36 Recipes For Preserving Vegetables

36 Recipes for Preserving Vegetables Freezing, Drying, and Canning

I’ve always called September our ‘harvest month’ since it usually is the month when the vegetable garden literally spews out produce. 2015 has been a bit different, however, and August seemed like September with so.much.produce. But I know there will still be plenty to ‘put up.’ So that’s why I chose September when I set […]

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Tuesday Garden Party 9.01.15

Tuesday Garden Party Featured Posts 9.1

Happy Tuesday Garden Party, friends! Our weather pattern changed big-time this last week and we’ve had a number of cloudy-cool days with needed rain. There’s more in store, though I see a few more 80 degree days in the 10-day forecast, so I’m hopeful for a bit more warmth to sit outside and enjoy our […]

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September Dinner Menu Ideas

September Dinner Menu Ideas - An Oregon Cottage

Note: for 2015 I am republishing our monthly menus from 2014 and adding in new published recipes when appropriate. I hope you are able to use these seasonal menus as a starting point for your own family menus!  Ah, the weather is changing, the kids are back to school and if it’s one thing we […]

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Three Things 8.29.15: Sweet Garden Shed, Poor Hanging Basket & A Workhorse Immersion Blender

Sweet garden shed

Happy Saturday! Welcome to our weekly ‘Three Things” post where you’ll find a peek into my week and some things that are making me happy. Three things is just how I start and organize this, though – I throw in bonuses and great links to some fun recipes, diy projects, and garden ideas that I find inspirational or […]

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Parmesan Rice Cakes

Parmesan Rice Cakes- a delicious way to use up leftover rice.

This recipe is so popular with my family that I published it in the first months of AOC’s first year (2009), along with a yellowy little photo. If any recipe deserved to be updated, it’s this one, not just because it’s a great way to use up leftover rice and bread crumbs made from bread […]

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Three Things 8.22.15: Outdoor Activities, Food Processor Love, 2 More Books

Kayaking and hiking in LaPine 8-15

Happy Saturday! Welcome to our weekly ‘Three Things” post where you’ll find a peek into my week and some things that are making me happy. Three things is just how I organize this, though – I throw in links to some fun recipes, diy projects, and garden ideas that I find inspirational or helpful and sometimes bonuses. So, […]

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Homemade Hummus Made With Sesame Seeds {aka, Homemade Tahini}

Save money and time by making homemade hummus with sesame seeds instead of purchased tahini with this recipe.

Originally published in 2010, this is a classic AOC recipe that showcases a lot of the blog’s core values: making things simpler, less expensive, and do-able. Adding an easy first step to classic homemade hummus – making my own tahini – resulted in a fantastic, much more convenient end-product! It’s been updated with newer, pinnable […]

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