Homemade Fermented Sauerkraut: Natural probiotic or bratwurst sidekick?You choose!

First of all, what is Fermentation? People often think of beer or wine when they hear about fermentation, although the process extends to bread, cheeses, vegetables, yogurt, and beyond, and has been around since the beginning of the human era. At first, humans didn’t even know how it happened. In the East and in Europe, people gave thanks to the gods who changed watery juice … Continue reading Homemade Fermented Sauerkraut: Natural probiotic or bratwurst sidekick?You choose!

Survival & Cooking: My Puerto Rican Legacies

“Don’t eat tortillas. They make you fat!” If my great grandmother knew I loved tortillas and tortilla chips more than tostones, she’d be turning in her grave. I can’t help it, I’m half Mexican! But, my other half is Puerto Rican. America, her name derived from her father, a merchant marine (obviously), was from San Juan, Puerto Rico. A poor country girl with twelve siblings, … Continue reading Survival & Cooking: My Puerto Rican Legacies

Getting a Running Start

If you’ve ever thought about running, now’s the time to get started. You can, you can! Here’s my own two cents guide for beginning runners. Getting a Running Start So, you want to start running, eh? Well then, assuming this would be okay with your doctor, you’re hoping to run regularly (not just two times a year!), and you’ve actually seen other people running, let’s … Continue reading Getting a Running Start

Beet-Dyed Easter Eggs

Easy, natural, organic, bug free, and no #40. This simple and nutrient packed pink-to-red food coloring is fun to make and completely safe. It’s beet dye! All you need is a few large beets, some white vinegar – and hardboiled eggs, of course! Juicing Method 3-10 beets. This depends on how many eggs you want to dye. 1 Tbsp white vinegar for every cup of … Continue reading Beet-Dyed Easter Eggs

The Morning Coffee Experience

Coffee time in our quaint little farm kitchen is a daily ritual. We saunter off to bed each night looking forward to waking up in the dark, bumbling around the kitchen with peculiar contraptions, slowly coming back to life once more with that sweet stimulating aroma. It’s not about absentmindedly throwing grinds into a coffee machine and turning on a switch. Nor is it about pouring … Continue reading The Morning Coffee Experience

The Good Life

We live a rather simple and modest life, I think. We drive jalopies, tend to our vegetables, mend and fix up everything ourselves, and would much prefer a backyard BBQ to a fancy gourmet gastro pub. For southern Californians, we’re too in tuned with the seasons- harvesting fall crops, spending warm summer afternoons in our garden chairs after a long day, sipping stouts in front … Continue reading The Good Life

Homemade Juicy Juice: Juicers 101

Sure, I juice! I juice everyday. For me, it’s not a fad, or jumping on some sort of band wagon. I’m not consciously detoxing and cleansing. I’m not a vegetarian or vegan. And I’m certainly not on a diet. Oh, contrary to the opinions of many ads out there, a glass of pure fresh fruit and veggie juice is definitely NOT a meal. Juicing provides … Continue reading Homemade Juicy Juice: Juicers 101

Ditching TV

I grew up in the world of Mash, Land of the Lost, The Brady Bunch, and Gilligan’s Island– always identifying with the intelligent, reasonable Mary Ann, despite being Ginger (name reference only!). My old television re-runs were shows like Sally Field’s Gidget, I Love Lucy, The Twilight Zone, I Dream of Jeannie, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. On the verge of adolescence, I was glued to … Continue reading Ditching TV