Monthly Archives: November 2014

Limited Edition Ultimate Cheese Press in Cherry Hardwood

Limited Edition Ultimate Cheese Press in Cherry Hardwood

Just in time for Cyber Monday sales! We’re blogging a little early this week to bring you our newest product. Yes! Another new product. It’s great to give as a gift or keep as a treat to yourself.

Jerri has commissioned a limited edition run of 25 Ultimate Cheese Presses made in cherry hardwood. They are beautiful! It’s first come, first served and a few have already sold. The sale price is in effect now and it continues through the end of December, 2014 or until all 25 presses are sold.

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Ultimate Cheese Press made with cherry hardwood

Our cheese press is made for home cheese makers, designed and manufactured by Jerri Bedell, the owner of Homesteader’s Supply right here in the USA!  Made from a beautiful grained cherry hardwood with various shades of darker marbling. Each press is as unique as the wood its made from.  Cherry darkens as it ages and becomes even more beautiful. This wood is sturdy, solid and long lasting. It’s treated with organic coconut oil and is stamped with our logo.

Are you new to making cheese? We have a recipe for a very nice cheddar to help you get started. Farmhouse Cheddar. If you’d like to print the recipe you can find the pdf file there. Download it to your computer, send it to the printer, and pick it up on the way to the kitchen.

[NeighborWoods] Pond in the Woods

Join us! Won’t you please join us in the homesteaders [NeighborWoods]?

[NeighborWoods] Neighbors in or out of the woods but always outdoors. Created by Robin’s Outdoors. Please leave a comment and include the link to your [NeighborWoods] blog.

We found this pond in the woods while we were exploring back roads. It was cool and damp out but still a nice day for a drive.

Pond, woods, [NeighborWoods]

Bread stuffing

Bread Stuffing Recipe…or is it Dressing?

Bread Stuffing Recipe

This recipe may be downloaded, sent to the printer and picked up on your way to the kitchen.

It happens every year, about two weeks before Thanksgiving. The obsession resurfaces, creeping in, taking over my subconscious, making my stomach growl. Thanksgiving dinner. Stuffing. I use a friend’s bread stuffing recipe that makes my mouth water! I like to keep it simple and tasty. Our stuffing has never been fancy. Nana made a potato based stuffing. Or was it dressing? Stuffing? Dressing? What do you call it?

I make a bread based stuffing when it’s my turn to host Thanksgiving dinner and when I’m stuffing a roasting chicken. I sometimes make stuffing to go with chicken pieces. Stuffing doesn’t have to be stuffed, after all. Maybe that’s when it becomes dressing! Maybe stuffing is dressing when it’s a side dish.

Bread stuffing recipe

Sourdough bread will add flavor to your stuffing.

Saving stale bread is a time saver. It doesn’t matter what kind of bread I’ve made, it works. Remember the sour dough bread we made using the Pickle Pro for the starter? The flavor of sour dough adds a lot to stuffing.

If you don’t have stale bread you can make bread specifically for stuffing. I use whatever bread recipe I’m making at the time and add Italian or poultry seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper to half the batch of bread. Bake it as usual. You can add more seasonings when you make the stuffing if necessary.

Bread Stuffing Recipe

Bread stuffing recipe

Tear the bread into large pieces. It will condense when you add chicken broth.

This recipe is based on one pound of bread. Multiply as needed. It’s best if made a day ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator overnight. Stuff the turkey (or chicken) right before roasting, or bake in a buttered casserole or Dutch oven. This is great cooked ahead of time and reheated. I put it in the oven to warm when the turkey has finished cooking and is resting before carving.

Tear one pound of bread into large pieces. It will condense when you add stock.
4 medium celery stalks, chopped
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
2 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 tsp ground or 2 tsp fresh sage (I use a lot more as I love sage)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 to 1 1/2 cups turkey or chicken stock

Combine all ingredients, adding stock slowly until you get the consistency you want.

 

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You can download the recipe to print and take to your kitchen here.

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Seven Step Nut Bars

 

[NeighborWoods] Puddle Love

[NeighborWoods]

[NeighborWoods] Neighbors in or out of the woods but always outdoors. Created by Robin’s Outdoors. Please leave a comment and include the link to your [NeighborWoods] blog.

Welcome to the NeighborWoods! Puddle Love. Fawn and white runners and Khaki Campbell ducks enjoy the last open puddle before the polar vortex sinks in.

[NeighborWoods] Fawn White runner and Khaki Campbell Ducks

Fawn and White runner and Khaki Campbell Ducks

New Product! Triple Wood Cutting Board & Rolling Pin

Triple Wood Cutting Board & Rolling Pin

Oh my gosh are these beautiful! We love cutting boards and rolling pins and handcrafted, artisan quality wood products. We are very excited to have these ready for you to use during the holiday baking season and to give as gifts. They are fantastic!

wooden rolling pin and cutting board

Triple Wood handcrafted rolling pin and cutting board

Jerri’s been busy. She designed our new handcrafted Triple Wood Rolling Pin and Cutting Board and she’s having them made in Tennessee. She’s created two more American designed and made products. The rolling pin is comfortable in your hand. They are made with maple, cherry and walnut hardwoods. No two are exactly alike because of the natural grain of each wood.

Seasoned with 100% organic Non-GMO coconut oil which brings out the natural beauty of the wood.  We chose coconut oil for its natural ability to inhibit bacterial growth without adding any coconut scent to your baked goods.

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Triple Wood rolling pin

The Triple Wood Rolling Pin is 17″ long and 3″ wide. Its rolling surface is 9″ long.

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Triple Wood cutting board

The Triple Wood Cutting Board is 14″ long by 10″ wide. It’s 1.5″ thick. It’s sturdy enough to handle any task. Slice bread, cut cheese and meat or even cut into those heavy winter squash using the cutting board.

Both pieces are easy to care for.  Wash only with warm lightly soapy water, air dry and reapply oil of your choice.

All of our products add beauty to you kitchen as well as functionality.  This set makes a great gift!  You may purchase them separately or save money by ordering both pieces at a special price.