RustHaus Cascade Beer Soap

RustHaus is my husband’s carpentry business and so, since our hops shade his workshop, I’ve taken to calling anything related to my hop growing and beer brewing efforts RustHaus Brewing in sweet affection. He fixes all the things and I brew us tasty beer to drink to celebrate each home repair victory. This soap is…

Walnut, Apple, Onion Chutney

In a large sauce pan, add together: Malt vinegar Brown sugar Walnuts, chopped Apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped Onions, chopped Apple Butter (In this batch I used a Peach, Apricot, Clove Butter I preserved last year using regionally sourced fruit) English mustard powder Curry powder Cayenne pepper Umeboshi Bring to a boil, stirring constantly…

Umeboshi

Japanese pickled plums are created using only 4 ingredients: plums, shiso, sea salt, and shochu.  1) 4.5 lbs or 2.041 kg of plums, preferably and traditionally you should use Ume plums but any firm, umblemished plum will do 2) .5 lb or 245 grams of flaked sea salt (12% weight ratio of plums) 3) 7…

Glacier Gorgonzola Spinach Salad and Lou Bergier Pichin Mac’n Cheese

Homemade mac’n cheese, BBQ pulled pork, and a spinach salad with olives, pistachios, and Glacier gorgonzola. The “blue” in the Glacier is nearly black. You can find Glacier gorgonzola and many other blues in Lait Cru Brasserie/Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile‘s cheese case. Boil 1 pound of small shaped pasta in just enough salty water…

Krause Haus Spice Blend

In a spice blender (a well cleaned coffee grinder will work just as well), add the following: 2 bay leaves 2 tablespoons celery seeds and 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 tablespoon mustard seeds 2 teaspoons peppercorns 2 ounce piece fresh ginger, peeled 2 teaspoons smoked Hungarian paprika 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon whole cloves 1 teaspoon whole allspice berries 1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper…

Stand Fast Farms and a conversation on fair labor

  I’m starting out June’s ‘Monthly Focus’ on equity by looking at all different kinds of farms here in WNY and putting a spotlight on how they treat their land, animals, and laborers. Our first farm to be featured is Stand Fast Farm, run by Tim Grant, a long-time favorite of the Levay-Krause household. I’m…

Thank you to all who supported the WNY premier of Final Straw!

The giant salad bar was made up of: Curly kale and rainbow swiss chard from Plato Dale Farms Beet & Caraway Kraut and Dan Tower apple flavored kombucha from Barrel & Brine Crispin apple salsa made with Dan Tower apples Maple Tahini Fig Granola from Breadhive Cherry concentrate and garlic from Singer Farm Naturals Garlic…

German Hugelkultur – A centuries-old gardening technique

Many people are starting to look at their yards and wondering if a vegetable garden is going to happen this year. I say: Go for it! First think about how much light you get where you plan on setting up your garden; duration and strength of sunlight is the most important part of this whole process….

Pear pie with bacon and cheddar cheese crumbles

When I was a sophomore in high school, I tasted my first pear and brie pastry. It was the strangest thing I had ever seen, the soft and slightly ammonia-scented cheese coated the glazed pears and was tucked haphazardly in a crust, folded in on itself much like a gallette. I fell in love with…

SOLE’s Equal Exchange fundraiser is LIVE!

SOLE of Buffalo’s tasty fundraiser through Equal Exchange is now LIVE! From now until the end of May, 25% of the sale of any coffee or chocolate products purchased directly from our online fundraiser page will go to support our goal of purchasing a building to grow SOLE’s center. Enjoy delicious organic and fairly traded products…