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  • Death of A Hero

    10/19/2011 8:47:52 AM PDT · 5 of 12
    nw_arizona_granny to betsyross60; Velveeta

    Ping.

  • Remember Politkovskaya the Brave

    10/06/2011 10:52:40 PM PDT · 5 of 5
    nw_arizona_granny to struwwelpeter

    Thank you for this thread.

  • Weekly Roundup - Living On Nothing Edition [Survival Today - an On going Thread #3]

    09/03/2011 6:20:15 AM PDT · 9,997 of 10,033
    nw_arizona_granny to All; metmom

    Saphris (asenapine maleate): Drug Safety Communication: Serious Allergic Reactions

    AUDIENCE: Psychiatry, Patients

    ISSUE: FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that serious allergic reactions have been reported with the use of Saphris (asenapine maleate). The Contraindications, Warnings and Precautions, Adverse Reactions, and Patient Counseling Information sections have been revised to include information about type I hypersensitivity reactions which may include anaphylaxis, angioedema, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, swollen tongue, difficulty breathing, wheezing, or rash. In several cases, these reactions occurred after the first dose.

    BACKGROUND: Saphris (asenapine maleate) is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

    RECOMMENDATION: Healthcare professionals should be aware of the risk of hypersensitivity reactions with Saphris and counsel patients who are receiving the drug about how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. Saphris should not be used in patients with a known hypersensitivity to the drug.

    Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

    * Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
    * Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

    Read the MedWatch safety alert, including links to the Drug Safety Communication with Data Summary, and prescribing information, at:

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm270600.htm

  • Weekly Roundup - Living On Nothing Edition [Survival Today - an On going Thread #3]

    09/03/2011 6:18:12 AM PDT · 9,996 of 10,033
    nw_arizona_granny to All; metmom

    Reclast (zoledronic acid): Drug Safety Communication - New Contraindication and Updated Warning on Kidney Impairment

    AUDIENCE: Endocrinology, Pharmacy, Patient

    ISSUE: FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients of an update to the drug label for Reclast (zoledronic acid) regarding the risk of kidney failure. Cases of acute renal failure requiring dialysis or having a fatal outcome following Reclast use have been reported to FDA. The revised label states that Reclast is contraindicated in patients with creatinine clearance less than 35 mL/min or in patients with evidence of acute renal impairment. The label also recommends that healthcare professionals screen patients prior to administering Reclast in order to identify at-risk patients.

    The Reclast Medication Guide for patients is being updated to contain information about the risk of severe kidney problems. In addition, the manufacturer of Reclast will issue a Dear Healthcare Provider letter to inform healthcare professionals about this risk.

    BACKGROUND: Risk factors for developing renal failure include underlying moderate to severe renal impairment, use of kidney-damaging (nephrotoxic) or diuretic medications at the same time as Reclast, or severe dehydration occurring before or after Reclast is given. The risk of developing renal failure in patients with underlying renal impairment also increases with age.

    These labeling changes are being made to the Reclast label only, although zoledronic acid, also sold as Zometa, is approved for treatment of cancer-related indications. Renal toxicity is already addressed in the Warnings and Precautions section of the Zometa label. Dose reductions for Zometa are provided for patients with renal impairment.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Reclast is contraindicated in patients with creatinine clearance less than 35 mL/min, or in patients with evidence of acute renal impairment. Healthcare professionals should screen patients prior to administering Reclast in order to identify at-risk patients. Healthcare professionals should also monitor renal function in patients who are receiving Reclast.

    Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

    * Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
    * Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

    Read the MedWatch safety alert, including links to the Drug Safety Communication, including a Data Summary, and prescribing information, at:

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm270464.htm

  • Weekly Roundup - Living On Nothing Edition [Survival Today - an On going Thread #3]

    09/03/2011 6:04:22 AM PDT · 9,995 of 10,033
    nw_arizona_granny to All

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    September 2, 2011
    Release #11-318

    Firm’s Recall Hotline: (877) 924-4624
    CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
    CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

    LED Night Lights Recalled by Camsing Global Due to Burn Hazard

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

    Name of product: LED night lights

    Units: About 10,000

    Importer: Corvest Acquisition Inc. (now Camsing Global LLC), of Largo, Fla.

    Hazard: The LED night lights can overheat, smolder, and melt which may cause minor burns to consumers.

    Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received five reports of the recalled LED night lights overheating, smoldering or melting. No injuries have been reported.

    Description: The LED night light contains flame retardant elements, plugs into an electrical outlet, has a white or blue LED bulb, and a clear bulb cover. “Model SBD01”, the number “E314462” and “Made in China” are stamped on the back of the night light’s plastic white base. The night lights measure about 1 3/4 inches wide by 3 3/4 inches high.

    Distributed by: Various companies as a free promotional product, imprinted with the company’s name from December 2010 through March 2011.

    Manufactured in: China

    Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled night lights and discard them.

    Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Camsing Global toll-free at (877) 924-4624 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, or visit the firm’s website at www.camsingglobal.com

    To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to:
    http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11318.html

  • Weekly Roundup - Living On Nothing Edition [Survival Today - an On going Thread #3]

    09/02/2011 9:35:24 PM PDT · 9,994 of 10,033
    nw_arizona_granny to All

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm269869.htm

    Vita Food Products Issues Voluntary Recall of 4 oz. Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon Packages with “SELL BY DEC 15 2011 01961” Purchased on July 25 or After
    08/26/2011 05:22 PM EDT

    Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois is notifying the public that 8,088 individual retail packages of 4 oz. Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon are being voluntarily recalled due to the potential for contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
    . For detailed information pertaining to this Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts message, please click the link at the beginning of this bulletin.

  • Weekly Roundup - Living On Nothing Edition [Survival Today - an On going Thread #3]

    09/02/2011 9:32:27 PM PDT · 9,993 of 10,033
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    This message consists of the following:

    1. Pacific Cycle Recalls Swing Sets Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Toys R Us, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11313.html

    2. Petzl America Recalls Belay Devices Due to Fall Hazard, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11314.html

  • Weekly Roundup - Living On Nothing Edition [Survival Today - an On going Thread #3]

    09/02/2011 9:25:07 PM PDT · 9,992 of 10,033
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    City Hall joining Flint’s urban agriculture movement

    She also is part of what has become a social movement taking Flint by storm and
    that is winning international praise.
    And, now urban gardening is also getting the official endorsement of the status
    quo.


    Wonderful film showing city farming in Mumbai, India

    Dedication by the filmmaker Suma Josson:
    August 28th was my mother’s birthday. It is 2 months since she passed away. Daughter
    of a farmer she was a kitchen gardener growing her own vegetables and fruits wherever
    she moved. She carried the garden within her and the garden contained her energy.

    I know up there she is tending and watering a garden filled with the light of regeneration
    and hope. Let’s turn more earth organic in 2011.


    Like Portland, Boulder rethinking concept of urban farming

    Hunched over the miniature jungle growing along the street near his University Hill
    home in Boulder, Scott Hoffenberg plucked a glistening purple object from the ground
    and shook off bits of dirt.

    “This is the first eggplant of the year,” Hoffenberg said. “In a couple weeks, we
    should be pulling 100 to 150 of these off each week.”


    City Chase explores Vancouver’s Compost Garden, for charity

    City Chase brought a few hundred explorers to the Vancouver Compost Demonstration
    Garden as part of a unique urban adventure. Participants had to dig through our
    worm bins and find 10 worms and also answer questions about the composting process.

    It was a wonderful way to introduce people to home composting.
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    Read stories here:
    City Farmer News [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=fclqmpbab&et=1107376791614&s=1304&e=001pykGQtuoK1sqn_-DOdU__1Q7Y-ONrxaZqnp9jND2fjlzMFXS54LD4GHnKzPL4pWiV6g3Bh7Gp4dPfysMNNeiinpKbIJg-vQerAsQn-BY3-8xNvyTnVYKDQ==]
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    Michael Levenston
    City Farmer - Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture

  • Weekly Roundup - Living On Nothing Edition [Survival Today - an On going Thread #3]

    09/01/2011 7:38:30 PM PDT · 9,991 of 10,033
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    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
    Office of Communications
    Washington, D.C.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    September 1, 2011
    Release #11-315

    Recall Hotlines: See listing below
    CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
    CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

    Nine Manufacturers, Distributors Announce Consumer Recall of Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with nine manufacturers and distributors, is announcing a voluntary recall of all pourable gel fuels made or sold by these companies. Due to the serious risks of flash fire and burns when consumers add pourable gel to an already burning fire pot, consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel.

    The recall involves an estimated 2 million units of various pourable gel fuels packaged in one-quart plastic bottles and one-gallon plastic jugs and sold in scented and non-scented formulations, which were sold since 2008 for between $5 and $20 by the companies listed below.

    Consumers can contact these firms to obtain instructions for a refund of the product and for returning unused bottles and jugs:

    Bird Brain Inc., of Ypsilanti, Mich.
    Bond Manufacturing of Antioch, Calif.
    Sunjel Company (2 Burn Inc.) of Milwaukee
    Fuel Barons Inc. of Lake Tahoe, Nev.
    Lamplight Farms Inc of Menomonee Falls, Wis.
    Luminosities Inc (Windflame) of St. Paul, Minn.
    Pacific Décor Ltd. of Woodinwille, Wash.
    Real Flame of Racine, Wis.
    Smart Solar Inc. of Oldsmar, Fla.

    The pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning. CPSC is aware of 65 incidents resulting in two deaths and 34 victims who were hospitalized with second and third degree burns of the face, chest, hands, arms or legs.

    Of the 65 incidents, 28 of them, including 37 burn injuries and two fatalities, occurred with fuel gel products made by Napa Home & Garden, which conducted a recall of its products in June 2011, in cooperation with CPSC. Also in June, CPSC issued a press statement alerting consumers to the hazards of pourable gel fuels. All pourable gel fuel, regardless of manufacturer, poses flash fire hazards.

    Consumers should not attempt to use or fix pourable gel fuel bottles with homemade remedies, or replace the fuel with other flammable materials.

    Retailers should stop sale of existing inventory and immediately remove all stock of pourable gel fuel from shelves. Some firms are working on a design for caps that may prevent flash fire hazards.

    To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11315.html

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  • Weekly Roundup - Living On Nothing Edition [Survival Today - an On going Thread #3]

    09/01/2011 7:35:37 PM PDT · 9,990 of 10,033
    nw_arizona_granny to All

    This message consists of the following:

    1. Nine Manufacturers, Distributors Announce Consumer Recall of Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11315.html

    2. Wooden Rattle Recalled by Manhattan Group Due to Choking Hazard, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11316.html

    3. Sunsations Agrees to $60,000 Civil Penalty for Failing to Report Drawstrings in Children’s Sweatshirts; Drawstrings pose strangulation and entanglement hazards to children, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11317.html

  • Weekly Roundup - Living On Nothing Edition [Survival Today - an On going Thread #3]

    08/27/2011 11:16:48 PM PDT · 9,988 of 10,033
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    ShoulderFlex Massager by King International: Safety Communication - Risk of Strangulation

    AUDIENCE: Physical Medicine, Orthopedics, Consumer

    ISSUE: FDA notified health professionals and consumers of serious health risks posed by the ShoulderFlex Massager. FDA is aware of reports to the Consumer Product Safety Commission of one death and one near-strangulation associated with the ShoulderFlex Massager. These incidents occurred when a necklace and clothing became caught in a piece of the device that rotates during use. Two other reports involved clothing and hair became caught in the device.

    BACKGROUND: The ShoulderFlex Massager, distributed by King International, is a personal massage device designed for home use to provide deep tissue massage to the neck, shoulder and back while the user lies on a flat surface. King International has distributed 11,934 devices since Oct. 18, 2003. The devices were sold at various stores and online retailers in the United States.

    RECOMMENDATION: Do not use or recommend use of the ShoulderFlex Massager. Dispose of the device components separately so that the massager cannot be reassembled and used. The FDA is evaluating King International’s plan for recall of the ShoulderFlex Massager, which may lead to additional action or communication by the FDA or King International.

    Prompt reporting of adverse events can help the FDA identify and better understand the risks associated with this product. Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

    * Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
    * Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

    Read the MedWatch safety alert, including a link to the FDA safety communication, at:

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm269765.htm

  • Weekly Roundup - Living On Nothing Edition [Survival Today - an On going Thread #3]

    08/27/2011 10:54:12 PM PDT · 9,987 of 10,033
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    Stress
    Posted by: “Debbie Harlan”

    Lemon and Stress

    Some essential oils appear to have an effect on the neurotransmitters in the
    brain that play a role in anxiety.

    In Japan, a study has shown that lemon oil has anti-stress effects. It works
    by modulating both the Serotonin and Dopamine neurotransmitter systems. In
    Japan keypunch-operator errors were cut in half after piping lemon scent
    through the ventilation system. Calming and less stress equals less errors.

    How to Use: Try diffusing in the morning or use in a car diffuser on the way
    to work.


    Eucalyptus Radiata
    Posted by: “Debbie Harlan”

    If you haven’t tried this variety of Eucalyptus read on.

    Eucalyptus Radiata has a sweet, soft scent and is used for

    infections higher in the respiratory tract. It is highly effective

    when used with Ravansara aromatica, against colds, flu and

    sinusitis. A refreshing camphorus oil with a scent that is lighter

    than Eucalyptus Globulus. Patricia Davis says this is the most useful

    Eucalyptus as it has a pleasant smell and is easily assimilated. It

    has many of the same uses as Eucalyptus Globulus but it is milder in

    its chemical composition and gentler in action. Despite its mild

    chemical composition, it is highly anti-bacterial and anti-viral.

