Old World apple chutney

Recipe of the Week  Old World apple chutney  Courtesy of Richard Blunt   You'll find this recipe and over 400 more in Backwoods Home Cooking.Click Here Ingredients 40 oz. cider vinegar 1-1/2 lbs. brown sugar 1-1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1 Tbsp. ground ginger 2 tsp....

Which is better, a small town or city?

By Dave Duffy Issue #78 • November/December, 2002 Traveling has a way of giving you perspective. For the past several summers my family and I have traveled around the country, covering as much as 9,000 miles by...

This St. Bernard backwoods hero saved old Grandma’s life

By Margaret Wright Issue #35 • September/October, 1995 When we think of a backwoods dog we generally think of a Pyrenees, German Shepherd, or other breed of working dog. In our case, our family chose the...

Nut Trees on Your Homestead

By Jackie Clay-Atkinson Issue #149 • September/October, 2014 While growing up in Detroit, we had no nut trees in our yard (though we did have seedlings before I left home). That didn't stop my parents, though....

Grouse Hunting — The Ultimate Joy of Autumn

By Linda Gabris Issue #83 • September/October, 2003 Nothing instills such excitement or makes my heart flutter louder than the sudden whir of a flushed out grouse. No matter how many times I've heard it, the...

Dark moons

Recipe of the Week  Dark moons  Courtesy of Tanya Kelley   You'll find this recipe and over 400 more in Backwoods Home Cooking.Click Here Ingredients 1 cup butter (not margarine) 1 cup confectioner’s sugar 2 tsp. vanilla 1-1/2 cup flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 cup...

Install rafters alone the easy way

By Robert L. Williams Issue #35 • September/October, 1995 Anyone who has ever worked on roof framing knows that nailing up rafters is a two-man job at the very best. At worst, the task requires the...

How to begin taking wildlife photographs

By H. Bumper Bauer Issue #120 • November/December, 2009 If you want to get into wildlife photography, your timing could not be better. Many serious amateur and professional photographers are upgrading their 35mm film cameras to...

I heat my house by burning corn

By Judith W. Monroe Issue #42 • November/December, 1996 As I write this, it is fall in New England. If you burn wood, you are probably well along with the annual chores of chopping, splitting, and...

Lentil and meat stew

Recipe of the Week  Lentil and meat stew  Courtesy of Habeeb Salloum   You'll find this recipe and over 400 more in Backwoods Home Cooking.Click Here Ingredients 4 Tbsp. butter 1/2 lb. beef, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 medium onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic,...

Gee-Whiz: Presidents

By O.E. MacDougal November/December 2016, Backwoods Home I could spend all day coming up with interesting trivia about the Presidents and those who surround them — wives, children, assassins, etc. I could literally fill this magazine...

Homemade electric power

By Jim Van Sant Issue #131 • September/October, 2011 Ever wonder how you could live off the grid when the sun isn't shining on your solar panels? Our homestead alternative energy system is based on 12 volts...

Caring for your chickens in winter

By Jackie Clay-Atkinson As winter approaches, we all are thinking of ways to make our livestock and poultry as comfortable as possible when the cold weather hits. Visions of blowing and drifting snow swirl in...

Just how good of a bet are those lotto tickets?

By John Silveira Issue #37 • January/February, 1996 I looked at the newspaper and tried to match up the lotto results printed there with my picks. I sighed. "Boy, I sure would've liked to have won...

Cheddar Breakfast Pizza

Recipe of the Week  Cheddar Breakfast Pizza  Courtesy of Martin Rimmele  Ingredients 1 package (15 ounces) refrigerated pie crust 1 cup ricotta cheese 6 slices bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled 1-1/4 cups apple pie filling...

Book Review: The Encyclopedia of Country Living By Carla Emery — 40th Anniversary Edition

Reviewed by Jackie Clay-Atkinson Issue #141 • May/June, 2013 Are you a new homesteader? Perhaps you have dreams and plans to become one sometime in the near future? Maybe you're an old-timer, like me, needing a...