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First Harvest Reflections

The feast of the First Harvest is a feast of little bits. The garden is full of promise, but not full of ripe produce. We have some zucchini, an eggplant, maybe even a tomato, but hardly enough of anything to make a meal, but together, with a handful of herbs, couple eggs from the hens and some cheese from the farmer's market, they make a passable vegetable lasagna. A few other odds and ends, six green beans and a carrot, with some scraps from the lasagna noodles and we've got a hearty soup....

A Simple Kitchen Witches Herb Garden

Gardening can be intimidating and, for those of us who do not have our own patch of dirt to tend, it can seem nearly impossible. But growing and using your own herbs is quite satisfying and can only improve our magical relationship with them. And if you don't have your own patch of dirt, many herbs grow quite satisfactorily in pots on a windowsill or a porch step. Here, I hope to list some of the easiest and most useful herbs for a start toward your magical herb garden. Obviously, this is not an...

Gardening By The Moon

Gardening according to the phases of the moon is an ancient practice. Those of us who garden as an expression of our spirituality and our connection with both the Earth and our ancestors may wish to incorporate the moon phases and the lunar calendar into our gardening. There are generally two things that are considered when gardening by the moon. The first is the moon phase and the second is the astrological house the moon is in. Read on to find out how they each affect your plants differently....

Crafting Magical Meals

There are many approaches to using magick and creating a meal with magickal intent is a method embraced the Kitchen Witch. Everything in Nature has energy that can be harnessed and directed toward the manifestation of your Will, food included. Whether you prepare and consume your magical meal as a compliment to other magical work, ceremony or spellwork or as a stand-alone spell in and of itself, a little planning will go a long way toward your success. Here are some tips for preparing a magical...

In Season

Midwinter

The feast of midwinter takes place on the Winter Solstice. It is not the middle of winter here, but really only a couple weeks in. Our winter lasts from pretty close to the end of November to April, though snow in October and April are quite common and frost can be expected in both September and May. I have a lot to say about the Yuletide season and its various holidays. I celebrate Christmas with my family and a brief Yule Log Ritual on the day of the solstice. We have a Christmas tree and open...

Cabbage Stew With Dumplings (Bat Wing Stew)

description: 'When I use purple cabbage to make this, my kids call it bat wing stew.' preptime: 'About 45 minutes to an hour' ingredients: 1 small head cabbage, cored and cut in triangular chunks\n1 potato, chopped\n1 sweet potato, chopped\n2 parsnips, sliced\n2 carrots, sliced\n1 onion, sliced\n2 cloves garlic, chopped\ncoriander\n2 cardamom pods\n2 bay leaves\nbutter or oil\n4 cups vegetable broth\n\nDumplings\n1 1/2 cups flour\n1 tsp baking soda\n1 tsp baking powder\ndash of salt\n1/2 tsp...

Sauerkraut

description: 'Fermenting cabbage doesn''t just increase its shelf life, but it improves its nutrition and taste as well.' preptime: '30 minutes active, 3-4 weeks ' ingredients: A large bowl to mix the sauerkraut in\nA sharp knife\nPossibly a box grater or food processor with a shredder disk\nA jar- 1 medium cabbage fits about a pint-sized mason jar\nA weight- this can be a smaller jar, a cleaned rock, a bag of water, or a pickle pebble\nA mashing device- you can use your fist if you can fit it...

The February Fast

(First posted 1/31/14) Tomorrow is our February Eve celebration. It's easy enough to call it Imbolc if you like because it's similar. But a little different. Now I have heard that Samhain is the Witches New Year, but this is not true for our family. We celebrate the Feast of the Dead then but February Eve is our New Year. (I would like to say we do it at the lunar New Year every year, but it's not always the case.) What February Eve represents to us is the start of our recovery from Midwinter...

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