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Breads Crop of the Month Recipes

Sunflower Bread

Well… we’ve finally made it through Crop of the Month! We began months ago with wheat, soybeans, corn, and finally sunflowers. It has been such a blast sharing informative blog posts and recipes related to the four crops we grow on our farm.  This week I finish up with a sunflower bread. I don’t know about you, but I love whole grain or nut breads. I love the crunch whole seeds or grains adds to the soft texture. This bread was…

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Corn Crop of the Month Recipes Sides

Freezing Sweet Corn

If any of you know my husband, you know his love for sweet corn. If you don’t happen to know my husband, let me tell you… eating upwards of four cobs of corn is not anything surprising in our household. He quite literally is a sweet corn monster. So what that relates to is normally we plant two to four patches of sweet corn between our house, our farm, and our business. So at any given time in the summer,…

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Corn Crop of the Month Farming

Why Corn?

Corn seems to be the crop we always throw stones at. Either we’re growing too much corn or farmers are becoming too rich off of growing corn or corn is the devil because most of what is planted in the United States is biotech corn. Whatever the argument against corn is, let’s start with the history. The facts of how and why corn made it to the United States. And what the heck is all this corn used for?  Why…

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Appetizers Crop of the Month Farming Recipes

Poblano Corn Fritters

I picked up some poblanos a couple weeks ago and I’ve throwing around ideas on how to use them. I always find them in recipes whenever I don’t have them on hand. Finally have them on hand and bam, no ideas. Isn’t that how it always works?  If you’ve been following my Crop of the Month series, I’ve been cooking and writing through all four crops we grow here on the farm. Last month was all about soybeans. I’ve made…

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Crop of the Month Recipes Salads Sides

Wild Rice and Edamame Sriracha Salad

As I am experimenting more and more with soy products during my Crop of the Month series, I am finding more and more uses for them. Really, shelled edamame can be added to anything. Rice pilaf, salads, stir fry. The uses are endless. They’ve become a great staple for me in the kitchen.  This is a quick salad I literally threw together in 10 minutes. The trick to this salad is you’ve got to let it sit and marinate in…

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Crop of the Month Farming Planting Soybeans

Soybean Growth Stages

I hope you all have been enjoying the Crop of the Month posts! Many of you enjoyed the wheat growth stages post I wrote so I wanted to do the same for soybeans. I’ve already shared a little bit about the history of soybeans here in the United States as well as some great recipes including soy ingredients.  Why Do We Grow Soybeans? Soybeans are not a crop that was typically grown here in North Dakota, but yet in 2014 North…

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Breads Crop of the Month Main Courses Recipes

Flour Tortilla Soft Soy Tacos with Sweet Potatoes

Continuing my journey into soy foods, I discovered a product called textured soy protein (TSP) or sometimes it is called textured vegetable protein (TVP). In a nutshell, TSP is a defatted soy flour product that is a by-product of extracting soybean oil. It is extremely quick to cook with a protein content far greater than which comes from meat. Hence the reason why many people use TSP as a meat extender or replacement. TSP has a texture that resembles ground…

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Crop of the Month Soybeans

Soybeans: The Miracle Bean

Soybeans. What comes to mind when you think of soybeans? For me it is typically tofu. Today, soybeans are the United States’ second largest crop in cash sales and the number one export crop, with about 40 percent of the world’s soybean trade originating from the U.S. Here in North Dakota, soybeans production has taken off making North Dakota a major player in the U.S. soybean production. In the last 20 years in North Dakota, soybean production has increased by…

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Appetizers Crop of the Month Recipes

Soybean and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Crop of the Month series and back and this month it is all about soybeans!  We grow soybeans on our farm because they are a great stable crop for our area. Soybeans allow us to maintain good weed control as well as are a pretty tolerant crop. We need a crop that can be seeded into wheat residue that has the potential to be wet and soybeans allow us to seed in a wide range of planting dates. I will…

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Crop of the Month Desserts Recipes

Wheat Berry Rice Pudding with Caramelized Bacon & Nuts

I love pudding anything… Bread pudding, rice pudding. There’s just something about that gooey delicious-ness that makes your soul feel comforted. When I knew I was going to be sharing recipes involving wheat as whole grains for my Crop of the Month series, I immediately thought of wheat berry pudding!  So, I took a classic rice pudding recipe and halved the rice, added the wheat berries… Then I upped the ante by adding caramelized maple syrup, bacon, and nut topping.…

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