    Eucalyptus Radiata has been proven effective in laboratory tests

    against many viruses, including staphylococci. It is also a powerful

    decongestant: in chronic and acute bronchitis it reduces the swelling

    of mucus membranes, loosens phlegm and increases the oxygen supply to

    restricted cells.


    Quit Smoking
    Posted by: “Debbie Harlan”

    For those who are trying to quit smoking this may help:

    8d. cedar

    4d. lavender

    5d. lemon

    5d. orange

    6d. tea tree

    Mix into 16oz of water & use as an air spray

    Enjoy

    Send us your favorite aroma tips to be

    considered for this newsletter

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    Essential oils, blends, soaps, candles and more.

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    08/25/2011 3:59:27 AM PDT · 9,986 of 10,033
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    Aunt Rose’s Famous Green Tomato Casserole

    “Rainbow Cooks” Author: Rainbow Whole Foods Cooperative Grocery

    3 large green tomatoes, skin on
    1 large yellow onion
    Bread crumbs
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Olive oil

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thinly slice tomatoes and onion. Grease a 1- or 2-quart casserole. Layer tomatoes and onions. Salt and pepper each layer. Cover with a thin layer of crumbs. Drizzle with olive oil.

    Bake 30-45 minutes. Serves 4.

    Mississippi Cooks: Featured Cookbook
    from the March 2003 issue of Today in Mississippi

    Get recipes and money-saving tips at http://www.CheapCooking.com. Free newsletter, recipes, and much more.


    Yahoo! Groups Links

    <*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cheapcooking/

  • Weekly Roundup - Living On Nothing Edition [Survival Today - an On going Thread #3]

    08/25/2011 3:14:52 AM PDT · 9,985 of 10,033
    nw_arizona_granny to All; metmom

    Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide): Drug Safety Communication - Abnormal Heart Rhythms Associated With High Doses

    AUDIENCE: Psychiatry, Cardiology

    ISSUE: FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that the antidepressant Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide) should no longer be used at doses greater than 40 mg per day because it can cause abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart. Changes in the electrical activity of the heart (prolongation of the QT interval of the electrocardiogram [ECG]) can lead to an abnormal heart rhythm (including Torsade de Pointes), which can be fatal. Patients at particular risk for developing prolongation of the QT interval include those with underlying heart conditions and those who are predisposed to low levels of potassium and magnesium in the blood.

    Studies did not show a benefit in the treatment of depression at doses higher than 40 mg per day. Previously, the citalopram drug label stated that certain patients may require a dose of 60 mg per day. The citalopram drug label has been revised to include the new drug dosage and usage recommendations, as well as information about the potential for QT interval prolongation and Torsade de Pointes. See the FDA Drug Safety Communication Data Summary for additional information.

    BACKGROUND: Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide) is in a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

    RECOMMENDATION: Citalopram causes dose-dependent QT interval prolongation. Citalopram should no longer be prescribed at doses greater than 40 mg per day. Citalopram should not be used in patients with congenital long QT syndrome. Patients with congestive heart failure, bradyarrhythmias, or predisposition to hypokalemia or hypomagnesemia because of concomitant illness or drugs, are at higher risk of developing Torsade de Pointes. See the FDA Drug Safety Communication for additional recommendations for healthcare professionals and patients.

    Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

    * Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
    * Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

    Read the MedWatch safety alert, including a link to the FDA Drug Safety Communication, at:

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm269481.htm

  • Weekly Roundup - Living On Nothing Edition [Survival Today - an On going Thread #3]

    08/21/2011 4:37:29 PM PDT · 9,982 of 10,033
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    Summer Vegetables on the Table

    Posted: 20 Aug 2011 08:52 PM PDT
    It’s hard to believe we are heading into the end of August. My oldest son started college as a freshman, my other two will go into 6th and 12th grade the Tuesday after Labor Day, and before we know it Fall will bring cooler weather. Vegetable and herb harvests are going strong around the country so I thought I would share more fresh vegetable recipes today. Remember, if you don’t grow your own, watch for roadside stands to pick up local produce.

    Squash with Carrots

    Ingredients:
    3 tbsp. water
    2 tbsp. vegetable or olive oil
    3 cups summer squash, any variety
    3 cups grated carrots
    3/4 cup chopped onion
    1 tsp. each minced fresh parsley, oregano and thyme
    1/2-1 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
    1 tbsp. butter or margarine

    Saute the onions until tender in the oil. Add the squash, carrots and water to the onion. Cover and simmer 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until just tender. Makes 6 servings.

    Note: You can substitute other fresh herbs such as dill, marjoram, summer savory, rosemary, sage or chives.

    Green Bean Salad

    Ingredients:
    1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
    1 tbsp. vinegar
    1 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
    1 tsp. fresh, minced rosemary
    1 clove garlic, mashed
    3 cups green beans, cooked until just tender

    Combine all the ingredients except the green beans. Whisk until combined, pour over the beans and toss gently. Cover and chill at least 4 hours. Remove the garlic clove. Serve chilled. 6 servings.

    Lima Bean Basil Salad

    Ingredients:
    3/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
    1/2 cup vinegar
    3-5 tbsp. chopped fresh basil, any variety
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tbsp. sugar
    1/2 cup chopped green onion or chives
    6 cups cooked lima beans (just tender)

    Mix the oil, vinegar, basil, salt, sugar and onion. Pour over the lima beans, toss. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.

    Lastly, I have a recipe for a buttermilk dressing that can be used as a dip for vegetables. I love cutting up green bell pepper, cucumbers and carrots for dipping.

    Buttermilk Herb Dressing

    Ingredients:
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 cup cottage cheese, any variety
    3 tbsp. chopped green onion or chives
    2 tbsp. lemon juice
    1 tsp. salt
    2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

    Process this in a blender or food processor. Keep refrigerated.

    On OFL I have some great recipes for using basil:
    http://oldfashionedliving.com/basil.html

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    08/21/2011 4:31:00 PM PDT · 9,981 of 10,033
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    NaturalNews Insider Alert ( www.NaturalNews.com ) email newsletter

    Dear NaturalNews readers,

    Astonishingly, most mainstream consumers actually believe that Vitamin Water is a healthy beverage. What they don’t realize is that Vitamin Water is mostly sugar water.

    Even Coca-Cola’s own attorneys have publicly admitted that Vitamin Water is not “a healthy beverage.”

    Today, the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center releases the latest Food Investigations video that exposes what I call the “Vitamin Water deception.”
    http://www.naturalnews.com/033390_Vitamin_Water_deception.html

    Is Alex Jones for real? People keep asking me that, so I decided to answer it publicly. As you’ll read in this article, Alex Jones is a courageous voice whose fast-growing InfoWars media group does an outstanding job warning us all about the challenging times ahead:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/033389_Alex_Jones_radio_show.html

    Obama has a love affair with GMOs, it seems: Although he once promised to push for mandatory GMO labeling of grocery products, in reality he has appointed pro-Monsanto puppets into key positions within the government. That’s why I now call him GMObama! Here’s the latest on this failed President who has broken virtually every campaign promise we once hoped he might actually keep:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/033387_Obama_GMOs.html

    Did you know that authorities in Texas actively conspired to bury test data showing the municipal water supply to be radioactive? It’s true. Here’s the report:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/033386_radiation_drinking_water.html

    On the nutrition side of things today, check out this article on alpha lipoic acid and its numerous health benefits:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/033382_alpha_lipoic_acid_mitochondria.html

    More stories continue below on benefits of lemon water, setting the record straight on bentonite clay and much more (see below)...

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    08/21/2011 8:03:19 AM PDT · 9,980 of 10,033
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    Colourful brassieres support weighty cantaloupes

    Now in August, tomatoes and cantaloupes are crowding the plastic shelter and the
    heavy, growing cantaloupes need some support. They are “EarliChamps” from West
    Coast Seeds. Using a tip from a visitor, Maria visited a local Sally Ann thrift
    store and bought a variety of different sized brassieres to help hold up the growing
    melons.


    PBS Video: Seeds of progress: How urban farming is changing Detroit’s future

    If the Republican presidential hopefuls agreed on anything at last week’s Iowa debate,
    it was the need for America to create jobs. And one city that needs jobs is Detroit.
    The city itself has an unemployment rate hovering around 24 percent. The lack of
    jobs is one reason that nearly one-quarter of the population left the city in the
    last decade.


    Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has Bee-Love

    The sweet smell of success is in the air at O’Hare International Airport with an
    unusual collaboration aimed at giving honeybees and their keepers a second chance.

    Twenty-three beehives were installed on a vacant piece of property on the airport’s
    east side this spring.


    Paris Community Gardens

    Just by chance, we met Sylvie Laurent-Begin and her husband Christophe at “Grow”,
    a small garden on False Creek. Sylvie is Deputy to the Paris Vice-Mayor in charge
    of Parks and Gardens. Christophe her husband is president of Potager des Oiseaux
    in le Marais neighborhood.
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    Read stories here:
    City Farmer News [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=fclqmpbab&et=1107223658419&s=1304&e=001grsbXjuM48IO3Q7asN0MNIbhmPpRGLzb3Mpa3h-_tZjnHe6tgKg3qj2tR8RzgEtVZHZP1dx2GkFJ1x_wUrpiIgq0LQi9Cr_ha8EYQA0Se7l1xyPM-VWYkw==]
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    Michael Levenston
    City Farmer - Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture
    1978-2011
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    Colourful brassieres support weighty cantaloupes
    Now in August, tomatoes and cantaloupes are crowding the plastic shelter and the
    heavy, growing cantaloupes need some support. They are “EarliChamps” from West
    Coast Seeds. Using a tip from a visitor, Maria visited a local Sally Ann thrift
    store and bought a variety of different sized brassieres to help hold up the growing
    melons.
    PBS Video: Seeds of progress: How urban farming is changing Detroit’s future
    If the Republican presidential hopefuls agreed on anything at last week’s Iowa debate,
    it was the need for America to create jobs. And one city that needs jobs is Detroit.
    The city itself has an unemployment rate hovering around 24 percent. The lack of
    jobs is one reason that nearly one-quarter of the population left the city in the
    last decade.
    Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has Bee-Love
    The sweet smell of success is in the air at O’Hare International Airport with an
    unusual collaboration aimed at giving honeybees and their keepers a second chance.
    Twenty-three beehives were installed on a vacant piece of property on the airport’s
    east side this spring.
    Paris Community Gardens
    Just by chance, we met Sylvie Laurent-Begin and her husband Christophe at “Grow”,
    a small garden on False Creek. Sylvie is Deputy to the Paris Vice-Mayor in charge
    of Parks and Gardens. Christophe her husband is president of Potager des Oiseaux
    in le Marais neighborhood.
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    Read stories here:
    City Farmer News [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=fclqmpbab&et=1107223658419&s=1304&e=001grsbXjuM48IO3Q7asN0MNIbhmPpRGLzb3Mpa3h-_tZjnHe6tgKg3qj2tR8RzgEtVZHZP1dx2GkFJ1x_wUrpiIgq0LQi9Cr_ha8EYQA0Se7l1xyPM-VWYkw==]
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    Michael Levenston
    City Farmer - Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture
    1978-2011
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    08/20/2011 4:57:07 AM PDT · 9,979 of 10,033
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    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm268798.htm

    Atlanta Oriental Food Recalls Cut Napa Kimchi Because Of Possible Listeria Monocytogenes
    08/19/2011 11:32 AM EDT

    Atlanta Oriental Food Wholesale Company of Atlanta, GA, is recalling its 1 gallon plastic containers of Cut Napa Kimchi and 5 gallon buckets of Cut Napa Kimchi because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

    . For detailed information pertaining to this Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts message, please click the link at the beginning of this bulletin.

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    The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Urban Homesteading

    Last August I was approached by the editors from Penguin Publishing, who oversee
    “The Complete Idiot’s Guide” books. Despite their goofy-sounding titles, I’ve always
    been a fan of the Idiot’s Guides. I like the way they’re structured, and I feel
    like I’m getting comprehensive information when I read them.
    The editors asked me if I would write the book, and what followed was a period that
    was both challenging and immensely rewarding.

    Atlanta Grows Lettuce in Freight Containers as Urban Farms Bloom

    More farmers are marketing their products directly to consumers than ever, the U.S.
    Department of Agriculture said Aug. 5 when it released its 2011 National Farmers
    Market Directory. The guide lists 7,175 markets, up 53 percent from 4,685 in 2008.
    States experiencing the most rapid growth aren’t in the West or Northeast, where
    the local-food movement germinated, the USDA found. The agency reported a 46 percent
    increase in markets in Alaska, and a 38 percent jump in Texas, Colorado and New
    Mexico.

    Salt Lake County’s urban farming project yields bumper crop

    That’s the goal of the farming leases, said Julie Peck-Dabling, director of Salt
    Lake County’s urban farming program. The three parcels - one in Holladay and two
    in Draper - were originally bought for future parks land, but funding shortages
    left them undeveloped.

    “It actually takes staff time to go out there a few times a year and cut the weeds
    and spray them,” Peck-Dabling said. Until the space is converted to parks, leasing
    the land to local farmers is more productive, she said.

