Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The following entry is from my adorable hubby. He's really the cook in the family. Enjoy!
The last tomatoes of the season sit on my kitchen windowsill. The sun has ripened them to near perfection. They’ll be just right by Saturday, when I’ll put them up for the winter.
I tried for years to store fresh tomatoes by following the standard recipe for freezing tomatoes: clean them, peel them (optional), quarter them, (add garlic and other seasoning, if desired) and simmer them with a little water until reduced by about half. Then freeze them in Tupperware or plastic bags.
I followed the simple directions, and was happy with initial outcome. The simple reduction was fresh and tasty when it came out of the pot. But come winter, when I pulled out a container to add a splash of summer to a meal, I found the tomatoes covered in frost and freezer-burned.
Then a friend gave me a simple tip that lets me keep fresh tomatoes year round. All you to do, I learned, is make sure to fill the container ALL the way to the top, almost to overflowing. The key to freezing is to make sure to get ALL the air out of the container. That’s it. So simple, but it makes ALL the difference.Another great thing about freezing—and a reason to consider freezing throughout the summer months—is that you can use vegetables that you might hesitate to use in a salad or side dish because they’re bruised or checked. It’s a way to get great value from your garden or by purchasing the vegetables that grocers and farm stands often set aside on a discount shelf.
Monday, September 29, 2008
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Thursday, September 25, 2008
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Using Word, I created a template by selecting a type style and making the text size 650. I printed and trimmed them into rectangles. I taped them into place and used a sharp tool, such as a toothpick, to poke small holes, creating an outline around the numbers. Then I just carved away.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Listening to him complain about itching is not one of my strong points, so I handed over our bottle of Poison Ivy Relief, as I knew it would bring relief on many levels.
This cream is amazing. Traditional herbs are combined to stop the gnawing itch brought on by poison ivy. St. John’swort and burdock root calm the irritation while soothing the skin. Relief at last! Its peppermint scent is great too--uplifting and clean.
Stop by Farmhouse Wares for your Poison Ivy Relief today. It’s a must-have for your first-aid kit.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Photo from flickr
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Farmhouse Wares is proud to play a small role in the first ever Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival presented by Food and Wine magazine. The event benefits two important charities, the Food Bank For New York City, fighting hunger in New York, and Share Our Strength, one of the nation's leading hunger relief organizations working to end childhood hunger in America.
The event, which runs October 9-12 in New York’s fashionable Meatpacking District, features Rachael Ray, Paula Deen, Giada De Laurentiis, Tyler Florence, Alton Brown, Masaharu Morimoto, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Ferran Adria, Alain Ducasse, Gordon Ramsey and Nigella Lawson to name a few. Click here to learn more.
To help raise funds, the The Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival is hosting an on-line auction from September 15- Oct 15, 2008, featuring unique selections of rare wine, gourmet dinners, extravagant getaways and other luxury items at http://www.nycwffauction.cmarket.com/. To support this effort, Farmhouse Wares has donated a set of four Recycled Glass Willow Goblets. These Recycled Glass Willow Goblets are made from recycled Napa Valley wine bottles, which we think are pretty perfect for this wine-loving crowd. They are offered as part of a set called Accessorize Your Wine. The auction opens today, so scamper off, and start your bidding.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Of course, every kitchen needs a bowl (click here for the yellowware bowl shown above) full of apples. Having them right out on the table makes it easier for my daughter to choose a healthy snack. Another quick and easy idea is to make apple votive holders. Simply carve out the center and add your candle. Put several together on our eco-friendly wood compote for a friendly fall centerpiece.
You can also bring the scent of fresh baked apples into your home without all the work of actually baking—just try our best-selling Baked Apples and Cream soy candle by Sweet Grass Farm.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
This September, Celebrate The Sweet Tradition of Rosh Hashanah With Farm Fresh Honey!
Honey is integral to the Rosh Hashanah traditions of wishing for the New Year to be a sweet one.
There's nothing sweeter than supporting two small businesses that strive to help our planet. Farmhouse Wares' Black Cat Raw Honey from New England Wildflowers is a best-seller. It's packaged in old-fashioned "muth" jars and is packed with healthy enzymes, minerals and antioxidants. If you like variety, try our Artisanal Honey Sampler by the Savannah Bee Company.
Give the gift of honey with all its sweetness and health benefits. The sweetest thing of all is that with each purchase you're supporting the bee farmers.
Monday, September 8, 2008
There's something graceful and inviting about wheat, and our new Wheat Pitcher captures those qualities perfectly. I think this handsome creamy white ceramic pitcher is a must have for any harvest table. Available now at Farmhouse Wares.
Top Photo from Free Picture Click
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
On Saturday, August 16, 2008, Stephanie Nielson, a popular blogger at The NieNie Dialogues, was in a plane crash with her husband, Christian Nielson. Christian & Stephanie were badly burned and remain in critical condition at Maricopa Burn Center. To support the family the blogging community is spreading the word: to lend your support please click the "donate" button below. To learn more click the Nie recovery button above.