Dwelling Portably

...n of tips and anecdotes out for decades. Formerly known as the Message Post, this zine has evolved from multiple pages with a staple to just a single sheet or two with incredibly small type, so as to save paper. Content ranges from cooking and bathing out of your car, to edible weeds, to improvised bicycle pannier bags, to musings on 12 volt microfiche readers and the practicalities of nudism. The advice, written in a consistent and factual manor...

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Parkway Plantings

...green. Radicchio Rossa di Treviso. Homegrown Evolution has yet to produce decent radicchio. We’re giving it another try this winter. South Bed as of October 2, 2006 In the south bed: Agretti – a trendy vegetable with some blue state types. We’ve never had it, probably because we don’t haunt expensive Italian eateries in the yoga mat totin’ and Lexus drivin’ sectors of our fair metropolis. We suspect that A...

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Apron Contest Winner

...sexy burrito.” She cooks, of course. She even makes her own recipe books of tasty treats. In addition to cooking she notes, “ I am also in printmaking, so this apron can come with me to my art classes to make the bindings for the recipe book for the recipes that Apron and I were JUST working on! It is an artistic, apron-centric circle of life.” Congrats, Katie. I’ve got a batch on jam on the stove, so I’d bette...

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Social Media as a Homesteading Tool

...three times a week. While there are many things to dislike about Facebook (principally that those of us who use it are doing free market research on ourselves), it has proven useful for me on many occasions. I’ve used it to solicit gardening advice, find a place to celebrate a birthday, borrow a guitar and keep up with friends and family. And I’ve learned a lot from what Facebook friends have posted about their homesteading adventure...

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Gourmet Foraging and Advanced Acorn Processing

It’s acorn season in Southern California. I’ve long been interested in acorns, knowing that they were the staple food of the native people who lived here, and I’ve gathered and processed them before. However, once I have the acorn meal, I’ve never known exactly what to do with it. It’s highly nutritious, but I thought (wrongly!) that it was somewhat bland, and all I could do was incorporate acorn...

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How to Answer the Question, “What Should I Do With My Life?”

Yes, that kitten is Phoebe, back in her blue-eyed days. I headed down to San Diego County earlier this summer to do a talk at Growcology. Bianca Heyming, who runs Growcology along with her husband Nick, told me some advice her dad passed on to her about how to figure out one’s path in life. It’s the best wisdom I’ve ever heard on the subject. Her dad told her, “Look at what books are on your bookshelf a...

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Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook Giveaway

...-low heat for about 15 minutes, until the eggs are set but not yet firm on top. Several times while the eggs are cooking, take a flexible spatula and run it along the edge and under the frittata to make sure the eggs are not sticking to the pan. 4. Take the skillet off the heat. Put a dinner plate over it and flip the frittata onto the plate. Then slip the frittata back into the pan, now with the bottom side up. Top with the remaining 1 tablespoo...

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Why not plant some Calendula?

...losses. The Rundown on Calendula: When to plant: Almost any time after frost: early spring into early summer. It doesn’t do well in scorching heat, so the earlier the better. Where to plant: As above, it’s not too picky about soil. You want part to full sun.  How deep to plant: About a 1/4″. How far apart:  If planting in flats, seeds can be close, maybe 3 or 4 inches. If you’re planting straight into the groun...

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National Heirloom Expo 2013

...ional Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa California September 10, 11 and 12. I can’t say enough good things about it. For the insanely low price of $25 you get three days worth of lectures, cooking demos, a mini livestock show and an exhibition hall full of great companies and organizations. I’ll be speaking on a panel on Wednesday September 11th at 2:00 pm on urban homesteading along with longtime friend Suzanne Mackey of Petaluma Urban Hom...

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Cast Iron Cookware Class at Winnetka Farms

...ss. I can’t say enough good things about cast iron–we ditched our Teflon years ago. Here’s the 411 on the class: Cast Iron Cookware How to use, maintain and restore. History We’ll start with a short history of cast iron cookware. Techniques and use of cast iron There will be cooking demonstrations (tastings) and discussion of the special techniques and uses of this timeless kitchen tool. Cleaning and Maintenance Very i...

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