How to Cook Winter Squash in an Instant Pot – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#28)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring a post that shares how to cook a winter squash in an instant pot! Perfectly timed before Thanksgiving! Winter Squash for Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is just a little more than a week away, and many people will be cooking winter squash for the holiday. But why take up an extra burner on the stove? Use your instant pot, and get the job done quickly and efficiently! Also a great idea for those busy week day evenings! Pressure Cooking Winter Squash There are several ways to cook winter squash in a pressure cooker or instant pot. You can leave it whole or halve it, which might work well for spaghetti squash, delicata or acorn squash. Or you can cube it, which might work better for butternut, jarrahdale, sweat meat or blue hubbard. See our featured post down below for more info on how to cook a halved squash. Increase the time to 25 minutes for a whole squash, and let it naturally release for at least 10 minutes. For cubed squash, peel and seed the squash or pumpkin, cut into 1″ cubes, add to pressure cooker with 1 cup of water. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes if you want them to hold their shape or for 4 minutes if you plan to mash them or want them softer. Than do a quick release. Also, be sure to check out some other helpful posts I have on winter squash: How to Preserve Your Pumpkins & Winter Squash by Roasting and Freezing 7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Blue Jarrahdale Squash Pumpkins Hearty Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats Recipe   Our Featured Post this Week: How to Cook Acorn Squash in the Instant Pot How to Cook Acorn Squash…

Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#27)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring a post with list of all the recipes you need for Thanksgiving Dinner! Happy Veterans Day! As I write this post on Veterans Day, I wanted to take time out to thank all of those who have served or are serving our country. I thank you for your service! Thanksgiving Is Almost Here! Are you hosting? Do you have a plan? We host Thanksgiving dinner every year, but thankfully, my husband likes to prepare most things. I do one dish that is called Veggie Mash in our house, a recipe that my mother-in-law always made before we started hosting. I think it is a traditional English dish, as my in-laws are British, and it is basically exactly as it sounds. I will post an actual recipe very soon, but in the mean time, I will give the most basic instructions for it down below. Using root vegetables such as carrots, parsnip, turnips or rutabegas, along with a large butternut squash and some onion all chopped up well into 1/2-1″ size or so, boil all together until root veggies and squash are soft. Drain, mash with a potato masher, add some salt, pepper, thyme and butter, and walla! You can mash it smooth or leave it a little lumpy, it’s totally up to you! I personally like to leave it a little bit lumpy. This recipe uses up alot of things in my vegetable storage from the garden too! And so yummy! What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Our Featured Post this Week: Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes For our three weeks of Thanksgiving that we are doing on the Farm Fresh Tuesday’s blog hop, it was only fitting to choose…

Fall Salad with Pears and Curried Cashews Recipe – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#24)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring an amazing recipe for a Fall Salad with Pears and Curried Cashews! This sounds sooooo good! Fall Foods = Salads? I know when fall rolls around, that all I crave are warm dishes like soups and stews. But we must remember to eat our veggies! Even though I am a pescatarian (a vegetarian who eats seafood), I still sometimes struggle to get in enough veggies. A hearty salad is just one way to do this. This recipe (scroll down for link to my featured article this week) for a Fall Salad with Pears and Curried Cashews caught my eye in last weeks blog hop, and I have it on my list to give it a go in the next week. Even though it calls for bacon bits, it’s easy to omit them for a veggie/vegan/plant based option. One of my all time favorite hearty salads is this Galicky Kale Salad with Crispy Chick Peas that are seasoned with Indian spices from Minimalistic Baker. So when I saw this salad with the curried cashews, I was instantly interested! Another favorite hearty fall salad of mine, is this Kale Salad I shared in a previous Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop post, Planning Dinner from Your Garden Harvest. Favorite Fall Recipes on the Blog I have shared a couple of other fall favorite recipes here on the blog, including my Hearty Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats. And on another previous Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop post, I shared these Fall Flavored Cupcakes and Muffin Recipes. Our Featured Post this Week: Fall Salad with Pears and Curried Cashews   Curried Cashew Salad with Pears and Grapes from Carol’s Kitchen at Comfort Spring Station. Welcome to our Farm…

