Blanching Directions

Directions: Wash, drain, sort, trim and cut vegetables. Use 1 gallon of water per 1 pound of prepared vegetable. Submerge vegetable into boiling water (may use wire basket, coarse mesh bag or perforated metal strainer) Cover. Start counting blanching time as soon as water returns to a boil. Keep heat high for 3 minutes if…

Bok Choy and Mushroom Stir fry

This simple, quick stir fry is a satisfying way to enjoy delicious and crisp bok choy. We enjoyed it all the more with Blue Oyster mushrooms grown right here in Andover, VT by Little Pond Mushroom Co. Ingredients: 1 head bok choy , clean and chopped into bite sized pieces 2 tbsp. vegetable oil 4…

Angel Food Cake

We received this recipe from a favorite picture book in our home, ‘Amelia and Elanor Go for a Ride’ by Pam Muñoz Ryan. It is now a family favorite dessert as well. The book says to eat Angel Food cake with Elanor Roosevelt’s Pink Clouds, but we generally just eat ours with a fruit sauce,…

The Best Strawberry, Peanut Butter, Marshmallow and Chocolate Pizza

This recipe, featuring delicious strawberries, was created and made by our eldest child. What fun new recipes have you, old or young, cooked and/or created? We’d love to hear! Ingredients: pizza dough for 1 pizza peanut butter chocolate chips mini marshmallows fresh strawberries, cut Directions: Preheat oven with pizza stone to 500 degrees F. Roll…

Strawberry and Red Currant Sauce

This is our own go to recipe for fruit sauce. Other types of fruit can be substituted as well: blueberry, raspberry… etc. I think red currants compliment strawberries so well. We use it to top pancakes, ice cream, yogurt… or even fluffy pieces of Angel Food Cake! The little trick of adding the corn starch…

Charred Scallions with Grilled Pork Chops

A perfect meal to enjoy over the grill. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon aniseed or fennel seeds 4 1-inch-thick bone-in pork chops (about 4 pounds total), patted dry Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided; plus more for grill 2 bunches scallions, roots trimmed Directions: Toast aniseed in…

Oven Roasted Bok Choy

Oven roasting is a easy, delicious way to enjoy Bok Choy. Eat this alongside rice and your favorite Asian dishes. Ingredients: 1 1/2 lb Bok Choy, roughly chopped 1 head garlic, minced 2 Tablespoons oil 1/2 teaspoon salt Red pepper flakes, black pepper and sesame seeds to taste Directions: Preheat oven to 400F. Lay Bok…

How to Soak and Cook Dry Beans

Dry Beans require an extra step of soaking before they can be cooked. Soaking creates a creamier finished product, reduces cook time and makes them easier to digest. How to Soak Dry Beans: Place dry beans in a large pot (beans with expand to three times their volume so give plenty of room). Cover beans…

Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls

This is a simple and versatile summer meal. Rice paper can be filled with what vegetables, greens and herbs you have on hand. Cooked sausage, grilled tofu or other protein can be added if desired. Topping with a creamy peanut sauce makes it delectable! Ingredients: Rice paper, generally sold in circle sheets at Asian markets…

Bethlehem Walk

This Christmas Abundance Acres invited the community on a moonlit, self guided journey from cradle to cross. This walk through the candle lit trails consisted of 7 reflective stations with reading and activity focusing on the story of Jesus’ birth, culminating in His ultimate gift of His life given for us. The walk concluded with…

Epic Snow Storm

On December 16th we were hit with a historic snowstorm. Surrounding towns reported 40″ of snow in less than 12hrs. Although the snow was light and fluffy the weight was too much for our oldest 30’x50′ greenhouse which collapsed under the weight of the snow as it did not shed quickly enough. Fortunately, no equipment…

Thankfulness

We find ourselves at Thanksgiving. Despite the unknowns and difficulties of this past year we give thanks and look forward with anticipation for what God has in store!