How To: Make Natural Dyes from Common Food Items!

created at: 09/06/2011

I learned a long time ago how to dye fabric using fruits and vegetables (thanks to my mom and her degree in “3D textiles”: she would dye all her own materials and make sculptures from resin-saturated fabrics… I know, right!?).  Alas, the wisdom she bestowed upon me escaped my “vault of knowledge” along with a great many other things over the years.  Fortunately, the Internet exists.  And extra fortunately, someone decided to show us all how it’s done!   Continue Reading

Why Don’t You Make: Blackberry Honey Butter

Butter. It makes everything better. But what could possibly make butter better? Honey and summer fruits of course! Not as sweet as jam, not as salty as plain butter – just delicious and perfect for a special breakfast treat. Let’s make some Blackberry Honey Butter!

The recipe was featured as a guest post on Journey Kitchen from the obviously brilliant gourmande in the kitchen. Head over now for the full how-to and get to making some of your own!
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Jazz Up Your Cocktails with Tasty DIY Flavored Syrups

I’m sort of a cocktail aficionado…in that I have a fully-stocked bar cabinet in my house. My favorite parts are the little things that take a drink over the top; that next level that will have your friends asking for your secret. And, friends, flavored syrups are a great way to get there. Check out how you can whip up some of your very own in your kitchen!

Basically, there’s one formula you need to know and then the sky’s the limit. Continue Reading

Print It: Free Summer Fruit Labels!

created at: 06/15/2011

The other day I ate an entire package of raspberries in one sitting (which I suppose is better than a whole can of Pringles, right?).  If you have a little more patience and, you know, actually plan to can, freeze, or gift your garden’s fruit, may I suggest printing out these very cute, very FREE downloadable labels and gift tags?  

The always charming and generous Ez Pudewa, from the blog Creature Comforts, has offered up some free, printable summer fruit labels, which you can get right here.   Continue Reading

How To: Shrunken Apple Heads.

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I got The Amazing Apple Book for Christmas 1993, and I adored each of its pages. My favorite project included carving a face in a fresh, ripe apple and leaving it out to dry and shrivel into a little fruit flavored shrunken face…though my parents always made me store mine in the basement, and they usually caught a coat of mold.

But, Floral Showers seems to have this perfect fall project down. Super fun!

This one above my favorite: It looks like Conan! Continue Reading

DIY Apple Chips!

Come fall time, apples simply seem to just find themselves in our kitchens. From sales at the super market, to orchard picking excursions, or from the trees in your own yard and neighborhood, autumn is abundant apple time.

 

And, apparently, it’s quite easy to use ’em in bulk by making your own apple chips, perfect for adding to granola or cereal or just munching for a healthy snack. Here’s how.

How To: Pie Pops.

My recent visit to the State Fair has taught me two very important new concepts: first, everything is better in mini (mini rabbits, mini cheesecake); and second, all foods are better on a stick.

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And, oh buddy, do these Pie Pops capitalize on both. “Scoochmaroo says ‘These little beauties can be assembled with pre-made ingredients or from scratch. I used this pie crust recipe and the following filling to utilize fruit in season at the time:

  • 2 fresh peaches
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • Fresh nutmeg and cinnamon to taste
  • Two pie crusts
  • Lollipop sticks”

The problem is, it’ll be impossible to eat less than ten! Continue Reading

Cherry Jubilee Week: Bourbon Cherries and Manhattan Floats

created at: 2009-08-16

Check out Part I: Easy Cherry Syrup and a Sparkling Cherry Cooler and Part II: Canned Fresh Cherries, Perfect Over Ice Cream.

With basic canned cherries accomplished, I thought it might be fun to try a twist on preserving the rest of the cherries. I’d seen ‘bourbon cherries’ in gourmet shops…fresh whole cherries swimming in bourbon, adding that smoky oakiness to the cherries, and the cherries giving their sweetness to the bourbon. Here’s how to do it at home:

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