Fall Flavors: Boastworthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Faced with ripe bananas growing more spotted by the day, some people might opt to make banana bread. While a respectable choice, I prefer to make muffins…and these banana chocolate chip muffins are just right, with lots of banana flavor, crunchy walnuts, and an occasional chocolate chip.

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Fall Flavors: Milk Kefir Gingerbread Muffins

I love a good muffin: it’s a self-contained, pre-portioned snack with the flexibility of being either sweet or savory. Muffins are especially well-suited for home baking because they’re usually easy to make and very forgiving. With Autumn’s now-chilly weather here, the spiciness of gingerbread is a welcome comfort.

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Managing Ferments: Cold-Fermenting Milk Kefir

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Perhaps you’ve heard of milk kefir? It’s a mesophilic culture that eats milk sugar (lactose) to produce a delicious, creamy cultured beverage that’s full of probiotic goodness. What’s mesophilic? It just means that the culture works best at a moderate temperature, like room temperature. Yogurt, on the other hand, is a thermophilic culture, meaning that it needs higher temperatures to work properly – which is why the milk is used in yogurt is heated. While milk kefir may look and taste somewhat similar to yogurt, I believe that the ease in making milk kefir gives it a major advantage over making yogurt. In addition, I’ve found that cold fermenting it can produce a wonderful product that’s superior to room-temperature culturing and that will allow you to keep milk kefir production manageable. Continue reading “Managing Ferments: Cold-Fermenting Milk Kefir”

Farm To Table: From A Few Doors Down Is Really Local

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We have yet to get our raised garden beds in, and the summer’s waning…but we’re lucky to have a nice neighbor on our road who is also a Master Gardener. She grows all kinds of wonderful vegetables and fruit, and generously shares her harvest with others.

We recently picked lots of blackberries, which we made into many bottles of delicious and beautiful blackberry water kefir, as well as blackberry milk kefir and blackberry-infused kombucha tea. Continue reading “Farm To Table: From A Few Doors Down Is Really Local”