    Urban agriculture group to launch petition for public consultations in Montreal

    MONTREAL - A group of Montrealers is about to test the public’s newly bestowed right
    to initiate public consultations in the city.
    The threshold is high, though.
    The Work Group on Urban Agriculture, composed of university and community groups,
    will have to collect 15,000 signatures on a paper petition by Nov. 8 to oblige the
    city to hold a public consultation on the state of urban agriculture in Montreal.
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    Read more here:
    City Farmer News [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=fclqmpbab&et=1107169554661&s=1304&e=001qEm6v3qFuNi9O00u4s76OxOrIKoabgKo09nahZqR-93MO1ql4qRkDpz2sgZHVstM52BTdWEYhmxwg0E81J_jMOKMYl2h9fN5uuJ2wA9C25uqIUwQMGRKEA==]
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    Michael Levenston
    City Farmer - Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture
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    NaturalNews Insider Alert ( www.NaturalNews.com ) email newsletter
    (Unsubscribe instructions at bottom)

    Dear NaturalNews readers,

    The often-invoked story of polar bears drowning in arctic waters because of melting ice caps was a complete fraud, invented by dishonest scientists who have now been publicly outed for fabricating their data.

    Here are the details on this latest example of politically-motivated fraudulent science:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/033370_polar_bars_scientific_fraud.html

    I recently interviewed Sally Fallon from the Weston A Price Foundation about the Rawesome Foods raids and the arrest of a Weston Price representative (Victoria Bloch). Hear the full interview in this article:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/033371_Sally_Fallon_Weston_A_Price.html

    Ridiculously, more corn is now being used to make corn ethanol than is being consumed as food. Apparently, the USA would rather burn its food as fuel instead of keeping food prices affordable for American families:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/033369_corn_ethanol_food_prices.html

    Farmers are speaking out against GMOs in a new mini-documentary that explains how GMOs are a “Monsanto trap” that ensnares farmers in a situation from which they can almost never escape:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/033368_farmers_Monsanto.html

    Watch out for these top five dangerous ingredients in deodorant products:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/033364_deodorants_chemical_ingredients.html

    P.S. Dont’ miss the Leigh Erin Connealy event this weekend, which presents breakthrough information on conquering diabetes and cancer - naturally!
    http://www.naturalnews.com/Leigh-Erin-Connealy.html

    More stories continue below on the Orwellian attack on raw milk, how to stop obsessive compulsive behaviors, how to improve the health of your hair with a little-known source of silica, and much more (see below)...

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    08/18/2011 7:56:40 PM PDT · 9,976 of 10,033
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    Weekly Harvest Newsletter

    Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - August 17, 2011

    Weekly sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet by NCAT staff for the NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project website. The Weekly Harvest Newsletter is also available online at https://attra.ncat.org/newsletter/archives.html#wh.

    Early Bird Gets the Worm
    Early registrants to the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, in September will catch a very special deal: an extra day-long training by our program specialists on small-scale intensive farming. We are partnering with Mother Earth News Fair to provide a full day of workshops related to small-scale farming that will help you learn sustainable food production for personal and commercial use. These workshops are in addition to the regular Fair workshops and exhibitions, and will be presented on Friday, Sept. 23. Seating for our training is limited to 400 and is only offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so you need to purchase your tickets today. Visit http://bit.ly/ouoK7c for more information and to purchase your weekend pass.

    News & Resources

    * Poultry Farms that Go Organic Have Fewer Drug-Resistant Bacteria

    * CRP Land Conversion to Biofuel Cropland Incurs Carbon Debt

    * James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards Recognize Sustainable Food Visionaries

    * Study Shows Support for Animal Welfare Labeling

    * Crop Production Cost Studies Released

    * Small Wind Bulk Buy Program Offered in Minnesota

    Funding Opportunities

    * Raising Organic Family Farms Program

    * National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Grants

    * Practical Farmers of Iowa Savings Incentive Program

    Coming Events

    * Hoes Down Harvest Festival

    * All Things Organic

    * NMPAN Webinar: To Build or Not to Build: Is a New Processor Really Needed?

    __________________________________________________

    News & Resources

    Poultry Farms that Go Organic Have Fewer Drug-Resistant Bacteria
    http://newsdesk.umd.edu/uniini/release.cfm?ArticleID=2480
    Poultry farms that have adopted organic practices and ceased using antibiotics have significantly lower levels of drug-resistant enterococci bacteria that can potentially spread to humans, according to a groundbreaking new study led by a researcher in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health.
    Related ATTRA Publication: Organic Poultry Production in the United States https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=177

    CRP Land Conversion to Biofuel Cropland Incurs Carbon Debt
    http://news.msu.edu/story/9646
    A new study by a team of Michigan State University researchers shows that the carbon cost of converting Conservation Reserve Program lands to corn and soybean production is high. Alternatively, growing CRP grasses harvested for cellulosic ethanol would create no debt and provide immediate energy and climate mitigation benefits.

    James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards Recognize Sustainable Food Visionaries
    http://www.jamesbeard.org/files/2011%20Leadership%20Awards%20Release%20FINAL.pdf
    The James Beard Foundation has named the recipients of its inaugural Leadership Awards. The honorees — who range from urban agriculture heroes to tireless healthy school food pioneers — include Will Allen, Debra Eschmeyer, Fred Kirschenmann, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Alice Waters.

    Study Shows Support for Animal Welfare Labeling
    http://www.usagnet.com/story-national.php?Id=1701&yr=2011
    Consumers may be willing to pay extra for meat and eggs with a mandatory label indicating animal welfare information, according to a study conducted by Kansas State University and Michigan State University. Agricultural economists examined U.S. resident support for mandatory labeling of animal welfare information on pork and egg products.

    Crop Production Cost Studies Released
    http://ucanr.org/news/?uid=1409&ds=191
    New studies showing production costs for table olives, peaches, cherries, almonds, strawberries and safflower are now available from the University of California Cooperative Extension.
    Related ATTRA Publication: Enterprise Budgets and Production Costs for Organic Production
    https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=187

    Small Wind Bulk Buy Program Offered in Minnesota
    http://bit.ly/nV7L1T
    Windustry and the Region Nine Renewable Energy Task Force have launched a Small Wind Bulk Buy Program to help rural enterprises take advantage of Minnesota’s wind resources and net-metering laws. The program includes training and technical and permitting support.
    Related ATTRA Publication: Small-Scale Wind Energy on the Farm
    https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=305

    >> More Breaking News https://attra.ncat.org/news/

    __________________________________________________

    Funding Opportunities

    Raising Organic Family Farms Program
    http://raisingorganicfamilyfarms.com/apply-for-grant/
    Lundberg Family Farms has launched a new initiative that will award up to $50,000 total in grants and scholarships. Aspiring commercial organic family farmers can submit a 500-word essay in one of three categories:
    + Seed money for equipment, supplies or repairs
    + Education funding towards schooling or conference registration
    + Mentorship with experts in business planning, marketing, retail, livestock management or crop planning.
    The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2011.

    National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Grants
    http://1.usa.gov/oDRJqm
    The National Sheep Industry Improvement Center has approximately $1 million available in grants funds for proposals that help accomplish six specific objectives designed to improve the competitiveness of the U.S. sheep and goat industries.
    Proposals will be accepted through September 15, 2011.

    Practical Farmers of Iowa Savings Incentive Program
    http://www.practicalfarmers.org/programs/youth-and-next-generation/sip.html
    The Savings Incentive Program will entice beginning Iowa farmers to save $100 a month for two years; after two years, SIP will match their savings $1:$1. The beginning farmer can then use this savings to purchase a farm asset .
    Applications must be received by October 14, 2011.

    >> More Funding Opportunities https://attra.ncat.org/funding/

    __________________________________________________

    Coming Events

    Hoes Down Harvest Festival
    http://www.hoesdown.org/
    October 1-2, 2011
    Guinda, California
    The festival on Saturday offers music, food, children’s activities, farmers’ market and agricultural workshops. Sunday’s schedule offers hands-on activities and workshops on different farms in the Capay Valley Region.

    All Things Organic
    http://www.ota.com/allthingsorganic.html
    September 21-24, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    For All Things Organic at Natural Products Expo East the Organic Trade Association has created a one-of-a-kind conference program with critical information on the issues that impact your organic business.

    NMPAN Webinar: To Build or Not to Build: Is a New Processor Really Needed?
    http://www.extension.org/pages/59962/to-build-or-not-to-build:-is-new-processing-needed
    September 28, 2011
    Online
    This Niche Meat Processing Assistance Network free one-hour webinar will discuss when building new facilities makes sense and when it doesn’t, with real stories — and lessons — from the field.

    >> More Events https://attra.ncat.org/calendar/

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    New Publication
    Disease and Insect Management in Organic Small Grains
    https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=363

    Question of the Week
    What are some resources for designing and connecting rain barrel systems?
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    Webinars
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    08/18/2011 3:58:58 PM PDT · 9,975 of 10,033
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    This message consists of the following:

    1. C. O. Lynch Enterprises Inc. Recalls Itasca Fusion Hiker Boots Due to Foot Injury Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Big 5 Sporting Goods, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11307.html

    2. Macy’s Recalls Martha Stewart Collection Enamel Cast Iron Casseroles Due to Laceration and Burn Hazard, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11308.html

    3. Office Depot Recalls Desk Chairs Due to Pinch Hazard, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11309.html

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    08/18/2011 8:39:52 AM PDT · 9,974 of 10,033
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 17, 2011
    Release #11-306

    Firm’s Recall Hotline: (855) 652-9019
    CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
    CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

    Table-Top Clip-on Chair Recalled by phil&teds USA Due to Fall and Amputation Hazards

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

    Name of Product: “metoo” Clip-on Chair

    Units: 54,000 (these were the subject of a product safety alert issued May 6, 2011)

    Importer: phil&teds USA Inc, of Fort Collins, Co.

    Hazard: Missing or worn clamp pads allow the chairs to detach from a variety of different table surfaces, posing a fall hazard. In addition, when the chair detaches, children’s fingers can be caught between the bar and clamping mechanism, posing an amputation hazard. Also, user instructions for the chairs are inadequate, increasing the likelihood of consumer misuse.

    Incidents/Injuries: phil&teds and CPSC have received 19 reports of the chairs falling from different table surfaces, including five reports with injuries. Two reports of injuries involved children’s fingers being severely pinched, lacerated, crushed or amputated. The three other reports of injury involved bruising after a chair detached suddenly and a child struck the table or floor.

    Description: The product is an infant/toddler chair with a nylon fabric seat and a metal frame that clamps onto tables using two metal vise clamps. The upper part of each clamp rests on the table top and has either a rubber pad on its underside or a rubber boot covering the clamp. The chair is sold in three fabric colors - red, black and navy. Chairs subject to this recall do not have black plastic spacers between the cross bar and the clamps.

    Sold through: Buy Buy Baby, Target, Toys R Us and their online sites; philandteds.com; Amazon.com; other online retailers; and a variety of independent juvenile specialty stores from May 2006 to May 2011 for between $40 and $50.

    Manufactured in: China

    Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact the company to receive a free repair kit and revised user instructions. Consumers who previously received a repair kit with only rubber boots should also stop using the chair and contact the company for the new repair kit.

    Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact phil&teds USA at (855) 652-9019 or visit the company’s website at www.philandteds.com/support

    To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11306.html

    ********************************************************

    Visit our blog, OnSafety at www.cpsc.gov/onsafety
    See our videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/uscpsc
    Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/OnSafety
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    08/17/2011 8:34:30 PM PDT · 9,972 of 10,033
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    Nasal Inhaler

    This is really so easy to make.

    5 drops Eucalyptus (botanical name Eucalyptus globulus)

    1/4 teaspoon coarse salt.

    Place salt in a glass vial with a lid.

    Add Eucalyptus.

    The salt will absorb the essential oil.

    Open vial and inhale as needed.

    You may try other oils like Eucalyptus radiata,Ravansara, Cajuput etc.

    You can purchase inhalers to fill here.

    There are white and a variety of pretty colors.

    http://www.aromathyme.com/aromasupp ly.html

    Enjoy!

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    08/17/2011 8:29:56 PM PDT · 9,971 of 10,033
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    Honemade *APLETS AND COTLETS*

    A favorite treat from the great
    American Northwest!

    3 tablespoons unflavored gelatine
    3 cups apple juice or unsweetened apricot juice
    1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
    2 tablespoons lemon lime juice
    2 tablespoons lime juice
    2/3 cup cornstarch
    2 cups walnuts, chopped
    1 cup confectioners’ sugar

    *Instructions:*

    Soften the gelatine in 1/2 cup
    of the apple juice.

    Boil remaining juice with the
    sugar for 15 minutes to
    concentrate it.

    Mix the lemon and lime juice,
    and add all but 1/4 cup cornstarch
    to dissolve it in the mixture.

    Add both gelatine mixture and
    cornstarch mixture to the boiled
    juice and boil again rapidly for
    10 minutes until very thick,
    stirring constantly.

    Taste for sweet and sour and
    add more lemon juice if desired.

    Mix in the walnuts and pour
    mixture into a 9-inch square
    baking pan that has been
    dipped in cold water.

    Let paste harden 12 hours or
    overnight, then cut with a
    sharp knife into squares.

    Mix together the reserved
    1/4 cup cornstarch and
    confectioners’ sugar.

