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October 5, 2017

A cast iron skillet can last a lifetime—probably several if it’s passed from generation to generation. Here’s how to clean and season a cast iron skillet to keep it in the best possible condition. Cast iron isn’t just renowned for its durability; cooking with it also comes with health benefits. Research has shown that cast iron infuses food with a healthy dose of iron. And take it from me, an anemic gal, cooking on a cast iron skillet is waaaay better than choking back liquid Geritol. It’s... more

October 5, 2017

It’s that time of year again! As temperatures cool, various flies, bugs, and beetles slip into your walls, and sometimes into your home’s interior, trying to find somewhere to stay warm for the winter. They appear suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, massing (sometimes by the thousands) on the west wall and windows of your kitchen, or perhaps as swarms of lazy flies buzzing annoyingly and aimlessly around the room. If you live in a part of the nation where temperatures can dip below freezing... more

September 25, 2017

Do you ever experience a deafening buildup of ear wax? It usually hits me early in the outdoor swimming season, when water finds its way into my ears. Here’s my favorite method of earwax removal: using olive oil! Earwax Removal with Olive Oil Years ago my doctor recommended an olive-oil and warm-water procedure to remove a buildup of earwax safely at home. When I suspect the wax buildup, I get out my gear: an eye-dropper a hand-held bulb syringe  a little olive oil I sterilize the dropper and... more

September 24, 2017

Fire cider boosts your health with herbs stewed in apple cider vinegar. See how to make this traditional tonic to help ward off cold-weather illnesses. It’s not only super healthy, but also super delicious! What is Fire Cider? Fire cider. The very name sounds like something you might want to try. Essentially, the formula calls for grated fresh horseradish, ginger, garlic, onions, and hot pepper in apple cider vinegar for 3 to 4 weeks, then finishing with honey to balance the acidity. I like... more

September 20, 2017

Eating with the seasons just makes sense. It’s the most delicious and healthiest way to live. Here’s a guide for eating seasonally! When you grow your own food, you are—by its very nature—eating with the seasons. Even if you don’t garden, use the seasons as your backdrop! Food is at its freshest, tastes the best, is most affordable, and has the most nutritious value. Growing what you eat My daughter Molly and her husband recently visited for a long weekend. On the day they arrived, I laid... more

September 17, 2017

There’s no shortage of magazine articles about avoiding the 10-pound winter weight gain, but why do we really put on pounds in the winter—and is it as much as the media suggests? Why do we put on pounds during the winter, anyway? One theory is it’s in our genes. As the days shortened and the weather got cooler, our earliest ancestors’ hormone balance changed, creating the urge to consumer the highest-calorie foods and store body fat against the coming scarcity. Remember that crops had been... more

September 16, 2017

Fall allergy season is upon us and if you’re one who suffers, you know all too well what this entails. Itchy eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, sneezing. Here are 7 tips for fall allergy relief. Mouth breathing becomes the norm at least until a few hard frosts squelch the offenders. Namely ragweed and mold, both of which reach their zenith just as we ready for back-to-school schedules. Hay gets a bad wrap on this one and has nothing to do with what we typically refer to as hay fever, also... more

September 13, 2017

We don’t call it “fall” around here for nothing. If lots of leaves have fallen in your yard, why not put them to good use right at home? Here are eight ways to use fall leaves. The colorful foliage that delights the senses and draws thousands of tourists (New Hampshire’s biggest industry) precedes the literal fall, when most of the deciduous trees send their leaves drifting to the ground. Fallen leaves rustle underfoot. They smell good. The wind sometimes whips them into a frenzy of dancing ... more

September 12, 2017

It’s apple season again! (I mean the kind that grow on trees, not the latest iPhone.) Here are some of the numerous health benefits of apples, as well as some of their other interesting uses! At our farm, we don’t grow tree fruit, but we do buy and enjoy a lot of local apples from late September through the winter months. In seasons when the Baldwins or Northern Spys are abundant, I generally buy a bushel to stash in the root cellar, alongside the homegrown cabbages and carrots. (They store... more

September 10, 2017

What single ingredient can make or break a dish? The answer is salt. Many readers ask us about the different types of salts—table salt, kosher salt, and so on. Let’s look at six common salts and their best use. Whether it’s used to form a crust around a thick juicy steak, or sprinkled over a chewy chocolate-covered caramel, salt makes food memorable. Too much and you’ve blown it, too little and you’ve missed an opportunity to make taste buds explode. It’s also calorie free. That “salty” taste... more

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