Monthly Archives: September 2012

Wood-Fire Roasted Coffee Company

WOOD-FIRE ROASTED COFFEE COMPANY            In my quest to live a RUSTIC LIFESTYLE, I am searching the world for others that follow the same basic ideas that I do. Doing things the old fashioned way, stop to smell what’s cooking and going back to basics. In my search, I have found Tim Curry of […]

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Cup O Joe

CUP O JOE         Ever since I was a little kid, coffee has always been a very soothing smell to me and it still very much is. I am one of those whom only drink coffee socially not in the morning. GASP! You say, yes I am one of “THOSE” that do not require a […]

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Orange Chili Vinegar (raw-vegan)

ORANGE CHILI VINEGAR 2 liter recycled glass wine jug 8 large fresh organic garlic cloves, peel and split lengthwise 3 large organic hot banana peppers (from your window herb garden) 1 Tbsp. fresh ground dried organic orange peel 7 cups raw cider vinegar vinegar 2 one (1) liter recycled glass decorative or wine bottles Hold […]

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Orange Champagne Vinaigrette (vegan)

ORANGE CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE (vegan) Makes a little over 1 cup of dressing 1/3 cup orange muscat champagne vinegar 3/4 cup organic olive oil 2 Tbsp. fresh organic basil leaves, fine chopped (from your window herb garden) 1 tsp fresh organic garlic fine chopped 1 tsp. fresh ground dried organic orange peel pinch of fine ground […]

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Tres Picante Chile Frijol (vegan)

TRES PICANTE CHILI FRIJOL (VEGAN SPICY THREE BEAN CHILI) This spicy three bean chili is a favorite of mine. This recipe makes a big pot of chili so that you can freeze or can the extra for a later date. This is great to make a day or two before game day for that hungry […]

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Spinach and Myzithra Stuffed Portabello

SPINACH AND MYZITHRA STUFFED PORTABELLO Serves 2 2 large organic portabello mushrooms, washed, gently with a spoon remove stem (reserve and fine dice) and gills (discard) 2 Tbsp. organic olive oil 4 large fresh cloves organic garlic, fine chopped 1 medium ripe organic orange, remove fruit (fine dice) and reserve the peel for your ORANGE […]

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Orange Peel Grinder

ORANGE PEEL GRINDER Making your own spice grinders is very easy and you can be guaranteed of the quality of spices that you are making. Here is a step-by-step recipe to make your own organic dried orange peel (do this every time you eat an orange and you will never run out) 1 sterilized glass […]

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Spiced Artichokes (vegan)

SPICED ARTICHOKE (VEGAN) Serves 2 entrees 2 extra large fresh organic globe artichokes, stem removed (when picking them, go for the ones that the leaves are tight together and globes are dense) 1 Tbsp. fresh ground dried organic orange peel 1 tsp whole coriander seeds, coarsely crushed in a mortar-pestle 7 whole allspice, fine ground […]

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TOFU- the OTHER white meat

TOFU — THE OTHER WHITE MEAT Tofu has been around for centuries as a staple in many diets. Chinese legend has it that tofu was an invention to Prince Liu An (179-122 BC). It is very popular in East and Southeastern Asian cuisines and is an important source of protein in the vegetarian diet of […]

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Mediterranean Tofu Medley(vegan)

MEDITERRANEAN TOFU MEDLEY This is a great complete protein vegan dish that doesn’t skip the flavor– just the meat. For you non-vegans, this is a great dish to serve with grilled portobello mushrooms on your “Meatless Mondays”. Serves 2 5oz or 1 cup organic super firm sprouted TOFU, medium diced 1 Tbsp. organic olive oil […]

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Heirloom Tomatoes

HEIRLOOM TOMATOES An heirloom tomato, also called heritage tomato, is an open-pollinated (pollinated by insects, birds or wind) non-hybrid heirloom cultivar of tomato. Heirloom tomatoes have become increasingly popular and more readily available in recent years. They are grown for a variety of reasons, such as historical interest, access to wider varieties, and by people […]

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Strawberry Fields Forever… In a Jar!

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER… IN A JAR!      As summer comes to an end and fall starts to show its colors, I look back at all the fruit that was in abundance just a few weeks ago. Walking through a farmers market or even at the store, Mother Nature showed off a rainbow of colors.  I […]

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Vegetable Quiche

VEGETABLE QUICHE   Serves 4 entrées or can be cut into 8 slices for side dishes: 1/2 large organic red bell pepper, medium diced (about ¾ cups) 1 medium organic green zucchini, medium diced (about 2 cups) 6 large organic garlic cloves, chopped fine 1 Tbsp. organic butter 2 Tbsp. water 10 large black olives […]

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Organic Eggs

ORGANIC EGGS      When you pick eggs for you and your family there are a few things you should know about labeling of eggs. There are basically only a couple of labels we see with eggs; ORGANIC, FREE RANGE or PASTURED, and CAGE FREE. Labeling eggs NATURAL and that the hens are HAPPY  means […]

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Iced Green Tea Starters

ICED GREEN TEA STARTER       There is nothing like homemade iced tea. For many years I tortured myself and drank diet soda, and then I switched to iced green tea instead. I drink unsweetened ice green tea but have found anything in the store contains chemicals and additives that I do not want. So what […]

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Window Herb Garden

WINDOW HERB GARDEN      Growing herbs indoors allows you to have fresh organic herbs and small fruiting vegetables like jalapenos or hot banana peppers anytime during the year. I grow fresh organic herbs and chiles right in my window sill year round. I live in an area where we get snow about 6 months out […]

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Farmers Market

FARMERS MARKET       Farmers markets have been around for decades. The only difference is that decades ago they were on the actual farm, not behind the local mall or empty library parking lot on Saturday.  When grandma got her produce/dairy/eggs it was from either her farm or the local farm up the road. She could […]

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Frijoles Negros Cubanos (vegan)

FRIJOLES NEGROS CUBANOS (VEGAN) A modern vegan twist on a traditional classic from Cuba SERVES 2 MAIN COURSES OR 4 SIDE DISHES NOTE: this is a 3 part recipe part 1 (prepare the beans) 2 cups pre-soaked dried organic frijoles negros (black beans) {follow directions on package either for the quick soak or the overnight […]

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Rustic Lifestyle

RUSTIC LIFESTYLE       A rustic lifestyle is a very simple concept and can be easily adopted into anyone’s schedule. My definition of a RUSTIC LIFESTYLE is embracing all that is natural and simple. I am not talking about going back to the Stone Age, I am talking about going back to a life that was […]

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