Monday, September 28, 2009

Pagan Pride Day - We Sold Out!

Well, almost. We had a great time at the festival this year. It was a real success. Our cookbooks and wassail spice kits sold out fast. The peppermint frogs moved well too, after we sacrificed one to the Goddess of Food Samples and people were able to taste how yummy there are. Unfortunately, our Herb Gathering Kits were a bust. Oh well, now we know what! Hopefully next year we will have even more to offer. Everyone seemed to really enjoy our wassail and harvest dip samples, we quickly earned a reputation around the festival for good food. Here are a few pictures of our table.

A big thank you to everyone who purchased some of our goodies! See you all next year.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lexington-Bluegrass Pagan Pride Day 2009

The Lexington-Bluegrass Pagan Pride day is being held on September 19, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3564 Clays Mill Road, Lexington, KY 40503.

Your two ever persistent kitchen witches will be there this year selling goodies and scouting for new members. Please come by and see us. We have our new little cookbook finished! Check out our Exploding Frogs (you'll have to stop by to see these), Herb Gathering Spell Kits, Wassail Spice Mix and a few food and drink samples too.

Our hope is to recruit some new and dedicated members to our little Circle; or as Bet says, "we are really more of a Line right now". It is difficult for two people to form a circle I suppose.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

So neglected!

I confess, as it is my personality to not bother with things that get in the way of my everyday life, I have neglected this blog as well as most of my rituals and everyday Kitchen Witch activities. Shame on me. Not that many people read this...but I like to keep track of what I'm doing to celebrate my beliefs and such. So, I now hope to continue this little journal type blog thingy in hopes that I come back into touch with my spiritual self. Here's hoping, right?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Samhain Approaches

Samhain, celebrated on October 31, is a festival of the coming of darkness in balance with the Wheel of the Year and the celebration of Beltane, the coming of light. In honor of our beloved ancestors we light bonfires and invite our ancestors, friends, pets and others who have passed on to join us in our ritual, feasts and activities.
Light a single candle and place it in your window to help guide the spirits to your ritual. Place an empty chair at your feast for an unseen guest.
Decorate your altar with photos your loved ones who have passed. Of course, the traditional and common colors are black and orange. Use a black altar cloth and bright orange pumpkins.
Although not a common Samhain food, I am making Ajoblanco with grapes which is a very traditional Spanish cold soup made by pureeing blanched almonds with bread and adding cold water.
  • Ajoblanco with Grapes
9 oz raw almonds, peeled
2 garlic cloves, peeled
4 oz bread crumbs
5 fl oz extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
1 quart ice-cold water
coarse salt
9 oz muscatel grapes, peeled and seeded

Soak the bread crumbs in water. Pound the peeled garlic cloves and salt together in a mortar. Squeeze off any excess water from the bread crumbs, then add them to the garlic/salt mixture. If you are making it by hand, continue using a mortar or a round bowl. Otherwise, only use a blender from this point onward. Add the almonds and blend to a smooth paste. Slowly add the oil so that it emulsifies. Now add the vinegar and continue blending until the paste is spongy. Finally, stir in the ice-cold water until you achieve the desired consistency.
Chill until serving time. Before serving, check the seasoning and add more salt or vinegar if needed. Pour into the serving dish and garnish with the muscatel grapes.
Recipe from Spain GourmeTour Magazine
  • I am sticking to a tapas type menu and along with the soup we are having blue cheese stuffed olives, roasted red peppers mixed with feta, cured ham, assorted cheeses warm bread and mead. Yum.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Mabon - Autumn Equinox

September 21 is Mabon, the second harvest festival. Food made with corn and grains are eaten and cider is used in celebration. As we prepare for the cold winter months ahead, all herbs and flowers should be brought inside and dried for use throughout the winter. Gone is the Maiden of Spring and Mother of Summer, we now celebrate the Goddess as the Crone. Decorate your altar with the colors of fall, oranges, browns, reds, and gold. Gemstones are carnelian, sapphire, and yellow agate. Use leaves and acorns to adorn your altar as well.

This recipe comes from the Almond Board of California and is a perfect snack for Mabon.

Jalapeno Almonds

1/4 cup salted butter

1/3 cup hot pepper sauce

1 Tbls. Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. dry mustard

4 cups whole natural almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter over low heat and stir in pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauces, garlic powder, salt and dry mustard. Toss almonds in mixture and place on large roasting pan. Bake 40 to 50 minutes stirring occasionally until all the liquid is absorbed. Cool. Store in an airtight container.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Lughnasadh August 1

This is the first of the Pagan harvest festivals. It heralds the end of summer and is often celebrated with baking breads, having outdoor parties and craft fairs. At this time we honor the Goddess as the Earth Mother. Decorate your altar with sunflowers, and corn husks. Use light browns and greens mixed with golds and yellows to symbolize the harvest. Again, think of what is harvested this time of year: oats, grains, nuts, squash, apples, blackberries, lamb, etc. Another wonderful treat is a sweet blackberry wine. Try checking out some local vineyards and wineries in your area, they often have this type of harvest wine that is produced locally! If you are lucky enough to live in Kentucky check out in Versailles, they have a wonderful blackberry wine as well as a cherry wine and a sparking apple cider that is so good for this time of year!
  • My garden is currently overrun with acorn squash plants. My husband and I love them and are always looking for new ways to make them. Here is a recipe that is wonderful for your acorn squash. By the way, if you have grown lots of acorn squash it will keep long in to the winter if you store it in your basement or anywhere cool and away from light.

Acorn Squash with Pecans and Goat Cheese

2 acorn squash, halved crosswise and seeded

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons melted butter

2/3 cup chopped pecans

2 tablespoons maple syrup plus more to drizzle (use the real stuff here)

1/2 teaspoon fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

4 oz. log goat cheese

Heat oven to 375F. Sprinkle inside of squash halves with salt and brush with melted butter. Turn upside down on baking sheet and bake 30 minutes.Stir together pecans, maple syrup and thyme. Turn squash upright on baking sheet. Reserving about 3 tablespoons pecan mixture, fill hollow of each squash with remaining pecan mixture. Slice goat cheese crosswise into four equal rounds. Place a round of cheese in hollow of each squash and sprinkle with reserved pecan mixture.Bake 10 minutes more. Drizzle with more syrup as desired and serve.

Thursday, July 31, 2008


I have been getting a lot of e-mails via Witchvox concerning our Kentucky Kitchen Witch Circle! We are currently looking for new members and I would love to hear from anyone interested in joining our little group. Please e-mail me ( and/or come to see us at the Pagan Pride Festival held on September 20, 2008 from noon to six at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington on Clays Mill Road.