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Tiny House Update – 02.01.11

The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

What a start to the new year. I can hardly believe today is the first day of February. In just a couple of weeks Crystal and I will have been married two full years. We will have located… Continue

Added by Andrew Odom on February 3, 2011 at 10:07pm — 2 Comments

Pickle Bread, Fruit Leather and Valentines

 

The girls have been very creative in the kitchen today.

First prepared was the ground beef for jerky later. Daughter Madison mixed a 1½ lb. batch for pepperoni jerky. It’ll set in the fridge for a few hours, so the cure, seasonings and beef become well blended. Then tonight, we’ll put it in the food dehydrator. We have one of those little Jerky-Works guns, which makes things easier. It looks like a small chalking-gun. You simply fill it with seasoned meat and pull the trigger…

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Added by Coyote Ridge Farms on February 3, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Coconut Sweet Potato Soup





We were blessed with a very successful sweet potato crop this year. Digging up the harvest was a total thrill (in gardening terms). I have been picking away at them all winter long to accompany steak in the form of oven fries, appearing alongside…
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Added by Rachel Brownlee on February 3, 2011 at 9:36am — No Comments

Pasta Making 101

PASTA MAKING 101

What does making homemade pasta got to do with gardening? Nothing! But a gardener’s got to do something in the dead of winter and I wanted to try out that new pasta machine that I got for a birthday gift in June. I thought it…

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Added by Jannine Cabossel on February 2, 2011 at 11:26pm — No Comments

On Ravioli and Emergency Preparedness

Sitting here, eating local, seasonal corn and carrots which I froze this summer, a frozen fruit smoothie, and delicious local ravioli from Mama Mucci's in Canton. I'm thinking about the epic snow storm that will be soon descending upon Southeast Michigan. Thinking about emergency preparation (oh crap, we have no bottled water or spare battieries...) is encouraging my mind to drift to something a little more fun, which is my planting plan for this…

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Added by Arika on February 2, 2011 at 10:51pm — 3 Comments

The Weight of Our Foods Choices

This is reposted from our food blog, Cooking the Seasons (www.cookingtheseasons.com), which is out of Somerville, MA. 

 

We began this blog two and a half years ago with the idea that we wanted to make our small impact on the world, or rather, NOT make an impact on the world, by supporting local agriculture, growing some our own food, and making a concerted effort to be more aware of what we ate, where it came from, how it was…

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Added by Cooking the Seasons on February 2, 2011 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Young Foodies: Elana Taubman

I met Elana Taubman during our sophomore year at the University of Michigan in Environment 270, taught by Ivette Perfecto. Throughout the semester, Ivette continued to return to a focus on the urban/organic agricultural revolution in Cuba, which she pointed out has occurred as a direct result of the Soviet blockade. Being cut off entirely from outside resources, notably food, fertilizer, and pesticide imports, forced the island…

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Added by Cara Rosaen on February 2, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Miss Snail Pail, the world is your oyster.

Hi Homegrown! It's been a while... I want to update you on my recent adventures. Here's the latest from my blog,Love and Trash...



If your garden is besieged with snails, you’ve probably joked once or twice about making escargot. After all, a plate of snail meat will set you back $50…

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Added by Jessica Reeder on February 1, 2011 at 2:13pm — No Comments

sunday soup, potato and red lentil with homemade pita



Back at the Sunday Soup game. And with an observation: photographing soup is hard. … Continue

Added by Christine on January 31, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Have You Tried: A Pomegranate?

Have You Tried: A Pomegranate?

Pomegranates are tasty fruits, and the edible part is actually the pulp-encompassed seeds. In the United States they are mainly grown in warmer places like California, so they are a treat that I don’t often buy for myself. Luckily though this one was a gift. I love gifts of food!

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Added by Cara Rosaen on January 31, 2011 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Starting rosemary seeds and cheap grow-light set-up

Cross-post from my blog, domestic efforts:

 

This is my first year growing seeds indoors. I was tempted to begin this new venture with an elaborate set-up but decided to starts slowly and cheaply. That way, if my plants fail, I won't be quite so upset.



