dinner as long as I have some fresh ginger in the house. SAUCE INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups Water 1/2 cup Tamari 1/3 cup Macadamia Oil or Pressed Coconut Oil 1-1 1/2 Tbsp fresh Ginger, sliced 3-4
THIS IS A SHORT (ABRIDGED) VERSION OF MAKING “FIRE”-ROASTED TOMATOES THIS IS THE FULL-LENGTH VERSION OF MAKING “FIRE”-ROASTED TOMATOES I don’t like using canned tomatoes because of the chemicals that leach from the can lining so I figured out how
Rattlesnakes and dogs are a dangerous combination. Here our son documents some of Allie’s experiences with snakes. Also, please note. Allie was fairly new to us and still skittish about new things when she went through snake avoidance training. The
We eat quinoa in place of rice. It is a complete protein and goes great with vegetables, sauces, and soups. Depending on what we’re having for dinner I will make 3/4 to 1 cup of dry quinoa for our family
My friend Amanda taught me how to make these. We really like them and they’re popular when we take them to parties. Thank you Amanda for introducing cane sugar/corn syrup free caramel corn to our family. INGREDIENTS: 7 Tbsp popcorn
This is a shorter version of the Hashbrown video. This version of the Hashbrown video contains more information and stories. These hash browns are crispy, golden brown crunchies. The trick is to get rid of the starch and as much
This is so sweet and so good I often eat most of it before I serve it. INGREDIENTS: 2 Tbsp Avocado Oil 1 tsp Salt 1 large head Cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces. DIRECTIONS: Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
I love this stuff. Because we have a Trader Joe’s local I can buy basil less expensively than I could at other grocery stores. Because of this I usually make a double batch to ensure leftovers. INGREDIENTS: 1 Tbsp Avocado
We went to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum tonight. It’s basically a zoo, but a not so bad one. I think their large animals were usually wild orphans that would have died if they hadn’t provided them with a home.
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Job Title: Nanny, Retired Where Marta Came From: We adopted Marta from the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. She’d been a stray and that’s all we know. As a young dog, Marta loved children. We’d go for a walk
Job Title: Chief Lap Warmer and Cat Imitator Where Harvey Came From: Harvey was found as a stray by the local dog pound. He was placed on the euthenasia list because he had cherry eyes (essentially styes in his
Job Title: Chief Adventure Dog/Chief of Snake Deterence Squad Where Allie Came From: Allie was adopted from the Humane Society of the White Mountains. She was brought in as a stray (ironically on the same day that we moved
Job Title: Shadow Dog Where Firetruck Came From: Firetruck was rescued from another county’s pound. She had been brought in as a stray. I was looking for a youthful playmate for Allie and saw Firetruck’s photo. They were almost
Job Title: Back-up Harmony to Coyotes 2/Professional Chewer of anything left lying around. Where Sofie Came From: (This is the same as Annie’s story.) One of the challenges of living in the wilderness is you have to deal with what
Job Title: Backup Harmony to Coyotes 1/ Chicken Herder in Training. Where Annie Came From: (This is the same as Sofie’s story.) One of the challenges of living in the wilderness is you have to deal with what other people
KindKitty, GratefulKitty, Patience, and Integrity Job Title: Mouse brigade Job Description: Through mutual respect and negotiations the Mouse Brigade will encourage the local rodent population to refrain from eating the chicken feed.
These little pots seem to have two primary purposes in our house: warm leftovers and melt baking chocolate. We don’t have a microwave so when we have leftovers to warm we either put them in the toaster oven or in
My griddle is frequently used for scrambled or over easy eggs. It also makes pancakes, mung bean tortillas, corn tortillas, and crepes. Although you could use a skillet instead, the lack of sides makes it much easier for flipping thin
I had purchased these because they were so intersting. However, since we aren’t big cornbread eaters I didn’t know what I would use this for. I’d searched for a long time for a good burger bun recipe my family could
I bought my 9 quart Dutch Oven specifically so I could make lots of vegetable broth at once. Although the 7 quart could do the job, this gives me a little extra room to not have to worry about overflow.
Once again Allie went on a 12 mile ride. Well, the people road 12 miles. She went much further. When the people would stop to rest, she’d chase after bunnies or lizards. She was interested in the deer, but left
We don’t usually like salty foods, but there are a few exceptions to that. This recipe is certainly one of them. They have a salty chewiness that is irresistible. They’re good with hash browns and scrambled eggs or with lettuce
We were having trouble figuring out dinner one night and my 9 year old asked if we could have sushi made from seaweed snacks. I said we could try. I made some quinoa and a new, simple family dinner was
Homemade corn tortillas taste different than store bought tortillas. Lighter, actually less of a corn taste. And I think they’re much more filling. The one downside to them is they are so much tastier than store bought that I can’t
Rolled enchiladas are a rolled corn tortilla with some sort of filling inside covered in enchilada sauce. I make flat enchiladas to save the rolling step. If you’ve got enchilada sauce available, these are a fast, easy dinner. INGREDIENTS: Corn