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  • Birthday 05/22/1954

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  1. Gardening, not cooking. Garlic chives reseed like mad, leading to excesses of garlic chives. Cut the flowers before they set seed--they are pretty in a flower arrangement, or just discard.
  2. The Okra With The Fringe On Top

    My Masters is in Ag. I am totally in favor of GMO's (and any other breeding method that improves the quality, pest resistance, yield of our food crops). And I use Round-up when I need to. I would suggest looking at university research, and skipping the fear mongering from Natural News, Mercola, and David Avocadobrain Wolfe.
  3. The Okra With The Fringe On Top

    Mine sometimes has that fringe. I usually plant Clemson spineless. BTW--the only GMO vegetable widely available in the US is sweet corn.
  4. Food Waste @ Home

    Yep, chickens are great garbage disposals. Even the stuff they don't eat, like onion skins and orange peels, gets scratched around and disintegrates. I line my 'chicken bucket' (a covered enamelware bowl) with a sheet of newspaper, and toss the whole thing in the chicken yard. The paper (and paper napkins) disappear in an hour or so. The only things I don't toss to the chickens are bones, because I don't want the dogs to dig their way into the yard for them. ChocoMom--I don't bother with separating out the egg shells. I just dump them in the chicken yard whole. My girls have never eaten eggs, unless they get broken somehow.
  5. Clean as I go, always. Start with an empty dishwasher and a sink full of hot soapy water. By the time I am ready to plate, everything is either washed or in the dishwasher, except for the pots and pans I cooked in. They are scraped and set in the sink. I cannot abide waking up to a dirty kitchen.
  6. There aren't any GMO vegetables currently in the market. Not to mention the fact that GMOs have been extensively tested for more than 20 years, and NO harmful effects have been found.
  7. Dishwasher Detergent

    I have hard water and lots of white spots on glasses. A repair guy told me to put a custard cup of white vinegar on the top shelf before I started the machine. The vinegar gradually overflows during washing and rinsing, and I have no spots now. Some people put vinegar into the bottom of the machine before washing--waste of time, because the dishwasher pumps out all liquids from the sump (which prevents sewer gas from coming up) and that vinegar is just pumped away.
  8. Ingredients List on Package

    Pumpkins are a variety of winter squash, and there a million sizes, shapes and colors of pumpkins. I make my pumpkin pies out of butternut squash, because it is not stringy or watery.
  9. One fall, long ago, I found a preying mantis egg case and tucked it into a vase on the windowsill. In April, I had five kajillion mini-mantises in my kitchen. Every once in a while, I still shake a tiny flattened fellow out of my cookbooks.
  10. Shelby, cowboy candy rocks. The syrup is the best part. The first time I made it, I had to improvise, because I had no cayenne or turmeric. I used an equal measure of Penzey's hot curry powder. Everyone who tries it raves about it.
  11. Kitchen Flies

    Sartoric, I think our dogs are separated at birth. This is Stella. I use the fly tape on the porch--and occasionally, when I want to feel like a real Ozark granny, in the kitchen.
  12. Kitchen photos

    It is a gas stove. It has all the pieces, but I have never hooked it up. The oven is too small. I think it is about a hundred years old.
  13. Kitchen photos

    Not the Appalachians--the Missouri Ozarks. Taum Sauk Mountain, highest place in Missouri (at an *astounding* 1609') is about 5 miles to the south of me. The 'mountain' in the picture is called Pilot Knob, the site of a small but important Civil War battle. Here is a picture of my 'other' stove. It is in the sunroom, and not working.
  14. Kitchen photos

    And the view from the window over the sink: