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surprisingly good tempeh reubens

Happy President's Day. I hope you are all taking advantage of this opportunity to dress like your favorite president. I know I am. Today's post is brought to you by the 16th President of the United States, Honest Abe. I have it on good authority that…


Added by Christine on February 21, 2011 at 9:28am — No Comments

Weedwalking With Country Girl Garlic...Hidden Gifts in the Garlic Patch

Stardate: Friday, 18, February...

So I laid in bed last night, not falling asleep, listening to my bunkie snore.

Naturally, I began thinking about the obvious thing: chickens.

I thought…

Added by Country Girl on February 19, 2011 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Calendula officinalis

"The yellow leaves of the flowers are dried and kept throughout Dutchland against winter to put into broths, physicall potions and for divers other purposes, in such quantity that in some Grocers or Spicesellers are to be found barrels filled with them and retailed by the penny or less, insomuch that no broths are well made without dried Marigold." ~The Countrie Farme

I grew and dried a lot of…


Added by Amber Westfall on February 18, 2011 at 12:10pm — 6 Comments

The Science of Growing Wild

The latest winter snow has thawed to reveal golden wisps of dormant grass blowing gently in the meadow called Cades Cove.  While horses still graze on other fields nearby, much of the grasslands lay unused except by the wildest of creatures.  Small mammals like rabbits and fowl such as quail can more likely find a place to hide from their predators when they have native clumps of grass like broomsedge in their natural habitat.  Yet, fescue has claimed most of the land, choking out several…


Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 17, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Organic Gardening Encyclopedia

Cold, frozen days are inspiring me to dream about the next season's garden.  Not an expert by any means.  But I'm determined to garden smarter each season, even on a small scale.  My husband and I have the usual arguments about pest control, which involve me swearing off any synthetic pesticides, while he eventually sneaks out a can of this or that when he thinks he has no other alternative.


I'm aiming to read through the new (2009 anyway) Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of…


Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 17, 2011 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Organic Greenhouse Visit

I can only imagine what splendid dishes the Denman family cooks up.  When I planned a visit to their greenhouse, I knew that matriarch Georgia Denman and her daughter, Caitrin Bayard, were experts at organic gardening.  What I couldn't comprehend until my visit was their depth of knowledge and passion for culinary plants. …


Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 17, 2011 at 3:20pm — No Comments

A moment of culinary genius, or utter disaster...it could have gone either way.

I arrived home from work last week to find that my sister had brought me a bag of kiwis.  I absolutely love kiwis.  I could eat them every day.  But this was a GIANT bag of kiwis.  At least thirty, maybe a little more.  My brother in law, Jeff, had apparently done some work for a local farm, setting up their network.  He refused payment because he just wanted to help them out.  So instead he got a big bag of kiwis, half of which they brought to me.

Several days later the bag is still…


Added by Adrienne Santorineos on February 16, 2011 at 7:41pm — 1 Comment

adventures in poultry

**cross-posted from a Feb 6, 2011 post on my blog, semi-farmed kind of life**

I love these little girls. Although our ladies, when we get them, will be considerably older, I am struck by… Continue

Added by lexirain2001 on February 16, 2011 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Meet the Urban Organic Gardener

Let me guess: you want to grow food someday, but right now you don't have a yard. That was my reasoning too — until I discovered Mike Lieberman's blog, the Urban Organic Gardener.

A Brookyn native, Mike started growing organic food on his tiny fire escape a couple years back. He blogged every detail with photos,…


Added by Jessica Reeder on February 16, 2011 at 2:35pm — 2 Comments

homemade chocolate peanut butter cups

Peanut butter cups seemed like one of those things that you just couldn't make yourself.  At least to me. But they are so easy! Melt chocolate, make a little PB mixture and load into muffin tins. That's it!  I made a batch of these for Valentine's Day... imagine…


Added by Christine on February 16, 2011 at 2:12pm — No Comments

there's no problem, only solutions

Over the past year, my family as encountered a ton of change. Mostly it has been positive, and, for that, I am immensely grateful. It's nice for once not to be forced to operate in fight-or-flight mode. Here's the kicker though: having lived my life in a near constant state of emergency over the last several years, I've forgotten a few essential skills, namely patience and relaxation.

I've discovered that change is the only thing in life that's pretty much a guaranteed constant. In the… Continue

Added by lexirain2001 on February 15, 2011 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Squash Seed Saving!

So, I'm hosting Squash february over on my blog as a way to inspire you (and myself) to eat the backlog of winter squash you may have in your cold storage. I'm proud to say we've eaten around 50% of our stash, but still have 4 acorns, 2 butternuts, and 1 delica to go. And I only have 2 weeks left! YIKES! anyway, below is one of my posts on seed saving. it's a beginner's guide, that's for sure because i'm just learning too! XO…


Added by ohsweetie on February 14, 2011 at 11:42pm — 1 Comment

Simple, Messy, Compost Pile

Hot is not how I would describe our family's backyard compost pile.  Wam, I hope.  Definitely not smelly, but not the hottest thing around.  The more I read how the experts explain composting, I don't think ours is cold or passive.  I do make an effort to turn it about once per week   But it's, well, simple at best.  My husband, skillful as he is, never found time to build one of those fancy corrals that some of you have.  At first, I thought we needed…


Added by Flour Sack Mama on February 12, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Let's Swap Seeds

After experiencing the “blizzard” (aka Snow-mageddon, Blizzaster, or Snowhere Near Expectations, depending on your location) that just swept through the eastern half of the US, it’s somewhat difficult to believe that now is the right time of year to start thinking about seeds and gardens and green plants reaching up through… Continue

Added by Cara Rosaen on February 8, 2011 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Bows and Arrows (and Rugs)

This isn't a post about food or plants, but I thought some folks might be interested in the general "homemade" aspect! My gentleman and one of our friends recently took a primitive skills class and got to make their own bows. While they hung out and made arrows, I made a rag rug.


The full blog post about it is here.


Here they are using the bows for the first time on…


Added by Aliza Ess on February 7, 2011 at 5:13pm — No Comments

all good brunch

Two of my best college buds visited this past weekend for a sleepover. We navigated the snowy, slushy sidewalks to check out an alumni happy hour (eeps, we'll be celebrating our five year reunion from undergrad this year) and then came back to put on our pjs and have some chips, salsa and ChocoVine. Have you heard of that? Chocolate wine? It's ridiculous.

Earlier in the week we put in a special order to our… Continue

Added by Christine on February 7, 2011 at 11:14am — 3 Comments

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…


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…

Added by Rachel Brownlee on February 3, 2011 at 9:36am — No Comments

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…


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

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