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Grilled Sandwich on the Woodstove

Power out and want a grilled sandwich? No problem, just grab your cast iron skillet and put it on the woodstove.
Grilled Sandwich on the Woodstove

Here is a closeup of the ham and cheese sandwich grilling nicely on the woodstove top.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich

You might of noticed the handmade skillet handle cover. This handle cover is crocheted from an old tee-shirt. Full pattern directions found here for the cast iron handle cover. These handcrafted handle covers work great on cast iron pots and skillets. I love that you can just leave the handle cover on as you cook in the pan.

So should you find yourself out of power as we did today, you can always grill up a nice and hot sandwich on your woodstove top. Even if the power isn’t out, this is an useful idea for anyone wanting to try their hand at woodstove cooking.

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Dutch Oven Sourdough Bread

Making sourdough starter was the first step in baking my Dutch Oven sourdough bread. Follow the link and you can see how I made my own sourdough starter for my bread.
Sourdough Bread Starter

Dough raised and ready to bake.
Sourdough Bread in Dutch Oven

I played around with several recipes to come up with my own version of Dutch Oven sourdough bread.
Here is my recipe: Continue Reading →

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Homemade Applesauce

I got this big bag of apples from one of the guys at work from a tree that fell down in town. He asked me if I wanted some of the apples and of course I said yes. Some had worm holes but I cut them up this weekend and made applesauce. It turned out tasty and made 4 pints.

Homemade Applesauce in a jar

First I cut up the apples and placed them in a big pot.
Cut up Apples for Sauce

Add added a bit of white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar and some apple juice for cooking. I added just a splash of each and added more sugar to sweeten as it cooked down.
Homemade Applesauce Cooking

Really simple process and I got some free applesauce. I didn’t really have a recipe but that is the point. Just cut up the apples and add some goodies for taste as it cooks.

Final result: Wonderful tasting free applesauce!

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Stages of Ripening Tomatoes

As I wrote in my last post, I have lots of tomatoes ripening in various stages. I thought it might be fun to post a photo of the different stages of my ripening tomatoes. As you can see, I have very green tomatoes, to yellow, to orange, and finally to red.
Stages of Ripening Tomatoes

Here is my ripening green tomatoes post with some helpful tips on ripening any leftover tomatoes you may have from this year’s garden. Many of my stored green tomatoes have ripened. We will be enjoying homegrown tomatoes well into November from my stockpile of green stored tomatoes.

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Leftover Turkey Soup

I had some leftover turkey from last Christmas in the freezer. I cut it all up which resulted in over a cup of nice meat to add to my soup mix.

Auguson Soup MixI used about 2 cups of Auguson hearty vegetable chicken soup mix along with 7 cups of water for my soup base. I then added salt, pepper and a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce all into my Crockpot.

If you haven’t used Auguson storage foods before, let me just say they are good product at a value price. I have made this soup mix before and it is very tasty.

Here is a picture after everything was in the Crockpot. Continue Reading →

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Split Pea Ham Soup

After a recent potluck at work, there was a leftover ham bone with lots of meat on it. I asked and no one seemed to want it so I cut off the leftover ham from the bone. The result was about 2 cups of cut up ham perfect for making split pea ham soup. Here is just half of the ham I saved from the potluck

My homemade split pea ham soup recipe is very basic and easy. Here is my recipe.

One large pot filled with 8 cups of water
Add 1 cup or more of cut up ham leftovers
Add 1/2 lb of split peas which have been washed and sorted
Add 1 small diced onion
Add 1 carrot diced (about 1/2 cup)
Add one peeled potato
Add salt and pepper as desired and more as it cooks as needed

Bring to light boil and then cook for 2-3+ hours on low-medium heat. I actually put the covered pot on top of my woodstove to let it sim for hours before I served it. My recipe makes about 4+ large bowls of finished soup.

Soup just starting with all the ingredients added.

Soup cooking and you can see my potato got so tender that it split in half. Continue Reading →

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