How To Make Corn Tortillas & Tortilla Chips From Scratch

We’re out of chips here at our house, how ‘bout you? Here’s how to make your own from start to finish in 7 minutes. You need masa harina, extra warm tap water (at a nearly 1:1 ratio water to masa, but a bit less water), high-heat oil, and salt. That’s it. Watch the tutorial and…

Old-Fashioned Life Hacks: Seasoning Beans, & Keeping Soup on the Stove

Recently, The New York Times wrote an op-ed about beans, A Boom Time for the Bean Industry. In it, staggering statistics like this show up: “Many canners and packagers are hiring staff or adding shifts to meet the surge in demand. Typically, Rancho Gordo receives 150 to 200 orders a day for its specialty beans….

Short Fun Animated Story: Small Gardening Series

For a little light-hearted but instructional reprieve, I offer you thisshort story drawn with the talented mind and hand of my husband Brian @brianthompsonart. In 3 minutes it shows you: 1) how to construct a hugelkultur garden bed (if you want to try that); 2) What things you can successfully grow in shady spaces; and…

What To Plant Now: A Sampling of Spring Seeds

I’m getting lots of messages and questions about planting and that makes me so happy—think of all the adults and kids digging their hands in dirt! And think of the truly immeasurable joy of giving and receiving a hand grown bouquet of homegrown food…It’s enough to make you cry, quite truly, during these times. So….

Small Space Gardening Series: Let’s Talk Soil!

In this 10-minute segment I address the key things you need to consider for your soil health. Your soil is the source of strong, healthy root growth, plant health, and heavy-yield, high-production gardens in small spaces. From reworking small containers, amending poor soil, showing you the beginning stages of our front yard (small space) kitchen…

Video: This Wild Life – A short story trailer for Eating Buckets

What do you wish for? What keeps you up at night? Where will your heart take you? Brian and I ask each other these questions often because it keeps us curious and alive, but we don’t often get to combine words and pictures and think about these questions the way we were able to in…

How To Make Easy Vegetarian (Vegan) Chili

This hearty rainbow chili is easy to make and a perfect way to cook for the week ahead. Plus, it’s vegetarian and vegan, low-fat, packs a whollop of fiber and protein, and as always is easily amended with your favorite mix-and-match ingredients and toppings. Optional crumbled tofu handily replaces the texture of ground meat when…

Video Tutorial and Guide: How To Make Gluten-Free (or any!) Sourdough Starter

I am so excited to show you today how you to make your very own gluten-free (or regular) sourdough starter that you can keep in your family for generations. It makes it easy to whip up delicious, yeast-free, (gluten-free) foods for you and your family. Video Tutorial: How to Make (Gluten-Free) Sourdough Starter Here is…

Video: Farmhouse basement restoration

If you love old houses and restoration as much as I do, you’ll probably enjoy this sneak peek into our in-process farmhouse basement restoration and the story behind this big, awesome space. We’ve still got a ways to go before it’s done, but welcome, come on in! You might be surprised to find out what…

Video: Morning routines that work.

Here are three oh-so-simple habits you can form or reinforce for yourself and your family that help you start living well from the moment you rise—and help carry you successfully through the day. 1. Make your bed first thing in the morning—no excuses. Insist your children do the same. 2. Savor your hot coffee (or…