Thai Coconut Rice—RECIPE

Hello Everyone! I wanted to share this awesome recipe with you. This is probably the best rice I’ve ever had in my life and I know you will like it. Spoiler: It DOES NOT taste like coconut. This is extremely simple. Ingredients: 1 3/4 Cup Water 1 Can (13.5 oz.) Coconut Milk 1 tsp. Salt…

Canning Dill Pickles

Hey Everyone, So, I finally made Dill pickles last night.We’ve been picking cucumbers for the past 3 days and had almost 70 cukes ranging from mini-pickle size to as big around as my wrist (not sure how that happened so fast). Cucumbers are incredible at camouflage and hiding. We should be able to get a…

Baker Ben—Farmer’s Market

Hey Everyone! So, do you remember a few weeks ago, I said that I was leaving the grocery store job to pursue the farmer’s market? I was really worried that it wouldn’t be a lucrative adventure, but I think my opinion has since changed! On Saturday, the 6th, I had my first day down at…

The Garden is Completely Dug!

Hey Everyone! Memorial Day was super successful! We got the rest of the garden tilled completely! Now I can finally finish putting in all the plants!! It was a long day, but we got a lot done. This is officially Garden Bed #5, or the Potato Bin. I’ve got half of it in Purple Majesty…

Interim

Hey Everyone, Well, I’m running out of things to post for you guys. We’ve hit that magical time of year where everything happens one or two days a month and then we stagnate for three weeks. Especially with us since we’re caught in between apartment and home. We can’t really move forward and we can’t…

Cake #2—Angel Food w/ Whipped Cream Frosting

Hey Everyone! Everything on this cake is homemade as well, everything except the strawberries, I bought those. So, I’ve never made an angel food cake before. Basically it’s like whipping up a soft meringue and then you fold cake flour and sugar into it. That’s basically it. To my surprise it cooked down instead of…

Baker Ben—Farmer’s Market Adventure

Hey Everyone! Well, I wanted to make the announcement official. I will be attending the Farmer’s Market in Ionia, MI this summer to sell my baked goods. I’ve been thinking about it a lot and this seems like a really great idea! I really love to bake and I really like to feed people my…

Cheese Making Basics—Hard Cheeses

Hey Everyone, Well I said I would tell you how I made my cheese, so I figured I would cover the basics. I’m using the “Farmhouse Cheddar” recipe from “Home Cheese Making: Recipes for 75 Homemade Cheeses” by Ricki Carroll. It’s a fantastic book, buy it. Totally worth the money. However, I will warn you…

Making Plans and Bread

Hey Everyone! Well, it’s Wednesday. And not a very exciting one at that. The most exciting thing that happened today was that I have somehow gotten something like poison ivy (from a pant leg no doubt) on my nose and Justin gave me the green light to sell bread at our local farmer’s market. As…

Day 2 of Planting/First Cheese/Birthday

Hey Everyone! Well, here is my first wheel of cheese ever! 2.25lbs of Farmhouse cheddar. I took it out of the press this morning and trimmed it. Now I need to keep it on the counter for 2-4 days to develop a rind, then I’ll vacuum pack it and stuff it away somewhere to age….

Sprouts—ARTICLE

Hey Everyone! No word on the house yet (although we should reach an agreement by tomorrow….hopefully). Anyway, I wanted to tell you about something I’m going to start doing, especially in the winter. Sprouts! I’ve been thinking a lot lately on how to get fresh veggies in the house during the winter without going to…

Crispy Oven Fries Recipe

Hey Everyone! Here is my take on Crispy Oven Fries! I was inspired by a recipe I found, but I have tweaked it a bit to make it more appealing to my tastes. Prep Time: 5-10 minutes Cook Time: 400° for 40 minutes. Ingredients: -4-5 Med. Yellow Potatoes -3 Tbls. Corn Starch -3 Tbls. Olive…