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Chocolate Walnut Pie

Chef Heather Andrus of Intentional Table made these recently for the Bike for Pie event here on the island. She made an extra one, just for us!Unbaked pie shell5 eggs7 oz brown sugar1 oz melted butter1 1/3 cup corn syrup1 tsp vanillapinch of salt4 oz melted semi-sweet chocolateSprinkle the nuts on the bottom of the pie [...]

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Cooking for a weekend crowd: keep it simple and tasty

Last weekend's summer celebration at Sweetlife Farm included planning meals for a crowd, since several of the artists who joined us, and my brother who came out for a visit and to help out all weekend had long travel times and were staying over. One even brought his bed with him, in the form of a [...]

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Mom's Aprons

Over the years, Nancy's mom Jean has outfitted half of Bainbridge and sprinkled the rest of the contiguous 50 states with fun, functional, retro style aprons. She is an excellent seamstress, and her aprons are made to become pass alongs to future generations. Now in her late 80's, she has developed peripheral neuropathy in her [...]

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Tipi Granola

Makes approximately 20 3/4 cup servings  We serve this to tipi guests with our homemade yogurt and an optional dollop of Sweetlife jam; it seems to be a big hit, and the containers routinely come back empty. Bob combined several recipes to get the right balance of nutritious grains & nuts toasted with just enough honey [...]

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The Sweetlife Tipi project

Bob has always wanted to erect a tipi on the property. Our home is filled with Native American art and books; looking out the window at a tipi just felt right to Bob. After years of talking about it (and talking me into the idea), we finally acted on his dream and decided to put [...]

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​Candied Orange Peel and Orange Peel and Ginger Shrub

 This recipe comes via Umbria and Letitia Mattiacci, whose cookbook A Kitchen with a View is filled with regional homestyle Italian food. Her Alla Madonna del Piatto Agritourissimo and Cooking School are worth a trip to Italy…To make the Candied Orange Peel: 12 organic unwaxed oranges with a thick skin  8 cups sugar Halve and juice the oranges; save the [...]

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Wilted Greens with Goat Cheese & Smoked Poblano Pepper Jelly

The final prep of this goes fast. Be sure whatever else you are serving is ready before you start!Sturdy greens, like beet tops, kale orchardOlive oilBlackberry Balsamic Vinegar8 oz Goat Cheese1/4 cup Smoked Poblano Pepper JellyOptional garnish: toasted pine nuts,pecans or walnuts Preheat oven to 350. Cut out the center rib from washed greens. The amount of greensneeded [...]

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Vegetable Fritters

I get in a rut with the same tried and true commonvegetables, and have been trying to expand myrepertoire lately.. Kohlrabi is a member of the brassicafamily, and looks kind of like a turnip, with the textureof a radish; it tastes like a cross between jicama andbroccoli. The leaves are edible as well, and have [...]

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Oat Bran Biscuits

Adapted from The Grains Cookbook, by Bert GreeneI have made these many times. They are astasty scooping up extra sauce and gravyfrom a dinner plate as they are with baconand eggs and the Sunday paper...1 3/4 cups cake or soft wheat flour1 cup oat bran1 Tbs baking powder1/2 tsp salt1 stick butter, chilled, cut into [...]

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​Homemade Yogurt

Making homemade yogurt is easy peasy, thanks to my friend Letitia Mattiacci, who shared her not so secretmethod….this makes a loose, pourableyogurt, similar to kefir. We're serving our tipi guests house made muesli with yogurt and a dollop of one of our jams or jellies for those who like things sweeter....yogurt makes a great base for fruit smoothies [...]

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