Originally posted @ Back to the Basics:
Let's talk about Victory Gardens and Seed Balls...
Added by Marianne Smith on December 8, 2013 at 4:38pm — No Comments
Wow, there are a lot of suggestions over to facebook for the birdies! Thanks, guys!
I noticed some of you thought it was weird that I brought them into the bathroom. I have a bad hip that acts up when it feels like it, and have learned to dislike icy patches very intensely because of it. Given the steps and downhill slope to the pen, and the fact the the door must be lifted up and moved over, once it gets cold enough that ice and snow are factors, it is a great deal easier to…Continue
Added by Jana Franzen on December 6, 2013 at 5:21pm — No Comments
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I'm only kinda kidding. When it gets cold enough to freeze, the critters come in. I've had dogs, cats, rabbits, and chickens running around the house at different points, depending on what critters we have.
There aren't any rabbits this year, the cats have the run of the house, the dog is naughty and confined to the kitchen (or a little pen attached to the back porch for out times), and the chickens are divided out between two old rabbit cages and a pet taxi for a very large…Continue
My normal tendency, in just about everything I've ever done, is to jump right in, feet first and just start. No questions asked... just get the ball rolling, get on top of it and try not to fall off. As crazy as that sounds, this method has helped me accomplish a lot of things in my life. Things I would have never done had I thought it through. I was a Marine, for example, when I was 18... I'd never do that now! Mostly because I'm older and I get tired quicker and the thought of people…Continue
Strips of winter squash, roasted with peppers and onions, for a seasonal, vegetarian twist on the classic Taco Night
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One of the best things about living in Corvallis is the number of people who are working for change. We have Mr. Eager (yup, Eager), a retired OSU professor whose wife remembers pre-war Germany, who is interested in solar energy. So, they set up a two different systems of the roof of the passive solar house they built in the early nineteen seventies, to test which was more efficient on rainy days. If you visit, you can climb up to a rickety viewing platform to examine the panels…Continue
It's a Homecoming pizza, and not the football/dance kind.
Crumbled Italian sausage, fresh spinach, marinated mozzarella balls and artichoke hearts top this welcoming pizza.
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Added by Kirsten Madaus on November 23, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
It's crazy for me, a US American ;) to be sharing a recipe for Poutine. But I'm doing it anyway, because it's a fun use of one of our Thanksgiving leftover orphans--gravy.
Always seem to have a bit of gravy leftover, and this is a wonderful way to enjoy it. Especially good if you get to visit the cows providing your squeaky cheese curds!…
I finally got over being sick, several miserable days worth, and decided that since it was decently dry, I'd go see if there were any potatos available.
This is my second year trying potato towers made out of old tires, and this year, I got a reasonable amount of taters for the utter lack of care my garden thrives under. (I'm serious. If I weed, the plants die. If I don't, they give me noms.) I planted Yukon Gold for the first time ever. Last night, we had a couple of the…Continue
Over the years we've lost and gained birds. We've taken in birds from our friends, hatched chicks in an incubator, hatched chicks with a broody hen, given away birds, and butchered birds. All that experience has enabled me to amass quite the list when it comes to city chickens. So, hold onto your seats, cause away we go!
In my world Grandmas rock the French toast. Even though I'm not a grandma yet (shudder to think! My kids are teens!) I'm making my own mark on the breakfast staple with this dish.
Using put up roasted sugar pie pumpkin and ever-present eggnog, it's a rich treat for a…Continue
Take those Thanksgiving leftovers and turn them into something new! This turkey is combined with pesto, green olives and feta cheese in a rolled pizza for a change up from traditional post-holiday fare.
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Added by Kirsten Madaus on November 16, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
A colorful side dish of cranberries with beets and apricots, a delicious addition to holiday meals and lovely on a leftover sandwich …Continue
Added by Kirsten Madaus on November 14, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
Here's a hearty, earthy stew that just might fill the menu (and the tummies) Thanksgiving Eve or on any blustery cold day! Serve with a nice crusty sourdough bread or cheese toast. This is very filling but very low cal!
2 T. olive oil 2 cups water
1 cup slivered onion 2 T. tomato paste
3/4 cut thinly sliced celery …Continue
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide this year for a once in a lifetime opportunity. This cross-cultural mash up of fresh pumpkin, cranberries, and maple syrup with noodle kugel makes a lightly sweet (without sugar) dessert--and a terrific post-holiday breakfast!…Continue
Added by Kirsten Madaus on November 12, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
It began as a joking comment about my southern heritage on Twitter: I should make a chocolate sweet potato pie. Because (self-evident). Shortly afterwards, I had people inviting themselves to my house for Thanksgiving dinner.
Bit by bit, over the course of…Continue
I've been in love with farming since 2008, when I started hanging out with Loran Shallenberger, a great guy and a very talented farmer who was living near the base of Sugarloaf mountain at the time. I started helping Loran, who had just begun his own farm project called North Comus Acres on a rented piece of farmland. Loran raised hogs, chickens and grew vegetables, and we became good friends. I helped Loran, alongside my daughter Amber, who was 7 or 8 at the time for the better part of 2…Continue
A cheesy mix of mushrooms, artichokes, pickled peppers, pesto and olives rolled in a sweet potato crust.
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Added by Kirsten Madaus on November 9, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments