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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Today Italian Pesto Bean Soup

This soup turned out so delicious and so easy to make! You're going to love this in your food storage! :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

TODAY - Clam Chowder

This delicious clam chowder is easy to make and a wonderful addition to your pantry.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kidney Beans Toxin

This is interesting information for those who like raw kidney beans in their salads.

(Note, this doesn't apply to Soup in a Bag as the beans are thoroughly cooked and dried)

Kidney Beans = Special Note:

Kidney beans have a protein that can be toxic, causing food poisoning symptoms.  It is not fatal, but is characterized by severe vomiting that is “debilitating”.  Not pleasant!

To avoid this, red and white kidney beans must be thoroughly cooked before eating.  (Since we use beans that have been cooked and dehydrated, there will not be any issues with the toxin.)

For more information: Go to the FDA website: and in the search engine, look up “phytohaemagglutinin”, to find the article.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


This huge chard plant in our garden box has been there, growing steadily, for months.  It lasted through Fall and Winter (dormant) and then took off again last month.  I thought the leaves would be tough, so I avoided cooking them--until today. Wow! Delicious!

To make: Strip green leaf part from white stems.  Boil green chard in water and chicken bouillon and pepper until soft.

Sweet and wonderful!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Garden for March 2012

Well the garden is loving the rain we've been having.  More of this and we'll have some fantastic bounties this year, at least I hope so! I'm holding off on the planting of more tomatoes, green beans and the typical summer veggies, which is very unlike me.  However, I wanted the tomatoes to really produce this year--normally they look great by now (when I plant them at the beginning of March) but don't always produce well.

This picture is of one of several potato plants.

This is one of the groups of lettuce:

This is the Better Boy Tomato that I planted late February:

Below is a photo of the spinach  plants which are doing better than last year.  It would be lovely if they would grow to the point we can not only have spinach once a week but also enough to dehydrate.

Next is our sweet peas.   We have about 6 of them, plus more Lincoln peas.  They are doing very well.

And finally here is a picture of the apricot tree.  We have high hopes for it this year!  There are several other fruit trees: peach, lemon, lime, pear, kumquat, and several different varieties of apple.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Garden garden

The weather has been weird at times, but nothing out of the ordinary for around here.  My garden is doing fairly well, some potatoes coming up, my lettuce tasty and pickable right now, and I'm waiting for the radishes to come in with their beautiful color.We put in new herbs as well, which is so helpful later in the year when I dry their respective leaves and put the fresh dried herbs in the small bottles and use them.  So fragrant!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Alphabet Soup - Soup in a Bag

You can't beat the fun and flavor of a good alphabet soup! Make with or without meat.