Happy Non-GMO Month

“So, what are GMO’s anyway?” It’s a question that I here often. And I never know quite what to say. If I launch into the scientific explanation, their eyes quickly glaze over; if I approach it from a more personal perspective, “I feel that for my family… ” it gives the impression that it’s not that important. After attempting […]

Savory Zucchini Chutney

Zucchini is something I have in abundance right now in the garden. Almost daily, we are picking slender green zucchini from the three plants we have. At least once a week, especially when we haven’t been poking around for a couple of days, we find a giant, hidden under the foliage, awaiting to be uncovered […]

Schobel Supp: Summer Bean Soup

Schobel Supp in low-German, or bean soup, is a food closely connected to childhood memories in my grandma’s kitchen, stirring a pot on the stove, or measuring out ingredients into a bowl. My grandma always had a collection of aprons hanging along side her fridge, and she would always let me choose which one I […]

20 Ways to Use a Mason Jar

I’m gathering up my collection of mason jars tonight. I am ambitiously aiming to pickle cucumbers in the morning. Tattered, cardboard boxes holding the precious glass vessels are collecting dust in my garage, collecting cobwebs in my basement. I have so many more jars than I could ever use throughout the year, and once they have served their purpose, most of […]

Shopping the Perimeter of the City

You’ve heard, I’m sure, the practical advice of shopping around the perimeter of your grocery store. Produce, meat, dairy and baked goods are usually located around the outskirts of any supermarket. It’s what’s in the center of the store, the crackers, cookies, juices, and frozen prepared foods that are more important to avoid. Well, I’d […]