Crabapple Hard Cider: A Grand Experiment!

Let me preface this by saying that although we are home brewers, we have no real idea on how to make cider. Sure, we hear the process is pretty similar, and there is a huge amount of online how-to information, but there seem to be so many different variables, such as the type of apples […]

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From the Kitchen: Delicious Dream Challah Bread

One night, I woke up from a very vivid dream. In it, I had been eating a delicious bread. The sweet scent and buttery-honey taste intoxicated my senses. I woke up and told Michael all about it. “It tasted of honey, and warm hugs, and heaven,” I pined. “That sounds like Challah bread,” he said. […]

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From the Kitchen: How to Can Stuff, for Beginners (and a great Salsa recipe!)

We deliberately over-planted our tomatoes this year, planting way more than we could ever keep up with eating. This was for the express purpose of having enough tomatoes to try canning. After all, with only a couple plants, there would be no guarantee that enough tomatoes would be ready at one time to make a […]

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Second Batch of Beer: An Apricot Wheat/Blonde with Belgian Yeast

This past weekend, we brewed our second ever batch of beer. As you remember, last time we brewed a strong, dark, Imperial Stout. It was our first batch, and while the beer turned out great, we also had a lot to learn from. The kitchen was very sticky when we were done (strong, dark beers […]

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From the Kitchen: Zucchini Pie (That Tastes like Apple!)

Here we are, finishing up our Zucchini Week with some dessert. What’s that, you say? You didn’t know you could make dessert out of zucchini? Yes, you can! There are probably many different zucchini desserts, but today we are going to make apple, er, I mean, zucchini pie. Sometimes called “mock apple pie”, this zucchini […]

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From the Kitchen: Easy Buttery Pie Crust from Scratch

Here it is, in the middle of Zucchini Week, and I am going to share a recipe that has absolutely no zucchini in it at all. I know, right? Well, this post goes in tandem with today’s recipe for Zucchini Pie (that totally tastes like apple!). I thought about combining them into one post, but you […]

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From the Kitchen: Creamy Zucchini Alfredo

Today’s Zucchini Week installment, representing Dinner in our Zucchini Week lineup, is a creamy Zucchini Alfredo sauce, served over pasta of your choice. The recipe comes from AllRecipes.com, and received four and a half stars. Of course, our version varies from theirs slightly, because we took the advice of many of the commenters to add […]

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From the Kitchen: Cream of Zucchini Soup

We continue our epic Zucchini Week by sharing our Lunch menu, a delicious Cream of Zucchini Soup. Incidentally, you can pair this with some of those Delicious Zucchini Muffins left over from breakfast to have an easy, filling, hearty, and completely healthy lunch. This Cream of Zucchini Soup recipe is from Food.com and received five […]

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From the Kitchen: Delicious Zucchini Muffins

Guess what, everyone! It’s Zucchini Week on the Neeland Cottage Blog! We have an enormous zucchini plant growing in our front yard. Apparently, zucchini does extremely well here. Homegrown zucchini is donated to the food cupboard by the bucket. Neighbors offer it to each other under the guise of friendship, but underneath their smiling eyes […]

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From the Kitchen: How to Bake a Cake from Scratch

In the past few weeks, I myself have made two (two!) yellow layer cakes with icing from scratch. How can a pile of eggs, flour, sugar, etc turn into something so ridiculously yummy?  I love cake. And icing. The first cake seemed to take a while, but then a couple weeks later, making another one didn’t […]

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