    Remove squares with a spatula
    and roll each in the confectioners’
    sugar mixture (the cornstarch
    helps keep the sugar dry).

    Yields about 64 small cubes.

    To visit your group on the web, go to:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GIFT-RECIPE/

    [Del, what if you managed to include some of your dried fruits in the rolling mix?
    granny]

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    08/17/2011 8:22:27 PM PDT · 9,970 of 10,033
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    This message consists of the following:

    1. Umarex USA Recalls to Repair Browning 800 Mag Air Pistols; Pistols Can Fire Unexpectedly, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11304.html

    2. Riding Toy Recalled by Radio Flyer Due to Fall Hazard, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11305.html

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    08/15/2011 5:18:08 AM PDT · 9,968 of 10,033
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    Lemongrass and Geranium
    Posted by: “Debbie Harlan”

    A blend of Lemongrass (Botanical name Cymbopogon citratus) and Geranium
    (Botanical name pelargonium graveolens) oils diffused into the air was found
    to reduce airborne bacteria by 89%.

    On Sale this month

    http://www.aromathyme.com/sale. html

    http://www.aromathyme.com/club. html

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    08/13/2011 10:32:50 PM PDT · 9,967 of 10,033
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    Antique Map of Barth, Germany, 1598

    Commentary By Braun: “Barth has a large market at which one can buy all the necessities
    of daily life at a fair price, thanks to its fertile land and its favourable location
    by the sea. For since there are fertile soils not only all around the city but in
    the whole duchy, it has an abundance of salt water and other fish, game, cattle,
    grain, butter, honey, wax and other such things. The wealth of the citizens comes
    from livestock farming and from trade, which they conduct very profitably with the
    kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and other distant lands far across the ocean. They brew
    a tasty beer, which they also trade in.”


    High-end consumers taking up urban farming

    Sam Roddick, co-founder of London boutique Coco de Mer and daughter of Body Shop
    founder Anita Roddick, is also passionate about the preservation of the honey bee.

    She is part of a new campaign entitled “Bee Lovely,” run by natural-remedy store
    Neal’s Yard, which aims to help address the problems facing bees and educate those
    who want to keep them. “I went to the Natural Beekeeping Trust course a few years
    ago and, soon after, started transforming my garden,” Ms. Roddick says. She has
    planted what she calls a “bee buffet” in her London garden, including lavender,
    rosemary, thyme and hawthorne, and plans to start keeping bees there soon.


    TEDxManhattan - Dr Melony Samuels - Campaigning Against Hunger with urban farms

    Dr. Melony Samuels is the Founder and Director of the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against
    Hunger. She not only helps provide food to low-income families in Brooklyn, she’s
    started an urban farm to help residents get the healthiest, freshest food possible.


    Allotments Lead to “Staggering” 51% Fall in Anti-social Behaviour

    In 2009, the early days of Landshare, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall visited a community
    allotment for local residents in Leigh, Greater Manchester, as part of a River Cottage
    programme. Two years on, the allotments are thriving, and local police are amazed
    to find that anti-social behaviour has fallen by over 50% in the area.
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    Read stories here:
    City Farmer News [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=fclqmpbab&et=1107105439927&s=1304&e=0017IFcZ9xWanUttezxqH50uCUo1GQP_BK_4QsaGY-yHx0A4GV-DuGEPoWxAfoDF3ZKoaqqlDcDR2oUJmN31dT7G4bnl0ntyeM3TrrC01LYRPy_oBAgoMCvQw==]
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    Michael Levenston
    City Farmer - Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture

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    08/13/2011 3:48:02 PM PDT · 9,966 of 10,033
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    Summer Vegetable Dishes

    Posted: 12 Aug 2011 08:32 PM PDT

    When I came home from a weekend away I had three green peppers and 6 cucumbers. It didn’t take us long to eat those, but we picked more cucumbers this afternoon. I grew three plants up a wire fence piece, and they are doing wonderfully. I thought I’d share fresh vegetable recipes today. I’m only growing tomatoes, green peppers and cumcumbers this year, but we have three farmer’s markets within a half hour of our house that I can visit to buy fresh produce.

    Green Beans With Tomato

    Ingredients:
    1 pound fresh green beans
    2 tbsp. olive oil
    1 tbsp. minced onion
    1 clove garlic, minced
    2 tbsp. minced green pepper
    1 cup diced tomato
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. pepper

    Cook the beans in salted water until just tender. Drain. Heat the oil. Add the onion, garlic and green pepper. Cook over medium heat until soft. Add tomato, salt and pepper. Cook for 8-10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add beans and heat through. 6 servings.

    Tomato Cabbage Stir Fry

    Ingredients:
    1/4 cup butter or margarine
    5 cups finely cut cabbage, chopped or cut into strips
    2 cups chopped tomatoes
    1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
    1 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. pepper

    Melt the butter in a large skillet; saute the onion for a minute or so. Add the other ingredients and cook covered for 8-10 minutes. If there is a lot of liquid uncover and cook for a few minutes to reduce.

    Cucumbers with Sour Cream

    Ingredients:
    5-6 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced
    2 tbsp. vinegar, lemon juice or juice from pickles
    1 tsp. salt
    1 cup sour cream
    3 tbsp. grated or finely minced onion

    Combine the salt, sour cream, onion and vinegar. Stir in the sliced cucumbers. Chill for at least 2 hours.

    Marinated Tomatoes

    Ingredients:
    5 large tomatoes
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
    1/2 clove garlic, minced
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. or so of chopped fresh oregano
    1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

    Slice the tomatoes. Combine the other ingredients and drizzle over the tomatoes.
    You can chill them, or serve room temperature.

    Sweet Corn Stir Fry

    Ingredients:
    2 tbsp. butter or margarine
    3 cups fresh corn, cut from cob
    1/2 cup light cream
    2 tbsp. fresh chives, minced
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. pepper
    Optional: Parmesan cheese

    Melt butter in a skillet. Add the other ingredients. Cover and simmer until the corn is tender, about 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle cheese over the top before servings. 6 servings.

    On OFL we have harvesting and cooking tips from Green Bell Peppers:
    http://oldfashionedliving.com/bellpeppers.html

    ~Brenda

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    08/12/2011 7:59:54 AM PDT · 9,965 of 10,033
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    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm267773.htm

    Unilever United States, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert for
    Mislabeled 24-Count Boxes of Popsicle® Sugar Free Orange,
    Cherry and Grape Flavor Due to Undeclared Milk

    Contact:
    Consumer:
    800-896-9552

    Media:
    Anita Larsen
    201-894-7760
    mediarelations.usa@unilever.com

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 11, 2011 - Englewood Cliffs, NJ – Unilever United States, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of mislabeled 24-count boxes of Popsicle® brand Sugar Free Orange, Cherry and Grape flavored ice pops that mistakenly contain Popsicle® brand Sugar Free Healthy Bunch® Fudgsicle® and Creamsicle® ice pops. Milk, a known allergen, is undeclared on these boxes. Persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the Sugar Free Healthy Bunch® Fudgsicle® or Creamsicle® ice pops.

    The affected boxes may contain Fudgsicle® and Creamsicle® ice pops that are individually wrapped with the “Fudgsicle®” and “Creamsicle®” logos. This limited voluntary recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    The affected product is sold in a paperboard box, containing 24–1.65 FL OZ (48.7 ML) POPS with a unit UPC code of 7756702295, with date codes of OCT0312GCD, OCT0412GCD, OCT0512GCD, OCT0612GCD and OCT0712GCD.

    The product was manufactured in the United States and distributed in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. No product was shipped outside the U.S.

    No other Popsicle® brand products are affected by this limited voluntary recall. There have been no reported cases of illness.

    The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing milk was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk.

    Consumers who have purchased boxes of the above product with the affected UPC code and date code are asked to immediately discontinue use of the product, retain the outer box and call 800-896-9552, which is operational 24 hours a day, to request a replacement coupon. A consumer services representative is available between the hours of 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM EDT.

    The company is placing a notification on the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) web site www.foodallergy.org1 and notifying FAAN’s individual members.

    For additional information, please visit www.popsicle.com2.

    ###

    RSS Feed for FDA Recalls Information3 [what’s this?4]

    Photo: Product Labels5

    Recalled Product Photos Are Also Available on FDA’s Flickr Photostream.6

    -
    -
    Links on this page:

    1. http://www.foodallergy.org/
    2. http://www.popsicle.com/
    3. /AboutFDA/ContactFDA/StayInformed/RSSFeeds/Recalls/rss.xml
    4. /AboutFDA/ContactFDA/StayInformed/RSSFeeds/default.htm
    5. /Safety/Recalls/ucm267774.htm
    6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/fdaphotos/sets/72157624901041809/

    Page Last Updated: 08/11/2011

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    08/12/2011 7:39:04 AM PDT · 9,964 of 10,033
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    -—————NEWS from CPSC-—————
    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
    Office of Information and Public Affairs
    4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814, www.CPSC.gov
    Report an Unsafe Product: http://SaferProducts.gov

    ********************************************************
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 11, 2011
    Release #11-302

    Firm’s Recall Hotline: (866) 622-6372
    CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
    CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

    Philips Lighting Recalls EnergySaver and Marathon Compact Fluorescent Dimmable Reflector Flood Lamps Due to Laceration Hazard

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

    Name of Product: EnergySaver a/k/a/Marathon or Marathon Classic Compact Fluorescent Dimmable Reflector lamps

    Units: About 1.86 million

    Manufacturer: Philips Lighting Company of Somerset, N.J.

    Hazard: The glue that attaches the glass outer envelope or globe to the body of the lamp can fail allowing the glass outer envelope to fall and strike persons and objects below, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

    Incidents/Injuries: Philips has received 700 reports of lamps where the glue failed and the glass outer envelope fell, including two reports of minor injury and three reports of minor property damage.

    Description: This recall involves Philips EnergySaver, a/k/a Marathon and Marathon Classic Compact Fluorescent dimmable reflector lamps, models R30, R40 and PAR 38 manufactured between March 2007 and May 2010. The following are the model numbers and Universal Product Code (UPC) numbers of the lamps included in this recall:

    Product Description | Model Number | UPC
    EnergySaver (a/k/a Marathon or Marathon Classic) Dimmable R30 Reflector Flood | EL/A R30 Dim 16w | 46677 13 7076 and 46677 15 0419
    EnergySaver (a/k/a Marathon or Marathon Classic) Dimmable R40 Reflector Flood | EL/A R40 Dim 20w | 46677 13 7083 and 46677 15 0426
    EnergySaver (a/k/a Marathon or Marathon Classic) Dimmable Par38 Reflector Flood | EL/A Par38 Dim 20w | 46677 14 6443 and 46677 15 0433

    Model numbers are printed on the white ceramic area at the base of the lamps. For boxed products, the UPC number is on the bottom of the box. For products in blister cards, the UPC is at the top right corner of the back of the package.

    The affected products also have dates codes from March 2007 through May 2010 as follows:

    Date Code on Product | Month and Date of Production
    C7 to M7 | March to December 2007
    A8 to M8 | January to December 2008
    A9 to D9 | January to April 2009
    0916 to 0953 | April to December 2009
    1001 to 1022 January to May 2010

    Date codes are located on the lamps themselves, either stamped into the metal gold base of the lamp or in the white ceramic area with other product information.

    Sold at: Grocery and home center stores nationwide, online retailers, and professional electrical distributors from March 2007 through July 2011, for between $11 and $24.

    Manufactured in: Mexico and Poland.

    Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lamps and contact Philips to receive instructions on how to receive a free replacement lamp.

    Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Philips toll-free at (866) 622-6372 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at www.recall.philips.com/en_us.html

    To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11302.html

    ********************************************************

    Visit our blog, OnSafety at www.cpsc.gov/onsafety
    See our videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/uscpsc
    Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/OnSafety
    See our photos on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/uscpsc

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    08/11/2011 6:21:56 PM PDT · 9,963 of 10,033
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    FDA Enforcement Report for U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

    This information has recently been updated and is now available.

    Enforcement Report for August 10, 2011
    08/11/2011 10:05 AM EDT

    Enforcement Report for August 10, 2011

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/EnforcementReports/ucm267575.htm

    [List will have something on it you use.

    granny]

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    08/11/2011 5:07:42 PM PDT · 9,962 of 10,033
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    http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2011/08/pennywise-platter-thursday-811.html

    It’s time to share your frugal and nourishing tips and recipes! Where do you shop for quality food at a lower price? What recipe saves a penny? How do you balance a budget with nourishing food? Share here.

    [There are an amazing number of recipes and hints [links] for all kinds of diets. Several look very interesting to me.
    granny]

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    08/10/2011 11:39:22 PM PDT · 9,961 of 10,033
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    Weekly Harvest Newsletter

    Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - August 10, 2011

    Weekly sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet by NCAT staff for the NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project website. The Weekly Harvest Newsletter is also https://attra.ncat.org/newsletter/archives.html#wh available online.

