Sonora Wheat at the Huasna Valley Farm

...te, particularly their informative newsletters. Sustainablegrains.org has a Sonora Wheat tortilla recipe. Slow Food USA has a page on the history of Sonora wheat. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, join the Los Angeles Bread Bakers to participate in farm visits, baking classes and oven building sessions. And a special thanks to LABB member Joseph Shuldiner for arranging this trip!...

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Our favorite way to cook zucchini

It’s that time of year again. Put aside those zucchini bread recipes and try this instead. This recipe–or technique, rather– sounds too simple to be good, but it really works. As one friend said of the dish, “It tastes like there’s a lot going on, but there’s not.” All you’ve got to do is shred your zucchini up on the large holes of your kitchen grater. Saute the shreds in an uncovered s...

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A New Fitness Craze: The Kayak Balance Stool

...ide, as any flatness will lead to a lack of tippitude. Why do this? I’ve been taking a few kayak lessons lately which have showcased my inflexible hamstrings. Mrs. Homegrown describes my flexibility as that of a ginger bread man and my swimming as being like, “throwing a 2 by 4 in the water.” I’m hoping spending a few minutes a day on the kayak simulator will improve flexibility and strengthen core muscles that keep you s...

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Bean Fest, Episode 5: Black-Eyed Pea Salad (Lubyi Msallat)

...d parsley.  Now add the salt-garlic-lemon juice and the cumin. Mix everything thoroughly.  Pour the oil over the top.  Garnish with paprika, if desired, and lemon wedges. Serve hot or cold or room temperature, along with pita bread. A great picnic food, or just to keep in the fridge for a quick lunch or healthy snack. Tune in next week for another episode of Bean Fest!...

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Revised and Expanded

A revised and expanded version of our book, The Urban Homestead is now available everywhere books are sold and via this website. And we have a new cover thanks to our fantastic publisher Process Media. No longer does the woman stand behind the man! As for the “expanded” part, new projects include:• How to sterilize jars and bottles• How to make infused oil• Six ways to preserve a tomato• How to make soda bread• How to store grain w...

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I drank a bottle of MiricleGro and then got on my riding lawn mower

...MiracleGro: Unprecedented Pesticide Contamination Found in Beehives. Beyond Pesticides Daily Blog. And speaking of bees: sign a petition to legalize bees in Santa Monica here. Crop Mob! Volunteers help small farmers. Cricket Bread. Via Joe Linton (thanks Joe!). Green Roof Growers announce new sub-irrigating pot experiments. Green Roof Growers. Last but not least: Man arrested driving riding lawn mower down the street while drunk. The Buffalo N...

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Comrades

...ilding Blog Paleofuture Petaluma Urban Homestead Plants are the Strangest People Port Potager Poultry Bookstore Blog Practical Parsimony Ramshackle Solid Recycleart Relax Shacks SLC Permaculture Project Smiling Gardener Stale Bread Into French Toast Sucka Pants The Art of Manliness The Big Parade The Survival Podcast The Tangled Nest Theologista Tiny House Blog Tiny House Living Urban Velo Veggie Gardening Whole Health Source Wildest Horse...

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Be a question. Be an answer.

...I find them so. Here’s a nice link to Ask Pauline with a pattern and instructions for making your own. As Pauline says, “Sometimes a lady finds herself a little short on cash. Better to spend what you have on good bread and good books.” By the by, I’ve also discovered two charities which give cloth pads to African schoolgirls. It seems that some girls in Africa miss school for a few days every month because their families...

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Bean Fest, Episode 6: Walton’s Serbian Lima Beans

...ssify these as a special occasion food, because they are so rich. One modest serving will fill you up. We ate them as a main dish with a basic green salad, which works nicely to counterbalance their oiliness, and had hunks of bread to sop up the juice. This recipe would work well as a side dish, of course. They’d also do well on a holiday table. And best of all, they’re easy to make. They don’t have many ingredients, and there&#...

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Advances in Gardening Series: The Fan

...e for salves. With this in mind, I’m going to rotate “large” crops of annuals through this space, one variety per wedge. This winter’s fan is planted with, from left to right, Calendula, chamomile and bread seed poppies. I started the Calendula and chamomile in flats ahead of time, simply to get a head start, then transplanted them into their wedges this week. Poppies don’t like to be transplanted, so I sowed thos...

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