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WEEKLY MEAL WRAP UP


Posted by Anais Dervaes | September 28, 2008

The summer garden is still puttering away.  Pomegranates are now in season and are a welcome and tasty addition to our homegrown salads.  Peppers, eggplant, beans, avocados are still growing strong and we even harvested a few pounds of tomatoes! The cow peas, otherwise know to us Southerns as crowder or black eye peas, are [...]

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I’M PICKLED


Posted by Anais Dervaes | September 26, 2008

pink… or should I say green and yellow.  Pickling is in full swing here on the urban homestead.  Putting up pickled dilly beans and peppers. Without a pressure canner, pickling is a simple easy way to preserve the harvest using vinegar, spices, salt and into the hot water bath they go. More on pickling vegetables. [...]

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THE PRESERVATION FRONT


Posted by Anais Dervaes | September 24, 2008

Another busy week of harvesting and preserving in our efforts to bring food security closer to home. While the kitchen is hub for the harvest happenings and we gals hang out with the likes of Ms Guava and Mr Pepper,  outside we shift gears into a fall garden mode. In the kitchen, since we had [...]

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WEEKLY MEAL WRAP UP


Posted by Anais Dervaes | September 22, 2008

Last week’s meal were, well, very simplistic and even nonexistent thanks to recent filming.  Here’s what we urban homesteaders ate and enjoyed.  I am hearing more and more from folks that they really like these meal posts – “keeping it real” as they say.  Thanks for the postive comments everyone. SATURDAY Breakfast – homemade pancakes [...]

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ANOTHER SHINY SOLAR OVEN


Posted by Anais Dervaes | September 21, 2008

FACT: every day the sun shines, an equivalent of 4.25 TRILLION barrels of oil falls on the US alone in the form of solar energy I have a confession, I been addicted to solar ovens ever since we built our first cardboard, aluminum oven back in the days — 1990 to be exact.   Yep, we [...]

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WEEKLY MEAL WRAP UP


Posted by Anais Dervaes | September 16, 2008

Though there wasn’t that overwhelming onslaught of summer harvest the garden is still producing just enough for our family meals to consists of primarily homegrown. The lima beans are still producing like gangbusters providing us with hearty, wholesome and filling meals.  Peppers and eggplants are still growing strong, another flush of green beans are almost [...]

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PAYING MORE FOR LESS


Posted by Anais Dervaes | September 11, 2008

Have you noticed this slight of packaging, incredible shrinking phenomenon? How are you dealing with increase in food prices?   How are you fighting back by letting retailers know that “we don’t need no stinkin’ packages!” Here are our ‘Seven Keys’ to saving money.  Care to add? Grow your own Buy local and in season [...]

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CATCHING UP


Posted by Anais Dervaes | September 9, 2008

Wacky Vegetables.  Meet Mr Eggplant Just when things couldn’t get any busier – it gets busier and weirder. If this year doesn’t beat all! The weather is still flip flopping – hot a couple days, then cooler.  Leaving us completely flabbergasted and anxious.  Instead of the harvest increasing like normal years, it’s pretty much leveled [...]

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PRESERVING FOR FOOD SECURITY


Posted by Anais Dervaes | September 8, 2008

Growing up, I remember looking through my father’s old Reader’s Digest’s  Back to Basics book (still have it!) and drooling over the photo of a lady putting up her canned goods.  I so wanted to have a pantry like that!  This year, I pretty darn close to rivaling the lady in the photo. From Hippie [...]

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