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New community seeking members [Oct. 9th, 2008|05:47 pm]
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Hi folks,

Sorry if you get this message more than once, I'm cross-posting to a few communities. I am looking for members for a new community, csa_chat, for talking about Community Supported Agriculture.

If you are a member of a CSA, or are interested in what happens when you are a member, please join the community! I hope to discuss regional foods, recipes, and to have a forum where people can answer questions about what the heck to do with that big bunch of mustard greens that came with this week's share.
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Corn-potato Chowder of Incredible Deliciousness [Oct. 17th, 2006|06:57 am]
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Blatantly copied from
The Students Vegetarian Cookbook, by Carole Raymond
Roseville, CA: Prima Publishing, 1997

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion (about one small)
1 cup thinly sliced celery (2 medium stalks)
4 cups peeled russet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (2 to 3 medium)
3 1/2 cups soy milk or lowfat dairy milk
1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Minced fresh parsley (optional)

1. Heat the oil in a 3-4 quart saucepan. Add the onion and celery and saute over medium heat until the vegetables soften, 7 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently.

2. Add the potatoes and milk. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Mash some of the potatoes in the pot with a potato masher to thicken the soup. Add the corn kernels. If you like peas, add them too. Cook until just heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the salt, and season with pepper to taste.

3. Ladle the soup into a bowl and sprinkle with parsley if you desire.


1/2 tablespoon of rosemary, crushed (added in with the saute stuff)
1 cup carrots (added in with the saute stuff)
I leave the potato skins on. That's where all the good stuff is, after all.
1 tablespoon of flour added at the end. It thickens the soup a bit and gives it almost a chicken-pot-pie filling taste (but with no chicken).
Let it simmer for as long as you want the kitchen to smell like deliciousness.


If you're going to use Soy Milk (which I recommend...I like it with dairy milk, but soy adds a bit more texture) DON'T USE VANILLA!!! Use the plain. Trust me, I've made this mistake.

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Looking for a good moisturizer w/sunscreen [Oct. 11th, 2006|07:27 pm]
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I am looking for a good daytime facial moisturizer with sunscreen, preferably SPF 15. I've been using Mary Kay for a few years now but want to find a natural product with no parabens or phthalates. So far I haven't found anything.

Any recommendations?
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(no subject) [Oct. 10th, 2006|12:53 pm]
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[mood |chipperchipper]

Just thought you'd like to know that last night's October themed dinner was:
Pork Chops seasoned with sage, thyme, paprika, and salt
Fried potatoes and onions with the same seasoning (I wanted to add apples, but I was out!)
Brussel sprouts (not really Octoberish, but they taste kinda like cabbage, which is to me)

Tonight is:
Brautworst and Saurkraut
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October foods [Oct. 9th, 2006|02:19 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]


I'm trying to reconnect with the cycle of the seasons by eating seasonal foods. I'm not going to pretend that I'm only going to eat foods that are in season or anything like that, but I'm going to plan my meals around the season I'm in. I'm hoping this will help me feel more connected to the cycle of the earth, as well as make food prep fun.

So, I'm wondering...what foods or meals say "October" to you? They can be healthy or unhealthy; ingredients or meals.

For example, I think of apples and sage and squash when I think October, but I also think Chili, roasted sage chicken, candy corn, and apple pie.

I'd love to know what foods you associate with October! Thanks!
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Looking for LJ friends [Aug. 31st, 2006|12:43 pm]
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I'm looking for LJ friends with mutual interests... if you're interested in friending me and being friended, let me know!
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Genetically Engineered Plums [Jul. 13th, 2006|08:24 pm]
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As usual, the USDA is doing nothing to protect consumers, and considering deregulation of a genetically engineered plum, which they openly admit will contaminate organic and conventional plum orchards. The Center for Food Safety is asking for our help by way of comments to the USDA.

This GE plum was designed to fight a virus that doesn't even exist in the United States. I think it's a way for the chemical companies (Monsanto, most likely) to open the door for future GE trees.


X-Posted to organic_living and my journal.
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Living Green Expo and Good Ideas [Apr. 3rd, 2006|10:14 am]
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[mood |excitedexcited]

Hi granolawoman! It's been kind of quiet in here lately.


This is in St. Paul, MN. But I'm pretty sure that these sorts of Expos exist in other parts of the country too - they're a ton of fun and full of good information.

The Living Green website has a list of topics on the right-hand side of the homepage - if you click on each, there are some tips and ideas for living green.
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Baby stuff [Mar. 7th, 2006|11:36 am]
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Okay, so I wanted to go totally organic for at least what I put in my kids' mouths, or as organic as possible. I've done so/so since my son started solid foods, but here's the kicker: Whole foods has a decent baby section. TJs has no baby stuff except a little burts bees. I can get some organic babyfood at Safeway, including the brand they sell at WF, but in limited amounts cus they're pushing our freind Gerber. Gerber has *some* organics now, but the finger foods are not, and everything is full of sugar. Besides, Whole Foods is too far away.

I can order some stuff online directly from Earths Best (The breand sold by both Whole foods and Safeway,) but this is getting expensive.

Long enough lead-in?

So: if anyone has recipes for cookies and the like for bebe, something like a teething biscuit that would dissolve easily, I'd love to try it. Or any other finger-foods for teethers, actually. I do have a "make your own babyfood" cookbook I plan to employ just as soon as I find which box its packed away in, but it doesn't have specific teether recipes, I don't think.

Okay, that was longwinded. TIA!

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Vegan Oat and Walnut Pancakes [Feb. 28th, 2006|07:01 am]
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I made these last night and they were fabulous!


3/4 cup unbleached white flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup quick cooking oats
1 1/3 cup soy milk (plain or vanilla)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp maple syrup or sugar

In a large bowl, sift flours and all dry ingredients together. In another bowl mix wet ingredients. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients. Stir to combine. Oil a griddle and pour about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Makes about 7 medium pancakes.
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