Sourdough Bread Class at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano

Ditch the preservatives and plastic wrap. Join us and learn how to make homemade, all-natural bread from scratch. Learn to bake bread the natural way, with a sourdough starter. Sourdough cultures make breads with bolder flavors, a longer shelf life and deliver the health benefits of living, fermented foods. In this hands-on workshop we’ll make a simple loaf using a version of the miraculous and easy Chad Robertson Tarti...

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005 Amy and Vince of Tenth Acre Farm

Image: tenthacrefarm.com In the fifth episode of the Root Simple Podcast we talk to Amy and Vince Stross of Tenth Acre Farm in Cincinnati, Ohio. We begin with the story of why Amy quit her job and how she began to radically transform their yard. Some of the first work they did involved constructing berms and swales in the front yard, the only part of their property that gets enough sun to grow edibles. Amy and Vince describe...

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001 Transplants vs. Seedlings, Josey Baker Bread, Gluten Intolerance and Rats in the Compost

...ader questions. When we get more comfortable with podcasting we’ll start having guests. In this episode of the Root Simple podcast we discuss transplants vs. direct sowing, the book Josey Baker Bread, gluten intolerance and answer a listener question about rats. Let us know what you think and what you’d like us to cover. If you want to leave a question you can call (213) 537-2591 or send an email to [email protected] The theme mus...

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Introducing the Root Simple Podcast Tab

...is post on rootsimple.com you will now find a convenient podcast tab where we have put all of our past episodes. There’s more to come including our next episode on long crowing roosters! And we need some listener questions! Stump us! Befuddle us! The listener line is (213) 537-2591. Or you can email us at [email protected]–put “podcast question” in the subject line. You can subscribe to our podcast in the iTunes store a...

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Getting Started With Succulents Free eBook

We had a great time at the Museum of Natural History this past Friday along with the 200 people who lined up to plant succulents in thrift store mugs in our booth. Kelly wrote up a nice eBook, Getting Started With Succulents (note that it’s geared towards our climate in Los Angeles but there’s a lot of good general information on propagation). There’s even info on how to drill a hole in a ceramic cup or pot...

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008 Grind Your Own Flour With Erin Alderson

...at Grist & Toll in Pasadena. After my conversation with Erin I briefly mention my purchase of a flour mill, the KoMo Classic Mill . If you want to leave a question for the Root Simple Podcast please call (213) 537-2591 or send an email to [email protected] You can subscribe to our podcast in the iTunes store and on Stitcher. The theme music is by Dr. Frankenstein. Additional music by Rho. A downloadable version of this podcast is here. ...

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006 The Secrets of Kimchi With Hae Jung Cho

...ost: $25. To sign up for the classes email Hae Jung at: [email protected] If you want to leave a question for the Root Simple Podcast please call (213) 537-2591 or send an email to [email protected] The theme music is by Dr. Frankenstein. Additional music by Rho. A downloadable version of this podcast is here. You can subscribe to our podcast in the iTunes store. Note that it takes a few hours for the new episode to show up in iTunes....

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Home cooking advice?

...a hunk of bread. Done. Fiddlesticks to side dishes, much less courses. 2) Always make double batches if you can, then either freeze the other half for an easy meal down the road, or eat the leftovers for lunch, breakfast, dinner. 3) Shop with a list. Plan your meals for the week. It doesn’t have to be a tight plan, but maybe just a list of 5 main dishes you will make that week, and the ingredients you’ll need for them, along with the...

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Worth Doing From Scratch: Corn Tortillas

...gs work out and others fail miserably. I thought I’d periodically look at the projects that have worked in the long term, specifically from scratch. Call this the first blog post in a sporadic series about stuff that’s easy and economical. Now you should be suspicious of any tortilla making advice dispensed by a gabacho. Let’s just say it’s easy and the results are way better than those dry tortillas you buy at the store....

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Fabulous Postcards from HenCam

...e from farm people if you go far enough back. The land is in our blood, and as those of us who have rediscovered the joy of keeping smallstock, whether those be bees or hens or goats, our connection with animals comes right back, too. And of course, we love our dogs, whether we’re farmers or townfolk. That goes without saying! So we thought we’d give a shout out to Terry for her great books. They are heavy, 5″ x 7″ cards b...

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