Favorite Things: March 2012

March was a bit of a whirlwind month – hectic and busy. From organizing a conference and farm-to-table dinner, to moving across town the very same week (I can’t wait to show you pictures of my kitchen.  It’s a teeny space that’ll give you a lot of confidence in your own kitchen.)  Oh yes!  And the site went down a few weeks ago and, due to corrupted backups, I had to rebuild most of the content manually – we weren’t able to recover comments from August 2010 to March of 2012, so you’ll just have to be extra vocal.  Now, the days we spent rebuilding everything certainly were a headache.

April doesn’t look like it’ll be much different: still more meetings (this time on the farm bill), a long road trip and several farm tours are planned for the month.  But fresh cow’s milk, cream and our veggie CSA will finally be available again.

As I do every month, I thought I’d share with you the highlights of the month.  Share yours with me too.

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  1. Laurie P says

    I really enjoy receiving your emails. I am interested in the herbal infusions. How much would you drink per day or do you drink the whole strained quart?
    20 years ago I drank alot of these herbal teas, as much as a quart per day while pregnant. With those 2 pregnancies those children have beautifully white teeth. My first 2 pregnancies where I did not drink it, those two children had the worst stained teeth you have ever seen. A testament to my health at that time.

    • jenny says

      We’ve *just* been getting into herbal infusions. I’ve always done herbal tisanes – for pleasure, not medicine. I don’t go through my infusions with purpose (though I’m trying to educate myself better about herbs so that I might). I mostly do nettle infusion in the morning, sometimes spiked with other herbs. It’s inky. I usually share the quart with my husband and son who have a small amount and I drink the rest. We also do mint, fennel and ginger infusions before bed from time to time.

      • says

        I really enjoy your site, beautiful pictures and great information! thanks!…I love my herbal infusions, nettle, red clover, ginger…oat straw is my favorite! Couldn’t be without them, you get much more benefit from an infusion I drink them throughout the day.

      • says

        Fennel is amazing for digestion; you could also add chamomile to your mint-fennel-ginger infusion, its very soothing on the GI tract.

    • jenny says

      We LOVE it. It really is a good remedy. I cut my finger with a bread knife and it’s had a tough time healing. I keep bumping it on things and the cut opens up again. Last night, after my husband read about Manuka and faster wound healing, I dotted a bit of honey onto the cut before bandaging it. Looks to be in good shape.

    • jenny says

      Good to know! I haven’t really taken it for a spin yet. I was looking at a Nikon lens, but the price was SO high and the reviews on the Tokina were good.

  2. jennythenipper says

    I would take that Marilyn Monroe diet with a huge grain of salt. Puff pieces like that were almost invariably written by the studio. That raw egg/low carb stuff was cutting edge “health food” in that era. (No Atkins didn’t invent low carb). Also I can’t imagine Marilyn saying something like, “leave tennis to the men.” That definitely sounds like some man at the studio wrote it.

    I love the idea of Marilyn living like this: eating whole foods, taking care to get lots of rest, doing weight lifting and giving herself treats, but like so many things about classic film stars, the truth was probably something quite different. Also the pictures of her legs were probably altered before printing.

  3. Aliyanna says

    We bought some manuka honey and used it on some terrible burns. Some boiling bone broth spilled and went down my front resulting in severe burns. I cooled them off….took a while….then covered them in honey and bandaged them…and the goose egg (I think the blister was bigger) and kept reapplying the honey and bandages…and it was gone….down to shedding the old skin in less than a week. About a week or so later I got a bad steam scald and it burned my 3 fingers very badly. I again cooled it and then applied the honey and again it was healed in less than a week….even tho I ripped them up wringing out clothes when the washer broke.
    I have heard that it is also good for bacteria and things in the body…so we are going to try it for that…taking a tsp 3 times a day. It is not cheap for sure….but neither is being sick.

  4. Annie says

    Just made my first batch of Matsoni Caspian Sea Yogurt. It turned out fabulous; so yummy–a little like crème fraiche and no heat necessary for culturing.

