Archive | October, 2012


and then…Tomato Basil Sauce

          3 lbs. peeled tomatoes (scald and remove skins) 1 cup chopped fresh basil                                                     2 teaspoons each of salt and pepper 1 cup dry onion flakes  2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 tablespoon olive oil 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1/2 cup honey Optional: 1/2 cup mayonnaise or equivalent     Cook all together for 15 minutes. I put […]

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Basil Pea soup

Basil and Peas are friends forever in this soup. With garlic and olive oil it has an Italian aroma and inspiration.     Did you know that you can control the strength of a spice in a recipe by timing its addition? Add Basil first and it will be mild. Add it last to make it stronger. […]

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Apple Seeds and Cyanide

Cyanide is supposed to be a dangerous and fatal poison in high enough doses. Apple seeds average around 0.6mg hydrogen cyanide (HCN) per gram of dry seed. Does anyone have an idea of how many seeds that would be? I don’t have a weigh scale anymore.   I checked out the ‘wiki’  for answers:   {Hydrogen […]

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Bug Salsa

Here’s a funny one. I came up with this one when my hot pepper plant gone over-loaded with aphids. The plant was really infested and under the plant there was a heap of ‘body shells’.  I think I’ll skip the onion and garlic, but if it doesn’t work I’ll make the full recipe.       […]

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A Disgusting Death

A really sick thing happened today. Warning: this is graphic. View only at risk to your digestive system. I think I should have no problem with axing a chicken’s head off at the neck. There seems to be a natural division there between the body and the brain to begin with. Let me explain. I went to […]

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How to Not Pasteurize Honey

I just discovered I’ve been killing the good stuff in my honey…eeeek! I thought I was beeing smart by taking the 50 lb. pail of ‘original’ farm made honey and warming it up it a big pot and pouring the contents into smaller jars. The idea was to make it easier to handle you see. Those […]

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Hens vs the Roosters

I have to soon decided which ones are cocks (male) and which are poulets (female) birds in my flock of 26 Barred Rock chickens. They are over 2 months old. some of them have combs that are larger than the others. This isn’t always a perfect clue as to the sex though. Some cocks are slow developing […]

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About that Toilet…

Here we are making sure that we have a place to do our ‘business’ if the power goes out or the sewer freezes up or the we have too much company for the one indoor privy. It’s a rather uncommon, common outhouse. It’s a comforting feeling to know that I wouldn’t have to sit on […]

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