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Walden Effect Recipes

These are the recipes I cook over and over and over.  Most are fast and easy to cook, use vegetables all in season at the same time, are cheap (if you grow your own veggies), and all are delicious!    I'll add photos as I think of it, so many don't have photos yet.

Check out my tutorial on how to cook in season.

Main Courses and Bread

  • Cheddar-Parmesan Cheese Crackers --- These crackers are as easy to make as cornbread and we adore them. The only problem is that they never seem to last more than 24 hours.
  • Curry Chicken Pot Pie --- A great use of leftover chicken or turkey, spiced up with a delicious taste of curry.
  • Pizza --- I've been perfecting my pizza recipe for the last year and have settled on one that's nutritious and delicious. Pizza is one of my favorite foods to serve guests since it's almost universally liked and since you can start the dough ahead of time and then only need about 10 minutes of prep time to put food on the table.
  • Parsley and Green Onion Egg Salad --- When the chickens are laying like crazy, this is a quick and tasty use of extra eggs.
  • Chestnut Pesto --- A variant on our standby quick meal, made with Chinese chestnuts which give the pesto a delicious sweetness.
  • Chicken Burritos --- a great quick dinner with whatever vegetables are in season
  • Chicken Potstickers --- a bit more complicated than most of my recipes, but delectable!
  • Roast Chicken --- easy and delicious!
  • Butternut Squash and Egyptian Onion Soup --- five ingredients (plus salt and pepper), minimal preparation time, absolutely stunning flavor
  • Gypsy Stew --- rich and hearty for a winter's night
  • Part Whole-Wheat Egg Bread --- takes minutes to throw together in a bread maker but is a major crowd pleaser

Vegetable SidesBaked Sweet and White Potato Fries

DessertsLemon Cake

  • Hershey's Chocolate Cake --- Now and then even the healthiest of us craves that fluffy, cake-mix flavor. Save your cash and make it from scratch.
  • Sugar Free Cranberry Raisin Pie --- This is a family favorite for Christmas and Thanksgiving. A bit like mincemeat pie, but vastly superior with the tart cranberries and sweet raisins.
  • Lemon Cake with Lemon Curd Filling --- this is a bit more complicated than most of my recipes, but is scrumptious and makes a perfect special occasion cake.
  • Gelato --- fluffy fruit gelatos are one of Mark's favorite desserts.  Here are two of our favorites --- orange and strawberry.
  • Molasses Oatmeal Cookie Bars with Chocolate Chips --- these are not your usual oatmeal cookies, but instead have a chewy molasses flavor that's hard to beat
  • Daddy's Gingerbread --- the most moist, delicious gingerbread you'll ever taste

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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