I purchased a shop light and 2 fluorescent light tubes (1 warm and 1 cool). I also bought adjustable shelving, leaving the top of the unit shelf-less so the shop…

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Added by Jenni on January 29, 2011 at 6:19pm — 3 Comments

Winter Sown

Last night, with a glass of wine and a soundtrack that included this bit of dreamy, awesomeness, I winter sowed some seeds.



I started with just a few flats last year. Only the chamomile did really well. This year I'm trying again, sticking mostly to self-sowing natives and other hardy perennials that are well adapted to the climate, naturally drop… Continue

Added by Amber Westfall on January 29, 2011 at 4:14pm — 5 Comments

Carol's Homemade Cranberry Orange Bagels

I’m not sure how or why she tried making bagels, but last night she did. They turned out pretty good, too.  I was not familiar with the bagel making process, so it was a bit odd to observe.  To be honest, I had no idea. I guess I just thought of a bagel as a poor quality doughnut.  lol

rolled bagels

Here are freshly prepped bagel dough…
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Added by Coyote Ridge Farms on January 27, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Reduce. Reuse. Re'coop'

Back in early May 2009 Crystal and my daddy and I wrapped up work on our first chicken coop. I had been wanting to raise chickens for some time and it seemed like the time was right.



Now folks with a minimalist mindset are familiar enough with reduction. We reduce. We recycle. We repurpose.… Continue

Added by Andrew Odom on January 27, 2011 at 12:42pm — No Comments

**Casting Call**Hampton Roads, VA area Documentary-Please Read and Leave a Comment

Some of you personally know me  to know that I am passionate toward anything my crazy brain decides to embark upon. I have recently sold almost all my drum gear to finance the purchase of camera and video gear. Below is a casting call ad that I have posted around the inter-net and am interested in shooting with some really great folks right here in the Hampton Roads area. If you or anyone you know fits even ten percent of the profiles below please let me know. Please, have a…

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Added by Scissors & Drumsticks on January 26, 2011 at 12:18pm — 2 Comments

New book Project

my name is pat salvaggio im a 28 year old chef from Scranton, PA.  Three years ago i began writing my first cookbook WHAT'S THE OCCASION? is a cookbook that i self published last year. i immediately began to conjure up ideas for a follow up book after i saw my first book in print. my newest book that i am beginning this month is still untitled but will be a cookbook that concentrates on soups and sandwiches for… Continue

Added by Patrick Salvaggio on January 25, 2011 at 6:55pm — 2 Comments

Have You Tried: a Black Radish?

Have You Tried: a Black Radish? 

I'd never tried a black radish before, in fact, I thought it was a beet upon first glance at the farmers market.…



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Added by Cara Rosaen on January 24, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Slow Food - Fast Food

Slow-Food Fast-Food

Since grassroots organization Slow Food was founded 21 years ago, “slow food” has been coined as a term that describes good food that is sourced with consideration and carefully prepared with respect for the ingredients and the final product. As food production has become increasingly industrialized and fast food has become the norm, more and more people are beginning to worry about the effects that may…

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Added by Cara Rosaen on January 21, 2011 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Bunnies & Beer, It's A Good Thing

We have new bunnies being born and more on the way through Easter.  The kits (baby bunnies) that were born last week are show rabbits.  Madison is an avid 4-H’er and loves showing the rabbits she has raised.  Many of these same rabbits will be sold to other folks, interested in high quality show rabbits.  I can say that with confidence, since Madison and Carol have a pretty good track record.  Many (if not most) of the rabbits they sell to others for show, end up in the…

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Added by Coyote Ridge Farms on January 20, 2011 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Hard at work at the GFE!

Behind the scenes, everyone gathers around the sunlight as we put together workshops and organize field trips for the spring.

Added by Garden for the Environment on January 20, 2011 at 5:43pm — No Comments

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