    News & Resources

    * 1,000 New Farmers Markets Appear in National Directory

    * Farmers Markets Could Generate Many Jobs, New Report Finds

    * Vegetable Chemical Use Data is Now Available Online

    * Research Shows Complex Carbon Flow of Transported Agricultural Crops

    * Dine Out for Farms Week Set for October 16-22

    * USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for Animal Disease Traceability

    Funding Opportunities

    * Western SARE Producer Research & Education Grants

    * National Organic Certification Cost Share Program

    * Northeast SARE Farmer Grants

    Coming Events

    * Mother Earth News Fair

    * Common Ground Country Fair

    * Empowering Texas Women in Agriculture Seminar

    __________________________________________________

    News & Resources

    1,000 New Farmers Markets Appear in National Directory
    http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2011/08/0338.xml
    More than 1,000 new farmers markets have been recorded across the country, according to results released in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2011 National Farmers Market Directory, http://farmersmarkets.usda.gov . The annual report indicates a total of 7,175 farmers markets operate throughout the United States.
    Related ATTRA Publication: Farmers’ Markets: Marketing and Business Guide
    https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=265

    Farmers Markets Could Generate Many Jobs, New Report Finds
    http://bit.ly/o9Nj1e
    The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a new report showing that farmers markets benefit local farmers, consumers and economies, but that they could do even more with the support of federal food policies. Market Forces: Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems appears online.

    Vegetable Chemical Use Data Now Available Online
    http://www.nass.usda.gov/Newsroom/Notices/07_27_2011.asp
    The National Agricultural Statistics Service recently published the 2010 Agricultural Chemical Use survey data for vegetables, including on-farm use of commercial fertilizers, agricultural chemicals, and integrated pest management practices by producers of targeted vegetable crops.

    Research Shows Complex Carbon Flow of Transported Agricultural Crops
    http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=880
    New research published in the journal Biogeosciences showed that the most agriculturally active regions are carbon sinks while the regions with larger populations are carbon sources. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that crops take in — and later return — about 37 percent of the U.S.’s total annual carbon dioxide emissions.
    Related ATTRA Publication: Agriculture, Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration
    https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=297

    Dine Out for Farms Week Set for October 16-22
    http://www.farmland.org/news/pressreleases/2011-Dine-Out-for-Farms-Announcement.asp
    Restaurants across the country eager to show their support for local farms and food have begun enrolling in American Farmland Trust’s 2nd annual Dine Out for Farms event, which will take place October 16-22.

    USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for Animal Disease Traceability
    http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2011/08/0343.xml
    USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a proposed rule to establish general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate when animal disease events take place. Consideration will be given to comments received on or before November 9.

    >> More Breaking News https://attra.ncat.org/news/

    __________________________________________________

    Funding Opportunities

    Western SARE Producer Research & Education Grants
    http://www.westernsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants
    A producer, working with a technical advisor, develops a proposal to conduct research and education on a sustainable agricultural topic. Individual farmers or ranchers may apply for up to $15,000, and a group of three or more producers may apply for up to $25,000.
    Applications are due by December 2, 2011.

    National Organic Certification Cost Share Program
    http://1.usa.gov/qrvAnD
    This program will provide cost-share assistance, through participating States, to organic producers and handlers, limited to 75% of an individual producer’s or handler’s certification costs up to a maximum of $750 per year.
    State Departments of Agriculture must apply by November 15, 2011.

    Northeast SARE Farmer Grants
    http://nesare.org/get/farmers/
    Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, or other technique. A technical advisor is required as a project participant.
    Proposals are due December 1, 2011.

    >> More Funding Opportunities https://attra.ncat.org/funding/

    __________________________________________________

    Coming Events

    Mother Earth News Fair
    http://www.motherearthnews.com/fair/home.aspx
    September 24-25, 2011
    Seven Springs, Pennsylvania
    The Mother Earth News Fair will bring its unique blend of practical, do-it-yourself programming to Seven Springs resort. Workshops on organic gardening, livestock, herbs, renewable energy and food are scheduled, along with presentations, speakers, exhibits, and activities for children. NCAT is a partner in this event.

    Common Ground Country Fair
    http://www.mofga.org/TheFair/tabid/135/Default.aspx
    September 23-25, 2011
    Unity, Maine
    This 35th annual fair is a celebration of the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine that typically draws more than 50,000 visitors for presentations, exhibits, food vendors and activities.

    Empowering Texas Women in Agriculture Seminar
    http://bit.ly/lOo7JR
    September 19 or 27, 2011
    Cedar Creek or Lubbock, Texas
    Holistic Management International is offering this free seminar that provides an opportunity to learn the principles of the Holistic Management whole farm/ranch planning system, and helps participants understand the market for local foods and how they can benefit from being a supplier for their local food system.

    >> More Events https://attra.ncat.org/calendar/

    __________________________________________________

    New Publication
    Meat Plants: Improving Profitability in Small and Very Small Operations
    https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=364

    Question of the Week
    What information can you give me on factors that affect the flavor of my tomatoes?
    http://bit.ly/ptc7yS

    Webinars
    Our latest webinars are available for viewing in the Sustainable Agriculture Video Archive https://attra.ncat.org/video/index.php

    Cosecha Mensual Spanish Newsletter

    Subscribe to Cosecha Mensual (Monthly Harvest), NCAT’s Spanish-language e-newsletter, https://attra.ncat.org/espanol/boletin.php

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    Digital versions of recent and archived Weekly Harvest newsletters are available online at https://attra.ncat.org/newsletter/archives.html.

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    08/09/2011 9:24:46 AM PDT · 9,959 of 10,033
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    The Search for the Best Chiffon Pies

    Dennis Weaver & Debbie Frantzen

    Chiffon pies are ethereal—light and dreamy, refreshing, melt-in-your-mouth affairs. They are perfect for summertime as well as anytime a light, less-filling dessert is desired.

    We set off to find the best chiffon pies. Mostly, it was Debbie’s project but she and I (Dennis) collaborated and, as usual, she did the photography and I did most of the writing.

    A requirement of chiffon pies is gelatin whether it be unflavored or commercial brands with flavor and sugar such as Jell-O®. We concentrated on recipes using unflavored gelatin so that we could experiment with flavors and fruit and adjust sweetness to taste. We gathered stacks of chiffon pie recipes from books and online and segregated them into categories:

    * Those that required cooking and those that did not.
    * Those that used eggs and those that did not.
    * Those that called for a baked pastry crust and those that used a crumb crust.

    We made pies for four days and tweaked the recipes until they were scrumptious. When we found a winner, we ran slices down to the store to see how well customers liked them. We’ll share our findings with you including the best recipes.

    We wanted great recipes as well as methods for adapting other fruits and creating new chiffon pies. We continued to experiment with variations and answer the following questions:

    * Can we substitute other fresh and frozen fruits?
    * Can we add cream cheese for a richer flavor and more body when desired?
    * Can we use frozen fruit juice concentrate in place of fruit or fruit juice those opening an array of other pie possibilities?

    The Discoveries

    We made pies with cooked fillings and without. We made pies with and without eggs. There weren’t any types that we didn’t like however, we liked some better than others. Some were certainly quicker and easier to make than others. This is what we found:

    * Crumb crusts are better than pastry crusts. Chiffon fillings are so light and airy. We much preferred the contrast of crumb crusts to the chewier texture of baked pie crusts.
    * Cooking is not required. You can make a great chiffon pie without cooking that are simpler and quicker to make.
    * Substance is nice. Chiffon pies can be so light and airy that they seem to disappear in your mouth. The inclusion of enough fat in the form of dairy products creates a pleasant “mouth feel” and so we preferred recipes that contained whipped cream or other dairy over whipped egg whites.
    * Raw eggs are not necessary. Yes, raw eggs can be safe with enough sugar but where we can do without we do. We concentrated on recipes that did not require eggs or in which the eggs were cooked. In the end, we preferred those recipes without eggs.
    * Break out the springform pan. It’s best to make your chiffon pies in a nine-inch springform pan. Chiffon pies are fragile creatures, especially in a crumb crust, so it’s difficult to dig picture- perfect slices from a pie pan. A springform pan, particularly a glass-based springform pan, is the perfect solution.

    The Answers to Questions

    We found that by using a base recipe we could substitute different fruits. Depending on the type of fruit and its ripeness the sweetness and flavor differ. We simply tasted the filling along the way and increased the amount of fruit or sugar to achieve the taste we wanted.

    Softened cream cheese can be whipped and added to many recipes. It adds a nice flavor, richness, and mouth feel. Our favorite recipes included sweetened condensed milk. Our testers preferred recipes that included either or both sweetened condensed milk or cream cheese.

    You can also make chiffon pies with frozen fruit juice concentrates. The fruit juice concentrate didn’t pack the flavor punch we expected however a quarter cup of lemon juice sharpened the flavor and made very nice pies. You will find included a recipe for a raspberry guava pie made with fruit juice concentrate.

    The Right Equipment

    Use a 9-inch springform pan—with a glass base. Sure, you can make most of these pies in a deep dish pie pan but you won’t get show stopping neat slices from a pie pan like you will with a springform pan with a glass base. Peel the ring off and cut slices right on the glass base.

    Most of these pies were made in a Candy Apple Red Silicone Springform Pan. Some were made in a nonstick springform pan. We much prefer the silicone pan. The silicone ring peels off like a candy wrapper. While it’s not necessary for these pies, we love the leak-proof double seal on the silicone pan.

    We use Wonder Cups all the time and this no exception. The adjustable measure is accurate and the slide of the inner cup cleanly and quickly deposits the ingredients into the bowl without digging and scraping.

    A selection of whisks is nice. We used a large balloon whisk for knocking lumps from the filling and a small bell-shaped whisk for heating and dissolving the gelatin mixture.
    The Recipes

    Here are our resulting favorite chiffon pie recipes. Consider these as types and experiment with different fruits, fruit juice concentrates, and the addition of cream cheese.

    * Raspberry Chiffon Pie. People in the store immediately asked for this recipe. We preferred this pie with the seeds strained from the puree.
    * Blackberry Chiffon Pie. This recipe makes a beautiful pie. You need to stop and strain the seeds from the fresh or frozen berries but this pie is well worth the extra step.
    * Key Lime Chiffon Pie. This may have been the favorite in the store. With the inclusion of dairy, key limes are not necessary and regular limes can be sued.
    * Lemon Chiffon Pie. Great pie. It’s better with fresh lemon juice instead of the bottled juice found on your grocer’s shelves.
    * Blueberry Chiffon Pie. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries to make this strikingly colored pie.
    * Peach Chiffon Pie. We’ve made this pie for years. It’s luscious and we had to include it in this work.
    * Strawberry Chiffon Pie. This is a great pie. A drop of Red Red Americolor Gel makes this pie more vibrant.
    * Chiffon Pie made with Frozen Juice Concentrates. We made this with raspberry guava frozen fruit juice concentrate but you can choose your favorite.

    This page was printed from www.preparedpantry.com

    http://www.preparedpantry.com/Recipes/How-to-Make-Chiffon-Pies.htm

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    08/09/2011 5:46:00 AM PDT · 9,958 of 10,033
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    Uplift with Rosewood

    Posted by: “Debbie

    Uplift your mood with this Woodsy Rose like blend.

    The addition of Grapefruit adds a little zing.

    Blend 8 drops of Rosewood oil (Botanical name Aniba rosaeodora) with 6 drops
    Grapefruit ( Citrus paradisi).

    Easy method is to place a few drops on a tissue or cotton ball and inhale as
    needed. Store in Ziploc bag.

    Love Aromatherapy

    Try our Scent of the Month Club

    Essential oils, blends, soaps, candles and more.

    Join Now!

    http://www.aromathyme.com/club. html

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    08/06/2011 3:49:45 PM PDT · 9,957 of 10,033
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    AUDIENCE: Risk Manager, Pharmacy

    ISSUE: American Regent, Inc. is conducting a nationwide voluntary recall of multiple lots of Vasopressin Injection, USP to the Retail/Hospital level. This product recall was initiated by American Regent, Inc. because some vials may not maintain potency throughout their shelf-life. Potential adverse events after administration of solutions that are below potency limits may include reduced effectiveness. See the company Press Release for a listing of affected lot numbers. The products were distributed to wholesalers and distributors nationwide.

    BACKGROUND: Vasopressin Injection, USP is indicated for prevention and treatment of postoperative abdominal distention, in abdominal roentgenography to dispel interfering gas shadows, and in diabetes insipidus.

    RECOMMENDATION: Hospitals, infusion centers, clinics, retail pharmacies and other healthcare facilities should not use American Regent, Inc., Vasopressin Injection, USP Multiple Dose Vials with the lot #s listed for patient care and should immediately quarantine any product for return to American Regent Inc.

    Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

    * Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
    * Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

    Read the MedWatch safety alert, including a link to the Press Release, at:

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm266648.htm

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    08/05/2011 8:17:43 PM PDT · 9,956 of 10,033
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    A study in Urban Agriculture as a basis for design of The Center for Sustainable
    Food and Agriculture

    Local food and agriculture in the Portland Metro Region has a strong cultural presence
    due to its support by chef- farmer collaborations, local food marketing promotion,
    and community supported farmer’s markets. The number of small farms on the periphery
    of Portland is increasing, supported by their close contact with the city due to
    the urban growth boundary. Agriculture within city boundaries has also shown continuous
    growth through support by community and civic organizations.


