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The Apple: America’s Fruit

July 19, 2019

Did you know that the apple traveled to North America the same way the Pilgrims did in the 1600s? Though apple trees are abundant all across the country, they aren’t native to these lands. Apples have a fascinating and complex history that lead them to become an American symbol. The following is an excerpt from…

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DIY Weekend: Build a Wood-Fired Oven at Home

July 18, 2019

Do you have a love affair with wood-fired pizza? Can’t resist a fresh from the oven loaf of bread? Are always looking for another DIY project? If you said yes, then one’s for you! Richard Miscovich, bread expert and wood-fired oven builder, offers a few useful tips and general masonry guidelines to help you get…

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Okra Recipe: Fabulous Fries

July 17, 2019

Ever think about eating fries that aren’t made out of potatoes? Why not try okra fries! These easy to make and fun to eat treats are the perfect side to your meal, or you might be tempted to have a whole bowl full. Author Chris Smith pulls this fabulous recipe from Chef Viviane Howard. The…

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DIY: Make Whole Fruit Jam

July 12, 2019

The supply of fresh summer fruit is about to be in abundance and before you know it, apples and pumpkins will abound. If you’re lucky and berries or stone fruits are providing a bountiful array of flavor, try this easy method of preserving them: whole fruit jam. This recipe relies on the natural sugars in…

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vegetable tian

Simple and Elegant: Summer Vegetable Tian

July 10, 2019

The term tian simply refers to a dish of thinly sliced vegetables that have been cooked in fat of choice and baked au gratin. This summer vegetable tian is the perfect easy side to showcase the medley of delicious vegetables the summer has to offer. Layered eggplant, zucchini, tomato and red onion, baked ’til tender & crisp is healthy, colorful and…

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Wild Apples, Real Cider, and the Complicated Art of Making a Living

July 9, 2019

“Loving apples or cider is not a prerequisite for loving this book. All that is needed is the willingness to follow a vibrant narrative voice driven by the pursuit of dreams.”—Alice Feiring Andy Brennan owns Aaron Burr Cider in New York’s Catskills region.  Since its founding in 2011, Aaron Burr Cider has become well known…

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Tips for the Square-Inch Gardener: Vertical Gardening

July 8, 2019

Do you dream of having your own garden but live in a city or an area with not enough space? Try vertical gardening! Take advantage of plants’ willingness to grow toward sunshine ability to grow in unusual places. There are three techniques involved in vertical gardening: terracing, trellising, and tumbling. Each is designed to maximize…

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spinach and mango smoothie

Fantastic Frozen Fruit Smoothies

July 2, 2019

Nothing says summer like a fruit smoothie. But what’s better than a fruit smoothie? A  frozen fruit smoothie. When it’s too hot to cook a meal, and sandwiches or salads aren’t appealing, try one of these delicious recipes. Not only will they cool you down, but you’ll get plenty of nutrients, too! The following is an…

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Grill Greatness: The Best Meat Temperatures

July 1, 2019

Have plans to fire up the grill this summer? Want to impress everyone with your grilling skills? Take some advice from the gourmet butcher himself, Cole Ward, and make sure your meat is at the right temperature before you serve it to family and friends. Ward has the proper cooking temperatures for meat ranging from…

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Elderflowers and Elderberries

June 28, 2019

We should just change the name of summer to elderberry season. It’s the perfect time to pick these berries (which aren’t actually berries) and make delicious jams, drinks, and sauces. Cooking or fermenting elderberries is crucial to unlocking their flavor. Once they are processed you will actually have an end product with plenty of health…

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Better Butter: Blossom Butter and Herb Garden Butter

June 21, 2019

Sometimes it’s a special condiment that makes a meal. Herb butter is a fantastic trick to have up your culinary sleeve. It tastes like a luxury but is simple to make and use that it could become an everyday staple. Any combination of flavors can be used to customize your recipes and impress diners (with…

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Making Your Own Okra Cosmetics

June 18, 2019

Okra, slime is gold! This pod-producing vegetable is a nutritional powerhouse and has been used throughout history for medicinal, culinary and cosmetics purposes. Discover the benefits of okra when eaten or use the slime from okra for glowing skin, thick shiny hair and strong nails, among others. The following is an excerpt from The Whole…

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Wild Edibles: 5 Tips for Beginner Foragers

