Welcome to my
world. The world of good food, healthy nutritious food, delicious
drinks, and the challenge of growing it and making it ourselves.
My goal is for it to taste good, be good for you, and be free of
dangerous pesticides, chemical addititves, and for us to have fun
growing, cooking and preparing it.
Why grow and eat
organic foods? Click Here for
a detailed explanation.
of the Week
Curried Corn Chowder
1 small onion, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
5 cups milk
1 lb. whole kernel corn
Two small potatoes, peeled and cut in small chunks
1 tsp curry powder
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
¼ tsp cayenne
1 stick butter
¼ cup unbleached white flour
onion and celery in olive oil for two minutes or so
until onion starts to become translucent. Remove from heat. Boil the
until tender and remove them from the heat as well. In a non-stick pan,
the butter and add the flour to make a roux. Add milk to the roux one
cup at a
time, incorporating it with a wire whisk. I like to use a non-stick pan
whisk made out of rubber so as not to scratch the non-stick coating.
may use whatever kind of pan and whisk that you want.
Whisk one cup of the milk in at a time until
it becomes thick and then add the next cup. Add seasonings and stir
this point you can transfer the mixture to a larger pot, add the corn,
onions and celery. Allow to simmer on very low heat for ten minutes.
biscuits or cornbread.
delicious meatless meal!
After weeks, my
sweet basil is finally flourishing in my homemade soda bottle window
sill planter. I'm now starting the second planter of basil so that
after I use the contents of this one for cooking, the next planter will
be ready for use. I will keep three or four of these rotatinjg
through different cycles of growth so I always have a fresh supply.
Going into fall now, I'm looking forward to using more recipes with
fall ingredients such as winter suash, pumpkin, and cranberries. be on
the lookout for new fall recipes! I'll be planting a winter herb
garden and will have pictures of that soon.
My husband and I are making a concerted effort to have a healthy
diet now. No grains, few potatoes, no pasta, mostly lean free range
meats and fish with lots of veggies. Walking every day. So
I'm all about the hunter-gatherer diet and everything low carb right
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The cheesecake
a huge hit, nobody could even tell it was sugar-free.
Now that I am working from home, much of our daily lives revolvers
aroundplanning, shopping for cooking and eating good food. I am
enjoying trying out new recipes, and exploring more about how to eat
organically and on a budget. Today for dinner we had meatloaf
made with longhorn beef we purchased from the Meers Store out near the
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. They have a restaurant and
store, and their own herd of longhorns which graze in the pasture and
are not given any antibiotics or hormones, so the meat is low in
saturated fat, tasty and healthy! We had meatloaf, organic
fingerling potatoes with homemade gravy made from organic milk, flour
and butter, and steamed carrots.
Visit the website of The
Cornucopia Institute, they have scorecards for all the organic
brands. Not all organic brands are equal as far as quality, and
how the farms are run and how the animals are treated.
My husband and I have moved temporarily to an apartment with a very
limited, small growing space inside the entryway to the
apartment. It will be interesting to see how much we can grow in
this small space as well as with potted plants. Won't be planting
anything until First of April, so now I am laying out diagrams of what
will be planted. Going to try those upside down tomato planters
again. After that, I have to ask myself what veggies are most
important to me and hard to get organically? Around here, all the
stores carry organic carrots and potatoes, so those aren't
necessary. Maybe some yellow crookneck squash or some zucchini,
perhaps some bell peppers, jalepenos, perhaps broccoli and peas.
We'll see. It's still in the planning. And of course, fresh
I have a new web page called "Your Toxic Day"
which takes a person through their whole day to show them just how many
toxins we are exposed to in your daily lives. Spent time last
night explaining this to a friend, She was amazied at the amount of
information I have readily available from memory and expressed to me
how valuable this information was She stated to me that she
thinks if people just had the information they would do
something. I told her that, when I start talking about pesticides
or food additives, people just get this glazed look in their eyes, like
it's too much trouble to try and figure out or that they might have to
do some actual work, like read lables or something. I told her,
many of the people I come in contact with honestly just don't care, and
that's a shame. They think it's too much trouble to read labels,
and to know what every one of those unpronouncable ingredients stands
for. They might have to shop somewher else, cook differently,
and actually decide they are going to stand for something in their
lives. Oh well. I will keep on being the voice of reason in
my corner of the world, and hope you will too.
In 2013, I am planning to attend an urban farming workshop with Growing Power in Milwaukee,
I am planning to apply for a scholarship to cover the $375 cost of the
workshop, but will need help to pay for the plane ticket and hotel
costs. This will benefit our community because I can bring back
the knowledge that I learn and help set up an urban growing center here
in our community. This will not only provide good food for local
residents but eventually would bring jobs to the area. If you
think you could help defray these costs for me, send money to Paypal at
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gardening tips, and nutritional information.
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