Environment and Sustainability
March 13, 2011
Spring is almost here - that means salads with fresh and local greens are almost here too. Are you ready? Do you have a good supply of your favorite kinds of oil and vinegar on hand? And some Dijon mustard and maybe some shallots or garlic? Kosher salt? Fresh ground pepper?
March 9, 2011
I just posted a video on You Tube showing how to make buttermilk scones. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlB5ghx-8nsHere is the recipe and a few comments.
4 cups flour (I like to use some whole wheat pastry flour for extra nutrition. Or you can use all white flour.)2 T. sugar1 1/2 T. baking powder (that is the same as 4 1/2 t.)1 t. baking soda1 t. kosher salt2/3 cup butter (that is just about 11 T. One stick is 8 T.) -- cold and cut into 1/2...
March 6, 2011
The Coca Cola company has been telling us for over a year now that drinking Coke will make us happy. Have you noticed all the "Open Happiness" billboards and commercials? I think this is a brilliant ad campaign. Who doesn't want to be happy, right? Why didn't the U.S. Broccoli Council (I assume there is one) think of this first?
March 2, 2011
A local family is extending the gardening season through a homemade hoop house in the backyard of their city home
February 28, 2011
Do you like to eat muffins, scones, corn bread, pancakes, dumplings, tea breads (like banana bread) or biscuits?
February 22, 2011
The last Featherstone Farm 2010-11 CSA winter share box has been delivered. Last Saturday we had a nice party in one of the greenhouses for winter share members and farm staff. Evan grilled some venison and chicken and we sampled some fabulous vegetable stews and soups. Frank and I brought a pot of homegrown and home ground polenta.
February 15, 2011
In this week's box: White and red daikon radish, green cabbage, mixed potatoes, carrots, beets, purple top turnips
February 13, 2011
There are many ways to prepare sauerkraut, but one of the best and most famous is choucroute garnie. There are many versions - but all contain various cuts of pork, copious amounts of sauerkraut and white wine. Potatoes are almost always served on the side.
As you will see in the recipes, this dish is not for vegetarians. A good choucroute garnie contains serious amounts of pork. I wouldn't encourage you to eat this every week. It is a...
February 1, 2011
In this week's box: Heart of gold squash, green cabbage, mixed potatoes, Sugar Snax and Bolero carrots, parsnips, Dried hot red peppers
Have you read the publicity this week about the U.S. government's new dietary guidelines? There was some big news buried in the usual advice to lower consumption of salt, saturated fat and sugar. (For a copy of the whole report for all you wonks out there, as well as summaries and other details, go to http://...
January 27, 2011
I am a big fan of democracy - even if it is messy and slow - and so have been closely following events of late in Tunisia and Egypt. I guess something is happening now in Yemen so I will have even more reading to do.
I am very excited that ordinary people - especially young people - are attempting to stand up for freedom of expression and for the right to govern themselves by rule of law. They want to be treated with dignity by their...