June 7, 2019

Ever spotted a dandelion growing in your backyard and wondered, can I eat that? According to wild plants expert Katrina Blair, the answer is a resounding yes. And there are plenty of other commonly found weeds that fall into this category as well. In her book The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, Blair introduces readers to…

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Apples on apple trees

Honoring the Cider-Making Process

June 5, 2019

Making cider seems like a lot of work (and it is) but it makes itself more than you may know. With the addition of yeast, the apple juice ferments into cider after a few days. Andy Brennan, cider-enthusiast, advises to trust this process and not to interfere. Leaving nature to do its work yields a…

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Okra microgreens

How to Grow Okra Microgreens

June 3, 2019

Microgreens can be used as a garnish or addition to provide great nutrients to your meals. Recently, okra joined the list of delicious microgreens. You can even grow your own at home! Okra can be grown using an aquaponics system; find a use for any gallon-drums you have left in your garage or shed. The…

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daylillies

Daylily Dangers and Delights

May 28, 2019

Got some invasive daylilies taking over your garden? Instead of weeding them out why not eat them instead? A common vegetable in China and Japan, daylilies are more than a pretty flower. In her new book, Forage, Harvest, Feast, forager, and author Marie Viljoen describes their taste as “Green bean meets white asparagus by way…

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Quality Matters: Where to Source Foods

May 16, 2019

Living a healthy lifestyle can be challenging, especially when it comes to buying food. You want to keep a budget but don’t want to sacrifice good quality or you’re not sure where to get the best products? The first step is to take the time and see what you have access to– farmer’s markets, co-ops,…

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How to Start a Traditional Compost Pile in Your Yard

May 13, 2019

As a society, we make a lot of waste, especially in this culture of on-the-go single-serve disposables. As we work toward the Zero Waste Solution with Extended Producer Responsibility and other government mandated universal recycling of solid waste in the works, there is plenty you can do to reduce the amount of waste you send…

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Recipe: Rainbow Beet and Carrot Salad with Garden Herbs

May 7, 2019

What’s better than eating food that tastes delicious? Eating food that tastes AND looks delicious! Beets and carrots are the secret ingredients to liven up your salad. Combine these colorful vegetables and fresh herbs to create a dish that tastes like spring. The following is an excerpt from The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center Cookbook…

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10 Fascinating Fig Facts

April 24, 2019

Fig trees hold more importance in the world than simply producing fruit. They have an extensive background that weaves its way through several different cultures and insect life cycles. Though fig trees have ties to much of our identity, you might be wondering what exactly these trees are and what they do. We have the…

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Video: The Best Blender Plantain Pancakes

April 19, 2019

Pancakes are classic, but have you tried using plantains? These simple pancakes are a huge hit with everyone who’s tried them! With this recipe, you’ll make healthy and nutritious pancakes that will have you and your taste buds dancing. With no grains, dairy, or added sugar, these pancakes are wholesome enough to feed to your family…

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Leah Webb with kids in garden

When Crisis Compels Transformation

April 12, 2019

As the rate of chronic illness skyrockets, more and more parents are faced with the sobering reality of restrictive diets. And because everyone is busy, many families come to rely on store-bought “healthy” products to make life simpler, but many of these are loaded with sugar and hidden toxins. When faced with her own family…

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A child holding a wooden spoon over a cast iron pan on the stove.

How to Get Your Kids in the Kitchen

April 3, 2019

If you’re following a strict diet for health reasons, have picky eaters, or are simply looking for tips on how to get your kids involved in the cooking process, you’re going to want to settle in and read this. According to Leah Webb, author of The Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Cookbook, and the mother of two children…

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The Seed Series: Become A Plant Breeder

March 27, 2019

In this one-size-fits-all world of multinational seed companies, plant patents, and biotech monopolies, more and more gardeners and farmers are recognizing that they need to “take back their seeds.” They need to save more of their own seed, grow and maintain the best traditional and regional varieties, and develop more of their own unique new…

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How to Approach the GAPS Diet

March 26, 2019

Most of us are not mindful of the importance of gut health, or just how far we in the modern world have been distanced from it. Many of us were not breastfed; we received countless simultaneous vaccinations as children and were overprescribed antibiotics and medications from the start. Any one of these phenomena could contribute…

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