    New York City’s Most Urban Farm, the 15,000 Square Foot Riverpark Farm at Alexandria

    CenterTM, Now Growing on East 29th Street in Manhattan
    New York, August 3, 2011 - The Riverpark restaurant and the Alexandria CenterTM
    for Life Science - New York City today announced the creation of New York City’s
    most urban farm, the 15,000 square foot Riverpark Farm at Alexandria Center. The
    Farm’s large scale, direct connection to the restaurant, highly urban location,
    and operation within one of the city’s 600+ stalled construction sites distinguish
    it from all other urban farms in New York. The Farm is a landmark example of the
    temporary alternative use of a stalled site to stimulate local interest and economic
    activity, benefit the environment, beautify an area, and engage the community.
    Reuters video: Urban aquaponics farming brings the country to the city


    July 26, 2011 Reuters - Urban farming is a trend catching on in cities around the
    world and now residents of Berlin, Germany are embracing the hobby as a way of bringing
    calm to the hectic city life. Jim Drury reports.


    Harnessing the abundance of urban orchards

    In Toronto, nearly 20,000 pounds of fruit was harvested last year, each haul divided
    among volunteers, homeowners and community partners, including shelters and food
    banks. But figuring out what to do with the abundance, much of which accumulates
    during a couple of short months, is an ongoing preoccupation every harvest organizations
    faces.
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    All stories here:
    City Farmer News [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=fclqmpbab&et=1106955706257&s=1304&e=001Cq0jJ2EDZoM_Jgu5SuJeANUEoXeCUY4cEtvk-2TyXwKPjbioXIPQYuonNkeGvy1brqjFC_ue86v2DD_xV24yztvB59WueNC6fsOBuEJ0aUOadfK5kOa8tg==]
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    City Farmer - Canada’s Office of Urban Agriculture
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    08/04/2011 9:25:16 PM PDT · 9,955 of 10,033
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    This message contains the following:

    1. Build-A-Bear Workshop Recalls Lapel Pins Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11298.html

    2. Target Recalls Step Stools with Storage Due to Fall Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11299.html

    3. CVS Agrees to $45,000 Civil Penalty for Failing to Report Drawstrings in Children’s Jackets http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11297.html

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    08/04/2011 2:15:08 PM PDT · 9,954 of 10,033
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    http://blogs.webmd.com/breaking-news/2011/08/ground-turkey-recall-36-million-lbs-among-largest-recalls-ever.html?ecd=wnl_nal_dab_080411

    WebMD Newsroom

    WebMD’s editorial staff on the latest news from the world of health.
    Thursday, August 4, 2011
    Ground Turkey Recall: 36 Million Lbs., Among Largest Recalls Ever

    A drug-resistant strain of Salmonella from ground turkey has killed one person and sickened at least 79 others.

    Meat processing giant Cargill has recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey products distributed nationwide since March 1 of this year.

    Nearly 40% of people sickened have been hospitalized.

    The products carry many different brand names, including Honeysuckle White, Kroger, Safeway, and several more. A complete list can be found at the Cargill web site.

    http://stage1.order.cargill.com/na3047772.pdf

    While the Salmonella strain found in the turkey products is dangerous, it’s easily killed by cooking. Be sure to cook all poultry to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Don’t guess: Use a food thermometer to be sure.

    Posted by: Daniel DeNoon at 2:12 pm
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    54 Life Lessons 14 Years of World Travel Taught Me

    Posted: 03 Aug 2011 11:35 AM PDT

    54 Life Lessons from Travelling the World

    This post was written by Caz, author of the y Travel Blog.

    http://www.ytravelblog.com/

    Travel means so much more to me than simply seeing new destinations and learning about new cultures. Travel is a journey within myself. It is through my 14 years of living and traveling around the world that I have learned more about who I am and what my purpose is. And I have also discovered certain natural laws and truths about life.

    Here are 54 lessons I have gradually learned throughout my travels that have helped me to grow into, what I think, is a person who lives an empowered life.

    Not all those who wander are lost.
    - J. R. R. Tolkien

    1. People all over the world have the same basic wants and needs. It doesn’t matter where we come from, what we look like, how we talk, or what we believe. Deep down the essence of who we are as human beings is the same. This is all that matters. The outside differences are there to learn from and celebrate without fear.
    2. There is absolute joy and wonder to be had in the simplest of moments. Swinging in a hammock on the beach while watching the sunset over the horizon, for example.
    3. The more we own, the more enslaved we become.
    4. We don’t need stuff to be happy or to fulfill us; we just need memorable moments and loving relationships. (Read The Joy of Less.)
    5. Negotiation, business transactions and even personal relationships should always be conducted with the mutual belief in it being a win-win situation. Everyone needs to walk away with a smile.
    6. The more you help others, the more you get in return.
    7. A smile, a wave and a friendly attitude can break down any barrier and create friendships where language cannot be understood. Kindness is a universal.
    8. You are powerful beyond measure. You never know what you are capable of until you push your barriers of comfort, even if it’s just a little bit each day.
    9. Fear can be a guiding friend if you learn how to swallow it, and listen to it only when it serves its true purpose of warning you when you are in danger.
    10. Mother Nature knows everything. Turn to her more to help ease your medical discomforts and your mental anguishes.
    11. When things frighten you, the best way to do what needs to be done is “1… 2… 3… jump!” Sometimes you have to dive in before you talk yourself out of it.
    12. The purpose of life is to live in joy.
    13. Life is constantly changing. You cannot set up rigid rules and expectations. If you do, you will only be disappointed.
    14. Don’t over plan. Jump in the boat and let the river take you for an amazing ride. You will get to the ocean eventually and it be way more fun. (more…)

    http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/08/03/54-life-lessons-14-years-of-world-travel-taught-me/

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    08/04/2011 7:36:37 AM PDT · 9,952 of 10,033
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    Vasopressin Injection USP, Multiple Dose Vials: Recall - Sub-Potency

    AUDIENCE: Risk Manager, Pharmacy

    ISSUE: American Regent, Inc. is conducting a nationwide voluntary recall of multiple lots of Vasopressin Injection, USP to the Retail/Hospital level. This product recall was initiated by American Regent, Inc. because some vials may not maintain potency throughout their shelf-life. Potential adverse events after administration of solutions that are below potency limits may include reduced effectiveness. See the company Press Release for a listing of affected lot numbers. The products were distributed to wholesalers and distributors nationwide.

    BACKGROUND: Vasopressin Injection, USP is indicated for prevention and treatment of postoperative abdominal distention, in abdominal roentgenography to dispel interfering gas shadows, and in diabetes insipidus.

    RECOMMENDATION: Hospitals, infusion centers, clinics, retail pharmacies and other healthcare facilities should not use American Regent, Inc., Vasopressin Injection, USP Multiple Dose Vials with the lot #s listed for patient care and should immediately quarantine any product for return to American Regent Inc.

    Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

    * Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
    * Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

    Read the MedWatch safety alert, including a link to the Press Release, at:

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm266648.htm

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    08/04/2011 2:45:19 AM PDT · 9,951 of 10,033
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    MedWatch logoMedWatch - The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program
    GE Healthcare Vital Signs Hygroscopic Condenser Humidifier Passive Humidification Device (HCH): Class I Recall

    AUDIENCE: Risk Manager

    ISSUE: FDA notified healthcare professionals of a Class I recall of GE Healthcare Vital Signs Hygroscopic Condenser Humidifier Passive Humidification Device (HCH) for Vital Signs Anesthesia Breathing Circuits. The HCH device may have an occlusion that can prevent proper flow of the medical gases or oxygen, possibly resulting in insufficient oxygen delivered to the patient.

    BACKGROUND: The Vital Signs HCH is sold as part of the Vital Signs anesthesia breathing circuit. An HCH is used to maintain moisture in the patient’s airway during mechanical ventilation. The affected products were manufactured between January 2011 and April 2011. A list of affected product codes and lot numbers is provided on the company press release.

    RECOMMENDATION: Customers have been directed to NOT use the anesthesia circuits containing the Vital Signs Devices Passive Humidification Device (Hygroscopic Condenser Humidifier, or “HCH”), or the stand alone HCH device with the affected product item numbers and lot numbers, and to isolate all affected product. Customers may contact Vital Signs Customer Service at 1-800-932-0760 to arrange for the return and replacement of product.

    Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

    * Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
    * Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

    Read the MedWatch safety alert, including links to the Recall Notice and Press Release, at:

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm266580.htm

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    08/04/2011 2:31:07 AM PDT · 9,950 of 10,033
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    This message contains the following:

    1. NexTorch Recalls Flashlight Batteries Due to Fire Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11296.html

    2. Black & Decker Agrees to $960,000 Civil Penalty for Failing to Report Defective Grasshog XP Weed Trimmer/Edgers http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11295.html

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    08/04/2011 2:24:43 AM PDT · 9,949 of 10,033
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    Weekly Harvest Newsletter

    Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - August 3, 2011

    Weekly sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet by NCAT staff for the NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project website. The Weekly Harvest Newsletter is also available online at https://attra.ncat.org/newsletter/archives.html#wh.

    Hot off the press! Visit our website for our newest publications on organic and sustainable agriculture: https://attra.ncat.org.

    News & Resources

    * New Brochure Addresses Farming for Food Safety and Conservation

    * Four Additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program Areas Announced

    * Dairy Processing Workbook Online

    * ERS Releases Organic Apple Report

    * Designs for Two Vegetable Wash Stations Published Online

    * USDA Reopens Comment Period on Genetically Engineered Drought Tolerant Corn

    Funding Opportunities

    * People’s Garden Grant Program

    * Vermont GAPs Capital Improvement Grant Program

    * NRCS Missouri Project

    Coming Events

    * The National Heirloom Exposition

    * International Green Schoolyard Conference: Engaging Our Grounds

    * Eastern Triangle Farm Tour

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    News & Resources

    New Brochure Addresses Farming for Food Safety and Conservation
    http://www.wildfarmalliance.org/resources/fdsfty_brochure.htm
    Wild Farm Alliance has released Farming With Food Safety and Conservation in Mind, providing a helpful, science-based overview, outlining the low prevalence of foodborne pathogens in wildlife, addressing conservation practices that can improve food safety, and offering a conservation-minded risk assessment strategy.
    Related ATTRA Publication: An Illustrated Guide to Growing Safe Produce on Your Farm
    https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=350

    Four Additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program Areas Announced
    http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2011/07/0320.xml&contentidonly=true
    Four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program have set aside acres in California, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington for the production of renewable energy crops. The deadline to sign up for help with start-up costs for energy crops is September 16, 2011.

    Dairy Processing Workbook Online
    http://www.albc-usa.org/dairy/index.html
    American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is making available Dairy Processing 101: An online workbook for the beginning dairy farmer or dairy processor. The workbook includes sections on business planning, heritage dairy animals, dairy products, legalities, and infrastructure.
    Related ATTRA Publication: Value-added Dairy Options https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=199

    ERS Releases Organic Apple Report
    http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/FTS/2011/07Jul/FTS34701/
    A report by USDA’s Economic Research Service examinse trends in the U.S. apple sector and compares production and marketing characteristics under organic and conventional farming systems.
    Related ATTRA Publication: Apples: Organic Production Guide https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=4

    Designs for Two Vegetable Wash Stations Published Online
    http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2011/072011_washstations.html
    The Fruit and Vegetable Working Group has developed a new online tool to help vegetable growers construct efficient wash stations. Detailed instructions, material lists and 3-D drawings for both an open-air and enclosed wash station are available on the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s website.

    USDA Reopens Comment Period on Genetically Engineered Drought Tolerant Corn
    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2011/07/draft_enviro_assessment.shtml
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has reopened until August 12 the comment period for a petition received from the Monsanto Company seeking a determination of nonregulated status for corn that has been genetically engineered for drought tolerance.

    >>More Breaking News https://attra.ncat.org/news/

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    Funding Opportunities

    People’s Garden Grant Program
    http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/peoples_garden.html
    The National Institute of Food and Agriculture requests applications for the People’s Garden Grant Program to facilitate the creation of produce, recreation, and/or wildlife gardens in urban and rural areas, which will provide opportunities for science-based informal education. Successful applicants will provide micro-subgrant support to smaller local projects.
    Applications are due August 26, 2011.

    Vermont GAPs Capital Improvement Grant Program
    http://www.vermontagriculture.com/news/2011/GAPJuly21.html
    The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is now accepting applications for the new Good Agricultural Practices Capital Improvement Grant Program that offers matching grants of up to $10,000 per farm for capital improvements that will support Vermont agricultural producers in obtaining GAP certification.
    The first grant round is open until September 30, 2011.

    NRCS Missouri Project
    http://1.usa.gov/pHiXJX
    Conservation partners are invited to apply for NRCS assistance to perform restoration projects, vegetation data collection and analysis and soil analysis. A total of $450,000 in funding is available.
    Applications are due by August 26, 2011.

    >> More Funding Opportunities https://attra.ncat.org/funding/

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    Coming Events

    The National Heirloom Exposition
    http://theheirloomexpo.com/
    September 13-15, 2011
    Santa Rosa, California
    Enjoy the largest exhibition of heirloom produce in history, from farms and gardens across the country. Speakers, a trade show, and heritage livestock show are included.

    International Green Schoolyard Conference: Engaging Our Grounds
    http://www.greenschoolyards.org/home
    September 16-18, 2011
    Berkeley and San Francisco, California
    Participate in this exciting conference to hear about cutting-edge schoolyards and school gardens, meet like-minded colleagues from the United States and abroad, share ideas, tour fantastic local school grounds, and get inspired to bring these ideas back to your own community.

    Eastern Triangle Farm Tour
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    September 10, 2011
    Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill North Carolina
    Carolina Farm Stewardship Association presents this annual self-guided tour of regional farms.