  5. Crystalline Ruby Muse says

    Oh, I’m a believer in infusions, I’m so glad you made this post! I’m curious if you’ve heard Susun Weed talk about the importance of cooking vegetables (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nRwn7VRvb8) & what your take it on this. I’ve gotten into cooking my vegies, then I saw that you eat asparagus raw; I would love to hear your thoughts about it!

    • Jenny says

      I’m a HUGE fan of Susun’s work and tend to agree with her on the raw v. cooked issue. I think that a pure raw diet (though suitable for short-term detox, potentially … ) is fundamentally imbalanced.

  6. Cecilia Long says

    One thing to do is check the original websites of the company. I was able to get that same honey from the makers a lot cheaper then through amazon.

  7. says

    Loved the MM piece. <3
    Highlight for me was to go to London to the Weston A Price Meeting– absolutely lovely and wonderful weeked-good food- good people and good speaks.

  8. says

    I’m never without a jar of Manuka honey! I take it every day and it definitely prevents colds – now 7 years cold free!

    Highlights of my March..mmm..getting some tremendous family news and booking a trip to Canada!

  9. says

    We just got Oregano honey from North American Herb and Spice. My mom sent it ($42CDN) which was perfect timing because DS has a nasty cough and within one day what a remarkable change.
    We love honey. Definitely one of earths best treats. Nature’s antibiotic ‘eh 😉

  10. RuthAnn says

    I just had to comment and tell you first how very much I adore your site and all of the learning I have gained from just being here! Second, I too LOVE Manuka honey, and in my area on the east coast we have a Grocery store called Wegman’s that sells it so very cheap….for about 24 bucks per jar! Needless to say I am never without this wonderful item!

  11. says

    My grandmother used to make me raw eggnog (egg yolks from our hens, raw milk and buckwheat honey – a dark, murky mess like treacle procured from my uncle who keeps bees!) during the winter months to keep away colds. So milk & eggs is a nutritious breakfast indeed! Though I would leave out the whites. Raw egg whites have avidin, an antinutrient which blocks biotin absorbtion. And manuka honey is great, I had a cough last week and a spoonful or so chased it away. I love honey in general; I sometimes have some after a meal to help digestion.

    And I’ve been crazy about cheesemaking lately! I made some amazing raw cottage cheese – though I gobbled it all up this morning with salmon and scrambled eggs…:-)

  12. says

    I have had a little chuckle over the Manuka honey. I had the great fortune to grow up in the country in New Zealand. Our Manuka honey was sourced locally by the 5lb tin. In those days it was cheap and plentiful. I think I would have had it every morning on toast, (with butter of course) and I remember using it alot in cooking. This was in the days before all the research was done. No one really knew why it was good for you. It was just accepted that it was. It is actually used in hospitals in NZ for some wound dressings, great for bedsores. Even though I now live in Australia I still have it most mornings on toast. And my roast lamb is still done with manuka honey and rosemary. But I certainly don’t buy it in 5lb tins anymore.

  13. Leah says

    I just got a copy of Art of Charcuterie. I’m a little disappointed that the liverwurst recipe calls for nitrates. Do you plan on using the curing salts when you make it?

    • jenny says

      No. I don’t, and I see no reason why liverwurst needs pink salt. That said, I’m not sure it’s quite as bad as it’s made out to be. You’ll have to stay tuned for my adaptations. 😉

      • Leah says

        oh excellent, I hope you do follow-up with your adaptations! I am a little nervous about curing meats and definitely not ready to stray from the recipes. I’m not so sure that nitrates are as bad as they are made out to be either, but I would still prefer to avoid/limit my exposure. Can’t wait!!!

  14. says

    I love that quote from Marilyn Monroe above – if only all women thought like that. Bummer about losing the comments and the site being down. So frustrating!

  15. says

    Jenny, I love that Marilyn Monroe photo spread! Yeah, that comment about tennis is silly, but I think that was not an uncommon thing in the 50s, to at least pretend to be a certain way to seem feminine. It’s a charming article, whatever the accuracy.

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