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John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist's "Farmstead Chef" blog
Farmstead Chef
Join John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of the cookbook Farmstead Chef (New Society Publishers, 2011), as they share recipes and tips for using your garden abundance to eat seasonally. From creative ways to cook up zucchini to making homemade pantry staples, John and Lisa make it fun and easy to create a more self-sufficient, sustainable farmstead kitchen—and save money in the process. Plus, this husband and wife duo share inspiring "kitchen-table talks” with farmstead chefs across the country, complete with recipes.

02/25/2015 - Start a Home-Baked Goods Business
One area that cottage food businesses can excel is with baked goods, like breads, muffins, cakes and cookies.

02/18/2015 - Earn a Profit with Your Home-Canned Preserves
Starting a cottage food business can be easy—just preserve more of the home-canned items you already love.

02/11/2015 - Launch a Business From Your Farmstead Kitchen
Cottage-food laws make it possible for cooks across the country to turn their love for food into a home-based business.

02/04/2015 - 6 Simple Kitchen Tools Home Cooks Must Have
We ask homesteaders around the country what kitchen tools they couldn’t live without—maybe a few are on your list, as well.

01/28/2015 - Beer-Glazed Carrots
Need to use up your root-cellar-stored carrots? This side dish can accompany any meal, from fish to beef.

01/21/2015 - 7 Back-Burner Kitchen Projects to Tackle This Winter
Use the downtime in your winter months to tackle farm and kitchen projects that have been lingering around your homestead.

01/14/2015 - 3 Ways to Start Enjoying Fermented Vegetables
A trend that’s here to stay, fermentation offers a lot in the way of food preservation and digestive health.

01/07/2015 - 3 Tips for Improving the Art of Home Cooking
Break outside the recipe box and have more fun with your cooking. What better dish to test your culinary creativity than with a pot of chili?

12/31/2014 - 5 Kitchen Tools We Loved This Year
We continuously finding new toys that make our time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Here are our picks from 2014.

12/24/2014 - Latvian Alexander Cake
This Christmas, we celebrate Lisa’s Latvian heritage with her mom’s famous shortbread cookies known as Alexander Cake.

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