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    Raising Organic Pigs: A Guide to USDA Certified Organic Requirements
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    08/04/2011 2:14:18 AM PDT · 9,948 of 10,033
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    Herb of the Day: Schizonepeta
    lighthouseherbs | August 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Categories: Herb of the Day | URL: http://wp.me/pO6et-wC

    Schizonepeta
    ( Schizonepeta tenuifolia )
    Other names are: Japanese capnip, Japanese mint, jing jie, tenuifolia

    Schizonepeta is native to Japan and China, and is widely cultivated in the Tar East. Being a pleasantly aromatic herb with highly dissected foliage and small, clustered lavender blooms that grow in to spikes above the foliage. It belongs to the small family as catnip, but it is not a annual wit a sweet, pinelike aroma. The whole plant is used in herbal medicine. It is the principal herb of traditional Japanese medicine for skin infections. The Chinese use this herb to treat symptoms as common colds, chills, sore throats, and headaches.It helps to lower fever and promote sweating, and has a antibacterial action.
    Aids with: boils, mastitis.
    It is available as a cream from compounding pharmacies for external use, but never use it on open sores.
    Scientific investigation has confirmed that schizonepeta heals skin infections, stimulating circulation within the
    skin and by inducing perspiration. It has a excellent antimicrobial and antiviral effects and helps eliminate toxins.

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    08/03/2011 3:09:06 PM PDT · 9,947 of 10,033
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    Diflucan (fluconazole): Drug Safety Communication – Long-term, High-dose Use During Pregnancy May Be Associated With Birth Defects

    AUDIENCE: OBGYN, Pharmacy, Infectious Disease

    ISSUE: FDA is informing the public that treatment with chronic, high doses (400-800mg/day) of Diflucan (fluconazole) during the first trimester of pregnancy may be associated with a rare and distinct set of birth defects in infants. This risk does not appear to be associated with a single, low dose of fluconazole 150mg to treat vaginal yeast infection (candidiasis). Based on this information, the pregnancy category for fluconazole indications (other than vaginal candidiasis) has been changed from category C to category D. The pregnancy category for a single, low dose of fluconazole has not changed and remains category C.

    BACKGROUND: Diflucan is used to treat yeast infections of the vagina, mouth, throat, esophagus and other organs. It is also used to prevent yeast infections in patients who are likely to become infected because they are being treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy before bone marrow transplant. Diflucan is also used to treat meningitis caused by a certain type of fungus. Pregnancy category D means there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on human data but the potential benefits from use of the drug in pregnant women with serious or life-threatening conditions may be acceptable despite its risks.

    RECOMMENDATION: Healthcare professionals should counsel patients if the drug is used during pregnancy or if a patient becomes pregnant while taking the drug. Patients should notify their healthcare professionals if they are or become pregnant while taking fluconazole. If a patient uses fluconazole during pregnancy, the patient should be informed of the potential risk to the fetus.

    Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

    * Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
    * Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

    Read the MedWatch safety alert, including a link to the FDA Drug Safety Communication, at:

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm266468.htm

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    08/02/2011 10:38:11 PM PDT · 9,946 of 10,033
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    http://www.nancyskitchen.com/corn_recipes.htm

    Welcome to All Easy Cooking Recipe Kitchen
    Copyright © 2006 All Easy Cooking Recipe Kitchen

    These recipes have been collected over the years from
    boxtops, newspapers, magazines and friends.

    MARINATED VEGETABLE SALAD

    MARINADE
    1 1/2 c. corn oil
    1/2 c. wine vinegar
    3 tbsp. light corn syrup
    2 tsp. seasoned salt
    1 tsp. dried basil
    1/2 tsp. pepper

    VEGETABLES FOR SALAD
    1 1/2 c. sliced fresh mushrooms
    1 1/2 lb. fresh asparagus, slightly cooked, cut into 2 inch pieces (or 2 pkgs. frozen)
    1 (1 lb.) can garbanzo beans, drained
    1/2 c. black olives, sliced
    1/2 c. green olives, sliced
    1 pkg. frozen artichoke hearts, cooked
    1 sm. thinly sliced onion
    Lettuce leaves
    Parsley, chopped

    Combine marinade ingredients. Add to all vegetables in NON-ALUMINUM bowl. Marinate at least 1 hour, better if marinated overnight. Drain and serve on lettuce leaves. Garnish with parsley.

    MARINATED CORN SALAD

    1 3/4 c. yellow corn, cut from cob (about 4 ears)
    1/2 c. chopped celery
    2 tbsp. thinly sliced green onions
    3 tbsp. vegetable oil
    1/2 tsp. Salt
    1/8 tsp. Pepper
    1/4 c. water
    1/2 sm. green pepper, cut into 1/2” strips
    1 tbsp. chopped pimiento
    1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
    1 tbsp. cider vinegar
    1/2 tsp. dry mustard

    Combine corn and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer 7 to 8 minutes or just until corn is tender; drain. Combine corn, green pepper, celery, pimiento, green onions and parsley. Combine oil, vinegar, salt, mustard and pepper in a jar. Cover tightly; shake vigorously. Pour over salad; cover and chill 4 hours. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

    SPICY CORN STUFFED TOMATO SALAD

    6 small, ripe tomatoes
    1/2 c. creamy buttermilk dressing
    2 tbsp. snipped parsley
    1/4 tsp. Pepper
    Dash ground red pepper
    2 c. cooked fresh corn kernels
    1/2 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
    1/4 c. chopped green pepper
    1/4 c. chopped cucumber
    1/4 c. chopped onion
    Lettuce leaves

    Place tomatoes, stem end down, on a cutting surface. Cut each into 4 to 6 wedges, cutting to, but not through, stem end. Spread wedges apart slightly; sprinkle with salt. Cover; chill. In a small mixing bowl, combine dressing, parsley, pepper and red pepper. In another bowl, combine corn, cheese, green pepper, cucumber and onion. Add dressing mixture; toss gently to coat. Cover; chill. Serve tomatoes filled with corn mixture over lettuce on individual plates. Makes 6 servings.

    VEGETABLE SOUP

    1 lb. beef cubes (sm.)
    1 can tomato paste
    1 sm. head cabbage
    4-5 med. carrots, peeled & sliced
    Fresh or frozen peas, corn, limas, green beans or any veggie you want
    1 1/2 c. shell noodles
    2-3 stalks celery, chopped
    1 med. onion, diced
    1/2 tsp. Salt
    1/8 tsp. garlic powder
    1/8 tsp. Pepper
    1/8 tsp. Oregano
    1/8 tsp. parsley flakes
    Use any veggies you want

    Fry beef cubes and onions in Dutch oven until brown. Add water about 1/2 pan. Add veggies and seasonings. Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer 2-3 hours. Add tomato paste and stir well. Let simmer another 1/2 hour and noodles and cook until soft. Serve. Freezes nicely.

    SWEET CORN ON THE COB

    20 c. fresh cut sweet corn
    1/2 lb. butter
    1 pt. half and half

    Put corn in large roaster. Add the butter and the half and half. Place in a 325 degree oven. Cook 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool down by placing roaster in the sink filled with ice water. When cool, package and freeze as soon as possible. To serve, heat corn and add salt and a bit of sugar, if desired.

    GREEN PEPPER BAKE

    3 green peppers, cut in half lengthwise
    1/2 lb. pasteurized process cheese spread, cubed
    1 (12 oz.) can whole kernel corn, drained
    1 c. chopped tomato
    1 c. fresh bread crumbs
    2 tbsp. butter, melted

    Remove seeds from peppers. Parboil 5 minutes. Drain. Reserve 1/2 cup process cheese spread. Combine remaining cheese spread, corn, and tomato. Spoon mixture into peppers. Top with reserved cheese spread and sprinkle with combined bread crumbs and melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown. 6 servings.

    TOMATO CORN OKRA GUMBO

    3 c. fresh tomatoes
    2 c. sliced fresh okra
    1 c. fresh uncooked corn
    1 c. boiling water
    1 sm. onion, finely chopped
    Salt to taste
    1/8 tsp. Pepper
    1 tbsp. butter or margarine
    1 tsp. Sugar

    Combine first 5 ingredients. Cover and cook until vegetables are tender and mixture is thick. Add remaining ingredients. Serve hot or warm. This is good for church suppers. Serves 6.

    CORN QUICHE

    2 c. fine crushed cheese crackers
    6 tbsp. Butter
    2 tbsp. Flour
    1/2 tsp. Salt
    1/4 tsp. celery salt
    1/8 tsp. pepper (prefer white)
    1/2 tsp. onion, minced (or 2 tbsp. fine fresh ones)
    1 1/4 c. milk
    2 eggs, beaten
    2 c. cooked corn (fresh frozen canned)

    Mix cracker crumbs and two tablespoons butter. Pat into a glass pie plate, reserving 1/2 cup for later. Melt remaining butter (4 tablespoons), blend in flour, seasonings, and onion. Then add milk and cook until thickened (medium heat), stir constantly. Gradually add hot mixture to eggs. Blend well and add corn. Pour into lined pie plate or quiche pan on top of crumbs. Sprinkle with the reserved crackers. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. Cut into wedges. 6 servings.

    FRESH CORN PUDDING

    3 c. fresh corn cut from cob
    6 whole eggs, stirred well (not beaten)
    3 c. heavy cream
    1/2 c. sugar
    1 tsp. Salt
    1 tsp. Flour
    1/2 tsp. baking powder
    2 tsp. Butter

    Using a sharp paring knife, barely cut through the tips of the corn kernels, then scrape the cob to remove the remaining juice and pulp. Stir in eggs and cream. Combine dry ingredients and add to corn mixture; stir in melted butter and mix well. Pour into a greased baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serves 8.

    CORN CASSEROLE

    2 c. fresh corn cut from cob
    3 eggs, beaten thoroughly
    1/4 c. flour
    1 tsp. Salt
    1/2 tsp. Pepper
    2 c. light cream
    2 tbsp. melted butter

    Stir corn, light cream and butter into egg mixture. Pour mixture into 1 1/2 quart casserole, place in pan of hot water. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour or until knife tested comes out dry.

    CREOLE CORN

    2 slices Bacon
    2 cups fresh corn
    4 lg. fresh tomatoes
    Green pepper
    Onion
    1 c. fresh okra

    Fry bacon and add corn, tomato, green pepper, onion and okra. Cook 30 to 45 minutes so as not to be soupy.

    CORN FRITTERS

    2 c. fresh corn
    1/8 tsp. pepper
    1 tsp. melted margarine
    2 c. flour
    1 tsp. salt
    1 egg
    1/2 c. milk
    2 tsp. baking powder

    Mix all ingredients. Heat oil for deep fat frying. Drop mixture by spoon into hot oil. Cook until brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove, drain well.

    HOT ROASTEED CORN
    Serves 6

    1/4 c. butter
    3 or 4 chilies, peeled and minced
    2 cloves garlic
    1 tbsp. lemon juice
    6 ears of fresh corn
    Aluminum foil

    Cream butter with chilies, garlic and lemon juice. Rub over corn. Wrap each ear in foil, twisting ends, place on hot grill turning or bake in oven for 25 minutes.

    BAKED CORN IN SOUR CREAM

    2 tbsp. Butter
    2 tbsp. chopped onion
    1 c. sour cream
    1 1/2 lbs. whole kernel corn
    2 tbsp. finely chopped celery
    6 slices crisp cooked bacon, drained & crumbled
    1 tbsp. fresh parsley

    In saucepan melt butter. Stir in onion and saute until transparent. Gradually stir in sour cream until smooth. Add corn and celery. Heat. Stir in half of bacon. Pour into 2 quart casserole and top with parsley and remaining bacon. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. 6 to 8 servings.

    HERBED CORN ON THE COB

    4 ears fresh corn
    1 tbsp. dried whole dillweed
    1 tbsp. dried whole thyme
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 tbsp. water
    1 tbsp. cooking oil

    Remove husks and silk from corn. Combine dill, thyme, garlic water and oil in a small bowl, stirring well. Brush herb mixture on corn and place each ear on a piece of aluminum foil, wrap tightly. Bake at 450 degrees for 25 minutes.
    Yield 4 servings.

    BROCCOLI CORN CASSEROLE

    4 c. chopped fresh broccoli
    1 egg
    1 (17 oz.) can cream style corn
    1 tbsp. grated onion
    1/4 tsp. Salt
    Dash of pepper
    3 tbsp. butter or margarine
    1 c. herb seasoned stuffing mix

    Cook and drain broccoli. In mixing bowl combine egg, beaten slightly, broccoli, corn, onion, salt and pepper. In a small pan, melt butter or margarine. Add stuffing mix, tossing to coat. Stir 3/4 cup of buttered stuffing mix into vegetable mixture. Turn into buttered 1 quart casserole. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup stuffing mix. Bake, uncovered, in 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Serves 4-6.

    SUCCOTASH

    1 lb. baby lima beans (fresh or frozen)
    Salt pork
    1 chopped onion
    1 clove minced garlic
    4 to 6 ears sweet corn
    1/4 c. butter
    Heavy cream
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 drops Tabasco

    Cook beans in water seasoned with salt pork, onion, and garlic until done. The water should cover the beans by about 2 to 3 inches. Cut corn off the cob and saute in butter in heavy skillet. Drain beans, reserving liquid. Add beans to the corn and add enough cream and bean liquid to cover the corn and beans. Season with salt, pepper and Tabasco. Simmer for an additional 15 to 20 minutes. Serves 4 to 6.

