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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.

04/16/2014 - Faux Boursin: A Frugal Herbed Cheese Spread
Living in the heart of Wisconsin cheese country, our cheese purchases fall into two categories: everyday cheeses and Sunday best.

04/09/2014 - Quinoa: Breakfast's Other Whole Grain
Quinoa, a protein-packed whole grain, is not a staple reserved only for lunch or dinner.

04/02/2014 - Ropa Vieja: Slow-simmered Cuban Shredded Beef
"Old clothes.” That’s the approximate translation of ropa vieja from Spanish, but don’t let the name deter you from making this mouthwatering Cuban dish.

03/26/2014 - Chicken Empanadas with Guasacaca Sauce
At our farm and bed-and-breakfast, we offer a tasting tour of our gardens, allowing guests to nibble on pea tendrils, fresh strawberries or lemon balm as we walk. However, when the roles are flipped and we become the travelers, we never pass up the chance to become culinary tourists, as well.

03/19/2014 - Warm Up with Broccoli Cheese Soup
All winter, we eat though the freezer and the broccoli cheese soup recipe below is one way we savor summer in the off-season.

03/12/2014 - Celebrate Pi Day with Shaker Lemon Pie
Pi Day is specifically March 14 at 1:59, taking 3.14159 and translating it into a date and time. We're celebrating this Friday by making Shaker Lemon Pie.

03/05/2014 - Fisherman’s Plate: Pouch-cooked Lemon Garlic Fish
The more me (John) and my son fish—and the more fishermen we meet—the more we’ve discovered that these rugged and weathered souls approach fish preparation with the same attentive detail as rigging their lines. And the results are delicious.

02/26/2014 - Shrimp and Mango Jalapeño Poppers
If you grow jalapeño peppers and you’re wondering what to do with them all this summer, there’s nothing like transforming your bumper crop into a gourmet appetizer.

02/12/2014 - Create a Permaculture Plate
While permaculture may be a buzz word in sustainable-agriculture circles, most of the discussion focuses on garden planning and growing, not taking the concept all the way to the plate.

02/05/2014 - Vegan Valentines: Heart-shaped Brownies
Taste and share some love this coming Valentine’s Day in brownie form. These brownies, a recipe from Mariana Cortez’s Bunnie Cakes Bakery, in Miami, offer a healthier chocolate splurge.

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