Salmon with house leeks and lemon thyme

Salmon with house leeks and lemon thyme I had some thyme left from our csa bag, and I was brainstorming how to use it for dinner. Tomorrow is our next csa pick up, so I wanted to have last weeks vegetables used up. I like salmon with thyme, and house leeks are supposed to taste…

Radish mini challenge: #1 The Cincinnati radish

In the effort to increase diversity, one mini challenge is to pick different varieties of the vegetables that we eat all the time. So, we have the Radish mini challenge. Our first radish of the challenge: the cincinnati radish. It is a red icicle type radish, and we are going to use it in salad….

Kale Berry Salad: How Many Varieties Of Kale Are There?

Craving Fresh Greens In the spring I am always craving salad. After months of root vegetables and preserved foods from last years garden, I am ready for something fresh. The wild greens are just sprouting, and the garden is newly planted, but kale is still available from hoop houses and cold frames. I decided to…

Community Supported Agriculture

Signing up for the CSA Well we just signed up for a summer of fresh local farm products including; vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs honey, syrup, soap and maybe even milk. I can hardly wait for June! We signed a contract with a local farm and paid the fee. In return we receive a weekly selection…

Spring Greens Mini Challenge

We’ve got to pick up the pace Well, it’s May already, and we aren’t even at 200 for diversity in foods. So, we decided that we needed to pick up the slack and jump start the next phase of the challenge.  Over the past couple months we have been thinking about developing some mini challenges…

Turning Food Deserts into Food Desserts by Design

Food Deserts:  Choice and Design Scarcity of food still exists amidst the fresh fruit and vegetable abundance most of us experience in the US.  And even in the US, people are starving themselves of nutrients through an improper diet of fast food and over-processed food.  To loosely quote guerrila-gardener extraordinaire Ron Finley, for some people…

Seven Reasons Why You’ll Want to Eat Wild: Wild Food Matters (Part 2)

  In our previous post on wild foods, we mentioned some of the reasons that people don’t go out foraging.  In this post, we review some of foraging’s benefits. Benefits of wild food What characteristics does wild food have over agricultural food?  Well, first, it’s impractical to think we could live entirely off wild food…

Smoothies: Drinking Your Way to Diversity (Part 2)

Many things come to mind when we think of smoothies. Some people think of a breakfast drink, others think of dessert. Some think of a creamy yogurt/milk drink, others think of blended frozen fruits. A smoothie is all these things and the perfect drink to mix up lots of different fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds…

The Weekend Variety: Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)

This week’s Weekend Variety post is on the stately Juglans nigra, otherwise known as the black walnut.  Not a finicky tree, black walnuts grow well wherever they plant themselves.  In the late summer to early fall, the walnuts bear and then drop their round green fruits.  The husk of the fruit covers a black sponge…

Special Diets: What’s missing from our list?

    You may have noticed that there are a few common food items that are missing from from our 1000 foods list. Undoubtedly there will be common foods that will never make it to your list either. It’s a new year, and lots of people are following special diets by choice to improve their…

Grains: There are more options than you may think

Ten years ago we discovered that both my husband and daughter cannot eat wheat or any of the grains with gluten. We were at a loss. Many of the foods in our pantry were processed and most of the things in our cupboard had gluten. Soups, noodles, crackers, cereal, condiments all had gluten.We had a…

The Weekend Variety: Daikon

Enter the Daikon (Raphanus sativa): It’s still winter outside and, because of this, I decided to write our very first Weekend Variety post on daikon.  This radish, one of our favorite vegetables, stores great in winter.   They stay so well that some dub them the “icicle radish” or the “winter radish.”  But not even…