Author Archives: CastIronDan

About CastIronDan

I'm a married father of three from Apple Valley, CA that enjoys Cooking, Roasting Coffee and HomeBrewing.

Buckboard Bacon and my 6th anniversary!

Wow! Yesterday marked my blog’s 6th Anniversary. I may not have been as active here during the last year as I wanted, but I’ve enjoyed writing and connecting with people from around the globe! I hope to keep it up … Continue reading

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Peach Passion Jelly

Last year at this time, I posted a recipe for Cinnamon Apple Jelly. It was such a big hit with friends and family around the holidays that I thought I might repost it! This jelly has a very bold cinnamon … Continue reading

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Road trip 2018!

September and early October were a busy time for me. In mid September I flew out with my son Zack to Kansas to visit my mother and attend a Kansas concert! The concert was held outside – actually on the … Continue reading

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Turkish Delight

For the past few months my wife has suggested that I try making Turkish delight or Lokum – it’s one of her favorites and it’s gluten free! Daphne was diagnosed with Celiac disease last year so I have been doing … Continue reading

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A Possum in My Chickenhouse

So yesterday after work, I go feed chickens, feed cat , refill water in pond and I walk around the corner of the house and Maggie (our 1 year old german shepherd) had killed the young rooster that was out. … Continue reading

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HQ Trivia

I don’t usually write posts about apps for your phone, but this one seems worthwhile mentioning on my blog! I’ve always liked trivia games- whether it be Trivial Pursuit, Jeopardy or some other game, but this game is different because … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Apple Jelly

 I’ve made cinnamon apple jelly many times before – some were flavored with ground cinnamon, some I used cinnamon extract which is pretty good, but this time I used a box of Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea! It’s very … Continue reading

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Pomegranate Jelly v2.0

 I’ve been  spending my fall travelling back and forth to Kansas to see my parents. When I returned home a few weeks ago I realized that I had better do something with all the pomegranates on my trees or they’d … Continue reading

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Red Savina Hot Sauce 

The other day, I had someone on Facebook ask me what I do with all those peppers that I grow. That’s a good question, so I guess I should share what I make with all of that hot fruit! I … Continue reading

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 Tonka Bean Creme Brulee

  About a  month ago I came across a recipe on a blog called Illegally Delicious  Plum Preserves Infused with Tonka Bean… cool, but what was a Tonka bean? I had never heard of it… turns out it is the seed of … Continue reading

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