My $200 Chicken Coop

They call it chicken math. It’s basically the justification chicken lovers use when they buy more chicks. How many straight run chicks should you buy if you want eight laying hens? How much room do you need? Two square feet of space per chicken if the coop is only used for sleeping, 4 square feet... Continue Reading →


Don’t Let Good Basil Go Bad

Do you see the top of the basil, where tiny leaves are bunching up? Click on the picture to expand it. There you go. They look scrunchy and spiky. Yep, it's time to make pesto. Tonight.You see, basil has a primal need to procreate. As soon as it creates flowers, its mission on this earth... Continue Reading →

30-Minute Mozzarella

“This book is dangerous,” I wrote on Facebook.  “It’s giving me all kinds of ideas.” I was about halfway through Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, and I had already read about eating locally, avoiding GMOs, and how much fossil fuel was involved with most of our produce.  Then she wrote about local cheese, and... Continue Reading →

What’s the Big Deal about Heirlooms?

Each year, I see the sales ads: Heirloom tomatoes on sale, only $2.99/lb.  Customers flock to them.  The pictures show huge, lumpy, full-color tomatoes instead of the common round red variety.  Whole Foods staffs the produce department with sales people who can name off each variety they sell.  But many people think heirlooms are just... Continue Reading →

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