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Monday, February 27, 2012

Wine & Cheese & Pizza




Recently we purchased a cheese making kit
from Paula Harris which made this process easy and 
quick. 



heating whole milk





slicing the curds in whey 

taking temp. 

mozzerella

mozzerella

I like to add herbs to my dough

diced tomatoes in the food processor plus garlic and herbs


I'm getting the hang of this ;) 


nice dough

That's the cheese we just made

a perfect simple homemade sauce

veggies

pizza turned calzone

look at that crust


Friday, February 17, 2012

Olive & Basil Baguettes

I used the sourdough starter to make this bread today, and din't get the best rise out of it... again, but I'm okay with the flavor overall. Enjoy the photos.  (click photo to enlarge)







Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Back to the start, Chipolte Cultivate Foundation


Uploaded by  on Aug 25, 2011
Coldplay's haunting classic 'The Scientist' is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, "Back to the Start." Download the song now available on iTunes. Label and proceeds benefit The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Take Action for Animals | Certifedhumane.org

"The Certified Humane Program created a gold standard for animal welfare."
-USA Today

The Certified Humane Raised and Handled® program is a certification and labeling program that is the only animal welfare label requiring the humane treatment of farm animals from birth through slaughter. The goal of the program is to improve the lives of farm animals by driving consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farm animal practices. When you see the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label on a product you can be assured that the food products have come from facilities that meet precise, objective standards for farm animal treatment.

Take Action for Animals | Certifedhumane.org

1. Look for and buy Certified Humane® products - to find Certified Humane® products available near you, visit our "Where to Buy"section.


2. If your store does not stock foods that are Certified Humane®, download a "product request" form to give to your local store manager. We also have a "turkey request" form to download (if you are unable to download, please contact Humane Farm Animal Care to have these mailed to you).

3. If your store does carry Certified Humane® products, let them know you shop there because they stock these products. Download a Certified Humane Comment Card and bring it to the customer service desk or drop it in their customer comment box. Grocers need to hear that they have business because they carry Certified Humane® products, and that you as a consumer may bring them more business because of these products.

4.Have your family and friends sign a petition asking your local supermarket to stock products that are Certified Humane®. Download a petition form here.

5. Contact Humane Farm Animal Care and request an information packet that includes brochures about the Certified Humane® program. Distribute these to your family and friends telling them about the program, so they too, can look for and buy products with the Certified Humane® label on them.

6. Encourage your favorite food brands to become certified and to use Certified Humane Raised and Handled® ingredients in their products. You can contact them by using the website addresses on the packages of products that you purchase.

7. Sign up for our email news updates stay updated on our progress.

8. Make a donation: Help us reach more farmers, more consumers, and help more animals.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Why not to store food in frridge

Today I found a very interesting article on treehugger.com called 

Saving Food From The Fridge: It Will Taste Better, May Even Last Longer And Reduce Your Energy Bills

Lloyd Alter
Design / Kitchen Design
January 27, 2012

You'll have to go there for the info but it's very interesting. We tested our expensive organic eggs right away to satisfy the kid in me. 

all photos are copyright of © jihyun ryou
http://www.treehugger.com/kitchen-design/saving-food-fridge-it-will-taste-better-may-even-last-longer-and-reduce-your-energy-bills.html

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Biodynamic Winemaking




Around my early 20's I began to fantasize about owning and belonging to a wine vineyard somewhere in Spain, Italy, or France. It wasn't hard because I had been living in Germany and had visited the countries which was just a train ride away. I still like to daydream and since have brought the winemaking to my kitchen with a cabernet sauvignon and complete winemaking kit. 
Since then, I have been reading up on everything related and found something interesting called "biodynamic winemaking", and takes things a step further than "organic winemaking"


Biodynamics mixes sustainability with more celestial beliefs and takes a spiritual as well as mystical approach to conventional farming methods. The practice of biodynamics views the vineyard in its entirety as a living system. And, it's not just about the vines and grapes. It's also about the soil, compost, insects, and other vegetation and animals that inhabit space in the vineyard, all working in harmony to bring you some incredible-tasting wines.






Check out these vineyards here in the US that have been practicing biodynamics for some time now. 


Araujo Estate
Resonance Vineyards
Grgich Hills
Beckmen Vineyards
DeLoch Vineyards


Okay, so I'm not quite there yet in my kitchen but it is fun to dream, and I really like what I've taught myself this far. Who knows, maybe someday. Why not today?!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Can you name this plant/weed?

I'd love to learn more about what's growing on the 3 acres here around the house so I went out and took some photos to share. Recently, I posted something on chickweed which got me to wondering "what else is out here?"So far I've been able to find some common weeds on a university website here in Atlanta. I might not have correctly identified what's in the photos but it's a start in the right direction. 


Let's start with the wild daffodils all around. 


one of the many chickweed beds

tastes like onion

Dichondra

some type of wild lettuce

growing in a row by the driveway

berries from a low thorny bush

another type of berry that grows on a bush

not sure but corse

Carolina Geranium
I think the deer like this one. 


Catchweed Bedstraw (edible)


much larger Catchweed Bedstraw

again Catchweed Bedstraw

chickweed

Purple Deadnettle (edible)


Shiny Cudweed

Sunday, February 5, 2012

back to nature...


“Remember for just one minute of the day, it would be best to try looking upon yourself more as God does, for She knows your true royal nature.” ~ Hafiz

Photos from our short hike yesterday before breakfast 
through the nearby nature preserve.