Quinoa and Vegetable Stew

quinoa and vegetable stew

Quinoa and Vegetable Stew

It’s that time of year. The 2017 garden is well underway. In fact, we’ve been eating spinach and lettuce out of the garden since March. But I have plenty of leftovers from the 2016 garden remaining in my freezer and pantry. And I’m still working on the tomatoes… Continue reading

Kale and Couscous Salad

Kale and couscous salad

Kale: From the Kitchen Garden to the Plate

I’ve always thought that a few kale plants in every backyard would go a long way toward solving world hunger. Kale is one of the easiest Brassicas to grow, and it grows prolifically. You can plant kale in the spring and, if you keep picking off leaves as they grow, the… Continue reading

The Farmers Market Cookbook: A Review and Two Recipes

The Farmers Market Cookbook: A Review and Two Recipes

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When I was offered a copy of The Farmers Market Cookbook by Julia Shanks and Brett Grohsgal in exchange for… Continue reading

The Chopped Challenge Dinner Party: A Fun Winter Diversion

The Chopped Challenge Dinner Party

The topic of today’s blog post has nothing to do with chickens or gardening. Let’s face it, it’s January in Iowa and there’s nothing much going on outside. Instead, I am writing about a fun winter diversion that all of you foodies and slightly-competitive home cooks out there… Continue reading

Vegetable Rice Casserole: A recipe from my kitchen garden

Vegetable Rice Casserole from Counting My Chickens

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Vegetable Rice Casserole: The inspiration

The fall garden gave up the rest of its bounty last week.

With six to eight inches of snow in the forecast (it ended up being nine), I harvested the remaining broccoli, cauliflower, and… Continue reading

A Recipe From My Kitchen Garden: Vegetable Fried Rice

Vegetable fried riceOne of my go-to kitchen garden meals any time of the year is vegetable fried rice. The basic ingredients are things I always have on hand: vegetables, rice, and eggs. It’s super easy to pull together, especially if using leftover rice. And, best of all, the basic recipe is easily adapted to whatever… Continue reading