DIY Low Sugar Elderberry Syrup for Cold and Flu – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#23)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring an awesome article on how make your own DIY Low Sugar Elderberry Syrup for Cold and Flu season! Fall is Cold & Flu Season, Are You Prepared? Everyone knows, that fall is the beginning of the cold and flu season. After spending the summer outdoors in the fresh air, all of a sudden we are cooped up indoors sharing all the germs. The kids are back at school, catching all the viruses, colds and what have you, only to bring it home and share the love with their families. Who then bring them to work, and on and on it goes. Blech! Beating Your Cold or Flu with Homeopathic Remedies For the last couple of years, I have been giving my family elderberry supplements and using the homeopathic medication Oscillococcinum at the very first sign of a cold or flu. I have found that they really work, and cut down the duration of illness and the severity of the symptoms. I usually just buy Sambucol Gummies and the Boiron-Oscillococcinum at the grocery store or online, but I have been wanting to learn how to make my own elderberry syrup. We have even planted a couple of elderberry bushes in the last 2 yrs so that hopefully soon I will be able to make this! This is why I chose to feature this weeks article. I also love the idea of it being low sugar. DIY Low Sugar Elderberry Syrup for Cold and Flu, its what every family needs this time of year, so why not make some?     Our Featured Post this Week: DIY Low Sugar Elderberry Syrup for Cold and Flu Low Sugar Elderberry Immune Syrup Recipe at Ridge Haven Homestead Welcome to our Farm…

Sweet Maple Giveaway! – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#20)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, we will be giving away a copy of the Sweet Maple book and more! Read below to find out how to be entered into the giveway! Happy Fall! Today is the first day of fall, and I am always torn on this day. Very sad to see summer disappear and the end of gardening season. But on the other hand, I am ready to hunker down for a much needed winters rest and work on things that are focused more on the indoors. Preserving all the garden harvest, cooking, quilting, crafting, fires in the fireplace, the fall and winter holidays with family & friends, all things pumpkin, apple and cinnamon flavored, football, Survivor…..these all sound good to me right now! By January, I am itching to be out gardening again, and that is when I start my indoor seeds. If you would like to give that a go next year, see my article Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment, so that you can start getting yourself organized, or ask for bits and pieces of the needed equipment, as holiday gifts from your loved ones. Or, another more frugal way to start seeds, is winter sowing. This is also a great project to do with kids in the middle of winter! Even if I grew all of my other seeds by direct seeding and winter sowing, I still don’t think I could successfully grow warm season plants like tomatoes and peppers using this method, but I would love to hear from you if you can prove me wrong! Keep in mind I am in the rainy, cool PNW in zone 8b. Start saving your milk jugs now! For more on winter sowing, check out my article Seed…

Fermented Carrots – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#19)

One easy way to preserve vegetables from the garden, is by fermenting them. Today our featured post will teach you how to make fermented carrots! The Benefits of Fermented Foods Fermenting foods seems to be all the rage right now, and for good reason. Fermented foods increase and add good gut bacteria, or probiotics, into your system. Latest studies are saying that your immune system, is based in your guts. So it is essential to keep that good bacteria level high, to ward off everything from the common cold or virus, to things like auto immune diseases, cancer and more. So eat all the fermented things! Your body will be happy you did! Fermenting Foods is EASY! Fermenting foods is also one of the easiest ways to preserve food from your garden! Especially vegetables that you either have to pickle with a water bath canner, or pressure can. If you are not quite up to pressure canning, and you have made all the pickles that you can stand to eat, ferment those veggies! Crispy vegetables are great fermented, as they keep their crunch. Things like carrots, radish, cabbage, turnips, beans, peppers and more! Doing a large jar with a good mix of veggies is a great way to start and looks so pretty! So check out our featured post below, to see just how easy it is and then make it part of your food preservation practice! Our Featured Post this Week: Fermented Carrots   Fermented Carrots by Jennifer at The Everyday Farmhouse   Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! An exciting announcement from our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop Hosts! A SPECIAL EDITION of the Farm Fresh Tuesdays Blog Hop! Next week, we hope you will join in the fun! With the start of Autumn falling on…