Whole Food Homestead

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Author: Melissa (page 2 of 5)

Inspirations from the 2016 Seed Savers Exchange Conference

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I just returned from a weekend at Seed Savers Exchange’s (SSE) Heritage Farm in Decorah, Iowa, rubbing shoulders with gardeners, activists, geneticists, chefs, microbiologists, horticulturists, lobbyists, lawyers, grass roots organizers, historians, and seed curators, savers and propegators – all around one devotion: preserving  heirloom seeds. The motivation is this: between 1903 and 1983, our country lost 93% of our seed varieties. Continue reading

The Straight Story on Kombucha + Brew Your Own

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The popularity of kombucha has exploded in the last several years. This functional drink didn’t even enter the American market until 1995, yet by 2015 it was a $0.6 billion industry, and its growth is expected reach $1.8 billion by 2020.  Despite its status as a raging trend, what I love about kombucha is that it is nothing new – it has been around for centuries, perhaps even as early as 221 BC in China, where it was known as the “tea of immortality.” Kombucha is historically known as a healing beverage, and it continues in that tradition today. Continue reading

SPRING Rolls

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It’s spring! The first edibles are popping up all around us – asparagus, mint, chives, sprouts and greens of all kinds to name a few. Last week it dawned on me for the first time that the name “spring rolls” might have something to do with the first offerings of spring. Sure enough, a cursory search revealed that spring rolls most likely originated as a seasonal food in China, where spring vegetables were wrapped in a pancake and enjoyed as a welcome change from winter preserves. Continue reading

Plant Now: Your Early Spring Garden

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My favorite seven words this time of year are: “As soon as soil can be worked.” It’s a simple phrase in the planting instructions for a handful of plants that love the cold, and you can literally sow them directly into the ground as soon as the soil can be worked. That’s now!!! It may only be April, but if you’re interested in getting some early produce from your garden, now is the time to get started! Continue reading

5-Minute Sourdough Bread

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Bread is emblematic as a sustainer of life. Christ chose his words for a reason when he called himself “the Bread of Life.” Many throughout the ages have survived on bread and little else. But today, bread has gained a reputation as an empty food, or even as an enemy to our health. Why is that? Continue reading

Dandelion Season is Coming! Here’s the Easiest Fix Ever…

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As the weather starts to warm, we know that the return of spring also means the return of lawn-care season, with the opening act typically being an onslaught of dandelions in your yard. Continue reading

Winter-Meets-Spring Quinoa Salad

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When we talk about seasonal produce, we are generally referring to those that grow locally during a specific time of year. There is of course a caveat with winter – when the ground is frozen solid, “seasonal” still includes those fall crops that store beautifully throughout the cold months – mainly, winter squashes and root vegetables (thus the many hearty stews and comfort foods that winter is known for). As we near the close of winter, however, our palates start to bore of those roasted and crock-pot-treated root vegetables, and we crave sweetness, lightness and crunch. That’s where this salad comes in. Continue reading

Winter Sowing: A Low Maintenance Method for Starting Seeds

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A few years back, my dear neighbor mentioned the concept of winter sowing to me. He said I could start seeds in old plastic jugs, leave them outside in the dead of winter, and they would take care of themselves. What?? Continue reading

Paleo Coconut Almond Cut-Out Cookies

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I just realized that we’re approaching Valentine’s Day, and that I should be a good mom and blogger by providing some fun Valentine’s treats! We made these cookies this morning, and I definitely did win the affection and praises of my 4- and 2-year-olds. “This is the best day ever!” says the older one, with her little sister echoing “Day ever!” in an attempt to talk just like her. So cute. I hope all of you are as fully pleased 🙂 Continue reading

Sausage and Chickpea Paella

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Despite my love for a variety of ethnic foods, my ventures into less common cuisines and spices have been limited. The ingredients can seem foreign and be hard to find, and the recipes themselves can be complicated and intimidating. So, in response to my own conundrum, I have been on a quest to nail down some good recipes that have those exotic flavors while also meeting my other requirements: not too complicated, not too messy, made from whole ingredients and as seasonal as possible. Continue reading

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