Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tips from the Farm Kitchen: Preparing Dried Seaweed


To enhance its sweet delicate flavor, nori should be toasted before being used. Check the packets, as some nori available in the shops is ready-toasted. Toast sheets over a flame for a few seconds, or place on a cookie sheet and put in a hot oven for 30-60 seconds.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Farm Fresh: Cavy IQ Test

Cavy is a nickname for the Caviidae of rodents native to South America, otherwise known as guinea pigs. Talkative, social and rather cute, these animals have been known to be highly intelligent.

To determine the intelligence of a cavy, carefully observe the cavy's responses as you read the following statements out loud and in sequence:....

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Snack Mixes from Mountainside, New Jersey

Made to Order Snack Mixes available direct from the producer in Mountainside, New Jersey.

Founded in 1998 by Dr. Bimal K. Biswas, Dr.Biswas's Nutritional PLUS produces branded made to order type fresh snacks, including a Fiesta Mix, Hi Energy California Mix, Granola Mix, and a Hi Energy Tropical Mix with low or no sugars, low carbohydrates and low salts.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Have You Tried... Edible Ornamental Peppers?

Can you eat your peppers and enjoy looking at them too?

Yes, you can.

Peppers don't have to be just green and bell shaped and relegated to the supermarket shelf or home garden plot. This genus of plants has the genetic potential to provide a wide array of possibilities for the kitchen and the ornamental garden and sometimes both at once.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Home Grown: Frost Seeding

Livestock producers looking to renovate pastures should consider frost seeding, a low-cost method which increases yields and improves quality with little commercial nitrogen.

Frost seeding involves broadcasting a grass or legume seed over a pasture and letting the natural freeze/thaw cycles of late winter and early spring move the seed into good contact with the soil.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Holidays and Notable Events: Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year's treats include candy, seeds, fresh fruit and dried and candied fruits. Fresh fruits include oranges, tangerines, clementines and kumquats, all symbols of abundant happiness.

Tangerines with their leaves intact are believed to bring security in relationships with family and friends.

"Lucky Money" envelopes are usually given to children for New Year's.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Home Grown: Creating a Container Herb Garden

Growing plants can be a great deal of fun, especially if the plants are easy to care for. That's why a favorite group of plants for home gardening is culinary herbs. Not only do
these plants add a variety of color to the landscape and are good filler plants in perennial and herb gardens, they add flavor to your favorite food dish.

Growing herbs in containers can add variety, fragrance, and a splash of color to a deck, balcony, patio, or any small space. Herbs can be used alone in containers or mixed with annual flowers or vegetables.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Here's How To... Heat a Home

Lots of insulation is certainly the most important key in building a warm house, but thermal mass and solar input can still make a big difference.

One thermal mass system is the thermal rock bed. Air is warmed in a solar panel and blown through a rock bed beneath the house. This is essentially the "forced" air method of solar heat, where the warmth is stored until needed, then blown inside the house.

One of the best ways to use thermal mass is in the form of a radiant floor. A radiant slab is any masonry floor with embedded pipies for hot water heating. Most other heating systems warm only the air, leaving cool surfaces throughout the house that feel like they are sucking the heat away from you. Comparatively, a warm slab underfoot gently releases a steady flow of heat, so the atmosphere feels comfortable even when the air is slightly cooler than normal.

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