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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.

05/14/2014 - How to Make a Fluffy Omelet … From an Inn Keeper Who Understands Eggs
When it comes to making fluffy omelet—like those served at restaurants when the chefs or cooks know what they’re doing—you’ll need to master a few techniques to create these airy packages to hold your favorite fillings.

05/07/2014 - Home-Ground Chorizo Sliders
Even if you missed celebrating Cinco De Mayo—the Mexican holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla, where the Mexicans defeated the French in 1862—you can still harness the south-of-the-border flavor with these chorizo sliders.

04/30/2014 - Chimichurri Sauce: No Basil in this "Pesto”
As most farmstead chefs know, there’s more than one way to make pesto.

04/23/2014 - Herbed Potato Nests
This week marks the annual seasonal potato ritual here at Inn Serendipity: We’re planting new potatoes while we eat through the remainder of last year’s spuds.

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.

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