Libertarian and Conservative

By John Silveira Issue #133 • January/February, 2012 I cringe when I hear libertarians lumped with conservatives — or at least today's conservatives. Liberals want you to view us as conservatives so you won't look any...

Fixing a broken jury system

By John Silveira “I blame every juror who let him go, every juror who sat on that trial and believed this man over those little girls. I will never understand. And that is why he...

Gritted bread

Recipe of the Week  Gritted bread  Courtesy of Thomas C. Tabor   You'll find this recipe and over 400 more in Backwoods Home Cooking.Click Here Ingredients 2 cups gritted corn (see below*) 1/2 cup sweet milk 1 tsp. sugar 1 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp....

Dublin Coddle

Recipe of the Week  Dublin Coddle  Courtesy of Russ Brown  Here is a good old world favorite that really fills you up. Dublin Coddle Ingredients 2 pounds potatoes, pealed, thick sliced 2 pounds yellow onions, thick sliced 2 pounds smoked sausage, thick sliced 1...

Tomatoes, the Essential Garden Crop

By Charles Sanders Issue #123 • May/June, 2010 Tomatoes are one of the most favored of all garden crops. They originated in South America, but in the early 1500s were taken back to Italy. Today, many...

Tackling the real problems that face us

By Dave Duffy Issue #134 • March/April, 2012 Thank goodness most of the apocalyptic scenarios the doom and gloomers talk about are either founded upon faulty premises or, if based on science, are extremely rare occurrences....

A simple backwoods hay baler

By Rev. J.D. Hooker Issue #82 • July/August, 2003 During the winter months, Steve and his wife Tandy feed between 120 and 150 bales of hay to a herd of pretty high-quality dairy goats on their...

Easy-to-make farmer’s cheese

By Leah Leach Issue #152 • March/April, 2015 Ingredients Making cheese is one of the easiest and most satisfying tasks that you can accomplish in the homestead kitchen. While there are many wonderful cheeses out there to...

The Appleseed Project

By Massad Ayoob Issue #123 • May/June, 2010 There is nothing else in the shooting world quite like the Appleseed Project, which combines American Revolutionary War history with rifle marksmanship and firearms safety, and in so...

Inexpensive retired Russian military rifles can be the ideal backwoods meat guns

By Rev. J.D. Hooker Issue #47 • September/October, 1997 Like many another rural person, I've often found a firearm to be my most important tool. No, we don't have much crime in our area; in fact...

Remembering what grandma used

By Marjorie Burris Issue #57 • May/June, 1999 My grandmother, Mary Etta Dillman Graham, was one of those frontier women who took life as it came; extremely practical, resourceful and inventive, she was always, always ready...

Family dinner at Backwoods Home Magazine

By Richard Blunt Issue #129 • May/June, 2011 Last fall I was invited to Gold Beach, Oregon, to spend some quality time with my lifelong friend, Dave Duffy, and his family. On these visits it is...

Hamburger soup

Recipe of the Week  Hamburger soup  Courtesy of Darlene Campbell   You'll find this recipe and over 400 more in Backwoods Home Cooking.Click Here Ingredients 1 lb. ground beef 4 carrots, cut in 2-inch chunks 3 potatoes, quartered 1 onion, chopped 1/2 bell pepper, sliced 1...

Fig preserves

Recipe of the Week  Fig preserves  Courtesy of Alice Brantley Yeager   You'll find this recipe and over 400 more in Backwoods Home Cooking.Click Here Ingredients 1 lb. small figs (Brown Turkey, Celeste, etc.) 3/4 lb. sugar juice of 1/2 lemon (optional) 1/2 lemon...

Artichoke Omelet Appetizer

Recipe of the Week  Artichoke Omelet Appetizer  Courtesy of Patti LaBeck  Ingredients 2 jars marinated artichoke hearts 8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated 4 eggs, beaten slightly 1 small onion, chopped 1/4 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon white pepper 1 teaspoon...

You Can Make Your Own Fertilizers

By Christopher and Dolores Lynn Nyerges Issue #44 • March/April, 1997 For some people, home gardening is an expensive pursuit, which seems a bit backward to us. At one time, people gardened because home-grown produce was...