Saturday, July 28, 2012

Home Grown: The Benefits of Earthworms

1. The constant tunneling of earthworms allows the free passage of air into and out of the soil.  

2. Worms' burrowing also breaks up the hard pan and plow sole created by mechanical tillage.

3. By eating organic materials such as manure, leaves, grass and decaying wood, earthworms break them up at a much faster rate than would otherwise occur.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Tips from the Farm Kitchen: Cooking Rabbit

adapted from from "Le Cordon Bleu Kitchen Essentials"

When roasting whole, bard or lard with pork back fat, or wrap in caul to keep the flesh moist and tender. Or bone the main body and fill with a stuffing. Baste the rabbit frequently during cooking.

Marinate in wine or olive oil, with aromatic vegetables and seasonings, before cooking to help tenderize the meat.

Continued at Cooking Rabbit 

Vegetarian Jerky from Bayside, California

Now available with Jerky in  Specialty Foods:
Vegetarian Jerky direct from the producer in Bayside, California

This unique product is a perfect imitation of real beef jerky, but without the beef.

Vegetarian "Beef-Less" Jerky was originated by Mark Turman of Californiavin 1995. Working at home, he combined special ingredients with a soybean base to come up with the veggie jerky that he began marketing.

He sold the recipe and his jerky business in 1998 to his friend, Eleanor White, who continues to provide a jerky that's preservative free, fat-free and high in protein for vegetarians and omnivores alike.

The vegetarian jerky is available in Hickory Pepper, Cowgirl, Hot Chili Pepper and Teriyaki flavors as well as in combination and sample packs of multiple flavors.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Organic Chestnuts from Sherwood, Oregon

Now available in  Nuts and Grains:
Certified Organic Chestnuts direct from the grower in Sherwood, Oregon

Colossal chestnuts available fresh in season and dried for year around use.

This vendors specializes in chestnut gift packs for the holidays and sells out early each year. If you're looking for a special "something" for that top-producing employee, or the friends who "have everything," a gift pack from the orchard is a perfect selection.

Nestled in the hills of Oregon's lush Willamette Valley, this orchard produces some of the Northwest's finest quality chestnuts. Established in 1991, the orchard is a state-of-the-art operation.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Tips from the Farm Kitchen: Identifying Mushrooms

With names like puffball, fairy ring and bird's nest, it's hard to take some fungi seriously. But, as mushroom experts know, even the most innocent-looking toadstool sprouting from your lawn can be a life or death matter.

This is an especially important reminder in the fall months, when mushroom hunters across the country are trolling damp grass and groves in search of savory, golden chanterelles, meaty maitake mushrooms and other edible fungi.

Many look just like the ones in grocery stores, but they may not be safe to eat.

Continued at... Identifying Mushrooms

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bastille Day

Joyeux Quatorze Juillet!

Referred to as Bastille Day in English, Quatorze Juillet is a the French national holiday celebrating the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, an open act of rebellion against the monarchy that is considered a turning point of the French Revolution, which preceded the emergence of the modern French "nation." Two days after the storming of the Bastille, the King Louis XVI officially recognized France's new tricolor flag -- the blue, white and red said to symbolize liberty, equality and brotherhood.

The Storming of the Bastille marked the start of the French Revolution, the end of the monarchy and the beginning of the Republic of France.

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Artwork: Quatorze Juillet, 1881

Friday, July 13, 2012

Collectibles: Celebrity Photo of Gisele Bundchen

Autographed photo of Gisele Bundche, Brazilian fashion model, UN goodwill ambassador and wife of quarterback Tom Brady.

8 x 10 print hand signed by Gisele with signature "lipstick kiss print" sketch and "G.B."

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Here's How To... Write and Edit Mobile Content

Best practices for web writing tend to work for mobile writing, with a few exceptions.

"Avoid referencing the screen layout or format," advises Kristofer Layon, author of Mobilizing Web Sites. "Because the design of a screen will vary depending on whether a user views it from a computer or a mobile device. You cannot write as if you know  the user's display."

The writing process is also different.

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Artwork: Smartphone

Recipe File: Oatmeal - Raisin Cookies

Adapted from The Health Promoting Cookbook

Moist and delicious, these cookies are a sweet and satisfying snack or dessert.

4 cups oats ground in a food processor or coffee grinder
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup apple juice
½ cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  In a food processor, blend the bananas and juice until smooth.

Slowly add the dry ingredients while mixing. Pour the batter into a large bowl, and add the raisins.

Drop by spoonfuls onto a nonstick baking sheet. Press down with the bottom of a glass to flatten. Bake for 10 minutes. Makes 24 cookies.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Farm Fresh: Why The Chicken Crossed The Road

Aristotle: It is in the nature of chickens to cross roads.

Barthes: The chicken wanted to expose the myth of the road.

Buddha: If you ask this question, you deny your own chicken-nature.

Descartes: It had sufficient reason to believe it was dreaming anyway.

Continued at... Why The Chicken Crossed The Road

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Artwork: Chicken Farmer Sign