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Category: Books

Natural Pest Control for the Garden

Something is eating my spinach leaves. I do believe this is the dirty work of little caterpillars, but it could be something else. I know for sure that it is not the work of the baby cat face spider I saw roaming among the leaves of my lettuce garden this spring (we were thrilled to […]

Greasy Rider: the car that runs on vegetable oil

My brother-in-law’s college buddy, Greg Melville, converted his old mercedes to run on used vegetable oil. A book about his two cross-country voyages on vegetable oil, Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country Search for a Greener Future is due out soon, but in the meantime, check out this article on CNN […]

Who is really in charge here?

Check out this talk by one of my favorite authors, Michael Pollan, a natural historian whose book The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World introduced me to a whole new way of thinking about our world many years ago. In this clip he discusses a topic from his book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: […]

Rainbow Chard Sauteed with Mushrooms

One of my goals with my garden this year is to use the gardening experience to get my kids excited about eating green leafy vegetables. They helped me select the seedlings, prepare the soil, and set the plants. They’ve helped me with the watering and have been excited to check the progress of growth. So […]

Curried Squash and Mushroom Soup

I had this enormous butternut squash left over from a photo shoot, so I decided to look for something different to do with it. I came across this recipe in Mollie Katzen’s The New Moosewood Cookbook, one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. I thought it was delicious, a bit sweet but with a surprising meld […]