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John F. Houpt II, PhD
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Are GMO plants an invasive species under Executive Order 13122?
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"Hungry? Stop by the Brewers Pub for a slow cooked beef rib recipe cooked in Home brewed IPA with local veggies."
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The Brewers Pub - Sit and raise your glass with friends!

If you are a brewer, a lover of home brew beer, or just interested in making beer or wine at home, this is your place. I do not support anyone provider of brewing items, but the community. I brew what tastes good to me and so should you. PROST!See More
Apr 15
Jana Franzen commented on John F. Houpt II, PhD's blog post 'Sticker Shock - $3.99 for a box of crackers!?'
"I'll have to try this with plain flour and vegetable oil, since that's what I've got. The Always Save brand crackers around here are still 99cents, though."
Apr 11
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The Brewers Pub - Sit and raise your glass with friends!

If you are a brewer, a lover of home brew beer, or just interested in making beer or wine at home, this is your place. I do not support anyone provider of brewing items, but the community. I brew what tastes good to me and so should you. PROST!See More
Apr 1
John F. Houpt II, PhD commented on John F. Houpt II, PhD's blog post 'Sticker Shock - $3.99 for a box of crackers!?'
"Thank you for the link Jennifer. Definitely on my radar for this weekend's brunch. Looking forward to the lavender gin drink as well!! :-) Making Scottish Oat crackers(biscuits) along with mead braised 5 spice steak this round."
Mar 25
Jennifer commented on John F. Houpt II, PhD's blog post 'Sticker Shock - $3.99 for a box of crackers!?'
"Dr. John! Farm Aid staffer Kari shared this recipe for homemade crackers that's a good way to use up whatever cheese scraps or herbs you have lying around. Curious to see others' recipes, too!"
Mar 25
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Sticker Shock - $3.99 for a box of crackers!?

Went to a local grocery store to pick up a few things to go with my fish salad and had sticker shock!! $3.99 for a box of no name crackers!!!! Came home, took 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/3 cup of olive oil, 2/3 cup of warm water, mixed rolled out dough on a baking sheet, cut with pizza cutter, baked @400deg F for 15 minutes. Total time: 30 minutes start to finish, or less time than going to the grocery store. Wife loved them and wants more. Need to roll thinner across the…See More
Mar 22
John F. Houpt II, PhD replied to Joe Klinkhoff's discussion 'FUN FERMENTING - Freaky Fruits Part Duex. The Sharing' in the group I Could Ferment That!
"Can we forget the cake, and make schnapps or a Rumtopf from this?! "
Mar 13

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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
100% Homegrown
A bit about me:
I recently retired from 39 years of combined federal civil service. So, to fill my "free time" I founded a local community organization called Aiken Localvore. As the name implies, the goal is to help the community become more secure by building a strong local and regional food system. I am avid home brewer, food grower and putter upper. Love the freedom of the outdoors and the simple way of life.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
My version of Sumo Soup using local vegetables, along with fish and shell fish from Bluffton, SC (>200 miles from home), two pork chops (pasture raised pork) cooked in homemade chicken stock using local pasture raised chicken.
Currently reading:
EcoMind, Square Foot Gardening, The Mist Filled Path, Paleo Comfort Food (recipes)
Currently listening to:
Country Stars and Stripes, Charlie Daniel's band
My latest DIY project:
Simplifying my life by cleaning out all of the closets, dressers, attic, and shed of "stuff" collected over the years and has not seen the light of day for about as many years!!
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
Through the Farm Aid website.
Web site I recommend:
http://www.aikenlocalvore.org

Good Organic Brewing Site

Folks, here is a good organic brewing site I use for getting my brewing items.
http://www.breworganic.com/

They also have fair trade coffee for your personal roasting.

Enjoy,
John

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Sticker Shock - $3.99 for a box of crackers!?

Went to a local grocery store to pick up a few things to go with my fish salad and had sticker shock!! $3.99 for a box of no name crackers!!!! Came home, took 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/3 cup of olive oil, 2/3 cup of warm water, mixed rolled out dough on a baking sheet, cut with pizza cutter, baked @400deg F for 15 minutes. Total time: 30 minutes start to finish, or less time than going to the grocery store. Wife loved them and wants more. Need to roll thinner across the… Continue

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 11:54am — 3 Comments

HIckory Smoked Potatoes - Great salad!!

 72 degrees yestarday, so I decided to make a batch of hickory smoked Idaho baking potatoes in Little Chief. I left them in the smoke for two hours and remain in the smoker until tender, about 2-3 hours. To prepare your potatoes, wash and leave the skin on, cut about a 1/4 inch thick, toss in a bowl of olive oil and seasoning of your choice. Cover your smoking racks with foil and perforate it. This keeps the slices from falling through the racks. When smoking the…

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Posted on March 3, 2014 at 5:01pm — 1 Comment

Simple Dehydrated Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Here is a recipe I use to make salt and vinegar kale chips. More healthier than fried potato chips and taste good even using kale that sat around for a while.



Ingredients:

10 oz or a "bunch" of Baby Kale

1/2 Cup of Olive Oil

1/3 Cup of Balsalmic Vinegar or 2-3 Tbls Raw Honey/Agave if you like sweet

1 tsp Sea or Kosher Salt

1/2 a lemon (Juiced). I used 1/4 tsp of lemon extract since I was out of lemons.



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Posted on February 27, 2014 at 4:51pm

TIME TO COOK !!! ICE STORM SHE'S A COMING!!!

It's true Georgia and South Carolina are looking down the giving end of a double barrel storm shotgun with a very negative outcome predicted by the National Weather Service.  So, being the dedicated husband I am, I decided to make a nice grass finished braised beef brisket and root vegetables crock pot meal and stock base while marinating about 4 pounds of steak for jerky and steak sandwhiches.  I'll use about a cup of the crock pot stock to make tonights' french onion soup and some of the…

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Posted on February 11, 2014 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

To cold to run the smoker today...

so I cranked up the new Nesco dehydrator (Christmas present) and drying some apple slices for snacks. Next project is to make some sesame crackers. Tomorrow is corvina and beef jerky day.  

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 12:21pm — 9 Comments

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