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Quick Rising Challah Bread

This challah recipe was adapted from Challah in a Hurry. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups warm water 3/4 cup vegetable oil 3/4 cup sugar 3 eggs, beaten 4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast 1 tsp salt 7 cups bread flour 1/2 cup whole grain or freshly milled flour For egg wash and topping: 1 egg, beaten 4…

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Quick Refrigerator Pickles

Why wait longer than you need to enjoy delicious pickles? Wait no longer with this simple recipe: WHAT YOU NEED: 2 1-pint wide-mouth mason jars with lids 1 pound small cucumbers 3 cloves garlic 4 small chili peppers (optional) 1 tablespoon coriander seeds 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns 1 tablespoon sugar 1½ tablespoons kosher salt ⅔…

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Solar-Oven Zucchini Muffins

These yummy, nutritious snacks are a hit at Camp Ekar! We use our solar ovens to harness the power of the sun to cook these up for a fresh, organic farm snack. Enjoy! Into a large bowl mix: 2 cups all purpose flour 1 cup brown sugar 2 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. cinnamon 1/8…

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Cucumber-Dill Kale Salad

Ingredients: 2/3 cup olive oil 2 tbsp lemon juice (or juice from one lemon) 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1/4 cup fresh dill, or 1 tbsp dried dill 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 2 tbsp coconut milk 1 cucumber, seeded and shredded 1 bunch of kale 1 extra cucumber, sliced or diced 1/4 cup…

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Seeds of the Diaspora

We are in a blurred season of late winter and early spring as our warm, sunny Denver days persist. During these unpredictable weather patterns, we still get our garden started by planting seeds indoors, in a controlled setting, somewhat removed  from the elements. We use caution to ensure the survival of our plants. Yet, seeds…

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The Fruit in You

Also take a look at another Ekar-written blog about Tu B’shvat on MazelTogether’s website here! What comes to mind when you think of a tree? The solid, tall, textured trunk… Branches extending to and through the sky in all directions… Elegantly splayed leaves of all shapes, sizes, arrangements, and colors… Sometimes adventurous roots that peak…

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Ekar’s Tu B’shvat Salad

Get ready for one of Ekar’s favorite, earth-based Jewish holidays: Tu B’svhat! To celebrate the fruits of all the world’s finest trees, enjoy a festive, delicious, and nutritious salad recipe below. This salad highlights the following types of fruits you might find personal and spiritual connections to: -Hard exterior and interior (nuts) -Soft exterior and…

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Preparing to Prune

In the spirit of Tu B’shvat, also known as the Jewish Arbor Day, this month’s gardening tip will get you ready to tend your trees! How might you tend your trees? One of the most helpful methods for ensuring good tree health, increased fruit yields, and better looking trees overall is pruning. Below you will find answers…

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Eight Earthy Nights

While some are calling this year’s festival of lights “Jew Year’s Eve-ukkah,” here at Ekar we like to turn this week of celebration into a calling for us to get earthy. Even though it’s cold and snowy, we can bring the farm and its intentions of tending the land into our homes during Chanukah–a time…

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Seed Selection Season

It’s cold. We’re indoors. We gaze out the window looking at our bright Denver sun hoping the warmth will come back sooner rather than later. We dream of spring time and the moment we touch soil with our bare hands again. What are we to do as gardeners during this time of dormancy?! Winter is…

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