Category Archives: Food

Recipe – Slow-Fast Cinnamon Rolls

Okay, so the way I make cinnamon rolls is actually much faster than the normal way.  In fact the original recipe for these delights is labeled Fast & Easy Cinnamon Rolls. However, I consider it a slow recipe, because it … Continue reading

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Brussels Sprouts: Three Surprisingly Yummy Ways

I am a late bloomer, when it comes to my discovery of Brussels sprouts.  How could I have gone so long without them? I attribute this gap in my vegetable repertoire to the inexplicable dislike in our society that has … Continue reading

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Dwarf Urban Orchard

I love fruit. I love it for so many reasons. Picking a piece of fruit off a tree and taking a big bite out of it is awesome. You feel like you can taste the sun in the palm of … Continue reading

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Fertility. The Foundation of Life.

One of the big challenges for anyone growing food is the long-term productivity of the growing area. Each time a vegetable is pulled from the ground, it contains some nutrients that now are no longer there. And if nutrients are … Continue reading

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Our Messed-Up Food System: Antibiotic in Meats

When I recently attended a panel related to healthy school lunches (which you may or may not care about), I heard some alarming information about antibiotics in meat production (which I think you definitely will care about).  What I learned … Continue reading

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Recipe ~ Zucchini Bread

Breakfast used to be a struggle at my house.  You see, we prefer a sweet breakfast, most of the time, over a savory one, and the sweet options aren’t always that great.  A fight between healthy (oatmeal, yogurt) and easy … Continue reading

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Conceiving, Designing and Building a Greenhouse. (Part 1 of ?)

In an effort to produce more of the food we consume and to extend the growing season here in Chicago, we are planning on building a greenhouse in our back yard. We have roughly 600 to 700 square feet on … Continue reading

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Recipe ~ “Zoo Butter” Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread

When someone forwarded me a recipe for homemade Nutella, I knew that it would soon be a staple.  Wow!  What’s better than Nutella?  I now know the answer is homemade chocolate-hazelnut spread, which we affectionately call “Zoo Butter”. We named … Continue reading

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Homemade Maple Syrup – Updated

We have one maple tree in our back yard. It’s a big one, but it is still only one. But when I went to the maple syrup festival last year and saw how easy it is to make maple syrup, … Continue reading

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