Chocolate Chip and Walnut Banana Bread

Saturday started with bright warm sunshine. It shone a steady stream of light through the windows. These days call for crackling wood stove fires. And freshly baked bread. Enjoy your weekend! xo Jodi       Advertisements

Flora

Plants nourish our bodies and our minds. They feed us and heal us. Once you start to identify the different species of plants, that “wall of green” disappears. Jeruselem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) Black cherry (Prunus serotina) Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) Blue vervain (Verbena hastata) During a short walk down the road…

Potato Soup with Milk and Honey Bread

March in New England is a fickle beast. Temperatures in the 60’s with sunshine one week and 18 inches of wet, heavy snow the next, (great book reading weather!) I just finished a great little novel by Jenna Woginrich. The $4.99 ebook is called Birchthorn.  It’s suspenseful with great characters and plot twists. There’s a scene in it where…

Pumpkin Walnut Loaf with Chocolate Chips

October is upon us, which means pumpkin. We collect our ingredients in the sun strewn kitchen on this beautiful Sunday morning. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and all spice speckled flour is incorporated into creamed butter and sugar. Alternate with pumpkin puree until mixture is smooth and orange in color. Chopped walnuts and a healthy dose of…

Peach Bars

Mid-August=peaches. It was a hot day for peach and nectarine picking but we enjoyed walking through the rows of trees, heavy with fruit, at an orchard a few towns away. Once home, we got straight to work making a sort of shortbread cookie dough. Ethan likes to be the one that twists or “cracks the code”…

Oatmeal Apple Cookies

Even though fall is a more than a month away, I’m getting my taste buds ready. Here we are combining hearty oats with crunchy apple bits and warm cinnamon spice. If you have an apple in your fridge, it’s a sure sign that you are destined to make these cookies. Let’s do it. The dry…

Wild Berry Lemon Cake

The inspiration for this recipe came while forest bathing, what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, or the medicine of being in the forest. It is simply going out into the woods and just being; listening to the birds, watching the wind blow through the leaves of the trees, feeling the sun on your face and eating wild food….

Zucchini and Blueberry Waffles with Lemon Ice Cream

Last week I made Lemon Ice Cream. A delicious yet overpowering flavor if eaten alone, but when coupled with a vegetable and fruit studded waffle, it is pure perfection. Ice cream has become my hobby, there are so many flavors to discover. For the ice cream: Start by placing 1 1/2 cups each of milk…

National Donut Day

In honor of this blessed day, try: Blueberries in your donuts… or apples… or chocolate… or orange… or banana and peanut butter… or pumpkin… or try them all :)  

Strawberry Skillet Cake

A beautiful day deserves a beautiful dessert. This is Raspberry Skillet Cake‘s half sister. Butter and sugar are creamed and strawberries are diced.   Dry ingredients are added and we have ourselves a cake batter. Diced strawberries are folded in. The batter is spread into the prepared cast-iron skillet and baked for 35-40 minutes.

Sweet Potato Spice Sheet Cake

I had a helper in the kitchen today. She didn’t get her hands dirty but she lent the emotional support baking sometimes requires :) Sweet potato gives this cake flavor and texture. It also boosts the vitamin A content as well as beta-carotene. Start by creaming the butter. It’s always a good idea to cream…

Butternut Squash Cake

The birds are singing, the sky is vibrantly blue, snow is still blanketing the ground but the sun is out. The calendar says spring is 20 days away. Soon little crocus petals will be sprouting out of the cold cracked soil. But in the mean time, let’s just enjoy winter squash. Butternut squash can really be swapped for…