“Roadkill” Sandwich Spread

"Roadkill" Sandwich Spread - quick and easy, budget friendly sandwich spread or dip that's a great way to stretch leftover bits of meat into another meal.Just so you know, if you’re looking for ways to cook roadkill, i.e., critters that have met their ends in traffic, this is not that kind of post.  This is about a quick and easy, budget friendly sandwich spread or dip that’s a great way to stretch leftover bits of meat into another meal.  I grew up calling it “roadkill”; it may have different names other places.  [Read more…]

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Granola Breakfast Cookies with Dried Fruit and Crispy Nuts

Granola Breakfast Cookies with Dried Fruit and Crispy Nuts @ Common Sense Homesteading

Cookies for breakfast?  You bet!  I’m not talking about a certain boxed cereal with fluffy little bits that leave you hungry an hour later, I’m talking about chewy, crunchy go anywhere granola cookies with all the stuff you want and none of the stuff you don’t.  These easy granola cookies can be gluten free if you use certified gluten free oats (oats do not naturally contain gluten, but can be cross contaminated).  They are also casein free (when the oats are soaked with vinegar) and soy free. [Read more…]

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Chicken Like Mom Used to Make

Chicken Like Mom Used to Make @ Common Sense Homesteading

My summer job through high school and college was catering.  My mom, my two sisters and I created Irene’s Custom Cakes and Catering.  We served everything from candlelight dinners for two to buffet style picnics for several hundred.  Here’s a shot of my mom, Irene (right), and my sister Lois, otherwise known as Alfie. [Read more…]

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Pizza Flavored Whole Wheat Sourdough Crackers

Pizza Flavored Whole Wheat Sourdough Crackers @ Common Sense Homesteading

I purchased my Alaska sourdough starter from Cultures for Health  several months ago, and have been happily baking sourdough bread, but I wanted to expand my sourdough repertoire.  Enter GNOWFGLINS’s sourdough e-course.  While I didn’t purchase the entire course, I did purchase the recipe book, and I highly recommend it.  If you are interested in sourdough – buy this book!  The pictures are great and I appreciated the level of detail in the instructions.  It’s wonderful!

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The Magic Fermenting Sock

milk kefir in jar

No – this is not a post about an old, nasty, sweaty sock that’s been found balled up in a corner raising a fine crop of stinky microbes.  This post is about my “secret” for keeping my culturing dairy warm in my not-so-warm house in the winter.

I culture milk kefir and viili yogurt from Cultures for Health at least weekly.  I typically use either a pint jar or a glass jars from peaches that has the same foot print but is several inches taller.  Both of these ferments culture at room temperature, which makes them very easy to do, but sometimes in the middle of winter my kitchen gets a little cold when the stove isn’t on (60’s, instead of 70’s).  So, to give my starters a little extra help, I employ the “magic fermenting sock”. [Read more…]

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