    SKILLET FRIED CORN

    4 slices bacon
    3 c. fresh cut corn
    1/4 c. chopped green pepper
    1/4 c. finely chopped onion
    1 tsp. salt
    Dash of pepper

    Cook bacon until crisp; drain and crumble. Add vegetables to drippings. Cover. Cook over low heat for 5 to 8 minutes or until tender. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle bacon over top.

    FRESH CORN AND CHEESE

    3 c. fresh corn, grated off the cob to make it cream style
    6 eggs
    2 tbsp. grated onion
    1 tsp. Salt
    4 tbsp. fresh parsley
    2/3 c. fresh bread crumbs
    2/3 c. grated cheese, mixed Swiss & cheddar
    2/3 c. heavy cream
    Dash Tabasco sauce or dash of cayenne pepper
    Few grinds fresh black pepper

    Butter a 2 quart baking dish and line the bottom with a round of buttered parchment or waxed paper. Combine all the ingredients and blend thoroughly. Pour into baking dish. Set the dish in a larger pan and pour boiling water into the larger pan to come up about 2/3 the height of the baking dish. Bake in the lower third of the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Turn temperature down to 325 degrees and bake another 45 to 60 minutes. The timbale is down when it has risen to almost fill the baking dish, the top has cracked open and a cake tester placed into the center of the timbale comes out clean. Allow to rest in the oven, with the door open about 10 minutes before unmolding. 8 servings.

    CREAM STYLE CORN

    6 c. fresh cut corn
    4 tbsp. bacon drippings
    1 tsp. salt
    2 tbsp. sugar
    1 1/2 to 2 c. water

    Stir over low heat constantly until thickened add water if necessary. About 20 minutes.

    CORN SOUFFLE

    2 c. fresh corn cut from cob
    1 c. milk
    2 tbsp. Butter
    2 tbsp. Flour
    1 tsp. Salt
    1 tbsp. Sugar
    Pepper
    3 eggs

    Cut corn from cob, add milk, butter, flour and seasoning. Stir in eggs, which have been beaten until light. Pour into buttered 4 cup baking dish and bake in 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until firm like a custard. Serves 6 people.

    SUMMER SUCCOTASH

    1 qt. fresh butter beans
    1 slice bacon
    1 tbsp. Butter
    3 potatoes, cut up
    1 sm. Onion
    3 tomatoes, peeled
    2 stalks celery, chopped
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 c. fresh corn

    Pour 1 quart water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the butter beans, bacon and butter and cook for 30 minutes. Add the potatoes, onion, tomatoes, celery, salt and pepper and cook over low heat for 1 hour. Add the corn ten minutes before serving time and reheat. 6 servings.

    FREEZER CORN

    Fresh corn on the cob (2 to 3 doz.)
    2 sticks margarine
    pinch of salt

    Very lightly cut the corn off the cob. Don’t scrape the cob (by not scraping the cob, this makes the corn cream style). Cook the corn on very low heat with 1 or 2 sticks of butter or margarine. Salt the corn just a little - you may have to add a little water. Cook about 20 to 30 minutes (until it’s hot all the way through). Then let it completely cool before you package the corn in freezer containers

    CORN CHOWDER

    4 slices bacon, cut up
    3 c. potatoes, peeled & cubed
    1 c. celery, chopped
    1 c. carrots, chopped (fine)
    3 c. chicken broth, divided
    3 c. cream-style corn
    1/2 tsp. Salt
    1/2 tsp. Pepper
    3 c. milk
    Parsley, chopped
    1/2 c. onion, chopped
    2 tbsp. Flour
    1 tbsp. Cornstarch
    1/8 c. cooking oil

    Ccook bacon in a Dutch oven until crisp; drain and set aside. Cook onion in bacon drippings and oil until tender. Add potatoes, 2 cups chicken broth, carrots, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add cream corn and celery. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes until tender. In a bowl, combine 1 cup chicken broth, flour and cornstarch; add to pot and cook until thickened. Stir in milk. Heat but do not boil. In serving bowls top with bacon and parsley. Serves 8 to 10.

    CHICKEN CORN SOUP

    1 qt. chicken broth
    2 stalks celery, diced
    1 med. onion, chopped
    4 c. corn
    2 med. potatoes, diced
    3 c. cooked chicken, diced
    1 qt. water

    Heat broth and water. Add celery, onion, potatoes, corn and chicken. Cook until vegetables are tender. Salt and pepper to taste.

    PENNSYLVANIA CHICKEN CORN SOUP

    1 chicken (3 1/2 to 4 lbs.) cut into serving pieces
    1 lg. onion, peeled & diced
    Salt
    8 black peppercorns
    1 bay leaf
    Several sprigs fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp. Dried
    1 tsp. saffron threads or 3/4 tsp.saffron powder
    Freshly ground black pepper
    2 c. corn kernels, preferably fresh
    2 c. Alice’s Mother’s Noodles or 6 oz. dried egg noodles

    Rinse the chicken well. Place it and the onion in a large heavy saucepan or soup pot. Cover with water, and add salt, the peppercorns, bay leaf and thyme. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the chicken is tender and nearly cooked through, about 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and remove the chicken pieces from the broth. Allow the chicken to cool. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skin, and pull the meat from the bones. Cut the meat into bite-size pieces, and set aside. Remove the thyme sprigs, bay leaf, and the peppercorns from the chicken broth, and then bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the saffron, season generously with salt and pepper and cook for 15 minutes. Add the reserved chicken and the corn. Bring back to a boil. Add the noodles and cook until they are just tender, 5 minutes. Season to taste and serve immediately. 6 servings.

    CORN FRITTERS

    Combine and beat lightly:
    1 can cream style corn
    2 eggs
    6 tbsp. Flour
    1/2 tsp. Flour
    1/2 tsp. baking powder
    1/8 tsp. Nutmeg

    Melt in skillet, 3 tablespoons butter. When butter is hot, add batter one tablespoon at a time. Brown on both sides. Drain on paper. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar, if desired.

    SCALLOPED CORN

    1 pt. can corn
    2/3 c. milk
    1 1/4 tsp. Salt
    Dash of pepper
    1 slightly beaten egg
    2 tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
    2 c. soft bread crumbs

    Mix corn, egg, milk and seasonings. Mix crumbs and butter and place 1/4 of mixture in bottom of buttered dish. Add half of the corn mixture, then another 1/4 of crumbs. Repeat layers, ending with the balance of crumbs. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve hot. Serves 6.

    BEEF AND CORN BREAD SQUARES

    1 lb. ground beef
    1 tbsp. Cornstarch
    1 tbsp. dried onion
    1 tsp. chili powder
    1/2 tsp. garlic salt
    1 (16 oz.) can tomatoes
    1 (4 oz.) can diced green chili peppers, drained
    3/4 c. all-purpose flour
    2/3 c. corn meal
    2 tsp. baking powder
    2 beaten eggs
    1 (8 3/4 oz.) can creamed corn
    1/2 c. milk
    3 tbsp. cooking oil
    1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

    Brown ground meat. Drain fat. Stir in next 4 ingredients then stir in undrained tomatoes and chili peppers. Cook and stir until thick and bubbly. Combine flour, corn meal and baking powder. Combine eggs, corn, milk and oil. Stir into dry ingredients. Add cheese. Stir until moistened. Spread half of batter into a greased 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Spoon meat mixture over that. Top with remaining batter. Bake at 375 degrees about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut into squares. Serve with salsa if desired. Serves 6.

    JALAPENO CORN BREAD

    2 boxes Jiffy corn bread mix
    2 1/2 c. milk
    1/2 c. salad oil
    3 eggs, beaten
    1 lg. onion, grated
    1 c. creamed corn
    1 1/2 c. yellow cheese, grated
    1/4 c. Jalapeno peppers

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Pour into 2 greased 13 x 9 inch pans. Bake 45 minutes.

    CREAMY CORN BREAD

    1 1/3 c. canned whole kernel corn
    1 1/3 c. creamed corn
    1/2 c. margarine, melted
    1 c. sour cream
    2 eggs, beaten
    1 (8 1/2 oz.) pkg. corn muffin mix
    3/4 c. grated Cheddar cheese

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir corn and margarine in 2-quart casserole dish. Fold in sour cream and eggs. Add corn muffin mix and blend well. Bake until center is just set, about 1 hour. Sprinkle with cheese and continue baking until melted.

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    Interest Facts about Squash

    * Presidents Washington and Jefferson grew squash in their gardens.
    * The Hubbard squash was formally introduced to American gardens by James J. H. Gregory (1857) from Marblehead, Massachusetts. He became an authority on squashes, publishing in 1893, Squashes: how to grow them.
    * Squashes are a good source of minerals, carotenes and vitamin A, with moderate quantities of vitamins B and C. Summer squash is high in water content, thus low in calories.

    Source: USDA

    History of Squash
    Squashes are one of the oldest known crops—10,000 years by some estimates of sites in Mexico. Since squashes are gourds, they most likely served as containers or utensils because of their hard shells. The seeds and flesh later became an important part of the pre-Columbian Indian diet in both South and North America. De Soto, Coronado, and Cartier all saw “melons” (probably squash) in the Americas.

    Northeastern Native American tribes grew pumpkins, yellow crooknecks, patty pans, Boston marrows (perhaps the oldest squash in America still sold), and turbans. Southern tribes raised winter crooknecks, cushaws, and green and white striped sweet potato squashes. Native Americans roasted or boiled the squashes and pumpkins and preserved the flesh as conserves in syrup. They also ate the young shoots, leaves, flowers, and seeds.

    Virginia and New England settlers were not very impressed by the Indians’ squash until they had to survive the harsh winter, at which point they adopted squash and pumpkins as staples. Squashes were baked, cut and moistened with animal fat, maple syrup, and honey.
    Source: USDA

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    My favorite zucchini recipes

    Zucchini Cobbler

    Crust:
    4 cups all purpose flour
    2 cups sugar
    1 1/2 cups cold margarine or butter
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Filling:
    8 cups peeled, shredded zucchini
    2/3 cup lemon juice
    1 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    For filling:
    In a large saucepan, over medium low heat, cook and stir zucchini and lemon juice for 5 to 10 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; simmer 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat; set aside.

    For crust:
    Combine flour and sugar in a bowl/ cut in margarine until mix resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/2 cup zucchini mixture. Press half of crust mixture into a greased 15 x 10 by 1 inch pan. Spread zucchini over top; crumble remaining crust mixture over zucchini. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 375F for 35 to 40 minutes or until bubbly.

    Zucchini Lasagna

    2 med. zucchini
    2 c. fresh sliced mushrooms
    1 pkg. sliced Mozzarella cheese
    2 eggs, beaten
    1 to 2 lbs. hamburger
    1 onion, chopped
    2 cans tomato sauce
    Salt & pepper to taste

    Wash zucchini and slice 1/4 inch thick. Dip in egg and roll in flour. Brown in skillet with oil until all zucchini is browned. Brown hamburger in separate skillet. In a 2 quart casserole dish layer zucchini, then onions and mushrooms, salt and pepper, then tomato sauce. Top with rest of zucchini and add Mozzarella to the top. Cook on low until cheese melts. About 250 degrees for 20 minutes or so. Eggplant may be substituted for zucchini.

    Cheese Zucchini Crisps

    1/3 cup Cornflake crumbs
    2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
    dash garlic powder
    4 small unpeeled zucchini, cut in 1/2 inch strips
    1/4 cup melted butter

    Combine crumbs, cheese and seasonings; place in a plastic bag. Dip zucchini strips in butter and shake in the crumbs to coat. Place on a baking sheet; bake 375F for 10 minutes or til crisp. 4 servings.

    Zucchini Boats

    2 zucchini, about 6 to 7 inches long
    1/4 lb. bulk sausage or lean ground beef
    1 slice whole grain bread, crumbled
    1 tsp. instant onion
    2 tsp. parsley flakes
    1/8 tsp. garlic powder
    1/8 tsp. red hot pepper sauce
    1 egg
    1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese, divided
    3 tbsp. parmesan cheese, divided

    Wash and trim ends of zucchini. Cut in half lengthwise. Scoop inside out leaving a boat. Cook meat, drain, add zucchini from inside of zucchini and all other ingredients. Toss and fill boat. Sprinkle top with rest of cheeses. Bake 350 degrees approximately 45 minutes or until zucchini boat is tender. Easy to increase recipe from 4 to 40 boats. You can’t make a bad one. Serves 2 to 4.

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    Quick and easy recipes using Cool Whip

    Angel Food Dessert

    1 (12 oz.) pkg. chocolate bits
    2 tbsp. sugar
    3 eggs, separated
    1 pt. Cool Whip
    1 baked angel food cake

    Melt the chocolate bits and sugar in a double boiler. Add 3 beaten egg yolks and let cool 10 minutes. Blend Cool Whip with 3 beaten egg whites; then fold into the chocolate mixture. Break up one store bought angel food cake and layer cake pieces and chocolate mixture until pan is full ending with chocolate on top. Top with chopped nuts. Cool until serving time.
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    Blueberry Pie

    Pie shell, baked & cooled
    4 lg. bananas, sliced
    1 pkg. Cool Whip (8 oz. size)
    1 c. sugar
    1 lg. cream cheese (8 oz.)

    Cream Cool Whip, sugar and cheese. Spread over sliced bananas. Pour large can blueberry pie mixture over top.
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