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September 13, 2019
My mom grew up on a big Vermont dairy farm, and every summer, they would haul endless gallons of something called switchel out to the field during haying season. Mom’s recipe for the homemade beverage was simple: apple cider vinegar sweetened with maple syrup (both made on the farm), diluted with cold spring water. Here's the recipe. Yuck! We turned up our noses at the thought of drinking…
August 22, 2019
Psst! Wanna save money, improve health and fitness, and lower your carbon footprint—simultaneously? Think about ways to make your daily life a little less efficient. The idea: arrange your life to move more and rely less on power tools, appliances, and machines. Living Inefficiently A few tips: Put up a clothesline and hang the wash. Clothes dryers account for…
August 17, 2019
How do you use extra mint leaves? Here are 12 marvelous uses for mint around the home and garden—from culinary to medicinal to mouthwash to bug repellent! Meet the Mints What do you know about the mint family, Lamiaceae, the sixth- or seventh-largest of the flowering plant families? The most common and popular mints for growing are peppermint (Mentha Ă— piperita), native…
August 13, 2019
As a casual cook, I usually throw together a dish quickly based on what’s in season, but in the area of food safety, I’m a stickler for the rules. One in six Americans this year will get sick from something they ate. Don’t be the one! Here are four food safety guidelines to keep food safe. Food Safety is a Real Issue One in six Americans this year will get sick from…
July 29, 2019
Summer’s extreme heat may take the starch right out of you. But it’s the time of year to reach for one of the common cooking starches—cornstarch, arrowroot, tapioca, or potato starch—to thicken your berry pies, crisps and cobblers, garden-vegetable stir fries, and other foods. Why might you choose to use one kind of starch over the other? What is a Starch? Just a few teaspoons of any…
July 25, 2019
We often talk about WHAT to eat, but a big part of healthy eating and weight control is HOW MUCH to eat. So, what is a serving size? And is that different than a portion size? Here’s the skinny. What’s a “Serving Size”? A serving size is a “standardized” amount of food that’s usually measured in ounces or cups, based on dietary guidelines. For example, a…
July 12, 2019
There’s always debate about fats and carbs, but everyone knows that protein is essential to life. What do the healthiest proteins come from? Plants! Does that surprise you? Learn how to eat more plant-based proteins for a better, healthier you! Protein powers our body, giving us strength and energy—and reducing our appetite. Thousands of specific protein molecules our bodies make…
June 26, 2019
Budgets are tight for many of us. If you’ve squeezed and squeezed and squeezed yours again, maybe these few tips can help you squeeze some more—and have a little creative fun along the way. Cut your own hair If you adopt a simple hairdo, you can easily learn to cut and trim your own hair (and beards, for men). Online and beauty-supply stores sell precision hair-cutting scissors and…
June 25, 2019
Summer brings a bounty of healthy, farm-fresh food! But remember to properly wash your raw fruit and vegetables! It's not difficult and safety is especially important these days. Here are 10 quick tips to ensure our fruit and vegetables are properly cleaned and stored.  We all know that fresh fruit and vegetables have enormous health benefits, helping to prevent heart disease, stroke, and…
June 19, 2019
Millions of Americans will can, freeze, dry, pickle, and ferment the abundance of summer fruits and vegetables from their home gardens and local farms. Here are a few things you should keep in mind to keep your hard-earned harvest safe to eat. Surveys show a huge resurgence of interest in home gardening and buying direct from growers at farmers’ markets, pick-your-…
June 17, 2019
My sister and I both love to cook. We aim for dishes that are nutritious, cheap, quick, and delicious. But our cooking resembles that of our great grandmothers on the farm, whose recipes called for a lump of this, a pinch of that, and a few handfuls of whatever’s available from the garden or the cupboard. If you’re up for this approach, here are some pointers for creating recipes from your…
June 6, 2019
Everybody falls down. We slip on ice, trip over unexpected obstacles, fail to negotiate a step up or down, lose our balance. Here are ways to prevent falls and reduce our risk of falling down. We fall inside and outside. We fall doing household tasks, while shopping, chasing a hat blown off by the wind, during strenuous activities, during vacations, and just strolling along. Falls are the…