Becky Lovejoy | Paleo & Gluten Free Living

February 3rd, Friday. Noon Lunch Time Learning | Paleo & Gluten-Free Living Lunch Time Learning is happy to have Becky Lovejoy join us to lead a discussion: What’s For Dinner? Paleo & Gluten Lifestyles Unveiled More people have trouble digesting grains, and two popular approaches are worth a look. A gluten-free lifestyle avoids common grains that contain gluten, and the Paleo lifestyle goes a step further to avoid all grains and include a lifestyle of simplicity, natural exercise, and the appreciation of close friendships. Learn the basics, ask questions, and share information, because what we eat has a profound effect on how we feel. This talk is open to the public. Join us at Noon. The O

Potato Recipes

Potatoes seem to be the longest lasting of winter storage crops in my experience. Of course, that depends on your conditions. Nevertheless, it is a great time to sort through your potatoes and pull out any that have mars, or scars or spots starting to grow. And, here are some recipes for you to try out. Hash Browns We eat these every Sunday until our potatoes are gone. Maybe not the quickest of dishes, but delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Russets preferred, but any potato will be good. Times are not included since type potato, skillet and range can influence outcome. Grated potatoes, 1 medium per person Minced garlic, 1 clove per person Chopped onion, 1/2 medium per person Olive oil

Winter Squash

Winter Squash, I like it. I cannot really say that I love it though. For those of you in my camp, you will probably agree that almost all uses of winter squash are a variation on the theme of roasted or soup. So, I have been searching for innovative uses of winter squash. Hopefully these inspire you to creatively use up the remaining squash in your root cellar. SAVORY WINTER SQUASH BREAD PUDDING Saute, until translucent: 3 tablespoons butter 2 cups diced onions 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cayenne Add: 2 tablespoons minced garlic, saute for about 2 minutes Preheat oven to 350 F Mix into above ingredients, bring to boil, immediately reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes: 3 1/2 cups whole milk

Onion Recipes

Onions vary greatly in storage longevity. Some varieties can hold up until spring time, others only last several months even in ideal conditions. Generally, the sweeter the onion the greater the moisture content and this leads to quicker spoilage. Here are a couple of recipes to use onions nearing the end of storage life. Quick Pickled Red Onions 2 cups apple cider vinegar 1 cup water 3 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon kosher salt 2 pounds red onions, sliced as thin and evenly as possible Combine vinegar, water, sugar and salt in non reactive bowl. Stir to dissolve. Add the onions and gently toss to combine. Marinate about one hour. Ladle into sterilized jars, cover. This stores in the refrige

Carrot Recipes

Digging through your carrots in cold storage? Need some innovative ideas to use up the harvest? Following are some recipes to inspire you. We want to offer fun and innovative recipes to help you transform the abundant harvest from your garden into nutrition for your family. Carrot Pancakes Hang out around O’Hara long enough and you will hear the attributes of 'cakes'. Savory cakes: lentil cakes, beet cakes, ceci cakes and even savory carrot cakes. Once you get the basics then you can turn anything into ‘cakes’. Great as an appetizer, atop a green salad, hot, cold, at the dining room table or on the run. This recipe has a Northern European flare, adapt it to your palette. Preheat oven: 450 F

Benefit of Membership: Plastic Recycling

Recycling is a vital element of sustainability. Most of us are familiar with the three ‘R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. While we have great recycling services for many categories, recycling plastic has become increasingly difficult in our area. So we are introducing a benefit of membership: Plastic Recycling. You will need to clean and sort your plastics. At this point in time we have a recycling center that will accept plastics 1 through 7. But, that is not the end of the story. Plastics are the most important disposable item in our everyday lives that ought to be eliminated. They are mostly petroleum based, require petroleum to recycle, and they are not readily biodegradable. This Plastic Rec

Companion Planting Guide

Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden Alliums (Onions) Likes: Beets, brassica family, carrots, lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes Dislikes: Beans, peas Asparagus Likes: Basil, beets, lettuce, parsley, tomatoes Beans – Bush Likes: Brassica family, celery, corn, cucumbers, potatoes, strawberries Dislikes: Alliums, sunflowers Beans – Pole Likes: Corn (and all the likes of bush beans) Dislikes: Alliums, beets, sunflowers Beets Likes: Alliums, brassica family, kohlrabi, lettuce Dislikes: Beans Brassicas (Cabbage Family) Likes: Allium, aromatic herbs, beets, celery, potatoes, nasturtium Dislikes: Beans, tomatoes, strawberries Carrots Likes: Allium family, lettuce, peas, sage, tomatoes Dislikes:

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