Finally, Baking Bread Right

December 21, 2009 :: Posted by - Summer :: Books, Food :: (2) Comments

I was a very good girl this year, Santa brought me The Backyard Homestead,
Great Yarns for the Close-Knit Family, and Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life. I closed my eyes and pointed at random to which one I would read first, which happened to be Made From Scratch. I’m a fee chapters in and already loving this book. Woginrich is a hilarious writer, and open about her failures as much as her triumphs. Something that I’m thrilled to read after reading too many books by perfect people.

I’s good for my ego to know that someone else manages to mess up often enough. Read more…

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Betty Crocker's Best Bread Machine Cookbook: The Goodness of Homemade Bread the Easy WayBetty Crocker's Best Bread Machine Cookbook: The Goodness of Homemade Bread the Easy Way

A View From My Kitchen- Wordless Wednesday

December 01, 2009 :: Posted by - Summer :: Books :: (4) Comments

Preparing My Gardens For Spring

November 23, 2009 :: Posted by - Summer :: Books, Garden :: (1) Comment

At my local library I found a copy of The Urban Homestead and have most of the weekend reading it. I’m not sure what I’m going to do when I have to give it back next week. There may be a few tears in my eyes.

Though winter is almost here I’m getting my gardening plans ready, and my gardening areas. I want to try a few ideas from the book, like raised beds. Especially since we are renting and I don’t know if my landlady would be pleased with big areas of the yard dug up. The former flower bed (picture above) in front has bee dug up, covered with newspaper, and mulched with leaves. I’m going to try to keep it mulched down and hopefully kill any remaining flower seeds. There were also some decorative bushes planted in there with roots too deep and long to dig out. Hopefully by spring they’ll be dead, or at leask weak enough I can get them out. Read more…

Related Books:

Urban Homestead Your Guide to Self Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City [PB,2008]

Would You Eat Raw Meat?

November 19, 2009 :: Posted by - Summer :: Books, Food :: (3) Comments

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A few years ago there was an episode of Wife Swap that involved a family who ate raw meat. Yes, all of their meat was eaten raw. Uncooked. Straight from the animal.

Go ahead and cringe at that thought for a moment.

Last week I joined in a conversation on Twitter about real food, and in the talks managed to have won a copy of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats, a cookbook that I’m really enjoying. Until I got to the chapter on eating raw meat. Apparently it’s not a totally outlandish food fad.

OK, so maybe eating raw meat isn’t really that bizarre. Plenty of people around the world enjoy Steak Tartare and Sushi, both of which involve raw meat. So maybe it’s just my suburban North American worldview that burgers should be grilled and fish should be baked that’s preventing me from what could be an enjoyable meal. Read more…

5 Homesteading Books I Want To Read

November 03, 2009 :: Posted by - Summer :: Books :: Comments Off

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I’ve got a pretty small collection of books on sustainability and sustainable living. The fact that my collection is so small is actually an oddity considering I’ve got more books than I have clothes. I may have more books that all the clothes I’ve worn in my life.

I’ve got a few dozen books in my wish list, all of them I want now. But I was somehow able to cut it down to the top 5 books I really want now. In no specific order these are the ones on the top of my to-buy list. Read more…

Corn, Beef, and The Omnivore’s Dilemma

October 23, 2009 :: Posted by - Summer :: Books, Food :: Comments Off

inquisitive or deadly?
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I’ve started reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and if I didn’t already want to cut my meat intake down to zero I certainly would now. Pollan follows the commercially grown corn so common today, from it’s farm beginning to the dinner table. One stop along the way is being dumped by the barrel into the factory farms.

It’s a bit disturbing to read. I’ll admit, I was fooled by all the “corn-fed beef” signs and labels, thinking that meant it was better beef. Turns out “cord fed” actually means sicker cows, sicker people, and better bugs. Bugs that can kill us quicker than before. All because of corn being the staple of their diet. Read more…

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