Category Archives: Homemade

Making Nocino

Making Nocino


Last July, my friend Kate of Snowflake Kitchen, put a call out to us locals about her abundance of green walnuts from the tree on her property. She had plans to make Nocino and thought we may want to give it a try. Yes, please! I was in her neighborhood when she wasn’t home, so I felt like a bit of thief as I foraged a bag of the green nuts, but homemade booze is worth the possible embarrassment of her neighbors calling the police.

Nocino! 🌰 🌿

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I used David Lebovitz’s recipe, minus the cloves, and shook my jars once a day for about three months. It looks like witches’ brew at first, very green and possible toxic, but then changes to a rich brown, deep green.


I strained the liquid from the jars and it has the consistency of a light syrup and smells nutty and warm. I sampled a small glass and it’s definitely potent. I like Mr. Lebovitz’s idea of a topping for ice cream… that will definitely be in my future.


There is something about creating an enjoyable drink or food from items you gather from your yard, a friend’s yard, local farmers, or the woods (if you’re daring and safe) that feels inevitable and right. I’ll have a part two of the walnut saga as I attempt to make black walnut bitters from the same nuts that have completely ripened. My goal is to make something like this. It’s good to have goals…

Summer in Black and White

This summer, part of my focus has been on a new found love — canning. It hasn’t manifested in the traditional sense. After creating paper goods for the people who “put up” (you can read about how that came about here), I’ve had a few experiences canning my own food from our CSA. While I’m… Continue Reading

Canning Party for One

I’m excited to share my first canning experience. I only have a few photos because we had crazy, tornado-y thunderstorms move through as I was processing the brine and jar. Not good lighting for photos… Dill Pickles from Canning & Preserving with Ashley English. Hopefully the first of many canning experiences: There are many canning… Continue Reading


I’m having a little mini-obsession with the idea of canning. It all came about in an organic kind of way. I did a Blog Love Week last year where I highlighted five of the blogs I was reading on a daily basis. One of those blogs was Small Measure, created by Ashley English. Her current… Continue Reading

I’m a Winner!

I am the lucky recipient of a homemade jar of Fig and Thyme Jam from the fabulous Ashley over at Small Measure. She has a giveaway each month of one of her homemade creations that will be included in her book, Homemade Living: Canning & Preserving with Ashley English. When they had the photo shoot… Continue Reading