Several jars of homemade yogurt on a counter
Lisa Bralts
February 18, 2014

Whey To Go

In her quest for some so-called "project cooking" over the weekend, Backyard Industry's Lisa Bralts instead ends up (finally) using a dormant kitchen gadget, reducing (just a little) the contents of her recycling bin, and revisiting the idea of making, instead of buying, staple foods.

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A page from a homemade cookbook.
Lisa Bralts
December 19, 2013

Mint Condition

It's not often Lisa Bralts gets three generations of women in one room (with extra family members) to talk about anything, much less a particular type of homemade Christmas candy they make - candy that is immediately adored by anyone who tries it. But that's exactly what happened when she visited with the Delaney-Snyder women in this episode of In My Backyard.

 

Mint Patties:

1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil

2 lbs. powdered sugar
Food coloring (optional)

Beat the cream cheese until creamy, then beat in the extract. Beat in the powdered sugar until well blended.  Depending on your mixer, you may have to use your hands to fully incorporate the sugar.  The mixture will be smooth and like a stiff dough. Add a few drops of food coloring if desired. Pinch off small amounts of dough (rounded teaspoon). Roll into a ball then press flat with your palm or a glass. Place on wax-paper lined baking sheet and freeze, uncovered, for an hour. Melt a 12-oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips with small amount of paraffin (1 X 2 inch block) and drop the peppermint patties in one at a time, turning and lifting out with a fork or toothpick. Quickly tap off excess and use another fork or your finger to help slide the dipped patty onto another waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Once all patties are dipped, place baking sheet in refrigerator until chocolate is set, about 15-30 minutes. Store in airtight container and keep refrigerated or frozen.

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A very messy early spring garden
Lisa Bralts
May 24, 2012

Crooked and Uneven: The New Black

After seeing a photo of a friend’s DIY garden in Sweden and refusing to let a broken hose get her down, Lisa Bralts became re-inspired to stay away from the garden store, get back into the yard, and take some serious gardening inventory. In this segment of In My Backyard, she heads into the garage to make do with what she has - which, as it turns out, is more than she thought.

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A man demonstrating cheesemaking
Lisa Bralts
March 08, 2012

DIY Cheese, Please

In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts learns the finer points of making amateur fresh mozzarella cheese at home from lay expert (and cheese nerd) Brian McKay.

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Several jars of homemade mustard.
Lisa Bralts
February 16, 2012

Pass the Mustard

One way to get past the blahs of late winter and to get some food inspiration for spring is to arrange a food swap with some friends and neighbors, especially if the focus is on bright flavors and lots of laughing.  In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts dishes out her best mustard recipe... and comes home with much more than that.

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A homemade smoker full of sausages
Lisa Bralts
October 12, 2011

Dishwasher Smoker

After hearing about someone who built a cider press made from an old washing machine, In My Backyard's Lisa Bralts went investigating in the neighborhood and chanced upon something even better. If you're an omnivore, that is.

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