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…

Greenhouse Raising

Just like the old ‘barn raisings’ the community came together to help us lift 13 arches in place to construct our replacement 30’x50’ greenhouse that collapsed under the sudden 40” of snow that dumped during one storm this winter. While all is not yet complete having the arches in place gets us well on the…

Seed Order 2021

Even though the fields are covered with snow and summer feels like a long way off, this is the season for seed orders. This is by far the most difficult year we have experienced in ordering seeds. Many varieties we typically grow were unavailable from our regular distributor, others are backordered. We ended up placing…

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!

Asian Greens

Although Asian greens are eaten by more than half the world’s population up to three times a day, they have only recently become familiar to Western countries. Our own time living in Laos opened our eyes to the countless varieties in this extremely versatile, highly nutritious, and easy to cook group of vegetables. Selection and…

Beet

Vivid in color and sweet in taste – beets are wonderful – partially due to the fact that they contain more sucrose than any other vegetable! Selection and Storage: Always choose beets with stems, and if possible, leaves attached. These should look fresh and bright – a sign that they have been recently harvested. Choose…

Bell Pepper – Sweet Pepper

Bell Peppers, so named for their squat, blocky, bell share, also called Sweet Peppers, because they lack the heat producing compound common in hot peppers, all start out green and then ripen to red, yellow, or orange peppers. The color changes and their sweetness increases depending on how long they’re allowed to ripen on the…